Located at 59°N in rural Sweden, Ridgedale Permaculture is allegedly the northernmost commercial permaculture farm on the planet. Integrating several enterprises on a 10-hectare piece of land, the farm offers an example of how holistic design can help pave the way to a new model of food production that is small-scale, profitable and regenerative for the land.
Filmed over a period of 2 weeks in July 2016, Gracie's backyard is a feature-length documentary that offers a candid look into the daily life of Ridgedale Permaculture through the eyes of the people who live and work there.
Three years after acquiring what was an abandoned farm, Richard Perkins and his partner Yohanna Amselem have managed to create a profitable and diversified business that produces healthy food for their community. Broiler chickens, pastured eggs and organic vegetables from no-dig market gardens are sold locally within a 50-km radius. All that laid out over a silvo-pasture system with an impressive array of berry shrubs, fruit and nut trees which will start yielding tons more of marketable produce within a few years.
More than just a working farm, Ridgedale has become a hub for young people eager to learn what it takes to start and run a successful regenerative agriculture business. Thus Gracie's Backyard is also an invitation to hear from volunteers and employees from all over the world about their experience on this nascent and promising farm.
By focusing on the human aspect of what makes this small farm work, we hope this film will appeal to a broad audience, and help inspire a new generation of small farmers and homesteaders.