“I’m taking out all the bad plants in my yard” That’s the kind of comments people are making at the end of the rough cut showing of Hometown Habitat, said Catherine Zimmerman to the CCLA Turning a New Leaf banquet audience.
The film is narrated by Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware, and author of Bringing Nature Home, which promotes native plant landscapes. Highly productive plants are always native, he says, in a plea to rebuild biodiversity.
The film tells the story of how to create landscapes for more than beauty through vignettes. In its full-length form, Hometown Habitat will feature eight vignettes from across the country showing the audience how to make a difference in providing wildlife habitat through their own gardens and actions. The rough cut showcases stories from New York City’s Million Trees initiative to Colorado Habitat Heroes, where the audience learns lawns are a luxury people can no longer afford.
Catherine Zimmerman is making a push to raise final funding to complete production. The vision is that Hometown Habitat empowers groups all over the U.S. to host private showings to build community support and connect people to nature. Initially, the audience will be native plant societies, with the goal of spreading out to more everyday audiences who may not have knowledge of gardening or the needs of wildlife. Additionally, she’s working to have the film shown on a state-affiliated PBS station.
You can learn more and donate at the CCLA Hometown Habitat page. If you’d like to reach out to Catherine directly, you may do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.