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February Potluck & Guest Lecture: Five Centuries of New England Garden History
• What we'll do Please join us for our monthly potluck and special guest, nationally-recognized garden historian and ethnobotanist, John Forti (more about John below) For this event, John will take us on an illustrated tour of the past four centuries of gardening in this region (a part of occupied Wabanaki land, now commonly called New England). Through lecture, images and discussion, we will explore trends and plant selections in garden design from Native Gardens to historically-inspired gardens in America today. **No charge to register but space is limited (so please honor your RSVP). Suggested donation of $5 - $10 at door. No one turned away for lack of funds.** 6:30 Potluck meal - bring a dish/beverage to share and your own potluck kit (bowl/utensils/cup/napkin) for a zero waste event. 7:00 Announcements and Program Starts 8:30 Closing & Wrap-Up About John: John Forti is a nationally recognized lecturer, garden historian, ethnobotanist and garden writer. He is the Executive Director of Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH. Before taking on this new position, he was the Director of Horticulture for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the oldest horticultural society in the nation. He previously served as the Curator/Director of Historic Landscapes at Strawbery Banke Museum, and as the Director of Horticulture at Plimoth Plantation Museum where the gardens and seed program he created brought international attention to the preservation of Pilgrim and Wampanoag heirloom crops. John co-founded and served as the board chair for Slow Food Seacoast. He serves on the bio-diversity committee for Slow Food USA and is the regional Slow Food governor. He also serves as chair of the board for the Herb Society of America’s New England Unit, and won the 2014 Award for Excellence in Horticulture from the national office. He was also recently granted the award for “Civic Improvement through Gardens” from the Garden Club of America. More here: ### 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. • What to bring Potluck Kit, Notebook • Important to know

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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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