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2014 Northeast Permaculture Convergence
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Thursday, July 3
 

3:00pm

Early Arrival (For Field Trippers)
Thursday July 3, 2014 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Rose (North) Gate

6:00pm

Supper (Volunteers & Field Trippers)
Thursday July 3, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Maine Hall
 
Friday, July 4
 

6:30am

Breakfast
Friday July 4, 2014 6:30am - 8:00am
Maine Hall

7:00am

Friday Field Trip #2
Don’t miss this opportunity to travel to one of the most beautiful sites on the coast of Maine to visit three wonderful homesteads/businesses.  First up is The Good Life Center, the very homestead that Helen and Scott Nearing built of stone by hand upon arriving in Maine from Vermont.  Then on to none other than Eliot Coleman’s Four Season Farm next door to see the latest innovations in season extension applied to an economically viable market farm.  Lastly, we’ll stop at the Tinderhearth Bakery, home to many permaculturists, artists and musicians to see how these worlds blend into community and commerce.

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00am - 5:00pm
On the Road

8:00am

Friday Field Trip #3
Visiting three different and inspiring  homesteads this field trip has something for everyone.  For those of you who have an interest in “low impact” and “small footprint” homestead, Jim and Susan Cutting’s Homestead will feature a tour of some of their off-grid systems, They have many mounds, and have been grafting a bunch of trees. Susan can also talk about the Belfast Transition initiative.  Then a treat for perennial agriculture fans:  Mo Martin has been care taking his mountainside perennial homestead for many decades. While some of Mo’s plants came from nurseries, much of his focus has been on planting seeds and selecting from those plantings. He cultivates an incredibly wide diversity of fruits and nuts (some highlights include: a vast schisandra vineyard with over thirty plants all grown from seed, persimmon trees over thirty feet tall, enormous hardy kiwi vines, dozens of small fruit and berry varieties, and a wide array of nut species.) He has been humbly doing this work on his own for decades– this will be the first group tour ever of this incredible site.  We have much to learn from him.   We will end the day at a small-holding permaculture farm in Thorndike, Many Hands Farm with lots to share about their family-scale efforts.

Friday July 4, 2014 8:00am - 4:30pm
On the Road

8:00am

Friday Field Trip #1
Visit the renowned Avena Botanicals and enjoy a custom garden tour with Herbalist and Teacher Deb Soule.  In addition to growing some of the most amazing medicinals in North America, Avena has been employing permaculture techniques and is the first Demeter-certified Biodynamic farm in Maine.  This stop will be followed by a visit to a the permaculture homestead of Ryan Entwistle to see various natural building techniques, Warre beehives and more.  We will finish this tour with a visit to Tom Griffin’s Hope’s Edge Farm, a market farm which has been producing nutrient rich food biodynamically for many years.  This track has something for everyone!

Friday July 4, 2014 8:00am - 5:00pm
On the Road

12:00pm

Lunch (Volunteers and Organizers)
Friday July 4, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Maine Hall

2:00pm

5:00pm

Convergence Opening Ceremony of Thanksgiving
Join us in an Opening Ceremony of Thanksgiving for our Interdependence, hosted by our friends from the Maine Primitive Skills School.


Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 5:45pm
On the Commons

6:00pm

Supper
Friday July 4, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Maine Hall

7:00pm

Local Beverages Tasting & Homemade Beverage Swap
Taste locally made kombucha, beer and cider!  Bring samples of your own homemade beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) to share with otheres!  Small glasses provided.

Presenters

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Maine Hall

7:30pm

Community Talent Show!
Show us your stuff!  Calling all musicians, acrobats, poets, beat boxes, singers, comedians, mimes and other sundry out or closeted entertainers!  Sign up on the TALENT SHOW CLIPBOARD at the Central Info Tent for tonight's fun!  Looking forward to sharing and enjoying one another's company on our first full night of Convergence.

Friday July 4, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
On the Commons

9:00pm

Social Time / Fire Circle
Join us near the Wellness tent to hang out by the campfire, play some instruments, catch up with friends and meet some new ones.

Friday July 4, 2014 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Wellness & Zone 00
 
Saturday, July 5
 

6:30am

Early Morning Plant Walk
Join in a peaceful morning walk with our friends from the Maine Primitive Skills School as we meet plant allies just waking up and observe other happenings in the woods around the Convergence site.


Saturday July 5, 2014 6:30am - 7:15am
Meet at Gazebo

7:00am

AM Yoga on the Commons - Self Organized
Meet at the Maine Tent with a blanket or Yoga mat and either self-organize a session or a yoga instructor can volunteer to lead a session.

