Permaculture for Kids and Families - Networking Event


How can we engage children in our permaculture experiences? What would it look like if we included engaging experiences for the young people in our lives at our gatherings?

We invite anyone with a passion for permaculture (no formal training required) to join us for an opportunity to connect, brainstorm, and become inspired around the theme of engaging kids of all ages in our statewide permaculture network. Many people and organizations are already involved in the great work of permaculture education for youth, and our goal is to bring these folks and others together to build relationships and increase capacity for expanding upon current programming, increasing the visibility of existing opportunities, andmaking youth permaculture programs and resources more accessible to families and educators around the state.

This networking event is for you if you are:

  • A child or adult of any age who is interested in permaculture and connecting with others who are!
  • Interested in developing programs, curricula, or resources for permaculture education for kids.
  • Currently running any permaculture programs for children and families.
  • Looking to bring permaculture education to your home, school, camp, or organization.
  • Interested in working to create tools for increasing visibility, accessibility and connectivity of people, programs and resources related to permaculture education for children, youth and families in Maine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this event you will have:

  • ample opportunities for networking around common interests and goals
  • an engaging design experience for all ages
  • a place to connect with folks in your geographic region.
  • Open Space

What to bring:

  • Your passion for permaculture
  • A notebook
  • A camera, if you have one
  • A laptop if you are willing to take notes during the sessions
  • A healthy lunch item to share
  • Your own potluck kit (plate/bowl/utensils/mug/napkin)
  • Comfortable attire for the weather, rain or shine, as portions of the event may be held outdoors.
  • Your KIDS!

This event will be family-centered and children of all ages are welcome.

Children's programming will be an integral part of the day.

Agenda for the day:

10:00 - Opening Circle & Welcome

10:20 - Storytime in the Oral Tradition

10:30 - Hayride & Family Activities (ongoing)

10:40 - Break

11:00 - Farm Cafe Conversations

11:55 - Gallery / Lunch

12:45 - Harvest / Action items

1:15 - Cafe closing - vision circle

1:20 - Break

1:45 - Family Design Challenge

3:00 - Closing Circle & Adjourning

 

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  • Sally M.

    This quote from Teacher Tom was in my FB feed today. I wanted to share it here because I think it was a common theme in the discussion on Sunday though no one articulated it quite this way....

    "I trust that the engagement is enough, that curiosity is enough, that exploration, discovery, and doing it in the company of others is enough. You see, I trust children to know what and how to learn. " Teacher Tom

    ... and maybe it is really the only guiding principal we need when figuring out how to engage children in any kind of learning.

    3 · October 23, 2013

  • Kate B.

    Many thanks to all who attended! It was great to meet/see all of you, and to be part of the rich conversations. Connections were definitely made, and I'll look forward to seeing and hearing what this event inspires in the future.

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Emily D.

    it's always good to make connections and strengthen existing ones with people who are trying to work toward common goals of sustainability and regenerating the earth with our families. this event was well organized and welcoming, I would have liked to see even more children of diverse ages, but I'm glad I was able to make it and I look forward to continuing conversations with everyone in the future!

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Loren B

    Excellent organization. Great setting.

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Lisa F.

    Great event!

    October 20, 2013

  • Julie

    For folks bringing kids; there may be some opportunities for them to get quite dirty (cob mixing!!)...so extra clothes are recommended:-)

    October 18, 2013

  • Julie

    Hi folks! When you arrive at Wolfe's Neck Farm please park on the road opposite of the pasture...you can park alongside the children's garden... Thanks so much; see you Sunday!

    October 18, 2013

  • Lara b.

    i so wish i could come but work all day on sunday :/ good luck and if you cruise by royal river that day, i would love to see you , hint hint! can't wait to hear the scoop on this topic

    October 17, 2013

  • Erin A.

    I would be happy to help with anything. I'll be bringing my six year old daughter.

    1 · August 22, 2013

    • Kate B.

      Thanks, Erin! See Rachel Lyn's recent post for a list of things you could consider contributing. We'd love helpers to come around 9am for set-up or stay a bit to clean up at the end.

      October 16, 2013

  • Emily D.

    I'll be there unless I have to work... sounds interesting!

    October 16, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    This event will be held rain or shine folks! There is plenty of shelter should we need it. Please bring extra layers/clothes for kiddos.

    In addition to your potluck kit we are asking attendees to bring one of the following:
    - apple cider
    - apples to press in the farm cider press
    - kid snacks for their own snack table
    - morning refreshments
    - watering can

    Or, volunteer for one of the following:
    - come early to help set up
    - stay late for break-down and clean up.

    Thank you!
    Julie, Kate, Rachel, Eric, and Lisa

    October 15, 2013

  • Sylvan T.

    So sorry to miss this! Looking forward to how we can participate in the future!

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    Your organizers for this event are visiting Wolf's Neck tomorrow to see if we can expand the attendees from 22. Stay tuned! We may be asking you all to help find a location that can accommodate more of us.

    August 22, 2013

    • Rachel L.

      We visited the farm today. It is perfect. The activities for this gathering are going to be wonderful!

      August 23, 2013

  • Sally M.

    I will be bringing my daughter who is 10.

    1 · July 19, 2013

  • Mary

    So glad this is happening!

    2 · July 19, 2013

  • Mary

    This sounds like a great event! I'll have my 7 year old with me.

    1 · July 19, 2013

  • wendy4mud

    Sounds Great!

    1 · July 14, 2013

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