Come out to Jeanne Paterak and Keith Fitzgerald's house for the June 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!
A bit about our hosts: Keith and Jeanne learned about Permaculture from meeting Lisa Fernandes through our CitizenSalon series during the Bush crisis years. In 2008 we found a fixer upper on a half acre in Portland. Since then we have been trying to work with Permaculture principles to create a more healthy, healing landscape and provide food. It is still very much a work in progress. Keith runs ZeroStation and Jeanne has a background in art and design over the past eight years has held several jobs within the architecture/green building community. The theme for our blitz is about balance and water.
Keith and Jeanne's yard blends the functional and design aspects of permaculture. This blitz will help them deal with the significant water challenges in their yard - something many of us can relate to! Projects will include water redirection/swale building, rain barrels, rain gardens, a French drain, wetland plant installation, and soil building projects to help with the clay soil in their yard!
This is the second 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.