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A Food Forest Emerging in Augusta #Maine

Site of the future food forest at Viles Arboretum

On a hot summer day in 2016, Shana Hostetter (the Hub’s lead designer), Dan Schenk (one of our Advanced PDC grads) and I strolled a grassy savannah-like area of Viles Arboretum in Augusta, Maine.  Dotted with sculpture and surrounded by some lovely specimen trees, the south-facing “bowl” we toured seemed ideal for one of Viles’ new projects:  a food forest!

Tracy Weber, a Viles Volunteer trained in permaculture design, and Mark Desmeules, Viles Executive Director, shared some of their thinking with us:

“The Viles Arboretum wants to inspire people with the possibilities of local sustainable food production, educate our community about how it can be done and then encourage people to replicate this system in their yards and in public spaces. We aim to show that providing food for ourselves does not have to and should not deprive other living things of food and shelter. The Viles Arboretum has a reputation as a destination for learning, respite and connection with the outdoors. This, along with its history as a farm, makes it an ideal location for this project.

The Food & Forest Project will begin as a 1 acre demonstration plot designed with permaculture principles to integrate trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals into a food ‘forest’. Permaculture is a system of design that takes into account the whole ecosystem when designing for food production by harnessing the assets of a landscape such as aspect, topography and water. This permaculture plot will serve as the site of and jumping off point for numerous community collaborations and educational opportunities. We envision a fenced in plot for annual vegetables and additional community garden plots. There will be berry production and an expanded orchard managed organically. A food “forest” of edible shrubs and trees such as walnuts, persimmons, hazelnuts, blueberries and elderberries will provide food for people, pollinators and other wildlife.”

In addition to this great vision from Tracy and Mark, other members of the region’s agriculture, permaculture and “sustainability” community have been involved, including Mid-Maine Permaculture group members and many of our own PDC grads.

The Resilience Hub, having been engaged to help with the design of the site, suggested doing as much awareness-raising and “participatory design” as possible, because our experience suggests that these activities not only strengthen the quality of the resulting design as well as help interested community-members get involved early on.

First draft concept sketch for the food forest at Viles Arboretum

Last week nearly fifty people turned up at Viles for a viewing of INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective and to hear a little bit about the project.  The first draft of the food forest design was on display as well!  The Resilience Hub is currently incorporating feedback and working on the final drawings to be delivered in a couple of weeks.

If you would like to get involved in this project at Viles Arboretum in Augusta, Maine, contact us and we would be happy to connect you with Tracy or Mark.  First stages of the install are on deck for this year!

Lisa Fernandes, Resilience Hub Founder

#Resilience Hub Staff & Colleagues Certified in #REX Farm-scale #Permaculture Design

File_000 (1)The demand for regenerative agricultural design and practices is growing in Maine and across our region.  What if, in the process of producing food and making a living, farms could leave their soil deeper, healthier, more fertile and more able to withstand drought and flooding, year after year? What if the act of producing food for the markets of our region resulted in cleaner water and air and less reliance on fossil fuels? What if running those farms represented a more-than-ample living wage and quality of life for the farmers and workers?

From August 4-14 of this year, staff from The Resilience Hub in Portland, Maine as well as collaborators from other parts of the Maine permaculture network, participated in the final  North American version of the 10-day Regenerative Agriculture Design Course (aka “REX” training) offered by Regrarians Ltd. File_000 Regrarians is an Australia-based firm led by Lisa Heenan, Isabella Doherty and Darren Doherty.  They have performed farm and ranch-scale land planning services for well over a thousand farms around the world.  The training provided a quantum leap in our local knowledge about how to design (or redesign) farm enterprises for much greater resilience into an uncertain future.

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Jesse Watson, Shana Hostetter, Ken Hahn, Lisa Fernandes and Tyler Omand cross Lake Champlain to get to #REX10NewYork

“For over 20 years our family have travelled the world helping to regenerate communities, landscapes, farms & most importantly soils. Having helped develop 1000’s of projects with nearly 2000 clients we have broad expertise & knowledge in our field. Since 2001 we’ve trained over 15,000 people in a broad range of methodologies drawing on the practical wisdom that comes from knowing what we’re doing, not just talking about it.” (from the Regrarians website).

The Regrarians design platform and training draws on Holistic Management, permaculture and a modified version of P.A. Yeomans “Scale of Permanence” framework (as well as our trainers’ 25+ years of experience of course!) Each of the ten days of the training  focused on a different “data layer” of this framework, starting with Climate and working through Economy and Energy.  Read more about the platform here.

