Next Meetup

Flora for Fauna: Workshop with Arthur Haines
Please join us for a unique learning opportunity: a special evening session welcoming Arthur Haines ( back to The Resilience Hub. Space is limited. We will share potluck food at 6:00 and the workshop will begin at 6:30. Please bring your own potluck kit (bowl, utensils, napkin, cup) for a zero-waste event. Flora for Fauna This presentation will address the human need to interact with wild plants on the regional landscape. To illustrate this, examples of the nutritional superiority of wild plants and their role in protecting from chronic disease will be discussed. Examples of eco-conscientious practices of harvesting and evidence-based herbal medicine will be highlighted. The need for a connection to wild species is often best facilitated through using those organisms in a sustainable manner—while “hands off” conservation tactics often fail to protect biological resources because the populace loses knowledge of why a particular species is important to conserve in the first place. In many circumstances, conservation through use is the historical practice that has the most merit. In short, the goal is to demonstrate the necessity of interacting with wild organisms to prevent their loss and concurrently promote human health. Arthur will also bring along copies of his new book for sale/signing. We have one work-study spot available for those who do not have access to cash at this time. Contact the organizer if you want to do this and can come 30 min early and stay 30 min late to help with the event. About Arthur Haines: Arthur Haines graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Wildlife Management and a M.S. in Botany and Plant Pathology. He is a research botanist for the New England Wild Flower Society ( His latest projects include the comprehensive new flora titled “Flora Novae Angliae” and overseeing data collection on the Go Botany website (, which allows users to identify wild plants growing in New England via several identification tools. Arthur also runs the Delta Institute of Natural History (, a human ecology school that aims to protect wild plants by teaching people how valuable they are to human well-being. Classes focus primarily on foraging, herbal medicine, and ancestral lifeways. His series of YouTube videos has inspired thousands of people interested in wild edible and medicinal plants. ### The Resilience Hub is a collaborative organization based in Portland Maine. Our mission is to build resilience at the personal, household and community levels while creating thriving examples of abundance based on ecological wisdom. We do this by offering a range of events, education and training as well as resilience-building services ( and projects ( We operate at local, statewide and regional levels (connected to and in support of other local permaculture "nodes.") Our work touches on all the realms traditionally encompassed by Permaculture (land use, energy, water, buildings, etc.) but with special focus on food and creating new economic models. We operate collectively as a team of professionals and we are legally structured as a non-profit corporation in the state of Maine. Contact us ( if you would like to offer a workshop through our group or to request a specific type of event or workshop.

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Portland Maine Permaculture is a meetup group organized by The Resilience Hub's mission is to build resilience at the personal, household and community level in the face of economic, energy and climate challenges while creating functional examples of thriving local communities and abundant, healthy ecosystems.

Meetup is the tool we use to manage RSVP, photos and comments for more than sixty events every year.

We are about developing solutions, connections, techniques and skills. This group is about starting wherever you are and recognizing that none of us can do this alone.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, there is some part of this group that probably makes sense for your life and your relationship to the landscape and community where you live and work. Join us.

We organize skill-shares, workshops, work parties, permablitzes, full permaculture courses, conferences, guest speakers, movie nights, field trips and more.


About Permaculture:

Permaculture is one the best ways to expand, organize and apply the many tools available to you to address climate change, peak oil and economic volatility.

Permaculture is a design method and set of skills for creating resilient human habitats and healthy ecosystems which can allow us to live on this planet indefinitely.

Permaculture is based on patterns in nature and encompasses food production, shelter, water, energy, community, health and education.

Permaculture is a system for organizing your toolkit.

Permaculture is applied common sense!

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