Kristen and Ian's Permablitz

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Join us for our October permablitz at Kristen and Ian's in Freeport.

Kristen and Ian lived in Portland for years, spending many weekends volunteering at or team leading blitzes, running the Winter Cache Project, a cooperative farm model, building up mt joy orchard and teaching solar and mushroom inoculation workshops. Two & ½ years ago they bought five acres in Freeport to practice all of the permaculture, organic farming and building skills they have accumulated over the years. For the first couple of years there was a lot of experimental growing, getting to know the landscape, and learning what plants, animals and insects already lived there, building community, raising a baby and helping Seamus acclimate to a new area.

Part of their goal is to figure out how the land can be self-sustaining, both through growing food and generating an income. Air bnb and meeting their immediate dietary needs by growing annual crops and raising ducks has been a good beginning. Planning for future includes fruit and nut trees and perennial crops, water catchment, building an herb business and hosting community workshops, Herb and native plant walks, and
propagating native plants for wildlife and their community. They want to create a space where people can come and drink tea and relax. While they would love to spend every waking hour in the fields, Ian works in Orono and Kristen is raising two kids so they need to focus on stacking functions and building up gardens that are low maintenance.

A Permaculture design class came up with several incredible designs for their property which they have been gleaning ideas from and incorporating their own observations to create one cohesive (ever evolving) design. They would like to welcome you to their property to learn about permaculture, gain hands on skills and contribute to the sustainability of their space. They have plenty of land for camping as well as a furnished micro bus and small cabin if anyone would like to come from further away or would just like to spend the night out of the city.

There are several great projects planned for the day that may include,

-Grape arbor/duck run
-Compost bin with solar panel cover
-Back yard keyhole kitchen gardens with integrated compost
-Bird and bat house construction for kids
-Prepping beds for fall sowing of native plant seeds (comeback in late fall
to help sow

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!

There will be lots of opportunities to learn and this is a family and kid friendly event. Depending on the weather we will have lots of hot tea and a fire going to keep warm.

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.