Chipotle Mexican Grill and Urban Roots – an Austin-based nonprofit that uses food and farming to transform young people’s lives and inspire, engage and nourish the community – are teaming up to show the film, “Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective,” which explores the environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions derived through Permaculture, a design lens and process that uses ecosystem principles to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Immediately following the screening, an expert panel will discuss how the concepts of Permaculture deepen people’s connection to land and food, the difference between people-centered agriculture versus industrial agriculture, and how programs like Urban Roots celebrate experiential learning around these concepts for young people.


The screening will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (2700 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78757), and doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. The panel discussion with Q&A will immediately follow. Tickets are $10 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Urban Roots. All attendees will receive a FREE Chipotle burrito card and tomato grow kit. Tickets are available here:


“We want to spark conversation about where food comes from and how to cultivate a sustainable future,” said Ashley Rezai McCollum, marketing strategist at Chipotle. “Together with Urban Roots, we’re looking forward to fueling that dialogue in Austin while raising money to support their volunteer and youth development programs.”


“This is a great film that will make viewers re-think what ‘human impact’ and ‘environmental footprint’ could mean in the future,” said Max Elliott, executive director at Urban Roots. “We’re eager to show the film and excited to have Chipotle partner with us to make this night a success. It’s a fun event that raises awareness of ecological issues and funds for our programs here in Austin, allowing us to further our outreach in the community.”


The post-film Q&A and discussion panel includes local and nationally-renowned food policy experts, including:

Moderator: Edwin Marty – Food Policy Manager, City of Austin


  • Raj Patel – Author, activist and academic
  • Sharon Mays – Austin/Travis County Sustainable Food Policy Board Member
  • Lea Scott – Farm Director, Urban Roots

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