For this course, Megan Giroux of Vermont Edible Landscapes offered up her newly acquired property in Essex, New York as the design canvas:  Interlace Agroforestry Farm.   It was a blank slate and day after day we worked through the Regrarians platform to design layers of her new enterprise on this land.  File_000 (4)

Apart from the invaluable design practice and learning we experienced through the training, many of us forged professional connections and bonds that will last well into the future.  Over the course of 2016, Darren and family will have conducted more than a dozen REX trainings around the world and our extended international “community of practice” is already in action via online shared resources and collaborative forums for REX graduates.

Interested in designing, planning or re-designing a farm enterprise? Hit us up for advice or a consultation!

 

2016 Maine Permaculture Day Activities

bef & aft- front 2Thank you to everyone around Maine who has offered to host an open house or other events for 2016 Maine Permaculture Day!  This is a distributed and decentralized way to share some of the things that are happening in the Maine permaculture world with each other and those who are curious.

Maine Permaculture Day is August 20th!

If you are new to permaculture, perhaps do a bit of reading before heading out! Remember that permaculture is a design method and set of strategies that expresses itself differently on every site!  And it’s also important to note that one permaculturist’s aesthetics can be different than the next…so even if something looks too “tidy” or more “wild” than you might prefer, there is still probably some great learning for you in that site!

If you’re in Southern Maine, don’t forget to join us for some social time and a screening of “Inhabit” at the Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland Saturday evening!

IMPORTANT FOR VISITORS:

  1. Please know that this is not a “manicured garden tour” type of event! These are often working landscapes and works-in-progress.  Your hosts may be only a year or two into implementing a 5 or 10-year plan for their site.  The idea here is to stimulate connection and conversation.  What are the goals of the site? What elements are supporting that?  What has worked well?  What was challenging?  What was surprising?
  2. In some cases, event hosts and organizers have given parking guidance for you to follow (in the directory listings if applicable).
  3. The open house hosts may or may not have their bathrooms available for use so the best practice would be to attend to those needs prior to arriving at someone’s place.

Click here for a printable directory of open houses and events (sorted by zip code).

Click here for a smartphone formatted web page .

2016 Maine Permaculture Day Directory by Zip Code

2016 Maine Permaculture Day DIRECTORY – SORTED BY ZIP CODE

Activities & Open Houses as Reported by Hosts


Caroline Rose
Open House
From 9:00:00 AM to 2:00:00 PM
63 Woodlawn Avenue
Kittery, Maine 03904

Phone: 207-475-2969
Email: Caroline.Rose3904@gmail.com

A look at the early stages Permaculture design being implemented on 1/10 of an acre: chickens, food production, composting, redefined zones for a more urban setting. Event includes a walk through the neighborhood and a discussion on how interpersonal connections can support resilience and foster a community-wide sense of security.

Site features: Tree Crops, Rainwater Collection, Livestock, Composting (any kind), Green or Natural Building Techniques, Swales and/or Other Earthworks, Annual Veg Production, De-Paving Techniques, Natural Play Spaces, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Shrub Crops, Vertical Growing, Foraging Systems


Deborah Ganster
GreenFleece Farm
Open House
From 9:00:00 AM to 1:00:00 AM
576 Emery’s Bridge Rd (note – follow the actual numbering, not GPS)
South Berwick, Maine 03908

Phone: 207-676-9886
Email: djganster@yahoo.com

GreenFleece Farm Open House
We have been integrating permaculture design ethics and principles for 6 yrs

Site features: Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Renewable Energy, Livestock, Beekeeping, Hugelkultur, Composting (any kind), Green or Natural Building Techniques, Swales and/or Other Earthworks, Annual Veg Production, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Shrub Crops, Vertical Growing, Foraging Systems, alternative forages, labyrinth, natural wool dyeing

Parking is available along the fields close to the entrance gate, a gravel road.


Jesse McAvoy
Libby Farmden
Open House
From 10:00:00 AM to 5:00:00 PM
35 Libby Avenue
Westbrook, Maine 04092

Phone: 207-228-4444
Email: jesseam@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/libbypermablitz/

Libby Farmden Open House
We have .46 acres that over the course of three years has been transformed from 100% lawn to a productive food forest and garden. There are now many fruit trees, a growing hazelnut hedge, and the beginnings of an apple espalier. We have a flock of chickens, and a family of ducks. There is also a natural pond that we dug three years ago, with fish and frogs (and sometimes ducks) inhabiting it. We have hugelkultur, keyhole beds, and companion planting.

Site features: Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Rainwater Collection, Water Features, Mushroom Production, Livestock, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Hugelkultur, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, Shrub Crops

There is plenty of street parking directly in front of the house, and down the street as far as need be.


