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Free Screening – Permaculture Soils by Geoff Lawton

In celebration of International Permaculture Day being themed on SOILS, a free screening of Permaculture Soils will be available on

“We never feed the plant. We feed the soils. Soils are the crucible of health from which all things spring.”

“It’s not the soil itself – it’s the soil life that is the most important element.”

– Geoff Lawton

We’ve all seen environmental problems highlighted every day in the media. Now comes the solution. From the man who said,

“You can solve all the world’s problems in a garden”

comes Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Soils Film. 137 minutes of Permaculture soil creation strategies that really work! Even if you have never built a garden or got your hands dirty before, you will learn the secrets of real soil creation – partnering with the life in the Soil!

Geoff will take you through every step of the process and explain in detail how to do it yourself. From Compost creation to larger Kitchen Gardens and then to broad acre farming – this is the future of biological agriculture.

Subjects covered:

– Biodiversity and Compost
– Designing a Kitchen Garden
– Worm Farms
– Duck Ponds
– Using Chickens in a Food Forest
– Pasture Management
– Cell Grazing
– Fungi
– Soil Re-mineralization Strategies
– Compost Teas
– Soil Tests you can do yourself
– Ripping the Soil
– How to build an Instant Garden

and many more Permaculture design techniques are revealed in this unique film.

Follow Geoff Lawton on Facebook here and Twitter here.


The Permaculture Research Insitute

PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world. Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.


  1. This was an awesome video – it really covered everything! I learned a lot from watching this presentations. Highly recommend watching it if you have an interest in gardening, sustainability, and raising farm animals. Geoff Lawton is simply brilliant!

  2. I left a housewarming party for a fellow winemaker to watch the end of this vid tonight, although I understand the soil Foodweb concepts well. Why can’t I download the rest, knowing that International Permaculture Day hits us first in Australia (and rightly so, we are the founders of it!!;)) What’s going on? I hope there’s a mess of downloads and it’s clogged the system!! Keep spreading old style agriculture, I’m with you all :D

    1. Hi Sonia,
      We are showing time of 1.37.33 for the video, and are able to view the whole movie.

      Regards- Web Team

  3. Really enjoying the film. So far, up to 30 minutes and 51 seconds. What are the beautiful, long, flat greens being harvested at this point? Rosie

  4. Great movie
    But i disagree with the compost : this is not the same process as in Nature. There is no warming in Nature. Is it really the same result? quicker ..
    Thank you for these information

  5. It is Society Garlic. Great. The film was excellent. Loved every minute of it. Super valuable and essential information. Recommended viewing for all. Thank you.

  6. I am only up to 11 minutes but the information so far on non-permacultural farming is so radically misleading, I can barely believe my eyes and ears.
    I love permaculture and gosh, I love soils. I am studying to be an environmental agricultural engineer, on my way to continue my studies in organic farming at SZIU, Hungary. One day I hope to have my own as-sustainable-as-possible simple little farm.
    I in the past few months I have started specializing myself, my knowledge in soil biology, doing parallel studies comparing the life in organic and in “conventional”(never quite clear on what that means one day and what it means next) farming systems’ soils and reading plenty of already conducted studies on this subject..
    It is very important to keep in mind that conventional farming is not the devil it self. If a farmer only goes on the soil when it’s dry enough, only opens it up, when it is necessary and when it’s moist enough and closes it ASAP, covers it with the left over of that plants that were grown on the field and works some of those into the soil, does not overdose on manure – which is possible even with chemical manure, if used wisely – and last but not least loosens the soil every 4-5 years for it not to develop a plough-sole – and of course closing it straight after; the soil can be absolutely happy and well. One may even improve it’s state, in case it has been treated poorly in the past.
    This is not to say that I need to be convinced that permaculture is to be favored but this video so far is just too much so far not to say anything of it.

  7. While I have studied permaculture for years, the simple way you present the principles of permaculture and to see your farm is so informative! I have shared this page widely and hope many of my friends who have small farms heed my suggestion and check your teachings out. Thanks for what you do!

  8. Geoff, I’m an agroecologist.
    I tried for more than 2 hours to view the Soils video.
    I have the best internet connection possible in my little Australian mountain village, but it was impossible.
    I always have trouble with Vimeo, but YouTube is never a problem.
    Please could you have a YouTube channel, or would you be willing to make the film available again to view?
    I’m a subsistence liver, and can’t afford to purchase it.
    Kindest regards.

  9. I have tried to get this video to work for me, and I just keep getting it to say “sorry, because of its privacy settings, this video cannot be played here”

    I have changed my vpn to different locations, Toronto, Seattle, Denver, as well as a few others (I live in Wyoming) and it just won’t work. :'( please help!

  10. Hi All,

    The video is playable through the website. The video does have restrictions on it so it can only be played on this website and any exterior site will be denied access, the VPN is possibly set as an external website and this is why it is unplayable.
    We are unable to place this video on to a youtube account as it has only been made available to us on vimeo for International Permaculture Day.

    Regards – Web Team

    1. I only turned the vpn on when it wasn’t playing, but I did get it to play in another browser, even with leaving the vpn on. I don’t know what the issue is, but now, it keeps stopping, and I have to refresh to watch it again, I’ve made it as far as 20 minutes. It looks really well done, but I hope I do get to see it all!

    2. is it possible to watch video free some more days , not only 2 day in a year? It may be opening of consciousness to people who even don’t know what is Permaculture.But they will certainly not order DVD. I understand that making film costs money but it can come back in other way if one is ready to share big idea. Thank you.

      1. Hi Zoki,
        There maybe some other videos available at a later date. This was generously offered by Geoff Lawton and ecofilms to celebrate International Permaculture day and the theme of soils.

        Regards – Web Team

  11. I’m from Chile, Southamerica, and have viewed without problems this Fantastic! Video on Vimeo about the Technics and Ecological Philosophy of Permaculture !! — Many thanks Mr. Lawton for Your work! … and I think to order the DVD tomorrow! :- )

  12. Thank you for a nice experience, saved me from the stupid tv… :)
    Keep on with the excellent work!

  13. Is this film available with French subtitles and in DCP format to show at a film festival in France?

    1. Hi Maria,
      No, this film does not have French subtitles, for any film viewings, you will need to contact ecofilms, link in the article, for permission.

      Regards – Web Team

  14. Thank you for sharing. I have always embraced parts of Permaculture without even knowing what Permaculture was. Motivated by you I plan on fully migrating to the best of my ability. Maybe a Nobel prize is in your future, and well deserved at that.

  15. Love it! Love it! Love it!
    I’m taking Geoff’s PDC right now and am simply filled with hope and becoming armed with the tools to accomplish dreams I’ve had all my life! His teaching style is brilliant and easy to follow, and of course, the subject matter and content is captivating and so desperately needed right now.
    Thank you, Geoff, for being faithful to bring your gift to so many people! I thank God for you and bless you to receive a hundred-fold for all the “seed” you have sowed in the lives of so many others like myself! You are a bringer of Life!

  16. Amazing film, love the way Geoff explains everything and how simple he makes it all look. Thank you Geoff!

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