Fear not, The Resilience Hub is on the move! With a new board that includes both new and long-time Hub members, look for updates over the next few weeks about new initiatives, exciting projects and events. Our goal is to make the Hub irresistable, so you’ll continue to join us in our mission.
We’ve been having some really fruitful and lovely conversations this summer about how to move into the next version of The Resilience Hub & the Portland Maine Permaculture meetup group that it organizes.
Everyone from absolute newcomers to participants who were around back in the beginning (2005, over 800 meetups ago!) have come together to noodle on what we love best, what’s needed now and what could serve our communities into the future.
If you would like to share your thoughts about the Hub and its next direction(s), please contact us.
From founder and director Lisa Fernandes:
To all Resilience Hub Friends, Members & Participants,
I am excited to announce that I have accepted a position at the UNH Sustainability Institute as Communication Director for Food Solutions New England starting in March. More details to come but this work will allow me to leverage my experience & skills in service to our entire region. If you don’t already know about Food Solutions New England, check out the link below. http://www.foodsolutionsne.org/
I will shift into an active board member role for The Resilience Hub, supporting my current co-workers and other members of the local permaculture community to develop the next iteration of what the Hub might want to be. I will still teach Permaculture Design Course weekends through the summer as well, so no change there for the moment. I continue to love the work that has evolved at The Resilience Hub and, no matter what happens, will always be proud of it and the lifelong friends I’ve made there.
It’s amazing to think back on all the developments that came out of the Portland Permaculture Group and, after that, The Resilience Hub over the past thirteen years! More than 800 events organized, nearly 2900 members, more than 20 permaculture courses with hundreds of graduates, hundreds of design clients, dozens of permablitzes…. plus so much more that we can only guess at. I am so proud of the work of our community as catalyzed by The Resilience Hub.
So, in summary, I’m not disappearing and I’m still thrilled to be part of The Resilience Hub community as it evolves, but my day-to-day efforts will shift to regional food system work with Food Solutions New England. Wish me luck and stay in touch as the Hub moves into its next phase!
Updated August 2018
The Resilience Hub, based in the East Bayside Neighborhood of Portland, is looking for a person/organization that would like to have a really nice space to work in Portland for the next 6-12 months (negotiable). We are not using all of our space to its fullest right now while we are in a redesign phase and one of the rooms (the “cave”) is ideal for getting work done, meeting with clients, having a basecamp in Portland, etc.
- Workstation area (approx 24sf) and attached small meeting space (approx 200sf)* (all locked away from the common area when not being used)
- Ceiling-mount for projector if needed.
- 24h access to the “cave” and common spaces.
- Includes heat, internet, trash/recycling/compost pickup.
- Common area (shared with Resilience Hub & Maine Tool Library) with bathroom, “kitchenette” area for coffee/tea service, refrigerator.
- Off-street parking outside front door included; additional street parking if needed.
- No-stairs – suitable for a person with mobility differences.
- Evening and weekend use possible based on a shared calendar system with other users of the space.
- We all share in some light cleaning & keeping the door free of snow when applicable.
*Meeting space is directly attached and open to the workstation desk area. Suitable for client meetings or for groups of up to 5-6 people. Photos are shown with our current furnishings. We can move those out or you can borrow them for your own use.
Requested contribution (we can write up a memo with agreements) is $300/month.
Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport, in collaboration with The Resilience Hub, has received a $1500 grant from Whole Kids Foundation to take its beehive educational programming to a whole new level. In addition to all the wonderful items that just arrived (see photo), the $1500 check will be used to purchase beekeeping equipment and supplies – including beekeeper’s suits! Now it will be possible for older students to work directly with the beehives under the direction of Brian Kessler, our caretaker, certified beekeeper, permaculture certificate-holder, and owner of the beehives on our campus.
Combined with the design and teaching support from Heather Foran and The Resilience Hub, this grant will enable us to offer workshops and other learning opportunities for both our students and the greater community.
The Resilience Hub and Maine Coast Waldorf School are in the third year of an experimental collaboration, bringing permaculture design thinking, biodynamic approaches and Waldorf education together on in one place. The collaboration seeks to further enliven the 80-acre campus and support the school’s educational mission while also becoming another node of permaculture and biodynamics activity in service to the broader community in Maine.