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2017 Maine Permaculture Day Directory

Welcome to the 2017 Maine Permaculture Day Events!

Click here for a printable PDF version of the Directory!

This is a decentralized and distributed event, with open houses and events offered by volunteers and permaculture practitioners from across the state.  Remember that there is no one “version” of permaculture expression and every site is different, both in approach as well as in aesthetics.  There is something to learn at every site, especially if you can speak with the host(s) and find out about their permaculture journey.  

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 (or longer!) 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 approach would be to attend to those needs prior to arriving at someone’s place.
DIRECTORY (SORTED BY ZIP CODE, ROUGHLY SOUTH TO NORTH)

Click here for a printable PDF version of the Directory!

Eden Acres Organic Orchard Open House

Early Season Apple Tastings

Rural

Bryan Quincannon

Organic Heirloom Apple Orchard

www.EdenAcresFarm.com

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

255 Ossipee Hill Road

East Waterboro  04030

207-200-7473

Educational orchard tours and early season apple tastings offered at the farm store.

Tree Crops, Livestock, Beekeeping, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, Compost Tea Making, Crops Grown for Market

Farm store is accessible. Orchard property is located alongside a mountain with uneven/rocky terrain.

We will show how to brew compost tea at 12 noon. Orchard tours will be conducted as necessary. Apple tastings will be on-going.


Social Permaculture Fireside Chat

Rural

Rachel Lyn Rumson

George Perley House

6:00 PM to  9:00 PM

8 George Perley House

Gray, Maine  04039

Guests at this event will gather for a light pot luck meal, roam gardens and circle up for a fireside chat about relationship and place as it pertains to social permaculture design, strategy and application. Rachel Lyn Rumson will facilitate the conversation.

The location is at George Perley House B&B where Rachel Lyn and her family are running an established bed and breakfast in a colonial farmhouse. The B&B serves a full, locally raised and farmed country breakfast. They are expanding on-site food and fuel production, and adding classes in in cooking, gardening, fermentation, and canning to their community offerings.

This location features permaculture food gardens that are three years in the making, a mature orchard and flower gardens, chickens and ducks, a small greenhouse, composting, rain catchment and sit spots are emerging throughout.

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Rainwater Collection, Livestock, Beekeeping, Plant Propagation / Nursery Techniques, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, Compost Tea Making, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Shrub Crops, Vertical Growing

Lots of parking on site. Landscape is mostly flat.

There will be a grounds tour at 6:00pm. Fireside chat at 7:00pm.

Bring your favorite camp chair and beverage, a dish to share. We are booked that weekend for rooms come back another time to enjoy the waking hours.


Forest Keep Open House

Rural

Michael Dunn

8:00 AM to  3:00 PM

352 Bolsters Mills Rd

Harrison 04040

207-583-6746

A few thousand square feet of two year old permaculture planting plus fruit orchard (15+trees, year 6) plus nut orchard (15+ trees, year 3)

Tree Crops, Renewable Energy, Livestock, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Hugelkultur, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Shrub Crops

Drive down 400 foot driveway and park. Wheelchair will be so-so on grassy paths in youngest area. Other areas very difficult.

Tours scheduled ad-hoc

We said “livestock” but that means four chickens right now! PV grid-tie system, radiant heat powered by woodstove.  Young pawpaw trees!


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Open House

Urban / Suburban

Jesse McAvoy

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

35 Libby Ave, Westbrook 04092

207-228-4444

Basically an open tour of the .49 acre project in progress.  This is its fourth year.  See the awesome, huge herb spiral, a hazelnut hedge, tons of new fruit trees (11) added in the past couple years), a pond we dug 4 years ago with beach plums and highbush cranberry surrounding it, as well as fish and lilies.  Probably more we’re not remembering!

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, Raingarden or other stormwater re-use

Plenty of street parking.  Its pretty rough terrain, so I’d keep that in mind if you have a mobility issue (wheels definitely wouldn’t work, except what you could see from the driveway!)


Street Family Residence Open House

Open House

Suburban

JoAn Street

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

435 Bayview St., Yarmouth  04096

207-939-0103

We are in the first year of implementing a permaculture design done by Shana Hostetter of the Resilience Hub. The residence includes an orchard, berry and nut groves, a kitchen garden and a chicken coop. In the future we will have cultivated shiitake mushrooms, solar power and water catchment on the house.

