'S.O.S: Save Our Seeds' - a ‘hands-on’ documentary produced by the Localising Food Project By The Localising Food Project ~ Earthcare Education Aotearoa

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In 2013, a team of New Zealand permaculture educators hit the road for an ambitious teaching and filming tour: the Localising Food Project. They captured the stories of 250 different local food initiatives on video. Now, they’re distilling a series of documentaries aimed at disseminating successful local models, and inspiring a more self-sufficient, food-resilient nation.  The four part series 'Growing Schools' has just been released and is already attracting international interest.

With the rapidly increasing global ownership and scientific tampering with the integrity of seeds, as well as the legislative implications of NZ’s Food Bill and the looming TPPA, 'S.O.S: Save Our Seeds' has been prioritised as the next documentary to be worked on. 

This educational documentary will show, step by step, how to select, process, store, distribute and propagate seeds – so that each of us can play our part in ensuring the survival of our seeds, now and for our children’s children. 

Your support will help us towards covering the costs of producing this S.O.S. documentary. Money raised beyond this target will assist with promotion and distribution. We are fortunate to have received and continue to receive a tremendous amount of volunteer time and are fundraising only for the balance needed to fund the editing process.  

 

 

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation over 90% of our vegetable varieties have been lost over the last 100 years. With 95% of the seeds available for purchase in this country being imported from overseas, the diversity and availability of our daily food is endangered. So now our hope lies in community-scale seed saving systems to propogate and protect seed for future generations.  

The Localising Food Project has captured dynamic video footage of inspirational models of seed swaps, seed exchanges, seed libraries, seed banks, and family seed businesses, in order to teach you how to easily replicate these processes in your community.

This educational documentary will show, step by step, how to select, process, store, distribute and propagate seeds – so that each of us can play our part in ensuring the survival of our seeds, now and for our children’s children. 

Your support will help us towards covering the costs of producing this S.O.S. documentary. Money raised beyond this target will assist with promotion and distribution. 

About The Localising Food Project

The Localising Food Project is an initiative of the Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa, a New Zealand registered charitable trust, whose objectives include Empowering Communities through Local Food Resilience. All work done to date has been achieved by the generosity of private donations and many thousands of voluntary hours of our dedicated team.

Visit our website localisingfood.com to find out more about the project, view some of our short film stories and download our recently completed 'Growing Schools' documentary.

Vsit our facebook page, sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch with our flourishing localising food community. Also please 'Like' and 'Share' our work and this campaign through your social media - many thanks!

 

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The People Behind 'S.O.S: Save Our Seeds' - a ‘hands-on’ documentary produced by the Localising Food Project

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THE TEAM

 

(1) Our Videographers/Editors/Producers

 

Rich Humphreys (Christchurch) – specializes in online interactive trans-media experiences; does a wide range of documentary production for Broadcast in New Zealand and abroad - lifestyle, magazine, action sports, news, reality programs, community, corporate and arts-based digital media projects. http://evisionz.tv. Our ‘Fruit & Nuts Unlimited’ documentary producer.

Birgit Baader (Motueka, ex Germany) raising awareness of the interconnectivity of all life, through her roles as screenwriter and director for TV documentaries in NZ and Europe, free lance journalist, editor, book translator and author. www.birgitbaader.com. Our ‘Growing Schools’ documentary producer.

Zara Mann (Nelson) –combining her affinity with nature with video; BDes with Honors in digital video, Massey Uni, Wellington.

Samuel Irwin (Golden Bay) –unique vision for visual storytelling re people living in balance with nature; extensive film work within Oz and NZ; creative work featured in film festivals; qualifications in Natural History Filmmaking (Otago Uni) and Cinematography (International Film School Sydney). Editor at Sauce Post Production (Wellington). www.goldenbaycreative.co.nz

Fredd Marshall (Wellington) –passionate about land-based artistic expression; plenty of community-scale, permaculture and activist documentary production and editing.

Ross Inness-McLeish (Wellington) –committed to hands-on simple living based on deep ecology ethics, pervades his work; has made award-winning team competition documentaries and produced promotional videos for organic food producers.

Yukiko Nakagiri (Japan) –nowadays permaculture and sustainable living systems pervade her work; previously production manager for an advertising film production company; has degree in Information Design (Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan);

Caroline Dugoni (Wellington)

Leigha Speirs-Hutton (Wellington)

Peter Kemp (Nelson)Assistant Videographer.
Peter trained in documentary making at NMIT in 2009/10, and has been freelancing since then under the logo Overview Media. With six commissioned works and seven of his own behind him, he is well on the way to maturity in the field. His current project is an educational video about Corporate Social Responsibility.

Wiremu Grace (Wellington)

(2) Eduators & Organisers

Robina McCurdy (Golden Bay) - works professionally as a Permaculture & organic gardening educator and community development facilitator, author and publisher; founder of the Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa, pioneer of international programme S.E.E.D.; ‘Localising Food’ primary project co-ordinator.

