What we're about

Portland Maine Permaculture is a meetup group organized by The Resilience Hub (http://resiliencehub.org/). We are a resource for people who want to regenerate land, grow food, and build community. We strive to create 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 learning new skills and sharing your experiences, 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!

Upcoming events (5+)

Portland Maine Green New Deal Town Hall

Zero Station / The Resilience Hub

Who stands to benefit from the Green New Deal? What's at stake? Join us at this Town Hall to hear members of our community share about how the Green New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest in the American people, and what that looks like for us. This is a FREE event.

Beginner Herbalism Garden Series: Digestive, Respiratory, Nervine Herbs

Join community herbalist Mischa Schuler for four evenings in May to engage with the plants as they awaken from winter. We’ll begin in the garden in early Spring as the medicinal plants emerge, while their growth from last year is still present, holding the very last of their seeds! We'll have an herb walk each week, so we begin to recognize the shapes of the plants as they grow. We'll taste many of the plants in tea, and learn their digestive, respiratory, and nervous system supportive actions in the body. We'll prepare medicine each week and travel home with plants from the garden on our last evening together. When: Tuesday evenings in May, 6 - 8:30 pm. May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Where: We will gather in a beautiful yurt on Mischa's property. See the photo posted in the event. Investment: Sliding Scale $135 - $175 A $50 deposit here will hold your spot. Please pay what feels generous and sustainable to you. Please bring: -Layers to move between the garden and the yurt, which is heated with wood -A potluck kit (plate, bowl, utensils) -Something to share for supper! We’ll be nibbling dinner after our garden walk (around 6:45), while Mischa tells stories. Maximum of 15 participants

Wild Fermentation: Brewing and Microbes with Justin Amaral

Zero Station / The Resilience Hub


Join us to continue the conversation about fermentation with Justin Amaral of Mainiacal Yeast Lab. In this evening workshop, we'll learn about the wild fermentation of multiple alcoholic drinks: sake, wines of many varieties, cider, mead, sour beer, and other indigenously inspired fermented beverages from around the world. We will cover everything from the science and microbiology to the brewing process itself. We'll also have a variety of beverages available for sampling. Justin Amaral is the co-owner and head of lab services of Maniacal Yeast Labs. He is a total fermentation geek - check him out on Maine Calling a few months ago: https://www.mainepublic.org/post/fermentation-time-honored-technique-grows-popularity

Public Orchard Day and Mt. Joy Permablitz

Mount Joy Community Orchard

Introducing Public Orchard Day -- always the Saturday before Mother's Day! Public Orchard Day is a celebration of food grown in community spaces. The Resilience Hub is partnering with Mt. Joy Orchard, Portland's largest community orchard and food forest, for this year's event. We plan to grow in future years to include other public orchard sites in Portland and around the state. 10 - 11 am: Annual Permaculture Plant Swap This year, the Resilience Hub's Annual Plant Swap will take place at the East End Community School -- park at the top of the hill. The Plant Swap is by far our biggest swap of the year. You're still welcome to bring other items but the focus this month is plants -- indoor plants, outdoor plants, seeds, perennials, annuals, fruit, whatever you've got to share. There will be tons to trade, and lots of great information being passed along. See the full event description here: https://www.meetup.com/maine-permaculture/events/260417278/?isFirstPublish=true 11 - 4 pm: Mt. Joy celebrates Public Orchard Day Join us after the plant swap for the opening permablitz of the season at Mt. Joy Community Orchard! We will be building soil by sheet mulching rows of trees, and planting trees and perennials. 11:00 - Opening Circle 11:15 - Work Party and Workshops 1:00 - Community Potluck Lunch. If you'd like, bring a dish to share! Also definitely bring personal drinking water containers and a "potluck kit" (plate, bowl, utensils). 2:00 - 3:30 - Work Party and Workshops 3:30 - 4:00 - Cleanup and Closing Circle There will be lots of opportunities to learn about the diverse plantings through free hands on workshops and tours. Workshops include Bark Grafting with Aaron Parker and Richard Hodges, Medicinal Herbs with Mischa Schuler, Weaving Bittersweet with Zack Rouda, and more. Stay tuned for the complete schedule in coming weeks. This is a family and kid-friendly event. We look forward to seeing you at the orchard!

Past events (916)

Introduction to Perennial Vegetables

Zero Station / The Resilience Hub


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