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Rainwater Collection, Mushroom Production, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, De-Paving Techniques, Compost Tea Making, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Shrub Crops


Bancroft Street Permaculture

Open House

Urban / Suburban

Ian Johnson

Signature Sustainability

www.signaturesustainability.com

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

79 Bancroft Street, Portland, 04102

201-788-7963

The house had no landscaping upon purchasing the home in December 2016. In a matter of weeks we installed raised beds, cut a swale, added 10 yards of compost and sheet mulched much of the front yard. Early this spring, the beds were sheet mulched and we planted: Apples (3 varieties), blue berries(3), raspberry bushes(5), chokeberries, elderberries(2), asparagus, strawberries, grapes (2), hardy kiwis (3) and many bee and insect friendly flowers. There is still a lot to be done, but already many neighbors have stopped to comment on the incredible progress they see already!

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Rainwater Collection, Composting (any kind), Swales and/or Other Earthworks, Annual Veg Production, De-Paving Techniques, Vertical Growing

You are welcome to park on the street. Please be mindful of neighbors.

I’ll be around to talk about the process and discuss the design. There may be potential for a specific workshop.

Click here for a printable PDF version of the Directory!


Open House

Urban / Suburban

Carol Karlsen

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

26 Caleb St., Portland  04102

207 899 0686

This is a self-directed walk through the front, back, and side areas of a property that has been taking shape as a permaculture garden since 2012. Carol Karlsen, who is a PDC graduate and the property’s owner, and David Homa of Post Carbon Designs, who is largely responsible for the garden’s design and implementation, will be on hand for questions and conversation about how the garden has grown and changed over the past five years.  Handouts, plant markers, drawings and detailed posters show the garden’s evolution from the initial pre-permaculture site through a 2013 community permablitz and more recent transformations into a food forest in an urban, off-peninsula Portland neighborhood.

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Rainwater Collection, Water Features, Plant Propagation / Nursery Techniques, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Shrub Crops, Raingarden or other stormwater re-use, Permeable Pavers, Vertical Growing

Plenty of street parking; driveway is available for anyone with mobility challenges


Bramblewood Urban Homestead Open House

Suburban

Mihku Paul

Bramblewood Urban Homestead

8:30 AM to 1:30 PM

1603 Westbrook St, Portland, 04102

207 899 5192

I have established a small urban homestead in Portland, with integrated fruit trees, berry brambles, perennial vegetables and aesthetic landscaping.  I have a composting operation, greenhouse and box beds for annual veggie production.  I also have a small flock of laying hens, and have raised organic meat birds.  There are at least 15 fruit trees at Bramblewood.  Apples, plums and peaches are now fruiting.  Site is less than 5 years old.

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, Season Extension Methods, Livestock, Plant Propagation / Nursery Techniques, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, Shrub Crops

My driveway will fit up to 5 cars.  There is also off street parking in front of the house.

At 10:00 I will give a short talk on how I grow vegetables right through the winter in an unheated greenhouse.

I will have some berry plants to share for early arrivals.  Cultivated, virus-free raspberries and thornless blackberries.  All grown organically.  


Ecosystem Demonstration Site Since 2007

Open House

Suburban

Elaine McGillicuddy

www.elainemcgillicuddy.com

10:30 AM to 2:00 PM

62 Avalon Road, Portland, 04103

207.653.7004

My 8,000 sq ft lot includes varieties of fruits incl. grapes, berries, a mature Paw Paw Tree, an Air Potato Cinnamon Vine, a chicken coop and solar hot air and hot water systems.

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Water Features, Renewable Energy, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Composting (any kind), Swales and/or Other Earthworks, Annual Veg Production, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Shrub Crops

No sidewalks on this street. Park where you can.

I will be waiting at the rear of my house – sitting under the grape vine – to give visitors a tour.

To view photos of past work parties held here since 2006, go to the “Permaculture” section of my website – 1/3 of the way down where a photo of my late husband Francis has been posted. And use the hyperlinks I created there:  http://www.elainemcgillicuddy.com/about/about-us/  

Click here for a printable PDF version of the Directory!


