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The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture Message Board › Seeking Greater Portland Permablitz Locations for 2013

Seeking Greater Portland Permablitz Locations for 2013

Lisa F.
lisa.f.organizer
Group Organizer
Portland, ME
Are you interested in moving your property towards greater resilience?  Would you like to grow food, catch water and minimize energy consumption?  Have you been interested in implementing a permaculture design but didn't know where to start? We are excited to strengthen our permaculture efforts by launching a round of permablitzes for this spring, summer, and fall 2013 and we're currently seeking locations for blitzes!


Dear Permaculture Friends,

I am pleased to invite you to consider submitting your home or property for permablitzing this year!  Permaculture group member Heather Foran is taking on the coordination of these events and she would be happy to talk with you more about this opportunity.  Read the details below and click on the links to learn more or nominate your place!

Warm Regards,

LisaF, Organizer

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Permablitzes are day-long work parties that put permaculture design into action! Usually 20+ people gather on a property fueled by teaching and learning important skills, good food, good conversation, and the common goal of implementing several parts of a permaculture design.  Click here to learn more about permablitzing.

Imagine more than twenty permaculture folks working side-by-side for six hours resulting in more than 180 labor hours completed in one day, great fun and camaraderie as well as experiential learning for all!


Please read through the following criteria for this year’s permablitzing sites (we hope to expand this for future seasons as resources allow!).  If you feel like your place is a good match, please submit your information by clicking on the link at the bottom and we’ll get back to you to see if it will work for this year.  And if you don’t feel you meet the criteria this year, consider getting your own local permablitzing network going or hang in there for a future season!


Portland Permablitz Criteria for 2013:


  • Hosts are active members of Portland Maine Permaculture (have attended multiple events)  Note: priority is given to members who have been able to  participate in permablitzes and work parties previously.
  • Hosts have a permaculture design for the property already OR are willing to a) pay for a design by a permaculture designer, b) have a design done by a permaculture design course student or recent graduate or c) host an “intro to permaculture design class” to create a draft design.
  • Hosts are willing to help seek out and provide materials as specified in the design (this might mean purchasing and/or gathering and recycling with the help of the permablitz organizer).
  • Does the site have accessible bathrooms?
  • If the property owner (landlord? family member?) is not the meetup member, are they amenable to permablitzing? Are any special permissions required from them?
  • Hosts have the ability to maintain the permaculture systems post-permablitz
  • The site is located in Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Westbrook, Scarborough or Falmouth (for this season, we’ll be focusing in the immediate vicinity of Portland. In the future, we’re psyched to support permablitzing capacity in other towns!)
  • There is space for 10 to 20 people to work, park vehicles, sit down inside or outside for lunch
  • The hosts are able to provide a soup or other main dish for lunch, with attendees bringing other lunch items potluck-style to compliment.

Our goal is to get an established permablitz network up and running this year. We are committed to working towards:


  • Permablitzing a range of sites, communities, neighborhoods and types of work projects/skills and design elements every year.
  • Building reciprocity: eventually we plan to request participation in 2+ permablitzes in order to host an event and developing a community that supports each other's progress.
  • Building demonstration sites around the Greater Portland area. We'll be seeking hosts with an interest in and willingness to share their property as a demonstration site in some practical way.

If you're interested in hosting a permablitz on your property, nominate your place using this online form.  Thanks!

Support This Effort!

In order to establish a highly functioning permablitz network for the future, The Resilience Hub is dedicating a chunk of time and resources this year toward planning, coordinating and follow-up of all our permablitzes.  We want to ensure that what we experience and learn contributes to ongoing improvement and success for everyone.  We'll continue to revise and distribute an open source permablitzing manual and hopefully we will be able to provide support to other communities who want to launch these kinds of efforts themselves.  If you have some financial resources that can support the cause, please contact Lisa Fernandes to arrange a donation or gift.
Arlene
user 12831116
Union, ME
Post #: 4
Lisa,
I love the idea of a Permablitz network! When I lived in Tucson, I was part of a rainwater harvesting co-op that had an almost identical format. For every 16 hours of volunteering on other members' projects (four 4-hour projects), each member was entitled to have a 4-hour workshop at their site. In cases where a member was not physically able to do the manual labor necessary to accrue hours, other volunteer jobs were available for credit. Two workshops were held at my house, resulting in installation of a beautiful series of water catchment basins plus a backyard greywater system. The workshops were fun and educational and created a special camaraderie among regular participants over time.
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