One of Native Return’s signature projects before I established my east33.org blog involved returning areas infested with invasive plants to their former health as self-sustainable native meadows, thereby promoting the survival of native species like bobolinks and many others which require meadows for breeding, feeding and nesting.
So it is with great enthusiasm that I recommend to you Catherine Zimmerman. Four years ago Catherine, a native habitat advocate, sustainable landscape gardener, author, filmmaker, friend and fellow team member at Native Plant and Wildlife Gardens, began traveling the country filming meadow and prarie landscapes for her book and film entitled Urban & Suburban Meadows, Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces, an undertaking she named The Meadow Project. The book has been published and is doing well, but she is scouting for funds to complete the remaining work on the film.
As Catherine so adeptly notes, “Meadow plantings don’t have to be out in fields-hence the name of the book. I advocate for sustainable, meadowscapes in our back yards, at schools, anywhere we have too much lawn. I’m trying to get people to reduce lawn in favor of habitat.”
Catherine is using the help of a Kickstarter website to raise funds to complete the film, and must raise the full $20,000 by Monday February 20th, or “no money changes hands”.
Please take a good look at The Meadow Project kickstarter site description and video, and make a generous donation to The Meadow Project your first and best contribution of 2012.
About Catherine: Catherine Zimmerman is an award winning filmmaker and sustainable landscape designer based in the Washington, DC area. She is accredited in organic land care through the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, N.O.F.A. She has recently authored Urban & Suburban Meadows, Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces and is working on the companion video which she hopes to release in 2012.