Dawn York
Urban Farm Fermentory
A film screening or evening event
From 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

200 Anderson Street
Portland, Maine 04101

Maine Permaculture Day – Social Hour, Potluck and INHABIT Film Screening at UFF

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016, 5:30 PM

Urban Farm Fermentory
200 Anderson Street Portland, ME

14 Permies Attending

Join us to celebrate Maine Permaculture Day with a late afternoon/early evening potluck and social hour (5:30 to 7:00) followed by a screening of INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective (featuring a bunch of local permies!).This event is co-hosted by The Resilience Hub and our friends and neighbors at the Urban Farm Fermentory here in East Bayside.So…

Check out this Meetup →

Evening Social Hour & Film Screening (Inhabit)
Join us to celebrate Maine Permaculture Day with a late afternoon/early evening potluck and social hour (5:30 to 7:00) followed by a screening of INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective (featuring a bunch of local permies!).

Feel free to park at Resilience Hub and walk over


Laura Mailander
Cultivating Community
From 11:00 to 2:00 PM
Eastern Promenade
Portland, Maine 04101
https://www.facebook.com/events/151525858617345/

Sheet Mulching the Community Garden
Join Cultivating Community and Portland Food Co-op to generate a huge amount of people power to create new community garden spaces on the Eastern Prom!


Carol Karlsen

Open House
From 9:00:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Self guided tours are best, though Dave Homa and I will be available to answer questions and plant identifiers will assist visitors who wish to know the range of plants in the garden.

26 Caleb Street
Portland, Maine 04102
Phone: 899 0686
Email: ckarlsen@umich.edu

Permaculture Open House, Urban Food Forest. Featuring fruit and nut trees and bushes, including peach, pear, elderberry, and hazelnut; arbors planted out with grapes, hardy kiwi and schisandra, multiple planting beds with hoop houses; a small pond with water plants; and both perennial and annual vegetables. This property benefited from the talents of many, most notably permaculture designers Dave Homa, Heather Foran and Sarah Bostick and 24 community members who planned and implemented a permablitz on the property in July, 2013.

Site features: Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Rainwater Collection, Water Features, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Shrub Crops, Vertical Growing

Street parking is plentiful, two city buses stop half a block away on the corner of Caleb and Congress Sts, and assistance can be arranged for anyone who requests it.


Elaine G McGillicuddy
Open House
From 11:00:00 AM to 2:00:00 PM
I’ll be on hand to chat with visitors and show the things that didn’t turn out that well, e.g. Cinnamon Vine (though it’s still growing) and the kiwi arbor (No kiwi yet) They can also see the chicken coop, not in use now, but I’d like to “rent it” to someone interested.
62 Avalon Road
Portland, Maine 04103

Phone: 207.653.7004
Email: ebmcgillicuddy@gmail.com
elainemcgillicuddy.com

Scroll one third of the way down here, on my website, to the section entitled “Permaculture”: http://www.elainemcgillicuddy.com/about/about-us/ Eight hyperlinks lead to the Portland Maine Permaculture website where photos were uploaded of past work parties and past open houses held here. This link offers exactly the information I want to share.

Site features: Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Rainwater Collection, Renewable Energy, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Shrub Crops

Avalon Road is a street without sidewalks. Simply park where you can without blocking neighbors’ driveways.


Sally Moon
Open House
From 9:00:00 AM to 3:00:00 PM
We will be onsite to answer questions but tours are casual and can be either self guided or guided.
98 Wellington Road
Portland, Maine 04103

Phone: 207 232 6578
Email: lunabride@gmail.com

Backyard Rain Garden open house house
Our residential yard is the product of a permaculture design by David Homa, which was implemented with the help of many friends in the community during a perma-blitz. Our goals included dealing with water flooding our back yard, expanding our living space by creating outside dining and seating areas, installing gutters and rain barrels as well as growing food. It is a work in progress but we are excited to share it with others.

Site features: No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Rainwater Collection, Water Features, Swales and/or Other Earthworks, Annual Veg Production, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Raingarden or other stormwater re-use

On street parking is available. If folks need to park closer they are welcome to use our driveway.


Aaron Parker
Edgewood nursery
Open House
From 9:00:00 AM to 2:00:00 PM
There will be guided tours at 10:00 and 1:00, each lasting 1-2 hours depending on level of participation / interest, feel free to come late or leave early from the tour.
4 Cruston Way
Falmouth, Maine 04105

Phone: 207-653-2065
Email: rustic_live@yahoo.com
https://www.facebook.com/EdgewoodNursery/

Edgewood Nursery Open House and Guided Tours
Stop by and see our 9 year old forest garden, featuring over 100 species of edible, medicinal or otherwise useful plants. Also tour the nursery where 30-40 species of edible / useful plants are available to purchase, some of these species are not available anywhere else in the state (a few nowhere else on the continent).

