Come out to Falmouth Schools for the first community permablitz of the season!
A bit about our hosts:
Falmouth School System is a leader in the farm-to-school movement here in Maine. The Falmouth Farm-to-School Committee and Garden Coordinator Genna Cherichello will host this blitz almost a year after collaboration with The Resilience Hub began. In the summer of 2015 The Resilience Hub helped facilitate a process to design a learning laboratory adjacent to all three Falmouth schools for all students to use and access. Input from community members, staff, teachers, and students was gathered and a design was created with the following goals in mind:
• Building on the overall desire of Falmouth to develop a farm-to-school culture consistent across all grades
• Designing a low-input, low-maintenance space that mimics natural systems while also providing many yields
• Designing a hands-on learning space that can teach young citizens about the linkages between health and wellness, their community and the environment (inherent in the permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share)
• Designing an accessible green space--unique, enticing, and educational--that fosters exploration, establishes a perennial food system (food forest) and season extension growing space (hoop house) in which to learn and from which to eat, supplies food to the school cafeteria and food pantries, provides a possible source, and multiple outdoor learning spaces
Permablitzes are day-long work parties that put permaculture design into action. Imagine more than twenty permaculture folks working side-by-side for six hours resulting in more than 180 hours completed in one day, great fun, conversation, and camaraderie as well as experiential learning for all!
Taking part in these events is one of the best ways to "put your name in the hat" for permablitzes at your own place or project in the future!
Work projects may include the following:
Installation of a wildlife pond, Tree planting site preparation and mushroom inoculation, Sheetmulching and cover cropping of cafeteria food production beds, and Outdoor classroom garden beds sheetmulch and planting. Teams to be announced based on the number of participants. A preliminary agenda for planning purposes:
9:00 Gather for coffee/tea (provided), introductions and a briefing on the plan for the day
9:30 Review of Permaculture Design Principles and the design elements for this property
10:00 Break into teams and work on projects
12:30 Potluck Lunch (vegetarian main dish provided by host; bring something to compliment)
1:00 Resume work
3:30 Clean up and Closing Circle
What to bring:
notebook/camera, work gloves, boots, clothes that can get a bit dirty (and dress in layers for varying temperatures through the course of the day), potluck dish to share and “kit” (dish/bowl/utensils/napkins), water bottle, sunscreen, etc.