Planning A Public Event to Promote Urban Homesteading

  • August 22, 2013 · 7:30 PM


This is Jan Spencer in Eugene, Oregon. I am planning a visit to the NE and Boston and would love to make a presentation about urban/suburban homesteading for interested people in Boston. Late October. Perhaps a presentation in Somerville, another in Jamaica Plain. I am open to other ideas and would like to meet people in Boston who would like to help organize a very timely event.  Could be a lot of fun with a lot of positive outcomes.

A bit of background.

I have been transforming my suburban property here in Eugene for 13 years. Grass is all gone, edible and vertical landscaping all over, solar retrofits, 6500 gal rain water system, driveway removed, water features, chickens, aesthetics,,,,, The place has become a permaculture landmark in the Pac NW. I have hosted dozens of tours, media, hundreds of people wanting see what a suburban property can become.

Even better, there are over a dozen other property transformation projects within a 10 minute bike ride. We have networks and collaborations food club, veggie start csa. pdc, purposeful socials, woofer co -op, filbert grove restoration, friendly with the neighborhood association [I was on the board for 10 yrs],,,, Too much to describe here. Its only the beginning and already a great story.

Almost everything we are doing here can be adapted to [and expanded on] practicaly anywhere else. This is just as much social as on the ground.

The Thursday meet up would be a phone conference.

A community event can raise the profile of all the great ideas and actions members of this meetup group are doing and wanting to see. The event is just as much to boost local homesteading action as to see whats happening in my back yard and the NW!

You may have a connection that can help make this happen - know a group, person, progressive church to have the event, media contacts,,,,,,,

This event and presentation can be a catalyst. The occasion could include local groups tabling and other speakers talking about what is happening in the Boston area for urban homesteading. So this is a creative opportunity to advance the Cause. My part is to help catalyze and the stories/images from Eugene are really good. Please join the meet up tele conference and share your thoughts. No obligation. I have worked with people in many other places on the West Coast just like this, for creating really powerful events.

For both the conference call meetup and to contact me directly, please call[masked] 6761.  Thanks!


Jan Spencer 

many before and now images of my place, nearby and elsewhere in the Pac NW on my website

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    productive, new it was a successful meetup, new acquaintences, progress on the project, positive,,,,,

    August 23, 2013

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    It was a great conference call. Meet a few cool people super interested in permaculture

    August 22, 2013

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    I have talked to Jan, and he has lots of great ideas for transforming your backyard and your community. This is a great opportunity, we should definitely plan to have him talk in Boston. Let's get it planned!

    August 19, 2013

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    Conference call meetup with Jan in Eugene, Or. this Tursday at 7:30 to help plan an important community event [could be more than one] to promote urban/suburban homesteading. Event to be in late October. See longer message for more info. Thanks.

    August 19, 2013

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