Open House

Urban

Liz Newman

Elizabeth Newman Architect

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

32 Sawyer Street, Portland, ME, 04103

207.615.6564

This is a .2-acre urban single-family property four years after we hosted the first permablitz of 2013.  In not very much space, we have peach, pear, apple and cherry trees, blueberry bushes, a strawberry barrel, elderberries, hazelnuts, a grape arbor, and a growing number of raised (and non-raised) beds, while having left the dog run alone and keeping a grassy area for our son.  We are overwhelmed with an abundance of fruits, herbs, and vegetables, including many perennials, and have also been adding in pollinator attractors and companion planting, comfrey, etc.  Compost bins from recycled fence parts, worm bin.  An example of how much can be done on a smallish amount of land on an urban site with only moderate sun exposure, and because the garden is exposed to the street on two sides, it offers dog-resistant decorative plantings outside the fence and is designed to look nice.

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Rainwater Collection, Composting (any kind), Green or Natural Building Techniques, Annual Veg Production, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Shrub Crops

Park on Sawyer and come into our garden from Bryant Street.  The driveway on Sawyer is not ours!  Doorbells are useless; if nobody is outside,  yell in the back door (from deck)!

well-behaved dogs welcome


Rain Garden Open House

Urban

Sally Moon

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

98 Wellington Rd., Portland  04103

207-233-6578

If we are around we can answer questions and chat. If not, feel free to come take a look anyway.

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

Parking on the side of the road is fine.


Winslow Farm- Permaculture Food Forest tour

Open House

Rural

max boudreau

Winslow Farm

www.winslow-farm.com

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

291 Gray Road

Falmouth  04105

207-807-0000

A walk around our farm property with highlights on permaculture elements

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

Please try to arrive at these times for a thorough tour and discussion: 1:00pm and 3:00pm

Thank you:)


Edgewood Nursery Open House and Tour

Open House

Suburban / Rural

Aaron Parker

Edgewood Nursery

http://www.edgewood-nursery.com

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

4 Cruston Way, Falmouth, 04105

207-65-32065

Come check out our forest garden, nursery and homestead. Open house from 9-1, with a guided tour of the garden starting at 10:30.

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Plant Propagation / Nursery Techniques, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Hugelkultur, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, Shrub Crops

Please park at the end of the driveway or along the right hand side.

Garden Tour at 10:30


Open house at October 2014 Permablitz Site

Open House

Suburban

Toxtli Melloh

Flow Acupuncture

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

47 Sprague St

South Portland 04106

207-754-0635

See what can be done on a tiny 1/10th  acre lot with lead in the soil.  Learn how some things might have been done differently with 2 1/2 year hindsight, including lessons around building a small pond. Future plans on burner, including a de-pave. Your suggestions welcome.

Tree Crops, No-Dig Methods, Rainwater Collection, Water Features, Hugelkultur, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Vertical Growing

On street parking – avoiding parking right in front of the lot will give better access for all. Tiny lot with small passageways, but much can be seen from the street, sidewalk and driveway.

Will be available to answer questions and give tours as desired. Handout available with summary of design wishes and challenges, lessons learned, and future steps.

THANKS  TO ALL  WHO HELPED AT MY BLITZ!  Hope you can come by to see the results of your work.  Will have some refreshments for all.


Food Forest Exploration

Open House

Suburban

Rocky Crockett

Alan Day Community Garden

alandaygarden@wordpress.com

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

26 Whitman Street

Norway  04268

346-0708

We will spend a day in the Community Garden Food Forest giving tours, tending the plants, learning about perennial polycultures, and discussing best-practices moving forward.

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Rainwater Collection, Renewable Energy, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, Natural Play Spaces, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Crops Grown for Market, We plan to get some scything done that day, so there can be demos

We generally request that the majority of people park on the street, so that people who need to park inside the garden can drive in.  However, not all areas of the garden are accessible to wheelchairs or other mobility devices.


Pennywood Acres Open House

Rural

Travis Sparks

Pennywood Acres

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

36 Penny Lane

Bowdoin  04287

207-666-3109

Rural homestead with: annual and perennial vegetable and flower gardens; early establishment (year 2) forest garden project; small shiitake yard; natural garden ponds (hopefully with water this year!); sheet mulching

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Rainwater Collection, Water Features, Mushroom Production, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Annual Veg Production, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Shrub Crops

Parking for a handful of cars in the driveway.  Much of the site is easily accessible, though 100 yards or so from the parking area.

