Please join some of your fellow Maine permaculture enthusiasts for a very special adventure 3 hours south to visit two unique sites and several extremely talented permaculture people in our regional network.
First we will be spending the morning with Eric Toensmeier (co-author of Edible Forest Gardens, author of Perennial Vegetables) and Jonathan Bates (of Permaculture Plant Nursery and Food Forest Farm) at their urban edible forest garden in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Many of you have learned about their garden from books, web sites, lectures and online videos. Now is your chance to meet Eric and Jonathan, learn about their site, see, touch and TASTE many of the perennial edibles that populate their garden and get completely inspired by how we can feed ourselves and future generations with help from perennial polycultures.
We will share a potluck lunch (LisaF to bring a big pot of vegetarian or vegan soup; please bring a complimentary dish/beverage to share and your own potluck kit [plate/bowl/utensils/cup/napkin]).
After lunch we'll head about 15 minutes down the road to visit with Stephen Breyer at Trippel Brook Farm for a couple of hours. Tripple Book is a treasure trove of plants for our permaculture future and Stephen's knowledge and experience is a true gift to us all. Learn about many fruits, nuts, shrubs and herbaceous plants that can fit into our work of creating edible ecosystems.
Space is limited for this very special event. Yes, it is a FRIDAY but this is well worth taking as a vacation day if you typically work on Fridays.
We will be organizing ourselves into the fewest number of cars possible and leaving from the Marginal Way Park-and-Ride (*diagonally across* the intersection from the Planet Dog on Marginal Way; NOT the parking lot of the Miss Portland Diner) at 6:30 a.m. We will be home from this epic journey by about 7pm that night.
Please use the comments area of this page to indicate if you would like to carpool and we can take it from there, share fuel costs, etc.
What to Bring:
Notebook, camera, water bottle, snacks, rain gear (generally dress in layers and be ready for anything), your potluck stuff (see above).
Proposed Plan for the Day:
6:15 MEET AT PARK-AND-RIDE at the North Corner of Marginal/Franklin Intersection
6:30 to 9:30 am - Drive Time
9:30 to 12:30 Food Forest Farm
2:00 to 4:00 pm Tripple Brook Farm
4:00 to 7:00 pm Drive Time