Saturday July 5, 2014 7:00am - 7:45am
Main Tent

7:30am

Breakfast
Saturday July 5, 2014 7:30am - 9:00am
Maine Hall

9:00am

Integrated Lowland Rice Commercialization
Ducks, Azolla, and Rice - Together they have the potential to create a durable, vibrant and productive polyculture. New to the New England, we are in year two of this project and plan to create a multi-acre paddy system in the upcoming year with a heavy emphasis on water-loving and aquatic permacultures.  Learn about our process so far, growing paddy rice in Maine (on varying scales), and help collaborate with ideas for our large paddy system.

Moderators
BR

Ben Rooney

Ben Rooney is a member of Wild Folk Farm and community.

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Poultry

9:00am

Grass Fed Vegetables
I will demonstrate how to use and maintain a european scythe to mow meadows to grow and gather fertility on site while at the same time increasing fertility in the meadow then using the mown meadow "hay" to concentrate fertility in garden bed in a no till feeding mulch system.

Presenters
avatar for Jim Kovaleski

Jim Kovaleski

Freedom House Farm
I am a Market Gardener spending my summers in Maine, Growing at Lamb cove farm in Robbinston. I spend the winter gardening in New Port Richey Florida, growing at my urban homestead Freedom House Farm. | I am excited about small scale food production using Permaculture practices . I have been amazed at the amount of food coming from small plots of land with very little inputs can provide for my only source of livelihood for going on 5... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Carya

9:00am

Creating Resilient Cooperatives
Resilient Cooperatives: A discussion on how we can create cooperative organizations that meet our basic needs and feed our souls.

Through a participatory discussion we will learn about cooperation and how groups have used the cooperative business structure to meet basic needs in their communities. We will draw the connections between permaculture and cooperative values and how together these values bring us together as people on Earth. Out of the workshop, participants will gain knowledge about the basic steps of starting a cooperative and inspiration to explore this model in their community.

Facilitators
JF

Jonah Fertig

Jonah Fertig is a cooperator, organizer, consultant, chef, teacher, designer, facilitator, gardener, artist, musician and father. He is the coordinator and founder of Cooperative Fermentation, a new project that is working to democratize the food system through creating cooperatives. Cooperative Fermentation is incubating with the Resilience Hub and cooperating with the Cooperative Development Institute. He co-founded Local Sprouts Cooperative... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Nettles

9:00am

Co-Creating the Future - Live Participatory Broadcast
In round-table format, participants will share their visions for a more resilient, just, and Earth-friendly future and suggest social permaculture-based steps to get from now to then. Our co-created future vision will be broadcast online as an episode of ENVISION THIS! Because this episode will be available on-demand at www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this, this is your opportunity to share your vision with other participants, with friends who couldn't be at the Convergence, and with a worldwide audience.

Presenters
MB

Merry & Burl Hall

Merry and Burl Hall are co-hosts of a weekly online radio show, ENVISION THIS!, connecting listeners to visionaries of a more resilient, inclusive, and Earth-friendly future. Burl has been coordinator of Lewiston-Auburn Transition, a family counselor, and is author of the upcoming book, Sophia's Web: Reclaiming Wholeness in a Divided World. Merry is a retired teacher and author of Bringing Food Home: The Maine Example. Together they dedicate... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Library

9:00am

Medicinal Herbs for the Permaculture Garden
Join Portland, ME community herbalists Cathleen Miller and Mischa Schuler for an engaging experience with some of our most beloved plant allies in the MOFGA herb garden. We will discuss the multiple functions that medicinal plants serve in the landscape, as well as how they can support our health and well-being. We will also explore the planting needs of various medicinals, and discuss proper harvesting and processing methods.

You will walk away from this session with a deeper sense of connection to, and appreciation for, some familiar plant allies and have some new herbs to get to know when you return to your home land(scape). 

Presenters
MS

Mischa Schuler & Cathleen Miller

"Mischa Schuler is a community herbalist and fertility awareness practitioner in Portland, Maine where she specializes in women's reproductive health and children's health. She is a preceptor for pharmacy students studying at the University of New England and teaches at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. Her herbal studies have been within the mid-Atlantic and north east bioregions, through apprenticeships with Deb Soule of Avena... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Wellness & Zone 00

9:00am

9:00am

9:00am

9:00am

Putting the Culture into Permaculture
Although "culture" is in the word permaculture, this powerful resource is often overlooked and underutilized in our movement. By deepening our understanding of and relationship to culture, we can strengthen our connection to ourselves, build authentic relationships across differences, and create the conditions for lasting ecological and social transformation.

