Here are a selection of films i have made while traveling around Central America and Europe, learning about permi-culture and Organic farming.
Freixo do Meio is the project of a man that became a sustainable reality for many beings. It is a big organic farm and organism, integrating with the sourrounding Montado, a typical ecosystem from Alentejo, Portugal. The presence of human beings here wants to be a peaceful cooperation which welcome and arouse biodiversity.
In this visual summery, Alfredo, manager of this ecosystem, starts explaining his philosophy which lays as a basis on his way of farming. In this open view, a circle of people works in the puzzle of nature, in a balance which allows production without exploitation of resources (agroecology).
In the video we see people and their various skills, Cooperation, ecofunctionality, managing the risks, as well as a biodinamic approach. The production of the farm flows to Alfredos farm shop in Lisbon, to allow a honest economy which grant the workers to be paid.
Alternative projects are included: beekeeping, permaculture, medicinal garden, and a horse-riding school. In the end it´s shown how Sorraias horses (indigenous ancient breed) are respected and kept wild in their ecosystem. This video is an example of how man can act in a sensitive way, contributing with local production and environment protection.
My Cheesy Goat Farm explores the life of a goat farmer in Portugal. We learn how Manfred the farmer has established his self sufficient organic farm and how he makes his delicious goats cheese.
on a small islands called Utila off the coast of Honduras lives a guy called shane whom has broken away from all the social restraints and has built his own house. he is now building his own permaculture garden. however he is doing it slightly different from others…..he uses cardboard boxes! this short film talks about shane’s key concepts and tips on permaculture. filmed by serena aurora
Jay Abrahams gives a presentation about Bio Logic Design of Wetland Ecosystem Treatment at the community of Tamera in Portugal.
Filmed By Serena Aurora April 2015
Urban Farming in Auroville
Serena Aurora investigates how coffee in made in Columbia, from the farming processes to how to make a perfect cup of coffee.
Somewhere in Mexico lives a small community, which remains a secret. Only by word of mouth can you hear about it. This community has 17 living members and has opened it doors to others. They grow their own food, and try to live sustainably using great concepts and bio-construction. Living with the community is a Sharman who performs sacred spiritual ceremonies. This community working together has resulted in a place of creativity and knowledge. It is so versatile and such an exciting place to be with Music, Art, Pottery, Building, Dancing, Yoga, Meditation, Fire ceremony, Tames cal (sweat lodge) and projects within the bigger local community. Within the community they make natural soaps, herbal remedies, hand crafted jewellery and organic coffee.
This film was created so I could share my experience of what it is like to live within a community. I was really inspired by this alternative way to live and feel there is much I have taken from this experience that I will incorporate within my own life. Filmed in December 2012 directed by Serena Aurora.
I was fortunate enough to hear about this place through word of mouth by another fellow traveller in Guatemala. I stayed nearly 3 weeks and found it very difficult to leave. There are many positive aspects to this way of life, which I hope this film captures.
Honey the lamb was born at Spanish creek farm in Belize under unfortunate circumstances. Her mother gave birth in the middle of the night to two lambs. One of which got stuck underneath the barn… ‘Honey’. When reuniting Honey the lamb with her mother, the mother did not recognise Honey as her own. She only thought she had one lamb not two! The film shows what happens when a baby lamb is rejected and the determination a lamb has to be with its mother.
I was heartbroken to see Honey treated like this, so I had to do something about it. Honey needed help to be able to feed and so I helped her be nursed. I also wanted to create a short film to share this with others my experience. Filmed in Feb 2013 by Serena Aurora.
In Belize I took part in my first Woofing experience at Spanish Creek Farm. This film explains what Woofing is and how to take part in it. It also shows what work and activities took place at the farm. This includes; nursing a lamb, horse riding, looking after chickens, bamboo trimming, mulching, upkeep of plants and gardens, harvesting, cooking, furniture building and tool maintenance plus much more.
This film is created to promote the concept of woofing and to open peoples eyes to the type of work that takes place on a farm. Filmed in Feb 2013 directed by Serena Aurora.
I worked on the farm for 2 weeks. At the end of my stay I really appreciated the work that goes into running a farm. I really enjoyed working with the animals, it felt great to be in touch with nature and to know more about where my food comes from. Spanish creek farm is very well organised by the Manager Brooks, she is a fountain of knowledge and I learnt so much from her.
In El Salvador Mauricio and Gloria have bought an abandoned Hare Krishna complex. With this they have created something very special. They are growing an organic garden and teaching children of their local community about living sustainably as well as English. This project has the opportunity to create such a positive impact on the local community, by keeping the children off the streets and giving them something to be passionate about and keeping them in touch with nature. They invite volunteers from all over the world to come and help them by sharing their skills.
This film is created to show the amazing work Gloria and Mauricio have accomplished and to make other people aware of this superb project. Filmed in March 2013 directed by Serena Aurora.
I found out about this project on couch surfing. They are also on the WWOFING website. I stayed with them for a week and had a truly amazing time. I would recommend this experience to anyone
his is footage felipe took over the years at haomekha. edited by serena aurora