Sunday, Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m.
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, 120 E. Boyson Rd. in Hiawatha
Sunday, Jan. 24 at 1:30 pm
Shambaugh Auditorium, University of Iowa Main Library
Several Iowa organizations are partnering to host film screenings in Hiawatha (Jan. 17) and Iowa City (Jan. 24) to raise awareness around environmental issues. The feature-length documentary film to be shown, Inhabit, is an introduction to permaculture, the forward-thinking process based around the incorporation of natural elements and patterns into agricultural and social design.
The free screenings will launch a community-wide initiative, Regenerative Landscapes, which partners several groups including Backyard Abundance, Iowa City Parks and Recreation, the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability and Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center.
Other projects include an “Outdoor Edible Classroom” on the south side of the Iowa City Robert A. Lee Recreation Center (by the pool), community classes on fruit trees and orchard crops, and local school teach-ins about the importance of native ecosystems.
Backyard Abundance is an environmental education nonprofit that’s led educational workshops, experiential events and community gardening projects in Johnson County since 2006.
“Through nurturing regenerative landscapes in our community, we inherently nurture our own physical, mental and spiritual health,” said Backyard’s co-director Jen Kardos. She added, “Something magical happens when a child picks and tastes a fresh strawberry that she planted herself. Families want to take small steps that provide access to healthy food and give them peace of mind that they are helping wildlife populations, such as monarch butterflies.”