In this workshop, we will use participatory tools and techniques including listening exchanges,Theatre of the Oppressed, Story Circles and Sociometric Mapping to explore themes of loss of culture, (de)colonization, liberation, healing and transformation.

*Please bring an object that represents your culture


Presenters
LD

Lisa DePiano

Lisa DePiano is a certified permaculture designer/ teacher and faculty member at the University of Massachusetts and Yestermorrow Design/Build School. She is the lead instructor of Permaculture FEAST, and the founder of the Mobile Design Lab, which specializes in participatory design and installation. She is recent research fellow at the MIT Media Lab. | | Javiera Benavente is an artist, facilitator and cultural organizer who has been organizing... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00am - 10:45am
Main Hall - Atrium

9:00am

Sustainable Foraging for Food and Medicine (Double Session)
A double-session plant walk and discussion exploring year round sustainable harvest of wild edible and medicinal plants and how to encourage propagation and diversity of naturally occurring and naturalized plants, trees, shrubs, vines, and lianas. We will also discuss responsible approaches to non-native invasive species.

Presenters
MD

Michael Douglas

Founder, Maine Primitive Skills School
Student of Primitive Skills, Survival, Bushcraft, Permaculture, Tactical Studies, Wilderness Survival, Tracking, Nature, and Ecology since 1979 . Co-Founder of Maine Primitive Skills School.


Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
Fragaria

9:00am

Plant Propagation: The asexual gift that keeps on giving (Double Session)
This will be a combined session with both Aaron and Jacob putting their amazing skills together for an half-day intensive on plant propagation:

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Swapping and sharing plants is a great way to strengthen community connections and build resiliency. Most gardeners have experience growing plants from seeds, but fewer have experience propagating plants vegetatively. This practical, hands on workshop will take your propagation skills to the next level and make you ready to start an open source plant library in your home community! This class will offer a broad overview on many different types of propagation; crown division, root cuttings, scaling, tip layering, softwood and hardwood cuttings. Come learn how to make more grape, currant, hardy kiwi, mulberry, quince, fig, blueberry, honeyberry, raspberry, seaberry, blackberry, strawberry, chive, horseradish, mint, lemon balm, comfrey, daylily, true lily, rhubarb, asparagus, sunchoke, rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, and many more. We will discuss which techniques work best for different species and genera. Participants will practice some of these techniques and take home plants.

Being able to grow your own plants is essential for many permaculture projects... as well as being a joy and money saver for the other projects! In this session we will cover tricks and techniques helpful for starting perennial and tree seeds, rooting woody stem cuttings, root cuttings and divisions as well as touching on grafting, budding and other methods. 

Presenters
AP

Aaron Parker & Jacob Holzberg-Pill

Aaron: I have been gardening on my own land for 7 years as well as doing gardening professionally for the past 12 years. Recently I have opened a very small nursery, Edgewood Nursery, that focuses on unusual edible and medicinal plants. | | Jacob: Jacob Holzberg-Pill is the Sustainable Agriculture faculty at Kennebec Valley Community College. Jacob has taught holistic land stewardship for the last twelve years across the United States and... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
Main Tent

9:00am

Intro to Making Biochar + Hands-on Demonstration (Double Session)
Have you been wanting to learn more about biochar? How to make it, use it, and why it works to build super soils while at the same time reducing your carbon footprint? Come learn these things and more.   Greg Martin from Maine Biochar will be there to answer all your questions while teaching you how to make your own high quality biochar from brush.  (The second half of this - after a short break - will be hands-on.  Please dress accordingly!).

Presenters
GM

Greg Martin

Greg Martin is the owner of Maine Biochar, a start up business working to make biochar a normal part of how we all build soils that will maintain fertility during our lifetimes and long afterwards. Greg has been working with biochar since 2006, is a life long gardener, trained Master Gardener, and a certifiable perennial edible plant geek. When not making biochar he works on his amateur perennial plant breeding projects.


Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
Rabbits

9:00am

Mycellium Running at the Maine Heritage Orchard (Hands-On)
See the initial stages of the Maine Heritage Orchard site (see John Bunker's 10:45 session for overview) and get your hands into some soil innoculation!

On Saturday, July 5, Tom Vigue will lead a work party at the Maine Heritage Orchard to inoculate the soil at the base of our apple trees with MycoGrow™ Soluble and the chip filled swales with King Stropharia. We will begin work at 9 am and continue until we are done. Convergence participants are invited to join us at their convenience.


Both MycoGrow™ Soluble and King Stropharia are products provided by Fungi Perfecti.

King Stropharia is an ideal player in the recycling of wood debris, creating soil. It thrives in complex environments, vigorously attacking wood – sawdust, chips, twigs, and branches.