Site features: Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Livestock, Plant Propagation / Nursery Techniques, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Hugelkultur, Composting (any kind), Swales and/or Other Earthworks, Annual Veg Production, Shrub Crops

Limited parking available at the end of the driveway, but feel free to park anywhere along the right hand side coming down the driveway.


max boudreau
winslow farm
Open House
From 9:00:00 AM to 5:00:00 PM

291 gray rd
falmouth, Maine 04105

Phone: 207-807-0000
Email: max@winslow-farm.com

We are working on a farm-community scale permaculture project. Some of the many elements include food-forest farming, perennial guilds, mulching and minimal tillage.

Site features: Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Water Features, Mushroom Production, Livestock, Beekeeping, Plant Propagation / Nursery Techniques, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, Shrub Crops, Crops Grown for Market, Foraging Systems

plenty of parking. Landscape with diverse terrain.


Geri Gajewski

Open House
From 9:00:00 AM to 1:00:00 PM
40 Kaler Rd
South Portland, Maine 04106

Phone: 207-749-9331
Email: gerig59@gmail.com
We have lived at residence 3 years. Front yard has been transformed from lawn to garden for herbs and flowers for pollinators. A permablitz event last summer added rain barrels for water collection, raised beds for vegetables, season extension bed and green “room” with beginnings of perineal fruit and vegetable production. Approx 1/3 acre lot. Permaculture techniques: Sheet mulching, water conservation/collection, berms, companion planting, season extension. We use heat pump and wood for heating sources.

Site features: Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Rainwater Collection, Renewable Energy, Composting (any kind), Swales and/or Other Earthworks, Annual Veg Production, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Raingarden or other stormwater re-use

Parking on the street. Uneven grade and downward slope to back yard. Not handicapped accessible.


Scott Vlaun
Center for an Ecology-Based Economy
Open House
From 10:00:00 AM to 2:00:00 PM
26 Whitman Street
Norway, Maine 04268

Phone: 520 0575
Email: scott@ecologybasedeconomy.org
www.ecologybasedeconomy.org

Community Garden and Food Forest Tour
CEBE will be teaming with the Alan Day Community Garden to offer informal tours of both the Community Garden and the Community Food Forest

Site features: Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Rainwater Collection, Renewable Energy, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Hugelkultur, Annual Veg Production, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property)

Please park on the street outside the garden


Scott Vlaun
Center for an Ecology-Based Economy
A film screening or evening event
From 7:00:00 PM to 8:30:00 AM

447 Main Street
Norway, Maine 04268

Phone: 520 0575
Email: scott@ecologybasedeconomy.org
www.ecologybasedeconomy.org

The Promise of Permaculture: Presentation and Discussion
CEBE Executive Director Scott Vlaun will present a slide show entitled “The Promise of Permaculture for Maine’s Western Foothills” providing an in-depth look at the climate and resource challenges ahead and how permaculture principles can be applied to finding ecological solutions. An open discussion will follow. Light refreshments will be served.

Site features:

Park behind Fare Share Food Cooperative

Scott Vlaun
Moose Pond Arts and Ecology
Open House
From 12:00:00 PM to 4:00:00 PM
Green Building and Forest Management tour at 2pm
35 Moose Pond Rd
Otisfield, Maine 04270

Phone: 520 0575
Email: scott@ecologybasedeconomy.org
www.moosepondarts.com

Moose Pond Permaculture Open House
Open House of a 2 acre site transitioning from a market garden to perennial polyculture. Green Buildings and Solar Power.

Site features: Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Water Features, Renewable Energy, Mushroom Production, Livestock, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Hugelkultur, Composting (any kind), Swales and/or Other Earthworks, Annual Veg Production

Park along dirt rd when you see the field on the right.


Claudia Lowd
The Permaculture Inn
A workshop or other educational event
From 10:00:00 AM to 12:00:00 PM
We will be discussing and designing an outside rain water shower and possible cistern 10 am. We are also discussing the do and do not of the d-i-y solar system that will be redesigned and reinstalled September 2017
42 Mill Street
Orono, Maine 04473

Phone: 207-949-5106
Email: Claudialowd@gmail.com
Living applied permaculture lifestyle
We will be designing an outside shower and cistern system, pruning the basket willow, using the outdoor pizza oven and more

Site features: Tree Crops, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Water Features, Renewable Energy, Mushroom Production, Hugelkultur, Composting (any kind), Green or Natural Building Techniques, Annual Veg Production, Natural Play Spaces, Compost Tea Making, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Shrub Crops, Raingarden or other stormwater re-use, Vertical Growing, Foraging Systems