No dogs please


“This is an opportunity to share ideas, talk shop and cross-pollinate”

Rural

Randy Smith

Rocky Hill Farm & Adventures LLC

www.rockyhillfarmadventures.com

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Novelty Dr. , Carmel  04419

207-233-5338

randy@rockyhillfarmadventures.com

Rocky Hill Farm & Adventures is a professional guide service inspired by Permaculture and Ecopreneurship. We are off the grid, no running water, or electricity. This year marks our third in the development of our permaculture project and we are excited to see where the future will bring our site. Our primary goal for guiding adventures and expeditions is creatively develop active appreciation for the land with an emphasis on health, enjoyment, and the environment. We invite everyone to  join us for a unique and healthy Maine adventure, and now we invite you to join us for an “opportunity to share ideas, talk shop and cross-pollinate”. The past three years have been mostly learning about soil fertility, what will grow for us, and water. At this time we are considering projects such as a pond, swales,and some Hugelkultur. Our site is unique, and non traditional. I see this as a chance to share experiences, ideas, and knowledge while getting out to meet people you would not have met otherwise.

No-Dig Methods, Renewable Energy, Green or Natural Building Techniques, Annual Veg Production, Natural Play Spaces, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property)

To get to the site you drive to the end of Novelty Dr. past the last house until you find a distinct marker I will set out. From her you will walk a short distance through a wooded path to the site. If there are very serious mobility issues it can be arranged to drive the visitor in. Otherwise we ask you to walk in.

It would be wonderful if people could contact me ahead of time if they are interested. This way I am not up in the air rather I will have visitors or not. I do live a couple hours north of this Portland based group.


Foxgreen Farm, jiovi® brand Permaculture Nursery Open House

Rural

Thomas

Foxgreen Farm

www.jiovi.com

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

527 N HOWLAND RD

HOWLAND 04448

508-212-2468

We have established  a thriving permaculture nursery with nation-wide recognition.  Please stop by and visit.  Potted plants available. On August 19th you can join us constructing our first 30×100 foot High Tunnel!  

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Mushroom Production, Livestock, Plant Propagation / Nursery Techniques, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Hugelkultur, Composting (any kind), Swales and/or Other Earthworks, Annual Veg Production, Shrub Crops, Raingarden or other stormwater re-use, Crops Grown for Market, Foraging Systems

Parking available.  


Permaculture Inn AirBnB Open House

In-Town

Claudia Lowd

10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

42 Mill Street

ORONO 04473

2079495106

We will fire up the pizza oven at 5 pm, drinks on the porch as needed, Very easy to wander thru twelve year fruit forest compact yet abundant, Charles and Julia Yelton designed pond system, Goddess pizza oven made at an early permablitz, ten year Biodynamics flower garden and kick-ass lounging porch where you can lounge to view said garden in full bloom in Maine in August. If you schedule it correctly you can sip some Tree Spirit Maine made libations, this is a replicable business idea throughout the state, glad to share what I know :)

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Rainwater Collection, Water Features, Renewable Energy, Mushroom Production, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Hugelkultur, Composting (any kind), Annual Veg Production, Natural Play Spaces, Compost Tea Making, A Drawn Design for the Property (or some of the property), Raingarden or other stormwater re-use, Vertical Growing

Free street parking, more parking in the back, garden has some wheelchair accessibility

Self guided 10am- dark, Cob Goddess Pizza oven started 5 pm, Screening permie videos throughout August, ask for updated  schedule,Permaculture Inn closes its season August 28, 2017. Garden tours and libation sipping throughout early fall call Claudia 207-949-5106 for private tours

This Permaculture location housed multiple Charles and Julia Yelton early permaculture classes. Anyone reading this email will do themselves a favor to come to Orono to witness what twelve years later can be brought out with permaculture: abundant food and beauty, healing gardens and any space is a sacred place. I welcome drop by any permaculture visitors this August, tent at will and all housing is donation based from now till August 28, 2017. It feels like everything blooms in August in Maine, true beauty abounds


“Tomorrow” Movie Screening

barbara russell

MID MAINE PERMACULTURE Film Screening

Railroad Square Cinema

12:00 Noon

17 Railroad Square   

Waterville04901

207 397-2007

We will share in watching the movie “Tomorrow” which addresses ways in which we can change the dire direction of some of the activities man has got himself caught up in. There is a typical movie ticket charge at the door.  Afterwards, we will meet in groups to discuss some of the ways we can initiate the changes needed in our communities.

social and community actions for neighbors to take part in to reverse some of the ‘not so great’ directions our society has been moving in.  Topics cover environmental. economical, educational, agricultural.

ample parking available

Movie from 12 -2pm discussions 2-3ish.