MycoGrow™ is a powdered spore mass. It has been designed to be added to the rooting media of plants. It is concentrated and contains many spores and species. 

Hosts
HT

Haas Tobey & Tom Vigue

Tom Vigue, a former mason, has been farming organically for 56 years.


Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
Maine Heritage Orchards 10 Min Walk North from Convergence

9:00am

All Day Vendor Stalls
Support our permaculture-oriented vendors!

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
On the Commons

10:30am

10:30am

10:30am

10:45am

Zlow Transportation
Boots, boats, bikes, buses and rural car sharing errand services. F.A.R.E.(Friends Assisting in Rides and Errands) How are the rural transport options doing in these days of high gas prices and high costs of car ownership, both on the wallet and the environment.  How can we apply permaculture principles to transporation design?

Presenters
ZP

Zocalo Permaculture Center

Jon Archer and Irene Cortese
Zocalo Permaculture Center has been doing | Education | Research | Green Jobs Creation | Celabration | for 32 years in South Gouldsboro Maine


Saturday July 5, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Carya

10:45am

Herbs and Weeds as Food, Medicine and awesome compost!
Incorporating medicinal plants and "weeds" into your permaculture gardens can bring a multiplicity of benefits to your health, your land, your income and your compost.

Please join community herbalist Ilana Sobo to have some fun and talk flower power!
We will discuss many useful healing tools that can be made with herbs and weeds and we'll have some fun talking about the abundance you can create with some wild plants already at your fingertips. Ilana will also share the amazing benefits of particular plant powerhouses and how they invigorate our compost, help heal our local ecosystems and nourish our native habitat for wildlife .

Presenters
IS

Ilana Sobo

Ilana Sobo works as a community herbalist, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Instructor in the Greater New York City arean She has spent over 14 years in the fields of Ayurveda, Yoga and Herbalism and has work with &apprenticed for several of the pioneers in Botanical Medicine & Ayurveda in the US.  She also has unique apothecary training spanning over 15 years and regularly compounds tinctures, salves, essential oil blends, teas and flower... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Nettles

10:45am

Maine Heritage Orchard - Permaculture Techniques Meet Orcharding?
The Maine Heritage Orchard, located right at MOFGA, combines varietal preservation, companion planting, polyculture, permaculture and soil remediation. Located at MOFGA in a spent gravel pit, the ten acre terraced orchard has been planted with 100 varieties of rare traditional apples, as well as hundreds of "companion" plants. Come for a tour of the site with MOFGA's John Bunker.

Presenters
JB

John Bunker

Fedco Trees
John Bunker has been tracking down and preserving rare fruit varieties for forty years. He lives on Super Chilly farm in Palermo, Maine. He coordinates The Fedco Trees catalog.


Saturday July 5, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Poultry

10:45am

Bettie the Bus Demo: Waste Veggie Oil, Solar & Alt Energy
I'll discuss the steps needed to convert a diesel vehicle to run on used vegetable oil, including sharing some of the lessons that we learnt and ways that we will modify our system in the future. I'll also talk about people and communities we've met who are currently using UVO and some of the challenges and solutions for running on vegetable oil. The final section will be ways that we can grow a used vegetable oil co-op in Maine and work with individuals and farmers to lesson their dependence on carbon fuel sources.

Presenters
IT

Ian Toal

I have a degree in mechanical engineering and a strong drive to reconnect with the principles that form and strengthen communities. After traveling for four months in a small school bus that runs on waste vegetable oil, my partner and I have been drawn to the Portland area to settle down and plant our own roots. I have years of construction, mechanical and design experience and am inspired by both the Transition movement and Permaculture... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Bettie The Bus

10:45am

The Ecovillage: Learning from Models of what is Possible
Have you ever imagined what the world would be like if you could design it all? How would you meet the needs of a human settlement, considering the whole picture of environment, community, and person? Ecovillages serve as powerful experimentation centers for finding answers to these questions. Sustainable communal living is nothing new in the history of humanity, yet so much is new to us as we immerse ourselves in these hyper-complex systems of permaculture design. Ecovillages may not be THE solution, but they are excellent places to learn about many solutions. These are physical locations that bring together the social, environmental, economic, and cultural dimensions of sustainability in functional relation with each other. Join us for a participatory workshop exploring how we can learn from what community has to teach. Experience the ecovillage to experience what is possible.