Annaliese Hordern (Australia) –works as a Permaculture educator, activist and gardener, eco-consultant with a degree in Environmental Resource Management; from Northern NSW Australia. Educator on Nth Island ‘Localising Food’ tour.

Gordyn Hamblyn (Nth Canterbury) – is a diversified farmer, Permaculture educator & designer, personal & social development facilitator. Educator on Nth Is ‘Localising Food’ tour.

Jon Foote (Dunedin) –is a Permaculture educator, designer & consultant. www.barefootgardener.com. Educator on South Island ‘Localising Food’ tour.

Robbie Lawton (Wanaka) –is a Permaculture designer and consulting civil engineer specialising in environmental engineering. Educator on Nth Island ‘Localising Food’ tour.

(3) Specialised Support Roles

 

Marketing

Heidi Clark (Auckland, ex Canada) – passionate about growing sustainability through shared understandings, education and action; degrees in Environ Science, Marketing, Commerce, Business Admin, worked as senior strategic planning and policy positions Environ Policy Unit, Min of Ag. Now works with Landcare Research; own business is ‘Banyan Media’.

Laurence Boomert (Golden Bay) –focus is contingency planning, green business development and community-up solutions. Founder of NZ Environmental Business Network, runs ‘Bank of Real Solutions’, on board of ‘Living Economies’.

Leah McBey (Christchurch) –highly experienced business manager, currently communications officer with Chch City Council. Was one of our national Localising Food tour co-ordinators.


Web Development

Gee Heijneman (Golden Bay, ex Netherlands) – into Permaculture, appropriate technology, nature connection, healing, spirituality, community, organic growing (his company ‘Growalicious’) and holistic living; worked globally as a Graphic / Web Designer and Webmaster; Dip. Multimedia Production (Amsterdam). www.geewhiz.me

Michael O’Sullivan (Auckland, ex India)
Has Bach Communication Studies (Ak Uni Tech); freelance graphic designer and photographer, diverse work in advertising & media agencies. Now works with ‘Banyan Media’.

Nicola Rankin

Duncan Brown


Documentary Researchers

Petra Stephenson (Motueka) – Permaculture and ecovillage designer and educator; Dipl. Environmental Management (Massey Uni), received ‘Bay of Plenty Environmental Award’. Local activist in environmental protection, food resilience, sustainable economics, primarily though ‘Vision Motueka Strategy Group’ and ‘Motueka Timebank’ groups. Researcher for our ‘Fruit & Nuts Unlimited’ and ‘Community Gardens’ documentaries.

Susie Lees (Moutere) - campaigner for GE Free New Zealand and organic farmer. Our ‘Rural-Urban Link’ documentary researcher.

Ami Kennedy (Nelson) - school gardens teacher and environmental educator, Permaculture education and design; own consultancy ‘Germinate’; Our main ‘Growing Schools’ researcher.

Erin Young (Australia) –Permaculture educator, Sociocracy governance systems facilitator; previously communications manager for ‘Food Connect’, in Brisbane. One of our researchers on ’Securing our Seed Sources’ documentary.

 

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    Update from the LFP Team

    12:43AM Mon 06/06/16 on 'S.O.S: Save Our Seeds' - a ‘hands-on’ documentary produced by the Localising Food Project


    Greetings to you our supportive pledgers


    This is a little update about the progress of our documentary and the delivery of your rewards…
    Robina has been working full-on with film editor Tiago Stamato Velasco (Brazilian filmmaker residing in NZ) on ‘SOS: Save Our Seeds’ before and since the completion of the campaign, and also Tiago has been filming four more action interviews to extend its cultural diversity and geographical representation. 

    We have several more weeks to go of film editing, sound editing (by Matt Aickin of Kerikeri) and the creation of original music for the documentary. 
    The main documentary will be approx 1 hour 20 minutes, and the sequel called ‘Hands-on Seed Saving’ will be around 15 minutes. 
    This will be a You-Tube mini-doco on the practicals of home seed saving, where views learn from a range of SOS presenters guiding them step by step how to select, process, store and share seed. 
    Robina will be editing this with Reece Baker (Green Lemon Pictures Ltd) from Kapiti Coast.
     
    We anticipate both docos to be ready for your download by the end of June, which is when we plan to get the rest of your rewards to you also. 

    For those of you who also pledged to ‘Growing Schools’, our documentary launched at the end of last year, you may be interested to know that there will be an article about it in the next issue of OrganicNZ, a magazine well worth subscribing to. 
    This will be our third article about the work of Localising Food Project in that magazine, with more to come. 
    As soon as your rewards are dispatched, we will be fundraising for our next doco (already partly completed), ‘Perennial Paradise’, previously titled ‘Fruit & Nuts Unlimited’, through an international crowd funding platform. 
    We will inform you when this is happening. 

    Wishing you a cosy Winter

    Robina McCurdy and the Localising Food Team

    Robina McCurdy

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