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Urban Permaculture & Earth Repair Weekend Intensive w/Scott Kellogg

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  • Zero Station / The Resilience Hub

    222 and 224 Anderson Street, Portland, ME (map)

    43.670235 -70.256172

  • Price: $150.00 /per person

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  • Toolbox for Sustainable City LivingJoin us in welcoming Scott Kellogg to Maine for an intensive weekend workshop of skill-building around creating ecologically-resilient communities in today’s towns and cities.

    Scott is known internationally for his regenerative work and hands-on practical approach to creating truly sustainable systems.

    In this class, Scott Kellogg will bring together a core “toolbox” of techniques and knowledge sets usable by anyone wanting to create sustainable systems in their own communities. Through a combination of group hands-on activities and lectures, participants will learn how to build infrastructure for self-reliance that is simple, affordable, and replicable.

    These systems can be applied in urban, suburban or rural environments. This unique event is a good fit for anyone looking to retrofit their reality or provide support to those who want to do so.

    Why Participate?
    Challenged with both environmental and economic crises, communities must work to create their own ecologically sound and fair systems.  This process of transition requires us to reduce resource consumption as well as recycle our waste products back into natural systems.  This work is especially critical in urban environments, where currently more than 50% of the world’s population lives.  To those not familiar with the fundamentals of "truly sustainable" living, the task of working towards it can seem daunting and confusing.  This weekend will break it down into practical and very doable steps.

    Typical Topics for This Intensive:

    • Aquaponics: fish & plant integration
    • Micro-livestock: chickens and rabbits
    • Waste to soil: composting food wastes with worms and microbes
    • Rainwater harvesting, greywater filtration, and urban hydrology
    • Low-intensity bioremediation: cleaning contaminated soils using plants, fungi and bacteria for brownfield restoration
    • Edible mushroom cultivation
    • Beekeeping and silkworms
    • Microgreens production, raised bed gardening, and perennial food systems
    • Bioshelters, greenhouses, and season extension techniques
    • Kitchen culture: apartment-scale sustainability
    • Reconciliation ecology: promoting biodiversity in the cityVertical and rooftop farmingAutonomous energy: veggie oil vehicles, methane digesters, and bicycle electric generators
    • Ecological micro-economies


    The weekend costs $150 and includes a hearty vegetarian (vegan option) supper on Saturday night as well as coffee/tea/snacks on both days. (Saturday lunch is potluck and Sunday is BYO).  Handouts and other electronic resources will be shared with all participants (bring an external hard drive of at least 30GB if you want the electronic files).

    Reduced Price:

    • Two work-study spots are offered for half-price in exchange for helping to set up and break down the event and help keep the space and refreshments area organized.
    • Scholarships are available for people of color and youth (age 16 - 22).
    • Two spots are available for time dollars in lieu of USD (for members of Hour Exchange Portland)


    Class runs from 9am to 5pm Saturday with supper and optional movie Saturday night.  Sunday class runs from 9am to 3pm.


    This intensive will be held in Portland's East Bayside Neighborhood, the most ethnically diverse in Maine and home to some challenging urban conditions in terms of ecological health and the ability to grow food, harvest water, etc.  We will be working with a real, live site in need of earth and community repair.

    More about Scott Kellogg:

    Scott Kellogg is the co-author of the book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-it-Ourselves Guide” (South End Press) and the primary teacher of R.U.S.T. – The Radical Urban Sustainability Training, an intensive weekend workshop in urban ecological survival skills.

    Currently, Scott is developing a new organization in Albany, New York named the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center.  It is planned to be a demonstration of environmental technologies and sustainable micro industries applicable in today’s urban environment.  He is simultaneously developing a low-impact integrated agroforestry operation in Northern New York as well.

    Scott is also a co-founder of Austin, Texas’ Rhizome Collective, an urban sustainability education project, and worked as the director of its sustainability program from 2000-2009.  In 2004, the Rhizome Collective was donated a 10 acre brownfield property in Austin, as well as a $200,000 brownfield cleanup award form the EPA.  Scott worked as the site coordinator for the cleanup, and oversaw the removal and recycling of over 15 tons of debris from the site.

    In[masked], Scott worked with a team of environmental engineers to establish a community based bioremediation program in post-Katrina New Orleans.
    Scott is an experienced teacher, activist, ecological designer, and father. He presently lives in the Albany Free School Community in Albany, New York.  He is currently earning a Masters in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University.

    He has extensive experience designing and building numerous sustainable systems and  has taught numerous workshops and multi-part sustainability courses in locations as diverse as Mexico, East Timor, Canada, and inner city America.

    He has been interviewed in numerous magazines, newspapers, radio and television programs and is regarded as an expert in the field of community based sustainability. Scott has taught at numerous universities in the US, including Virginia Tech, Wesleyan, Evergreen, Washington College, University of New Orleans, and Michigan State University.

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