Presenters
CT

Cynthia Tina

"Cynthia Tina is the Executive Director of NextGEN North America, a youth organization born out of the Global Ecovillage Network that is committed to building the interconnected world of our generation through the teaching of integrated sustainability and offering of immersive experiences. Currently a student at Goddard College, Cynthia has traveled to and studied sustainable human communities from a range of cultures and times. She is passionate... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Library

10:45am

Villains and Vagabonds: The Beauty and Benefits of Misaligned Plants
We'll explore the life and character of a few invasive species: their history, beneficial uses and relationship as a responder to the needs of a landscape. 

Presenters
JK

Jillian Kelsey-Rose

Jillian Kelsey-Rose is an herbalist and teacher, offering herbal consultations and teaching a variety of herbal classes at Avena Botanicals. With a background of Naturopathic study in Australia and a passion for traditional European herbalism, Jillian's practice combines tools that serve to help her understand and work with both the energetic and physical aspects of wellness and disease.


Saturday July 5, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Wellness & Zone 00

10:45am

Creating Meaningful, Ecological Ceremonies for People and Planet
Ceremonies (weddings, funerals, coming of age, etc.) play a critical role in creating a permanent culture. In this session we will reflect on the use of ceremony in our lives. We will learn about how ceremonies tend the inner landscape, build community, and improve ecosystem health. We will explore using permaculture principles to design meaningful, ecological ceremonies for ourselves and our communities.

Presenters
MB

Megan Barber

Megan Barber is a Life-Cycle Celebrant, co-owner of Food Forest Farm, and resident of Paradise Lot in Holyoke, MA. As a celebrant, she is trained in the creative practice of designing personal, meaningful ceremonies to mark life transitions.


Saturday July 5, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Main Hall - Atrium

10:45am

Non-Violent Communication as a Tool for Permaculture
Do you want to cultivate your skill as both designer and facilitator?

In this session we will offer a basic introduction to the practice of non-violent communication with a particular focus on its use for permaculture design. The central work of NVC is learning to listen deeply to get to the heart of the matter—understanding out deeper needs rather than clinging tightly to particular strategies to meet those needs. Permaculture similarly asks us to design with end goals in mind rather than fixating on a few strategies. Practicing NVC hones our skill in diving quickly to the root need and cultivates our flexibility and resilience when finding solutions. Furthermore, building your skill as listener and facilitator will enable your design process to flow smoothly, whether you are working with clients, a partner, or by yourself. 

Presenters
GO

Grace Oedel

Grace has been excited by the harmony between NVC and permaculture for several years. After being fortunate enough to study permaculture and permaculture teacher training at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and Esalen, she taught both permaculture design and farming alongside a Peace Studies course at a residential high school in northern California. While there, she learned immensely through a weekly community meeting during which all... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Tempeh

11:00am

Barter Blankets!
Saturday midday is Barter Blanket Swapping on the common. Bring things you’ve made like art, jewelry, instruments, metal or pottery or wooden items you’ve crafted, etc.  Bring a blanket to lay out your wears.

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 2:00pm
On the Commons

12:00pm

Lunch
Saturday July 5, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Maine Hall

1:30pm

Singing as a Permaculture Practice
Explore traditional and innovative vocal techniques to cultivate awareness, collaboration, resonance, and healing, using pleasure as your guide. When we sing, we ourselves are the instruments, and singing calls on us to simultaneously observe and interact, developing sensitivity to both our internal sensory experience and the sound around us. This session offers a taste of basic but potentially revolutionary techniques of breathing, resonance, and awareness to tune up your observational skills, both inwardly and outwardly; experience our interconnectedness through vibration and making music together; integrate our logical and intuitive brains; create unexpected and beautiful sounds; and find refreshment and community in singing together. 

Presenters
AD

Anna Dembska

Anna Dembska has been performing, teaching, and exploring the limits of vocal expression for several decades in venues ranging from the Bread and Puppet Circus to Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. After many years splitting her time between midtown Manhattan and a primitive cabin in Hancock, she now lives, sings, gardens, composes, and teaches in coastal Maine. Lately she’s been collaborating with plants and weather to make music, using... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Carya

1:30pm

Labyrinths in Permaculture Design
An introduction to labyrinths as sacred space in permaculture design. Sometimes confused with mazes, labyrinths have a clear though meandering path to the center and out again and can provide a meditative experience with physical and psychological health benefits. After a brief history of labyrinths and an overview of design considerations, participants will create a temporary labyrinth and then walk the new perennials labyrinth in the pear orchard.

Presenters
DC

Dee Clark

Resident Steward, Terrell House Permaculture Living & Learning Center
Dee Clark is an intermedia artist and co-founder of Terrell House Permaculture Living & Learning Center at the University of Maine. She is working toward a Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia and exploring connection, introspection, and healing through labyrinth and garden design, and music-based, performative, and participatory events.


