August Permablitz (aka a blitz for the bees)

  • August 16, 2014 · 9:00 AM
  • Erin Forbes' house

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.

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  • Rachel L.

    Omg! Thank you for the pictures. Amazing, big picture reveals the scope of the blitz to me. So honored to have been part!!

    1 · August 25

  • Lisa K.

    Thanks for the great meet up-all good work and fun.

    I think I left my trowel behind-it fell out of my pocket. It had a blue piece of tape that says "LMK". If anyone finds it, I would appreciate it if you'd let me know.

    Thanks!

    August 17

    • Erin F.

      I think your trowel is on the wheelbarrow at the front porch. I can't read the letters on the tape but I know it isn't my trowel. Please feel free to come get it any time.

      August 18

  • Carolyn

    Wonderful time, as usual! Great people, good, hard work and lots of learning! Can someone please tell me the dates of next two Permablitzes occur? I'd like to make sure I can get off from work....

    August 16

    • kristen

      That's good news! I was really conflicted between the fair and blitz!

      August 18

    • Carolyn

      Thanks, Leslie!

      August 18

  • Sue M.

    Wonderful day spent with good people, doing good work! I was so glad I could go.

    August 18

  • Leslie P.

    Yes, a great time with wonderful people. Thanks everyone!

    August 18

  • Arthur F.

    Very inspiring to hear Erin's amazing bee wisdom. Annie was blown away as well!

    August 17

  • Sally M.

    It was a great blitz for sure. So much work done in such a short amount of time. I enjoyed hearing Erin talk about her bees. Her passion for them is inspiring.

    On another note, I had a pair of orange handled clippers go missing during the blitz and T left her blue cap. Erin, if you find them post something here anc I will drive over to pick thdm up.
    Thanks, Sally

    August 17

    • Erin F.

      I haven't seen the clippers yet but I haven't totally picked up either (I'm sure the trowel is here too LMK). The blue cap is on one of the posts on my front porch.

      August 17

    • Sally M.

      The last time I saw the clippers wa in the vegetable garden hen we were clearing out the raisec beds. I will come by tomorrow to get the hat.

      August 17

  • Barbi I.

    Thanks for a really fun time getting about as messy and tired as I've been since I became an adult. I did not forget anything, as far as I know. :)

    1 · August 17

  • kristen

    Thanks so much Erin for sharing your space and passion with us all!

    1 · August 16

  • kristen

    Thanks so much Erin for sharing your space and passion with us all!

    August 16

  • Terri E.

    Shana was an awesome team leader, learned so much from her, food fantastic, and thanks, Bee for your well-done tour, and Heather for coordinating it all!

    August 16

  • Erin

    Terribly wishing I could be there! I just moved, and there is JUST TOO MUCH to do. Have fun with the bees!

    August 16

  • Jim S.

    im so sorry to be missing this at the last minute! good luck and have fun, all!!

    August 16

  • Rachel L.

    Any kids blitzing this time?

    August 15

  • Erin F.

    We definitely need Pick Axes. If anyone has one they can bring, it would be greatly appreciated!

    August 15

  • Erin F.

    I think we are all set for the wood for the hugel projects - we also have lots of wood. Thank you for the offer, though!

    August 11

  • Sally M.

    Do you need large chunks of wood for the hugel culture? Does it have to be fresh cut or is it okay if it is old and punky? We have neighbors done the road who are moving and have a large pile of old wood out on their lawn that they would be happy to give away if it were useful.

    August 10

  • Barbi I.

    I want to come, but I'm not so good on hand-digging and cutting because of my tendonitis. Can you still give me useful work?

    August 7

    • Heather

      Hi Barbi! That's fine, we'd love to have you. There will be a variety of projects to do - we can just make sure that your project leader knows what your restrictions are. See you next weekend!

      August 7

  • Hazel O.

    so sorry to miss this. Nick and I are out of town this weekend...but will see you at the next one. :)

    August 7

  • Tyler K.

    I'll be there in the afternoon, starting around 1p!

    August 5

  • Erin

    I can only come for the morning, but am excited to be there!

    August 5

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