Plenty of street parking with very short walking, garden sitting available or four steps up to a covered porch


Jesse Watson
Midcoast Permaculture Design
Open House
From 10:00:00 AM to 2:00:00 PM
We’ll break for lunch at noon, so bring a dish to share or a bag lunch if you’re in the neighborhood around that time!
168 west meadow rd
Rockland, Maine 04841

Phone: 691 1605
Email: midcoastpermaculture@gmail.com
midcoastpermaculture.com

Midcoast Permaculture Open House
Come see an evolving permaculture design applied to a residential site on a southeast facing slope within spitting distance of downtown Rockland. Some of the forest gardens are approaching six years old and include trees, shrubs, herbs and poultry systems. Mainly focused on perennials with an edible jungle aesthetic. We will also have on display goal articulation statements, the design for the property and examples of other design work from our porfolio.

Site features: Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Rainwater Collection, Water Features, Livestock, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Hugelkultur, Swales and/or Other Earthworks, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Shrub Crops, Raingarden or other stormwater re-use, Foraging Systems

Park in the driveway if there is room, otherwise park along the road. The site is hilly, so may be somewhat challenging if participants have mobility challenges.


Gale Davison

A film screening or evening event
From 10:00:00 AM to 8:00:00 PM
Screenings are time specific. Symphony of the Soil at 10am. In Transition 2 at 1pm. Inhabit at 4pm. How to Cook Your Life at 6:30pm. There is about one hour between screenings to allow for some brief discussion and eating brown bag provisions.
25 Eustis Parkway
Waterville, Maine 04901

Phone: 207-861-1695
Email: galedavison@me.com

Four Movies. Come to all or come for one. Symphony of the Soil at 10am. In Transition 2 at 1pm. Inhabit at 4pm. How to Cook Your Life at 6:30pm.
Participants will learn how a PDC graduate’s thinking has evolved since initiating her journey with Permaculture in an urban environment and with a desire to seek out the Earth’s priorities in her design. I’ve been exploring Shamanism since March 2016 and incorporating divination into my inside and outside designs. A divination search for a sacred vortex on my property led me to surprising results. An area with only air and stone. No vegetables in most of my yard. No other fruit trees but apples. The homework to consider my view has been expanded to include intentional sound. I will offer four movies to screen which cover three of my favorites from the PDC course and How to Cook Your Life which adds Zen and social permaculture considerations. Limit 6 people per showing. Please RSVP.

Site features: Composting (any kind), Spiritual spaces

Park on the street in front of my house. My driveway is short and traffic is fast. Two cars would fit on the lawn to the left of the driveway for people with mobility challenges. Two steps to enter front door.


Nick jackson
Jackson ReGenerational Farm
Open House
From 9:00:00 AM to 2:00:00 PM

881 lincolnville rd
Belmont, Maine 04952

Phone: 207 702 1705
Email: jacksonregenerationalfarm@gmail.com
Facebook.com/jacksonregenerationalfarm

Jackson Regenerational Farm Open House
Open house and garden tour

Site features: Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, Water Features, Livestock, Composting (any kind), Swales and/or Other Earthworks, Annual Veg Production, Raingarden or other stormwater re-use, Crops Grown for Market, Foraging Systems

Park on grass near garage


Erica Buswell and Scott Giroux
Co-efficient Farm
Open House
From 9:00:00 AM to 2:00:00 AM
We’re happy to give tours at anytime visitors stop by and plan to be available to do so at an point during the course of the open-house.
106 Bog Hill Road Extension
Searsport, ME, Maine 04974

Phone: 207-323-6833
Email: ericabuswell@gmail.com
Co-efficient Farm Open House
Visitors are welcome to stop by and see the evolving implementation of our permaculture homestead, including our orchards, sugarbush, annual gardens, fowl, recreational trails, and off-grid solar-powered utility systems. Erica obtained her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2015 and we are happy to provide tours and talk with folks about how the principles of permaculture have informed our goals and future plans for our homestead.

Site features: Tree Crops, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Rainwater Collection, Water Features, Renewable Energy, Mushroom Production, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, Natural Play Spaces, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property)

GPS and google maps won’t get you here unless you are certain to include the “extension” part of the address mentioned above. Visitors are welcome to park anywhere along the edge of our driveway. Anyone with mobility challenges can give us a call for more specific instructions about where to park for better access.