Saturday July 5, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Labyrinth (South Field)

1:30pm

Creating Beauty and working with the spirits of nature in permaculture design
In this session we will discuss beauty as a means to inform, enhance, and inspire harmonious functioning in permaculture design. The principles discussed can be applied to the backyard gardener and homesteader, large scale farming operations, public garden design, building projects... Creating beauty in what we do is a way to feed and nourish our body and soul, as well as those around us, it allows us the opportunity to better serve our families, communities and the land we live and work on. This session will include a discussion on working with the spirits of the land, plants, animals, and buildings we work with. Basic and simple tools for anyone interested in working in harmony with these spirits, that require no previous experience will be explained and discussed as it applies practically to our work. Come to learn, share experience, and enjoy an enriching and enlivening exchange.

Presenters
JP

John Palumbo

John Palumbo and his family have been homesteading using permaculture and biodynamic methods at Many Hands Farm, in Thorndike, Maine since 2007. John is an anthroposophist, former Waldorf early childhood educator, and counselor. He loves to work with the spirits of the land in building, and in growing and cooking beautiful, nourishing foods.


Saturday July 5, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Fragaria

1:30pm

Seed Saving and Permaculture w/ Hands-on Seed Cleaning
While permaculture often focuses on perennial systems, saving seed from annuals, biennial and perennial crops is often overlooked as an important element of adapting our food production to changing climatic and economic conditions. This session will explore how seed saving relates to the principles of permaculture and how this might fit into building regional seed resiliency. We will cover the basics of how to save and adapt seed from most common plant varieties with resources for further investigation.

Presenters
SV

Scott Vlaun

Scott Vlaun is a writer, photographer, market grower, and seed saver. His photographs and writing were featured in the Seeds of Change catalog, website and eNewsletter which he edited for over a decade. He recently provided the photographs for John Navazio's "Organic Seed Grower" and is currently working on a book about backyard seed saving with the Organic Seed Alliance and Seed Savers Exchange. His seed saving workshop was presented at the... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Poultry

1:30pm

Urban Permaculture: The Middle East, Europe, the UK, and North America
Urban Permaculture: The Middle East, Europe, the UK, North America, and Central America Join international Permaculture teacher and Designer, Jillian Hovey, as she shows examples of permaculture coming to life in Tel Aviv, Hamburg, The Hague, London, Cardiff, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Vancouver, The Bay Area, and San Jose, Costa Rica. Come and be inspired!

Presenters
avatar for Jillian Hovey

Jillian Hovey

Executive Director, The Sustainable Living Network
Jillian is an experienced practitioner of regenerative systems living, who works creatively and collaboratively with others, applying whole systems design principles to a wide range of projects: from urban balconies, to entire ecovillages. The founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Network in Canada, Jillian has taught and consulted in 30 countires in North & Central America, the UK & Europe, the Middle East, and... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Main Hall - Atrium

1:30pm

Herbal Medicine-Making: Tinctures, Honeys, Oils & Vinegars
The classic permaculture landscape is full of medicinal plants. Knowing how to process these plants and use them for medicine increases our community resilience, challenges the current for-profit healthcare system in our country, greatly enhances our health, and is an extremely ecological form of healthcare. This class will cover 4 important herbal preparations that are versatile, store well, and are easy to make - tinctures, herbal honeys, infused oils, and vinegars. Come learn some simple ways that you can take the mystique out of herbal self-care and provide healthful and sustainable alternatives for yourself, your family and community. 

Presenters
JA

Jade Alicandro Mace

Jade Alicandro Mace is a community herbalist, educator, permaculturalist and herb grower. She is passionate about educating folks about the wonders of plants, and believes there is a deep cultural healing that occurs when folks connect personally with their medicine. Jade lives on a small herb farm in the woods in western massachusetts and grows over 100 species of medicinal plants in her homegrown, permaculture-based herbal nursery, with the... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Wellness & Zone 00

1:30pm

Zone 6: Permaculturing People
Zone 6: permaculturing people

Largely permaculture ignores what is outside zone 4 with a nod towards the wilderness in zone 5, but what about beyond that? Most permaculturists live not surrounded by untouched tracts of land, but in villages, suburbia, or rural communities. Your slice of permaculture heaven is most likely isolated by neighbors unaware (or marginally aware) of what you are trying to do. This workshop will discuss ways of creating community in your locale that will not only make you feel more connected but more secure in a quickly shifting world. Much of this workshop will be a facilitated discussion of what you have done to create community in your neighborhood.

