Permaculture Initiative video to air across the country
The UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative recently learned that its recent video, part three of a series intended to tell the permaculture story in an engaging way to a wide audience, has been picked up by a national television program, “Real Green.” It will be televised across the country on the weekend of Nov. 17-18 and will air locally on WGGB Channel 40 in Springfield at 6 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.
Campus sustainability coordinator Rachel Dutton says the video, which can be viewed on YouTube, was made for the student-led permaculture group by Maine-based videographer Grant Guliano. She says, “We’re really pleased with it because the series shows step by step how the permaculture gardens on campus were made. You get to see the excitement building. This third video in the series has already been viewed by more than 12,000 people on YouTube. It’s really exciting for us to learn that it will be shown on national television now, because our story will potentially viewed by millions across the country.”
Dutton appears in the five-minute video, along with campus sustainability manager for Auxiliary Enterprises Ryan Harb, Nathan Aldrich, another sustainability coordinator, student permaculture committee member Varshini Prakash and internationally famed food advocate and activist Francis Moore Lappé. In the video, Harb says the committee hopes to restore and reclaim damaged ecosystems on campus by creating one new permaculture garden every year.
Real Green is a weekly series produced by California-based Telco Productions and hosted by Alex Paen.