We also have a permaculture demonstration garden in place outside of the theater for people to tour.


Maine Apple Camp

A workshop or other educational event

Anna Mueller

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)

Registration required for this special event:  http://mofga.org/Events/MaineAppleCamp/tabid/3325/Default.aspx

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

219 Trotting Park Rd., Montville

04941

(207) 568-4142

This first-ever event will bring together folks who are excited about the future of heirloom fruit varieties: How to save them, what to do with them, how to make great cider, and who to work with. Held at a traditional Maine lakeside camp in Liberty, participants will check in for 2-1/2 days and 2 nights of immersive learning and community building. All participants will stay in cabins (or camp), eat in the cafeteria and have lots of time to swim and reflect on how to take what they learned home.

Tree Crops, Hugelkultur, Composting (any kind), Swales and/or Other Earthworks, Compost Tea Making, Crops Grown for Market

A schedule of events will be listed on our website.


Open House

Rural

Nick Jackson

Jackson Regenerational Farm

https://m.facebook.com/jacksonregenerational/

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

881 Lincolnville rd

Belmont  04952

207-702-1705

Farm open house.  Come see our farm in its beginning stages. We have 200 pastured chickens fertilizing our hilltop pastures, 12 American guinea hogs renovating our woods and our silvopastured egg layers and family cow.  See our fruit and nut tree nursery beds and hear about our plans for all the trees we plan on planting.   We will give guided tours as needed.

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Water Features, Livestock, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Composting (any kind), Swales and/or Other Earthworks, Crops Grown for Market, Foraging Systems

Park by garage at 881 lincolnville rd.  Look for signs for further information.


Many Hands Farm Open House Tour

Open House

Rural

Nyla Bravesnow

Many Hands Farm

manyhandsfarm.weebly.com

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

269 Files Hill Rd. Thorndike  04986

207-568-3261

Visitors will be welcome to walk around our gardens and visit our animals. We will be around to answer questions! We LOVE questions!

Tree Crops, Perennial Vegetables, No-Dig Methods, Season Extension Methods, Rainwater Collection, Livestock, 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, Shrub Crops, Raingarden or other stormwater re-use, Crops Grown for Market, Foraging Systems

Our farm is not very accessible for people who are using canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. The terrain is steep and bumpy. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please park in our lot to the left halfway down the long driveway.


Maine Axe & Saw Day

A workshop or other educational event

Rural

Anna Mueller

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)

http://mofga.org/Events/MaineAxeandSawDay/tabid/3192/Default.aspx

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

294 Crosby Brook Rd.

Unity  04988

(207)568-4142

Connecting people to our tool manufacturing heritage and passing down skills for the proper use and care of traditional forestry hand tools.

Tree Crops, Forest Gardening / Food Forest Techniques, Learn to effectively use hand tools in your woodlot and have the opportunity to buy some vintage axes, saws and more!

A schedule is posted on our website with specific workshop times.

Click here for a printable PDF version of the Directory!

The Resilience Hub & Maine Tool Library Launch Local “Repair Cafe”

As part of our ongoing mission to build resilience at the personal, household and community levels, The Resilience Hub is excited to offer the first “Portland Maine Repair Cafe” event tonight at our space on Anderson Street.  The Maine Tool Library is co-hosting and will have their doors open for this special event, allowing access to full suite of tools for our repair and fix-it needs!

Upon hearing of the event, member Margy posted “OMG- I have so much stuff to fix !!” and Jill says “This sounds great! I will bring jewelry, knives, scissors and some homemade gluten free cookies.” (It is a social “cafe” space after all, so snacks and beverages are party of the deal).

Eight to ten “repairers” have volunteered for this inaugural event, with skills ranging from clothes mending to mechanical engineering and basic carpentry.  We may even have some electronics experts on hand in case you want to get that vintage turntable back in order.

The Portland Maine Repair Cafe is in good company; there are hundreds of Repair Cafes happening around the world as part of community efforts to be less wasteful, get more life out of our valued items, build community and skills while becoming more resilient in face of uncertain world conditions.

If you know of any hardware stores or recycling/reuse oriented organizations that would like to co-sponsor a future Repair Cafe, let us know!

Contact us with questions or just come on down tonight!

LisaF for The Resilience Hub

 

#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.

