Catherine Zimmerman (The Meadow Project) has teamed up with Doug Tallamy, PhD and the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council to produce a new film on native plants called Hometown Habitat! The Meadow Project and CCLC missions’ promote the principles of conservation landscaping and expand the practice of conservation landscaping throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. Our hope is that the production of Hometown Habitat will further expand our missions beyond the Chesapeake Bay, to the entire country!

Hometown Habitat is a 90-minute environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Entomologist Doug Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures, on the misuse of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss provides the narrative thread throughout Hometown Habitat. The message: “We can change the notion that humans are here and nature is some place else. It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be that way.” Each individual has the power to conserve resources, restore habitat for wildlife and bring beauty to their patch of earth.

Donating funds to make this documentary film possible was the right thing to do. It's important work, and what better way to convey the message about native plants, pollinators and larval foods than by seeing the relationship first hand. Surely, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a movie is worth a million~ Steve Castorani

Award winning director, Catherine Zimmerman, and film crew journey across the country to visit Hometown Habitat Heroes, people - young and old of various races and creeds - who are reversing detrimental impacts on the land and in the water of major U.S. watersheds, one garden at a time. They wind their way through the watersheds of Florida, the prairies of the Mississippi River Basin, the streams and rivers of the Rocky Mountains, the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes and Columbia River to share success stories and works-in-progress that celebrate conservation landscaping that re-awakens and redefines our relationship with Nature.

Along with the everyday Hometown Heroes, we meet ecologists, entomologists and other experts who will share the science behind how today's 'native-plants-know- best' enthusiasts, landscape architects and conservation groups are helping 20th century-minded city planners, businesses and developers appreciate the myriad 21st century benefits of low-maintenance, seasonally-dynamic and eco-healthy landscape installations, that respect Nature's original best practices.

Many Thanks Supporters!

October 21st, 2014

Hyssop. Hummingbird Heaven! photo Catherine B. Zimmerman
Hyssop. Hummingbird Heaven! photo Catherine B. Zimmerman

On behalf of the Hometown Habitat film crew, Doug Tallamy and the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, I want to recognize all the generous folks who have joined our team by donating their dollars. As independent filmmakers, we can’t produce this important documentary without your help and support! Thank you!

35 Years of Wildness!

July 19th, 2014

Wild Center, Neenah, WI

  The Meadow Project has spent most of the post 4th of July weeks roaming around Wisconsin, visiting people and organizations we call Habitat Heroes. The Wild Ones Natural Landscapers was on our radar as one of the oldest organizations in the mid-west to have a mission of “promoting environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity […]

Centro Hispano, Madison, Wisconsin

July 10th, 2014

Students learned how to measure slope, take soil samples and design a site for human and wildlife use.

Everyone (there were over 50 participants) in the Earth Partnership for Schools institute took a break and posed for out Hometown Habitat cameras.   This summer institute had a Latino focus and today was all about planning the installation of a rain garden and designing a community, family friendly outdoor activity center, featuring native plants, […]

Earth Partnership for Schools

July 9th, 2014

Filming the children as they sweep the prairie to  explore the insect population.

Earth Partnership for Schools holds summer institutes for teachers, students and community members to learn how to make ecology more relevant in the classroom, home and hometown. We are visiting for two days to see how participants learn and grow and take these concepts home to their own communities.  Here we follow kids visiting a […]

Wisconsin Wonderful!

July 9th, 2014

Corrie Daniels working to heal ecosystems.

Wow! What a beautiful state and fantastic people!  Today we visited Corrie Daniels and her crew at Taylor Creek Restoration Nursery in Brodhead, WI. Taylor Creek and sister company Applied Ecological Services, have been around for over 30 years providing native plants grown from locally collected seed as well as ecological design and restoration services.  […]

Happy 4th of July!

July 4th, 2014

Children explore meadow planting.

Hello all! We are on the journey and are open to your suggestions of Habitat Heroes. We shoot in Ohio over the holiday and then on to film in Wisconsin for the next week. One program we visit is Earth Partnership for Schools. Teachers engage in week long institutes: “We invite teachers to participate in […]

Westward Bound

July 2nd, 2014


We are headed to the mid-west! I am very excited AND happy for the great response yesterday to the fundraising campaign. We need $130,000 for production and we have 60 days to get there. That means every day we need to raise about $2,200. Guess what? You guys stepped up yesterday with exactly $2200! Keep […]