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Ed DooleyBy Ed Dooley
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Ed DooleyBy Ed Dooley
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About

See what 350.org founder, Bill McKibben, has to say about our project in the video above, and what author, Julia Alvarez, has to say in her videos below! Please share our Kickstarter campaign with your friends and family on Facebook, or email it to them. It will really help make this successful!

Documentary Film & How-To Guide For Living Sustainably


This documentary film at Las Cañadas is part of a larger project that includes a separately funded Spanish language film version, and two books, in English and Spanish, that Chelsea Green Publishing has agreed to publish- they'll also distribute the films.

Esta película documental en Las Cañadas es la parte de un proyecto más grande que incluye una versión de película de lengua española por separado financiada, y dos libros, en inglés y español, que Chelsea que la Publicación Verde ha consentido en publicar - ellos también distribuirán las películas.

I produced a DVD last year about perennial vegetables with Chelsea Green Publishing author Eric Toensmeier. That took us to an amazing place, Las Cañadas, a mile high cooperative farm in the cloud forest of western Veracruz State, Mexico. It sits in the shadow of the 3rd highest mountain in North America, the 18,500 foot snow capped volcano, Pico de Orizaba.  The sole focus of our time there was perennial vegetables, but I was immediately drawn to the larger story of Las Cañadas, the story that is yet to be told, of a truly democratic cooperative of 22 families living in harmony with the Earth while producing their own food, building materials, and alternative energy. The story of Las Cañadas is one of hope and inspiration. At a time when many Americans think of Mexico as a lawless place of drug cartels, the people of Las Cañadas, and others like them throughout Mexico, are shining examples of the positive things happening in their country.

The 3+ hour-long documentary will be divided into 2 sections; one will focus on the people, mission, and philosophy of the cooperative, their political cooperative structure, struggles & successes, and their role as stewards of the land & as teachers. The 2nd section will give hands-on how-to details of the polyculture, bio-intensive gardening, permaculture, and other practices that make them a role model for those of us looking for ways of living sustainably.

Our crew will be filming at Las Cañadas multiple times throughout the year (the travel costs are a large part of the budget for this project), staying two weeks each time, to give a real sense of what life is like there year-round. We'll also leave a camera at Las Cañadas for the people there to document events that occur while we're away.

What Is Las Cañadas, And Why Does It Matter?

Las Cañadas means the ravines, or glens. http://www.bosquedeniebla.com.mx/  (in Spanish only)

The people of Las Cañadas have a dream of living in harmony with the Earth, to give back more than they take, and to help others attain the same goal. Their years of hard work in restoring the cloud forest, of living sustainably, and providing all their own food & shelter, have resulted in their reaching out to people who want to learn from their mistakes and successes. The intensive workshops at Las Cañadas include polyculture, bio-intensive gardening, permaculture, composting, renewable energy, poultry and dairy management, bamboo as building material, and much more. Students from all over Mexico, and volunteers from far afield see Las Cañadas as a living laboratory to study ways of healing the Earth.

A Few Words About Our Project In A Video From Author Julia Alvarez

Many of you know Julia Alvarez as the author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, Yo!, and many more. But you may not know that she and her husband also own an organic coffee farm in her native Dominican Republic. http://www.cafealtagracia.com

Here are a few video clips from our perennial vegetables DVD at Las Cañadas. Perennial Vegetables is available at www.chelseagreen.com

Here's Brianne Goodspeed, Senior Editor at Chelsea Green Publishing:

And finally, here's Julia again, on Cinco de Mayo, with a Spanish greeting to the people of Las Cañadas:

Risks and challenges

We have years of experience producing projects like this one, and our already-established relationship with the people of Las Cañadas gives us full confidence in completing the project. If for any reason a member of our crew isn't able to participate in the project, the remaining members will fulfill the objective.

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    Awww! You'll get everything from the $135 level, and you'll get a DVD of my documentary film, "Sacrificial Lambs", about the Mad Cow disease in sheep scare of a few years ago, and a DVD of my film, "Tune in Tomorrow", a documentary about small-town radio station, WDEV, featuring environmentalist Bill McKibben, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, author Chris Bohjalian, Senator Bernie Sanders, and more!

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    I'm speechless! As a welcome member of our Las Cañadas family, you get all the rewards of the $2,500 level, and you're Executive Producer! We will also happily produce a 30 minute documentary about you, your family or friends, or your business, delivered as a DVD and digital file (to be produced and completed Winter 2013-2014).

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