#Permaculture Design Unveiled at Falmouth Schools

In the fall of 2015 The Resilience Hub had the great honor to collaborate with Falmouth Public Schools to design a .65 acre parcel of land that all k-12 students (in addition to the IMG_0035wider Falmouth Community)  will be able to access, learn from and grow many different crops on.  The Falmouth School system is not new to school gardens as they have been a gardening with students since 2002 and participating  in the Farm-to-School movement. The Farm-to-School Committee invited The Resilience Hub to help convene a participatory process that would engage all stakeholders and inform the  final design. Some of the strategies that Rachel Lyn Rumson and I used included:

  • Distributed a survey to collect input from community members, parents, staff, administrators, and school board members
  • Met with 6th and 12th graders to discuss Permaculture and gain feedback from the students on what they wished to see in the new growing space
  •  Conducted interviews with 10 stakeholders from the survey group
  • A draft review meeting was held with students, staff, and community members, showcasing what students had learned during the process, results of many site visit and analysis of the site, and draft design element ideas

Key features of the design include a focus on soil culture, food production, multiple outdoor classrooms, laboratories and zones; including a kiwi classroom, a wildlife pond, an observation area for student exploration, data collection, and physically engaging with concepts such as microclimates, fungal networks, sun path, shadows, and wind direction, multifunctional windbreaks,edible  hedges, and mini agroforestry learning labs. Other elements in the design include a composting toilet, low maintenance rainwater catchment systems and an information kiosk nested in a mini-orchard.

Screenshot 2016-02-23 11.20.27The project culminated in January with a community event unveiling the final design. Community members, parents, students and staff came out to check out the design, ask questions, and  sample some yummy food prepared by the garden manager and nutrition director (a lot of which was made with the most local ingredients; those straight from the schools gardens!)

Falmouth3In the photo at right, high school students present the design to some kindergarteners and field some very important questions!  It was quite a sight to see how invested the High School students were teaching the younger ones that will likely get to play a large part in the planting, learning, and growing in this new space.

We are excited to see this design take shape on the ground as this final draft is just the beginning.  The ground is awakening and as students, teachers, and staff engage with the land and  practice the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share the design will evolve and grow along with the people caring for this patch of campus.

-Julie McLeod, Design Coordinator for The Resilience Hub

 

 

 

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/

Resilience is a Black Locust Fence

We’ve just finished planting twenty-five Black Locust trees (Robinia pseudoacacia) which will form part of a living fence around our property at the roadside.  Let me count the ways that this feel virtuous!

Not only will the trees, planted on 2-foot centers, grow rapidly into living fence posts, but the lateral growth can be woven into a thorny hedgey-fency thing.  Well, a fedge.  Energetically, if not functionally, nothings says “please stay over there” like a fence of thorns.

Black Locust happens to be a “pioneer species” that often shows up to colonize poor or degraded soils; it is nitrogen-fixing, literally sucking nutrient out of thin air and depositing it in the soil via little nodules (and a bunch of other mind-blowing biological magic).  This is a roadside, remember, so we’ll take all the soil building we can get.

BTUs.  That pretty much tells the tale.  Black Locust is renowned for the amount of fuel potential packed into every cubic inch of wood.  We burn wood for heat and for cooking so prunings and coppice wood from this living fence may well end up being more than 50% of the supply of cooking fuel for the small firebox of our 1928 Duchess Atlantic wood cooker.

Black Locust happens to offer an unsurpassed level of bee fodder as well.  My research indicates that an acre of black locust in bloom produces more nectar for honey bees than an acre of pretty much anything else, especially anything perennial.

Also known as “nature’s pressure-treated lumber,” we will periodically harvest thin pole wood from these trees for various rot-resistant purposes around the property.  Far superior to cedar and friends in this regard.

Black locust is renewable, almost too renewable some might say! While runners and suckers of black locust may present a conundrum to some, in the spirit of turning a problem into a solution, I see it as propagation stock to plant more fence or barter useful trees for something we don’t have.

So the act of planting one row of baby Black Locust trees has achieved at least seven or eight objectives today.  I’d say that has earned us some hammock time.

Thornfully yours,

Lisa

PS:  Some of you may consider this an “invasive” species.  I would say that it is “successfully opportunistic” in that it is quite good at expressing its traits of repairing damaged places and filling disturbance-created niches.  Disturbance usually created by humans, mind you.  This plant has so much to offer us in becoming truly resilient and sustainable, it’s quite hard to vilify, really.