Nyla Bravesnow
Many Hands Farm
Open House
From 9:00:00 AM to 2:00:00 PM

269 Files Hill Rd
Thorndike, Maine 04986

Phone: 207-568-3261
Email: dragonfly9indigo@gmail.com
manyhandsfarm.weebly.com

Many Hands Farm Open House
Many Hands Farm is a small family farm/homestead on 8 open acres of beautiful sloping fields. The farmers’ intention is to steward the land using permaculture and biodynamics with an open-hearted awareness of the community of people, plants, animals and nature spirits on this little patch of earth. They grow a diversity of mostly open-pollinated, heirloom varieties of vegetables; fruit and nut trees; medicinal, tea and culinary herbs; and many edible flowers. They raise Nigerian dwarf dairy goats, American Guinea hogs, Welsh Harlequin and Ancona ducks, Buff geese, heritage breed chickens, and Mini Rex rabbits who collaborate with some pretty active worms to make the best compost on the planet!

Visitors may take a comprehensive tour of the many permaculture gardens, which demonstrate such techniques/principles as sheet mulching, hugelkultur, edible landscaping, terraced farming, working with the elementals (nature spirits), beauty, harmony and healing. Also see animals, unique cabins and outbuildings that all use a small footprint to create beautiful and highly functional spaces, the bunny/worm composting system, biodynamic compost windrows.

The farm stand will be stocked with vegetables, flowers, berries, eggs, goat cheese and pickles. Also for sale: fresh wood-oven-baked sourdough bread, Nyla’s herbal remineralizing toothpaste, rose petal bead malas and herbal teas.

Site features: Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Rainwater Collection, Water Features, Livestock, Plant Propagation / Nursery Techniques, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Hugelkultur, Composting (any kind), Green or Natural Building Techniques, Swales and/or Other Earthworks, Annual Veg Production, Natural Play Spaces, Compost Tea Making, Shrub Crops, Green/Living Roof, Crops Grown for Market, Vertical Growing, Foraging Systems

our homestead has a slope and many dips. It is difficult to tread if one is in a wheelchair or crutches…but not impossible. There are parking signs.

Call for Permaculture Site Visit Hosts & Events for #Maine #Permaculture Day! (August 20th)

Different states and areas around the Northeast region have been developing more local or “sub-regional” permaculture gatherings and events over the past few years.  A pattern is emerging that would have these sub-regional efforts alternate with the return of our larger Northeast Regional Permaculture Convergences (which are likely to come back in some new incarnation in 2017).

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New Hampshire has been successful at running the annual NH Permaculture Day for several years now.  The Finger Lakes area of NY has seen the emergence of various tours and events.  In Vermont, a more music-and-permaculture oriented festival took place last year.  That brings us to….

2016 Maine Permaculture Day

This year here in Maine we are encouraging permaculture designers, practitioners, farmers and activists to open their doors (literal or proverbial) on Saturday, August 20th to help make permaculture work more visible and accessible in its many varied forms.

How can you participate?

  1. Host an “Open House” at your site (suggested open times for that day are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm).  Your site doesn’t need to be picture-perfect, just demonstrate how you are working with permaculture design, principles and techniques…even if you consider your place a work in progress.  You don’t need to give guided tours during the open house unless you want to.  Just being present to chat and answer questions could be completely adequate.  Feel free to have business cards and literature handy to tell about the work you do, if applicable.
  2. bef & aft- front 2Host a work party or permablitz.
  3. Organize a workshop or skillshare.
  4. Hold a screening of Inhabit or another permaculture or regenerative ag/design film.
  5. Have a party or a tasting of the items coming out of your permaculture system in August.
  6. Attend any and all of the above events!  We will publish the list of open houses and events the week before 2016 Maine Permaculture Day!  Don’t forget to RSVP on our meetup site!

Use this form to register your open house, event or other offering!

This year is an experiment in offering things in a decentralized, volunteer-based way that doesn’t require much in the way of organizing capacity.  But as a permaculture community here in Maine, we may want to build on this in future years!  Thinking back to the amazing energy of the regional convergences we’ve hosted in Maine (2010 and 2014), I could see something even more exciting emerge!

 

#Permaculture Lending Library Coming to The #Resilience Hub in March!

Many of you have gotten a taste of our permaculture library over the years while attending permaculture workshops and events.  Some of you have even helped schlep our “traveling library” in and out of our teaching spaces in our now-infamous blue cargo boxes!

Well, we have finally taken the leap of cataloguing our growing collection (major shouts to LibraryThing.com of Portland, Maine by the way!), getting glass-fronted library cupboards for our office and will soon be setting up our “open library hours” down at The Resilience Hub on Anderson Street.

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The library (not fully loaded into the system yet) contains more than two hundred titles – books, periodicals and DVDs – on everything permaculture, regenerative agriculture, food forestry, green and natural building and renewable energy.  Want to research plants for your own property or farm?  Thinking about building a cob oven?  You’ll be able to come on down to the Hub and use our resources to help your planning.  We will probably pair those library hours with some “Ask a Permaculture Expert” clinics and pop-up cafe events as well!  Our library cupboards will be on wheels, so we won’t rule out rolling these things into the parking lot when the weather is good.

