The Meadow Project’s mission is to educate and raise awareness about sustainable, native, healthy, easy and affordable land care practices that support wildlife and human life.

With that mission, we have just completed production on Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home, a 90-minute environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.

Hometown Habitat features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread that challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. “It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be that way.” Inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping illustrate Tallamy’s vision by showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits. The message: All of us have the power to support habitat for wildlife and bring natural beauty to our patch of the earth. The goal: Build a new army of habitat heroes! DVDs available May 16th!

It has been a fascinating journey and the team has loved every minute of it! But our work is not done. Making a feature length film is expensive. We still need to pay about $80,000 in outstanding costs to produce the film. We are grateful for your support. If you have been thinking of pitching our project to others that you know share our vision, now is the time!

Screenings are already booked! These are upcoming venues where Hometown Habitat will be screened and more are being added.

Wild Ones St Croix Oak Savanna (Stillwater, MN)
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 12:30 pm
Author, Heather Holm will host a discussion following the screening
Stillwater Public Library, Margaret Rivers Rooms
224 Third Street North, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082-4806
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Brookside Gardens Lecture Series
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10 am
Meet Producer-Director, Catherine Zimmerman Discussion to follow.
1800 Glenallan Ave.  Wheaton, MD 20902
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Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6 pm
Cape Cinema, Dennis, MA

Coastal WildScapes
Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 5-9 pm
Straton Hall, 1423 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, Georgia 31520
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Coastal WildScapes
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 5-9 pm
Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 W Liberty St, Savannah, GA 31401-3909
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Georgia Native Plant Society
Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 6:30 pm
Meet Producer-Director, Catherine Zimmerman
Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE Atlanta, Georgia 30309
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More details upcoming

For organizations who already have a license to screen, please share with us your Hometown Habitat screening details.   We encourage organizations to be part of producing this film.  For a contribution of $500 you automatically get a license to screen and help us spread the message. Use the screening as an opportunity to attract new people to your organization!

The Journey and Stories of Hometown Habitat

Award winning director, Catherine Zimmerman, catherine_cameraand film crew traveled across the country to visit Hometown Habitat heroes, who are reversing detrimental impacts on the land and in the water of major U.S. watersheds, one garden at a time. They wound 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 habitat heroes, Catherine and crew introduce us to ecologists, entomologists and other experts who 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 landscapes.

The stories they traveled to tell touch on all aspects of the benefits of native plants and brings to light a sense of community that makes conservation landscaping possible. These are the stories.

Douglas Tallamy, PhD- Entomologist, teacher, author and environmental activist. Tallamy leads the charge to inform and inspire audiences all over the country as he eloquently speaks about diversity and the critical, ecological connections between native insects and native plants. This is a very inspiring and informative segment which provides the framework for the documentary.

Million Trees NYC- ( Ecosystem Services) It all started with studies that showed that the population of New York City would swell to one million more people by 2030. The Bloomberg administration took a very progressive, science based approach to the issue and created PlaNYC a sustainability and resiliency blueprint for New York City. The Million TreesNYC campaign was just one of the 127 initiatives launched by PlaNYC to keep pace with the population projection. Hometown Habitat focuses in on the partnerships formed and the habitat heroes that make planting one million trees in ten years feasible.

Be A Habitat Hero Program- (Water conservation) Teaching about restoring habitats with little water resources, in the Colorado water basin, is the mission of Susan Tweit and Connie Holsinger (founder). We follow their lengthy treks and efforts to set up workshops with water districts and citizens, giving hands on experience to "wildscape" yards to "grow a network of habitat for songbirds and pollinators across the Rocky Mountain region and beyond, and restore the joy of seeing nature every day in the places where we live, work and play."

Eco-artists, South Florida- (Environmental Art Solutions) Artists are finding ways to use their art to help solve environmental problems in their hometowns. We follow two, unique artists as they identify eco-issues, collaborate with experts to solve the issue, and involve the community in the eco-art solution.

Sustainable Practices- (Redefining the Horticulture Industry) The Chesapeake watershed is one of the largest estuaries in the country with major pollution from cities, agriculture and dense development. We look at the role the horticulture community can play in helping to educate homeowners about conservation landscapes. The Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council is developing a Bay wide certification program to re-educate designers & installers with the goal of growing the numbers of consistently trained and certified conservation landscape professionals.

Steven Apfelbaum- (Restoration and Conservation Development) “Once we recognize the important ecological roles that plants play, we can incorporate those roles into existing developments or new developments. We can design them so they are functional ecosystems. And we are beginning to do this”. Doug Tallamy. Since the 70's, ecologist Steve Apfelbaum has been doing just that. We visit Prairie Crossing, a collaboration between developers George and Vicky Ranney and Steve Apfelbaum, which turns the development paradigm upside down. Instead of “planting” 600 acres of houses, half of the acreage is devoted to native, prairie habitat, which manages storm water and provides people with daily access to nature.

Sacred Grounds- (Interfaith Environmental Movement) An initiative of the Garden for Wildlife program of the National Wildlife Federation, that taps into the natural partnership between religion and the notion that we should preserve "God's Green Earth". “We are re-wilding, You are the hands. We are turning this land back to what it once was, can and should be. Just imagine the pollinators, in decline, and the songbirds who can have breakfast by the mosques, lunch at the synagogue, 4pm tea at the temple and dinner at the church because we connect sacred grounds and create islands of sustainability.” Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, on planting day at Adat Shalom in Bethesda, Maryland.

Wild Ones- (Grass roots, service based, environmental activism). Hometown Habitat visits two Wild Ones chapters in the Great Lakes watershed. Green Bay, Wild Ones activist, Ned Dorff, is a teacher, husband, father, city council activist and naturalist. Ned represents an up and coming crowd of young people actively and politically engaged in making environmental change, for the better, in their hometowns. Todd Crail, Oak Openings Wild Ones founder in Toledo, is an environmental science lecturer, for University of Toledo. Crail advocates with UT for a service based learning experience, where his students are fully engaged in actively solving environmental, community issues.

A Sense of Community

September 24th, 2015

Bringing home a delicious, protein packed caterpillar!
photo  Douglas W. Tallamy

Ever since entomologist Doug Tallamy awakened me to the critical connection between native plants and native insects, with his book, Bringing Nature Home, a new, fascinating world has opened up. Without hesitation, I can say Doug has inspired me and changed the path I’ve taken in environmental filmmaking. I am thrilled to be producing Hometown Habitat, Read more…

Hometown Habitat Heroes

July 15th, 2015

Wild Ones, Linda and Dallas Howard, have turned their backyard, planted with native plants, into an oasis for pollinators and aquatic life.

The Hometown Habitat crew has some great news! But 1st, a status update. Hard to believe we are already in mid-July. The crew is back out on the road to finish getting pick-up shots. Each story we travel to tell needs multiple visits to locations to tell the complete story. We revisited SE Florida to Read more…

Earth Day Call to Action: Plant Natives!

April 22nd, 2015

Young student happily joins in Mangrove planting. Mangroves are critical native trees in Florida coastal ecosystems.   image from Hometown Habitat

Earth Day, an astounding