3rd Annual Maine Permaculture Network Gathering & Celebration

We invite permaculture designers, teachers, organizers, and PDC grads from across Maine to join us for the 3rd statewide winter gathering of our network during which we can connect, dream, and make action plans for the coming year around topics we hold dear. In 2011 we gathered in Brooks at Newforest Institute. In 2012 we convened in Rockland. In 2013 we will be meeting in Orono, and in 2014 most likely Portland.


Implementing a PermaVision: Celebrating Our Yields, Expanding Our Edges

  • Telling our stories and sharing our skills
  • Implementing permaculture ethics and principles beyond the garden
  • Working in a variety of contexts including homes, communities, agriculture, and campuses

This year we are focusing on implementation—successes, challenges, and potential expansion areas—through World Café conversations, brief talks, and mini workshops designed to share skills for future implementation. Together let’s continue this important work within our network and our communities.

Optional social activities may be offered Friday or Saturday evening depending on interest. Overnight accommodations may be arranged at Terrell House or at Claudia’s house especially if you are attending the Maine Food Summit on Friday, 12/6.

Implementation Stories and Volunteers Wanted!
There are multiple opportunities to share your experience at this year’s Maine Permaculture Network Gathering:

  • Send photos to be on display in our gathering space or bring them with you on a USB drive. See the instructions below to upload digital files to the Maine Permaculture Flickr site.
  • Show and explain in a brief presentation (5-7 minutes) how you are implementing permaculture in your context.
  • Share a skill in a one-hour workshop such as drawing for landscape design, fermentation, making tinctures, or labyrinth design.

Email [masked] to volunteer to present or lead a workshop.

To upload photos to Flickr account for display at the Maine Permaculture Network Gathering:

  1. Go to http://www.flickr.com
  2. Click "sign in" button (at bottom)
  3. Enter the following
    • Yahoo ID: mainepermaculture
    • Password: TheWayLifeShouldBe2013
    • Please do not share this ID and password with anyone.
  4. Click "Upload" button in the main (black) menu area
  5. Either drag/drop photos from your computer, or select "Choose Photos" and find your photos.
  6. Select set "Mainepermaculture"
  7. (Optional) If you'd like, adjust any other settings like titles, description, tags, people. But please do not change "visible to everyone."


Preliminary Agenda:

8:30 Coffee/tea/morning refreshments
9:00 Opening circle, introductions, and activity
10:30 Break
10:45 Keyhole addresses and Q&A
12:00 Workshops overview
12:10 Potluck lunch and workshop signup
1:00 Workshops
3:15 Break
3:30 World Café
5:00 Activity, closing circle, and next steps
6:00 Optional potluck supper and social activities!


What to bring:
Your passion for permaculture in Maine, a notebook and pen, a healthy lunch item and snacks to share, and your own potluck kit (plate/bowl/utensils/mug/napkin). A refrigerator and hot plate will be available, but no oven/stove. Crockpots are encouraged for hot food.

Childcare:
If you need childcare in order to attend, please email [masked].

Venue:
We are meeting this year in Orono at the new University of Maine Intermedia building: the IMRC Center (Stewart Hall, renovated and expanded). UMaine has offered permaculture learning opportunities since 2004 and, through the Office of Sustainability, is supporting the development of a permaculture demonstration site at Terrell House which was built in the 1980s as an energy systems experiment.

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  • David H.

    Gretchen and I will be there, but we are having issues with our paypal... so we can't confirm our attendance on this meetup.
    -Dave

    December 6, 2013

    • Dee C.

      No problem. You're on the list and we can settle up at the door. See you both there.

      December 6, 2013

  • claudia l.

    Hi there I am willing to be the point person for homestays here in Orono. My cell number is[masked]-5106. I have space at my house and will look for other spots as the need arises.

    December 2, 2013

    • scott v.

      Thanks Claudia, I'll try and bust out a little earlier if possible. It sounds like fun!

      December 5, 2013

    • David H.

      Scott let me know when you want us to come over, we can be there anytime in the afternoon.

      December 6, 2013

  • claudia l.

    I also want to offer folks to join me and others at 42 Mill St in Orono Friday night for a wood fired pizza party built using the Yeltonesque goddess oven design. Even folks who aren't coming to the food summit are invited. I am hoping we can start really weaving together conversations with the regional food councils that are popping up around the state to start to contact and create with the permaculturists that are also scattered through out the state.

    A real top down and bottom up coordination for real food security and local resilience. I am looking for pilot projects of just that. I expect to do some grant writing for this in early jan 2014. I will be giving more info about this project(s) at the get together Sat.

    Just bring a couple of your favorite toppings and a bit of cheese. I will be pouring the lemon balm wine till it gives out. The local brewery is across the street so you can't get much more local than that and it should be lots of fun.

    1 · December 2, 2013

    • galen y.

      B and I will be there with bells on. We plan to bring fresh D'Argyle sausage.

      December 5, 2013

  • Haas T.

    I had a complete failure of my Hopi Heirloom squash crop this year. As I have no seed for next year, I would appreciate it if anyone has some seed they could share.

    December 3, 2013

    • Kate B.

      Hi Haas...I won't be up in Orono, but I do have a few Hopi squash seeds left and can easily get them to you, I'm sure. Email me to connect on this!

      December 3, 2013

    • Loren B

      Haas, Thanks to your sharing of seed last year at the convergence we had a bountiful harvest. We'll bring seeds.

      December 5, 2013

  • Dee C.

    The best place to park will be the lot at the tennis courts (down the hill from the rec center). There will be a football playoff game Saturday afternoon, so it's best to avoid the stadium area. On weekends, visitors can park in any blue or black lot 6 AM until midnight (no overnight parking). Picture of IMRC building and directions: http://www.imrccenter.com/sample-page/

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Haas T.

    Hi, All!
    Looking forward to being with you for two great days, starting with the Maine Food Summit. I would like a place to crash Friday evening: I come complete with bed roll and pad – will sleep on a warm floor anywhere!

    December 2, 2013

    • Dee C.

      Hi, Haas. The guest room at Terrell House is available. You can call me at[masked] for details and to let me know if you would like that spot.

      December 2, 2013

  • Kate B.

    I had hoped to attend this and the Food Summit the day prior, but I have a conflict and won't be able to make it up to Orono after all. I'll miss connecting and look forward to hearing about both events!

    December 1, 2013

  • Elaine

    Though I won't be going to this gathering in Orono I just want to say hi to you Claudia - remembering our good times taking the Advanced Permaculture Design Course with you.

    December 1, 2013

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