Come out to Erin Forbes' house for the August permablitz!
Permablitzes are day-long work parties that put permaculture design into action. Imagine more than twenty permaculture folks working side-by-side for six hours resulting in more than 180 labor hours completed in one day, great fun, conversation, and camaraderie as well as experiential learning for all!
Erin Forbes is a Master Beekeeper who has been teaching beekeeping classes around Maine for many years. Her amazing property on Capisic St is not only a hidden gem within Portland, but its also 7 acres of bee habitat with over 100 hives. She is a recent graduate from the permaculture design course and is interested in building connections between the beekeeping and permaculture communities.
The emphasis for this permablitz will be on work projects that improve the living space and habitat - for the humans that live there, but also and especially for the bees. This will include a massive comfrey planting, some rehab on their current veggie garden, fruit tree polycultures, trail building, and a huge hugel/swale project - as well as a lot of impromptu bee and pollinator education.
This is the fourth in a series of permablitzes in and around Portland in 2014. We intend to complete blitzes on 8 residential properties and 3 community properties this summer and fall. Taking part in these events is one of the best ways to "put your name in the hat" for permablitzes at your own place in the future!
Work projects and teams to be announced based on the permaculture design for this site, but here's a preliminary agenda for planning purposes.
9:00 Gather for coffee/tea (provided), introductions and a briefing on the plan for the day
9:30 Review of Permaculture Design Principles and the design elements for this property
10:00 Break into teams and work on projects
12:30 Potluck Lunch (vegetarian main dish provided by host; bring something to compliment)
1:00 Resume work
3:30 Check-in & prioritize final hour / clean-up
What to bring:
notebook/camera, work gloves, boots, clothes that can get a bit dirty (and dress in layers for varying temperatures through the course of the day), potluck dish to share and “kit” (dish/bowl/utensils/napkins), water bottle, sunscreen, etc.