Presenters

Saturday July 5, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Rabbits

1:30pm

Nuts for the Northeast
Join with grower and international farm designer Keith Morris to explore the fascinating ecology and mythology of a few nut trees particularly suited to growing on farms and in neighborhoods throughout in the northeast. We’ll focus of hardy proven nuts, and introduce some of the breeding, trailing, and hybridizing happening at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, VT to select for disease resistance, organic production, high quality timber, oils, medicinal properties, and to migrate some important nuts typically grown in warmer regions. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation of some trees commonly found in towns and hillsides, and be introduced to promising less common nuts.

Presenters
KM

Keith Morris

Keith Morris is the founder of Willow Crossing Farm and is Professor of Permaculture Design at the University of Vermont. As a grower, builder, and designer, he has created ecologically regenerative and economically viable food systems in New Zealand, Colorado, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Quebec, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nigeria, Ghana, Denmark, and the Netherlands- working regularly throughout New England and in New York City. He has spent... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Main Tent

1:30pm

Walking Tour of Plants on the Fairgrounds
On this walk, you will able to see some deliberate and non-deliberate plantings of tree crops and other perennial plants. A running commentary of successes, failures and future possibilities will be given. I will have questions for you as I seek to learn from this opportunity, as well as reveal some of the things that these plants have taught me.  

Presenters
JK

Jack Kertesz

I have been a farmer, seed grower, and nurseryman, and have helped to maintain gardens on this site since 1998. I drew a lot of my early inspiration from TREE CROPS: A PERMANENT AGRICULTURE. I started a network to connect tree people (see website) and we recently celebrated our 32nd annual Scion Wood Exchange. I hosted the first Maine Permaculture weekend workshop in 1987 with Dan Hemenway. At one time I read all the permaculture literature... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Meet at Gazebo

1:30pm

Permaculture Rewilding
This session will focus on the Rewilding Design System developed by Benjamin Weiss and Wilson Alvarez to apply permaculture to Zones 4 & 5, the semi-wild and wild systems of the earth. Participants will be given an overview of this design system and a redefinition of "the wild." A tutorial on deep observation techniques will include the sit-spot, fox-walking, and wide-angle vision, as well as group games and exercises. And a vision of "hunter-gatherer gardening" will be offered to move traditional permaculture design far beyond the backyard garden.  

Presenters
BW

Benjamin Weiss

Benjamin Weiss is a certified permaculture designer and teacher, gardener, brewer, musician, and poet from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ben studied natural building and permaculture at the Farm Ecovillage Training Center, received a permaculture teacher certification from CRMPI, studied urban agriculture at Growing Power, and has studied herbalism with Sarah Preston of Radiance in Lancaster and shamanic dreaming techniques with Adhi Moonien Two-Owls... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Nettles

1:30pm

Fermenting by Season w/ Fermentation on Wheels
Fermenting at the Fermentation Bus (more details coming soon)

Presenters
TW

Tara Whitsitt

Tara Whitsitt is a social activist, artist, and food preservationist from Eugene, Oregon. Her passions for fermenting & growing food, living communally, and teaching inspired her latest education project Fermentation on Wheels. In summer 2013, she converted a 1986 International Harvester school bus into a mobile fermentation lab and workshop space. She departed from Oregon in October 2013 and has been traveling across the country since... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Fermentation on Wheels Bus

2:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

3:15pm

Growing Soil with a Food Forest
Something amazing has happened to the soil at Paradise Lot (our 10-year-old edible forest garden). We’ve grown great food, like persimmons, kiwis and pawpaws, and now we're growing great soil too! In this workshop we’ll discuss the permaculture design that built the soil, evaluate the soil test results, and share plans for growing more black gold.

Presenters
JB

Jonathan Bates

Jonathan has been learning, thinking and teaching ecologically for two decades. He’s co-created dozens of thriving farms and gardens in the CT River Valley. He co-founded and is a board member of the Apios Institute, a teacher at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School, and is a farmer with Nuestras Raices, Inc. Additionally he is a co-founder, and instructor with Permaculture FEAST. Jonathan loves sharing his passion for life with friends and... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Main Tent

3:15pm

Natural Building Methods and Materials
Let's talk about building from a permaculture perspective. This class will overview various materials, traditional and modern, used to create sustainable buildings. We'll compare the strengths and weaknesses of each material based on ecological awareness, design and practicality for our temperate climate. 

Presenters
RE

Ryan Entwistle

Ryan's interest in permaculture and sustainable building practices were first enlivened when he moved to Hope at age 19 and built a small straw bale home. Since then, he has spent a lot of time researching, designing and implementing permaculture concepts with the surrounding land.


