EDGE EFFECT A DOCUMENTARY BY ANA SANY & JACOB REDMAN
ON THE PERMACULTURE PATH

OUR PLACE

THE TEAM

ANA SANY

CO-DIRECTRICE

JACOB REDMAN

CO-DIRECTEUR - VIDÉASTE

We are not alone! This project would not be possible without the support of our precious families, our dear friends and the contribution of all the people we met and shared their time generously. We thank them with all heart.

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EARTH CARE - REBUILD NATURAL CAPITAL.

The earth is a living, breathing entity, without ongoing care and nurturing there will be consequences too big to ignore.

ETHICS

OF PERMACULTURE

PEOPLE CARE - LOOK AFTER SELF, KIN AND COMMUNITY.

If people’s needs are met in compassionate and simple ways, the environment surrounding them will prosper.

FAIR SHARE - SET LIMITS AND REDISTRIBUTE SURPLUS

We are provided with times of abundance which enables us to share with others.

PDC & convergence ? A PDC (Permaculture Design Course) is a 72 hour training course. The content is internationally defined in order to obtain a good vision of what permaculture is. Every two years an International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) is organized in a different country. To deepen our knowledge, we will attend a PDC in August at Laya Point in the North of England, taught by the Australian John Champagne. Afterwards, in September, we will participate in the International Convergence (IPC UK) being held in London for a week.

THE EDGE

For Bill Mollison, “as soon as different species, climates, soils, landforms and other kinds of natural or artificial environments meet, there is an edge…". It is an interface between two entities.
"The edge is nothing without the rest but it is a whole. It is neither one nor the other but both somehow, a balance, "a middle way". "The edge is an area which is particularly rich and varied. At the meeting place of two ecosystems, the productivity always increases…consequently, we often find species that are not found elsewhere." Bill Mollison (Introduction to Permaculture) The documentary "Edge Effect", is an investigation of the principle “the edge” in its own right; rich and diverse, a powerful place of inspiration. But we wish to go beyond this point, visiting the complexity of permaculture design whilst remaining aware of its fundamental simplicity.
OUR VISION

PERMACULTURE

DEFINITION Developed in Australia and North America, permaculture is growing everywhere in recent years and particularly in France.
Australians Bill Mollison and his student, David Holmgren, created the concept of permaculture in the 70s. The term was originally coined from “permanent agriculture” but has now been extended to “permanent culture.” By opening up to non-agricultural systems, it has become a “design thinking tool”. This holistic approach to thinking regroups aspects of the environment, human society, economic and social systems.
Permaculture was and is inspired by nature’s wild ecosystems, knowledge and practices of indigenous people and sustainable societies while being concerned with science and technology of nature (ecology).
This is both an ethic and a method of design systems for effective, sustainable and resilient ecosystems. Permaculture is based on three ethics and 12 universal principles, which can be applied in every climate or culture.
In David Holmgren’s ‘Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability’ he wrote this description as a vision. ‘Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for the provision of local needs. ’ People, their buildings and the way they organise themselves are central to permaculture. The original vision of permanent (sustainable) agriculture has evolved to one of permanent (sustainable) culture.
LA VIGNE (lieu-dit)
A STOP AT OUR FRIENDS

Nestled in their small hobbit home in the Cantal area in France, Anaïs, Hugo and their daughter Luce choose to live a simple life in the woods but with a great garden!

 

 

 

 

JULY 24

ON THE WAY

CHAMPEROUX
MEETING WITH NICOLAS PEZERIL
Set on a former farm bought by his family in the Morvan area (France), Nicolas is aware of the growing demand of organic fruit tree production. He is developing an agro-forestry garden composed of rare and resistant fruit trees.
JULY 27
LE JARDIN DES FRATERNITÉS VISIT AND INTERVIEW
At Mouscron in Belgium, Gilbert and Josine Cardon are able to produce an impressive amount of fruits, vegetables, aromatics and medicinal plants, without any pesticide, or other inputs on only 1800m². Without watering or ploughing, the garden soil is a veritable fertile humus, which contains more than 3kg of worms per m3!
AUG 6

THE CROSSING

A NIGHT AT CALAIS

As we had to cross the sea to go to England, we opted for the ferry. Arriving late in Calais, we missed the port exit, which led us straight to the refugee camps, well supervised by the police.
AUG 7
UP TO THE NORTH
HERE WE ARE ON ENGLISH SOIL !
Be careful on the road, remember we must drive on the other side now. Revise your English, your miles, the exchange rate, ah it's nice to be different!!
AUG 9

LINKS

OUR LIFE PROJECT THE CONCH MILL On the land of an old water mill, nestled in a valley in the south of France, surrounded by nature, we are sowing seeds in the hope of leading a simple and self-sufficient life. Naturally, we discovered the concept of Permaculture Design * and we want to use these principles at our place * to design and build a place of abundance and sharing. With this goal in mind, we started planting, sowing, grafting various fruit trees and cultivating a vegetable garden on fertile soil.
A DOCUMENTARY
"EDGE EFFECT" It seemed obvious that collecting all these stories and experiences, just for us made no sense. We wish to share and inspire others through our trip (or journey). With Jacob, being a filmmaker, we decided to make a documentary and interactive webdoc using sound, photography and video. Focusing on the principles and ethics of permaculture, "Edge Effect" wants to question the concepts that go beyond simple gardening practices. How can Permaculture be a global solution, whilst also adapting locally to meet the many crises we are living with today? What is its real added value? How does it apply to non-agricultural systems? Why is this concept not more prevalent in the world?
TRAVEL IN EUROPE ON THE PATH OF PERMACULTURE Before going further in our endeavour, we want to learn, share, exchange and get a sense of “what Permaculture Design is”. Today, many questions still remain unanswered. This desire to deepen our understanding of the notion of design and the need for some technical solutions leads us on a journey to discover and encounter others on the path of Permaculture. We are meeting new people and places, getting connected to this network, thus enabling us to exchange different varieties of seeds and plants. This idea of a journey to discover the permaculture projects grew naturally. After several contacts in France we have broadened our approach across Europe to have a greater diversity of examples. So here we are on the road, in our small van, meeting the key actors and places to gather their experience of permaculture design.

PERMACULTURE FLOWER

LAYA POINT PERMACULTURE
Laya Point is located in the Lake District National Park in the north west of England. Tom and Lala designed and created this site dedicated to learning and experimentation in Permaculture and crafts. They have organised a PDC this year with the elder of Australian Permaculture, John Champagne.
AUG 19

FRANÇAIS

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