Come out to the first residential permablitz work party of the season!
A bit about our hosts:
Myke & Margy are a lesbian couple in their sixties. Seeking greener living, last year they downsized into a small ranch house with a half-acre yard, in the Nason’s Corner neighborhood of Portland, and added solar panels, heat pumps, and insulation. They spent a year observing the beauty and natural beings of this little piece of land, and now hope to deepen that connection through capturing rain water from the roofs, growing a small food forest with fruit and nut trees and perennial vegetables, and creating a pond for frogs and other wildlife. They are collaborating with their friend Sylvia, a queer activist and herbalist, who is planting a medicinal herb garden on the property, especially for healing for community activists. They also hope to create space for community and spiritual gathering around a fire, and include disability access and aging-in-place as part of the design.
Our blitz will include installation of rain barrels, with firewood storage included; creation of a pond; sheet-mulching and soil-building for future tree and herb plantings, and the construction of a composting bin.
Permablitzes are day-long work parties that combine hands-on education, work, and community building! This is the first of nine work community and residential work parties this summer and fall. The season is planned so that if someone attended all of the blitzes, they could get a background in theory, skills, and techniques of permaculture. All skills, abilities, and ages welcome! Childcare and rides are available (let us know if you will need either).
In addition to the projects, Myke, Margy, and Sylvia's blitz will include a conversation around disability access and permaculture as well as an herb walk with Sylvia and some brainstorming about community herbalism!
Work projects and teams to be announced based on the permaculture design for this site, but here's a preliminary agenda for planning purposes.
9:00 Gather for coffee/tea (provided)
9:30 ), Introductions and a briefing on the plan for the day, short "What is permaculture?" talk
10:00 Break into teams and work on projects
12:15 Potluck Lunch (vegetarian main dish provided by host; bring something to compliment)
1:00 Resume work
3:30 Clean up, Community Announcements, 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.
The Resilience Hub (http://resiliencehub.org/) is a collaborative non-profit 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 (http://resiliencehub.org/services/maine-permaculture-design/) and projects (http://resiliencehub.org/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. The Resilience Hub (http://resiliencehub.org/) uses this meetup platform to organize and manage more than 70 events per year.
Contact us (http://resiliencehub.org/about-2/contact-us/) if you would like to offer a workshop through our group or to request a specific type of event or workshop.