Check back for more details soon but, in the meantime, you can track our growing catalog online anytime!

Amazing Silent Auction Items to Support Permablitzing!

With enormous gratitude, I share the list of  some of the auction items that will be on offer for our Urban Winter Family Solstice Soiree (coming up this evening at 5:30!)

All proceeds go to support the 2016 Permablitz season.  We are hoping to extend our work into more neighborhoods in Greater Portland, especially where many people who rent their homes may not have had a chance to install their own food gardens yet!

Please support permablitzing, food security and more by making a generous bid!

If you want to read the full details on these wonderful items, please visit our online bidding preview page.  You can even place some online bids up until 5:30 pm today!

 

Basket of Abundance from Ben & Jesse’s Permaculture Homestead Ben & Jesse JesseMcAvoy Westbrook
Five-Class Yoga Pass Breathing Room Yoga Studio South Portland http://www.breathingroomme.com/
Initial Acupuncture Visit and Treatment Elaine Meade Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Elaine Meade Scarborough http://chirofamilywellnesscenter.com/acupuncture/
Architect Consultation Elizabeth Newman Architect Elizabeth Newman Portland
$100 Gift Certificate to Fore Street Fore Street JoAn and Dana Street Portland http://www.forestreet.biz/
200 Daffodils Planted! Full Circle Landscaping Jennifer Cummings Falmouth http://fullcirclelandscaping.com/
Thai Massage Openspace Bodywork South Portland http://www.openspacebodywork.com/
Custom Music Lesson or Group Song Session Pat Cannon’s Family Music Studio Pat Cannon Brunswick
Tool Library Free Membership + Merchandise Portland Maine Tool Library Anna Sommo Portland http://portlandmainetoollibrary.org/
Permaculture Consultation (2 hour) Postcarbon Designs David Homa Otisfield http://www.postcarbondesigns.com/
Piano Tuning Sherwin Young Piano Technician Sherwin Young http://klavierworker.com/
Door Prizes: Coupon booklets Standard Baking Company JoAn and Dana Street Portland
$100 Gift Certificate to Street and Company Street and Co. JoAn and Dana Street Portland http://www.streetandcompany.net/
The Belonging
View from the Island: Swans Island
I Am Noman
The Canvas Journal Ebyn Moss http://www.thecanvasjournal.com/
Resilience Hub Permaculture Design Consultation
All-American Sun Oven Solar Cooker
The Resilience Hub Lisa Fernandes Portland http://resiliencehub.org/
2016 Sunrise Guide w/ Mobile Package The Sunrise Guide HeatherChandler Westbrook http://thesunriseguide.com/
Custom Hand-Drawn Logo Design Wheatberry Design Erin Smith Portland http://www.wheatberrydesign.com/
Youth/Adolescent Herbal Consultation
Elderberry Syrup
Wild Carrot Herbs Mischa Schuler Portland http://www.wildcarrotherbs.com/
Organic Storage Carrots Winslow Farm Max Boudreau Falmouth http://winslow-farm.com/
Custom Framing or Archival Printing Zero Station Keith Fitzgerald Portland http://www.zerostation.com/home.html
One-Hour Astrological Consultation
Flower Essence Consultation
Allice Haidden Portland http://www.allicethaidden.com/
"Along the Beach" Oil Painting Chris Reed Portland http://www.christopherdreed.com/
Private Yoga Class Elaine McGillicuddy Portland http://www.elainemcgillicuddy.com/
2-Hour Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Coaching/Consultation HeatherForan South Portland
Private Lesson – The Art of Fire-Making Ian Toal Portland
75-Minute Ketzal (native Mexican) Energy Work Session Jim “Xiknawi “Melloh South Portland
Geneology Research Lynne Holland Brunswick
Inflatable Sea Kayak Matt Power Portland
Winslow Park Painting Piper Castles Kennebunk
The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook (Local Author) Sally Trice Portland http://www.lauraswholesomejunkfood.com/

Unitarian Universalist Church Exceeds Fund Raising Goal to Implement #Permaculture Plan

File_000 (1)My son and and I enjoyed a great service at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church (“A2U2”) in Portland, Maine last Sunday (our first service there even though we’ve visited the church for other reasons many times). But despite how fabulous the sermon by Rev. Myke Johnson on laughter yoga, that was not our reason for attending!

File_000A couple of years ago The Resilience Hub was engaged by A2U2 to help convene a participatory permaculture design process with their congregation. The 70s-era church sits on a seven-acre site a few miles from downtown Portland and really wanted to make the best use of their property while also really living into their mission to “walk lightly on the earth.”

