Lara has worked in film and television in various capacities, but mostly as a freelance researcher for factual formats. Having recently completed studies in directing and editing for drama as well as factual, she is now focussing her energies on directing her own projects and working in collaboration with other film makers in the Blue Mountains. Lara discovered Permaculture when Rosemary Morrow released her first edition of Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture in the late 90s shortly after purchasing an acre in the Blue Mountains that was weed infested. Due to travel pressures as a freelance researcher, Lara found that she had her house rented out more than she was able to live in it and was unable to improve the land. She decided two years ago to let go of the freelance work and settle for good in her house in the Blue Mountains and start applying Permaculture principles to her house and land. Realising she had much to learn, she completed a Permaculture Design Certificate at the Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute run by Lis Bastian – and hasn’t looked back! Many of her friends live in the city (of Sydney) and many are interested in Permaculture, and as such Lara has become interested not only in her own land, but also in how Permaculture can be applied to city living and business. Lara is also in the start-up phase of a pro-biotic soft drink business that she is structuring around Permaculture principles.