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This event will be outdoors and physically distanced, masks required. Rain date October 4th. Limited to 10 people at a time, so please sign up using this link and take your RSVP seriously. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EACAD2EAAFBC07-seed Why save your own seeds? There are many reasons, more control over what you grow, more varieties available, to preserve rare varieties, economics… or an act of resistance against an increasingly aggressive industrial agriculture system bent on absurd uniformity and corporate control. Come learn the basics skills and techniques needed to save the seeds of all your favorite crops. 10:00am - Seed saving and plant breeding workshop. Sliding scale $0-$25, recommended donation $10. 12:00noon - Lunch Break. Please bring your own lunch if you are attending both parts of the day. 12:30 - 3:30pm - Seed cleaning demos. Free. I will demo some low cost, home made seed cleaning equipment as I clean seeds from my farm. Feel free to bring your own seeds to be cleaned.
Join us at our first socially distanced permablitz at Hurricane Valley. We will be laying the ground work for a natural play scape and sheetmulching fruit trees and building guilds as well as building up clay soils for annual vegetable production. This will be the first of two permablitzes at Hurricane Valley with the second happening in early spring 2021. Hurricane Valley is a 62 acre farm in Falmouth Maine. The Falmouth Land Trust worked with the local community to preserve this farmland. The farmland is an incubator farm for Cultivating Community's NASAP (New American Sustainable Agriculture Project) a farm training program for refugee and immigrant farmers. Many of the participants were farmers in their countries of origin and this program helps them to adapt their farming skills to Maine's environment. There is over 10 acres devoted to rotational farming and community gardens while additional acres are being planted out with trees and perennials. The resilience hub has worked with cultivating community as well as many other community stakeholders to come up with a permaculture design and some of the future plans involve water catchment, natural shade structures, season extension and solar power. We will be following Maine’s CDC guidelines for this event. The outdoor gathering will be limited to 100 people and there will be no more than ten people working on each project. These groups can be broken down even further if folks would like to keep even more distance, there is plenty of space to spread out. We ask that you wear a mask, bring your own wheelbarrow/tools if you have them and maintain a 6 ft distance from others throughout the day. Please do not come if you are exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19, have been in recent contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 or have traveled out of state two weeks prior. We will not be having a potluck at this time. Please bring your own water and food for the day. There is plenty of space to spread out and take breaks from mask wearing and to eat and rest. Our tentative plan is that the event will take place in two sessions 10-noon and 1-3 with an additional hour for general cleanup. You are welcome to stay for the whole day, please let us know in the comments if you plan to come for the morning or afternoon or both so we can plan accordingly. We will provide more schedule information closer to the blitz day when we have a better understanding of planned attendance. We will have a large socially distanced opening circle to give an overview of the event and then we will split up into smaller groups where the projects will be explained more in depth. You do not need to have any prior knowledge or experience with permaculture to attend this event. If you are interested in being a team leader for these smaller groups please add that to the comments.
Join the Resilience Hub and Midcoast Permaculture Design for a crash course in the essential aspects of a permaculture design process that has been developed and honed in Maine over the last decade of professional practice. We are excited to announce this streamlined, virtual Permaculture Design Intensive, during which students will be guided through the steps of the design process and given the tools to begin to design their own residential spaces. We will start with the basics of permaculture philosophy and work our way to practical design exercises that will be of immediate benefit, such as goal articulation, ecosystem observation skills, edible landscaping techniques, annual and perennial plant polycultures, base mapping, and a step by step system of layered design. We will mix it up with basic and advanced concepts and practice so that students feel supported in overcoming that feeling of “not knowing where to start.” The Design Intensive will run from October 24 - November 14 and use a variety of online platforms, including Google Classroom, YouTube, and Zoom. Readings, exercises, videos, and webinars will be assigned over the span of the course and can be completed independently each week. There will be seven LIVE Zoom chats consisting of discussion, Q&A, and Design Labs: October 24 at 10 AM October 31 at 10 AM and 1 PM November 7 at 10 AM and 1 PM November 14 at 10 AM and 1 PM While these will be recorded for later viewing, it is strongly recommended that participants attend live. This is an intensive 3-week course - expect to spend approximately 8-10 hours per week on classwork. Participants will need a computer with fast internet and a minimal set of inexpensive design tools. Please email [masked] with any questions.