Over several months, (along with their Environment Committee) we convened awareness-raising events like permaculture movie nights, field trips to permaculture sites and a custom “Intro to Permaculture Design Short Course.” Further to that we did site assessment and analysis. Meanwhile surveys, interviews and interactive display boards engaged even more members of the church. It turned out to be one of the more “participatory” initiatives ever carried out by the church and resulted in a Draft Concept sketch and a motivated set of teams researching feasibility and budgets for different design elements to take to an all-church vote.

photoBack to this past Sunday’s celebration…  A2U2 recently completed their Capital Campaign, which had set a goal of raising $215,000 toward the implementation of the top-priority components of their permaculture plan (more on this later).  They were overjoyed to report that pledges not only met, but fully exceeded, this goal.  Now the real work begins!

I look forward to following their progress and collaborating whenever possible.  Multi-stakeholder design (churches, schools, business campuses, etc.) is a very special category of the professional permaculture world – one that takes more time and energy than most residential or farm designs.  But the results are critical:  without good process (i.e. “social permaculture”),  we jeopardize our ability to implement even the best permaculture design of physical spaces.

We will post more as this project unfolds!

LisaF, The Resilience Hub

Fox Field Food Forest November Update

FFFFlogo4.8We are pleased to report that we are making steady progress on the Fox Field Food Forest Project and the primary ADA compliant pathway will be installed starting during Thanksgiving week.  We will also get an “information kiosk” up to explain what is happening, since these initial steps might be confusing to someone who doesn’t know about the whole project!

Background: For those new to the project, the East Bayside Neighborhood Organization (EBNO) received funding in early 2014 to design and install a neighborhood food forest in keeping with increased urban agriculture happening around the city and to kick off the theme of “Edible East Bayside” (embedding food in the landscape in a variety of ways).  The City, The Resilience Hub and staff from Wright-Pierce have been working with EBNO all along the way.  It took some time to find the right spot (the eastern corner of Fox Field) and then more time to involve as many of the neighbors and neighborhood groups as possible.  And there’s always more of that to do!  But we have been committed to as robust of a participatory design of the Fox Field Food Forest as possible.

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Design session with the kids at Mayo Street this summer

Highlights of our current status:

  • Thorough soil testing was done and the site was found to be quite clean, with no remediation needed.
  •  First DRAFT drawing (FFFF ConceptualPlan 8.21), based on neighborhood design sessions, has been created
  • Primary path and explanatory kiosk going in now
  • This winter we will circle back with neighborhood groups for feedback on the DRAFT design
  • Working with the City to develop the stewardship and maintenance plan
  • Will create the final drawings at the end of winter
  • Doing some additional fund-raising to install Phase 2 of the Food Forest in the 2nd half of 2016
  • Start the installation of the rest of the Food Forest in the spring with neighborhood work parties, permablitzes and more!
  • So far involved parties have included EBNO (residents & businesses), Resilience Hub, Wright-Pierce, City of Portland, Root Cellar, Mayo Street, Portland Police Dept, Parks Commission, Study Center in Kennedy Park, Portland Housing Authority and some early conversations with the Muslim Community Center.  More of all of this to come….

Watch for more updates and the formation of a neighborhood stewardship team to help ensure maximum use and care of one of our new neighborhood assets!

Great old photo for perspective on the area.  Our site never had buildings on it, just playing fields.
Great old photo for perspective on the area. Our site never had buildings on it, just playing fields.

Fox Field Food Forest:  It’s more than just a garden!  It will be a convening place with edible landscaping, learning and playing opportunities, a social space, an oasis of ecological health and beauty in East Bayside for all to enjoy!

Permaculture Site Consultations Anyone?

vert_angle_deg=-3.4 / horiz_angle_deg=-3.1There are five of us working at The Resilience Hub now, designing, teaching, organizing, etc. And with so many awesome designers around, I personally don’t get out to as many client consults as I used to.  But I do love doing it and keeping my hand in.  So today I had a fabulous treat of being able to get out on a gorgeous fall sunny day in Maine to walk around a client/friend/student’s property and brainstorm design ideas for her place. Without saying as much, we talked zones, sector influences, stacking functions, perennial edible ecosystems, rainwater collection, relative location and more.

It sure is a joy to have design conversations with “clients” who have already gone through a robust permaculture awareness-raising process! It makes the design work so much more cooperative and enjoyable for all.  The client receives a substantial list of written recommendations and ideas at the end of the consult and the designer gains more experience applying the permaculture ethics and principles to another unique landscape.

Who do you know that needs a two-hour design consult before the snow flies?

Designfully,

Lisa