Saturday July 5, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Rabbits

3:15pm

Developing your green scalable business
Do you have a big idea? There are many resources in Maine for people starting scalable agriculture, technology, or ocean-based businesses, but you need to have a good plan. Come share your ideas with others and get connections and resources to move your idea forward.

Presenters
AJ

Alex Jones

Alex Jones is the founder of Apiara Hive Technologies, which creates products to monitor and analyse beehive and environmental activity. He is a consultant with USDA's Bee Informed partnership, has won multiple MTI grants, and is a business coach at PelotonLabs.


Saturday July 5, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Main Hall - Atrium

3:15pm

Permablitzes: Reciprocity in Action (Story & Discussion)
Permablitzing is urban/suburban "barn raising" that combines hard work, experiential education, celebration, food, and community-building to do the physical work of transformation and resilience-building. We'll talk about the Resilience Hub's experience organizing a season of blitzes, several hosts and participants will share their stories, and attendees will come away with energy, inspiration, and practical organizing tools to put their own permablitzes into action!  This session will be a balance of panel story-telling, practical organizing tool-sharing, and Q+A.  

Facilitators
HF

Heather Foran

Heather Foran is an educator, organizer, and facilitator who coordinates the permablitz season for the Resilience Hub. She was initially drawn to these work parties because of the chance to get out of her head and into the actual work of transformation. She loves the planned spontaneity that permablitzes provide and is excited about building self-organizing capacity in Portland and other places around the state.


Saturday July 5, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Tempeh

3:15pm

Money, Gift, Community: Redesigning How We Make a Living
We’re taught that being responsible adults means being able to “support ourselves” – that is, earn enough money to meet our own wants and needs. But often – in an economy demanding accelerating extraction – our greatest gifts don’t bring in much income. And (in any economy) we gain joy, friendship, and strength when we join together to support each other.
How can permaculture help us redesign how we make a living?
In this gathering, we’ll share money stories (quandaries, journeys, moments in flow). We’ll use permaculture design principles to generate fresh possibilities. We’ll come away with a richer understanding of the role money plays in our web of relationships, and new ideas for experiments in sacred economics.  

Presenters
HZ

Helen Zuman

Helen Zuman writes, grows food, and tends her node of the web of relationships in Brooklyn, NY. Her participation in a short-lived Brooklyn Transition Initiative led her to Charles Eisenstein’s SACRED ECONOMICS, which transformed her understanding of money and inspired her to co-found the Brooklyn Gift Circle. A member of the Park Slope Permaculture Guild, she completed her PDC at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center in 2006. She has been... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Library

3:15pm

CANCELLED Common and Medicinal Superpower plants!
This interactive ecological talk will cover trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, roots, and mushrooms that support greater soil health and fertility while bolstering nutrition and medicines for our herbal apothecary!    

Presenters
KE

Keri Evjy

Healing roots design
Self-described as a Community Revitalist, Ecological Designer, Herbalist, Educator, and Songcatcher, Keri demystifies holistic life design practices and empowers all ages to be pro-active agents of personal, social and ecological change. She owns Healing Roots Design, an edible and medicinal ecological landscape design practice, empowering people through cultivating plants and themselves while fostering a deepening earth-based connection. Keri... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Wellness & Zone 00

3:15pm

Our Regional Permaculture Network: Story Circle & Network Weaving
Join  with other members of our regional network in a facilitated story circle to understand more deeply how the permaculture community in the northeast has been evolving over the last few years.  Gain insights and connections to our wonderfully unique network in the broader permaculture world.

Facilitators
LF

Lisa Fernandes

Executive Directore, The Resilience Hub


Saturday July 5, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Nettles

3:15pm

Tools for Resilient Urban Ecosystems
Cities are complex adaptive ecosystems. It is possible for them to meet the needs of their residents while simultaneously regenerating the health of their soils, water, and biodiversity. In this intensive, we will explore practical ways that we can redesign our urban habitat, taking into account the ecological, economic, and social justice aspects of permaculture.

Topics to be covered include:

Microlivestock: chickens, rabbits, ducks and pigeons
composting food wastes with worms and microbes
Rainwater harvesting,CSOs/DIY river remediation, and depaving,
Duck-a-poop-ponics and wastewater reuse
Low-intensity bioremediation: cleaning contaminated soils
Edible mushroom cultivation
Silkworms, and black soldier fly cultivation
Reconciliation ecology: promoting biodiversity in the city
Spirulina and algae/phycoculture
Ecologically regenerative micro-industries and Ecological literacy for youth
Aquaponics: fish &plant integration 

Presenters
SK

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 Regenerative Urban Sustainability Training, an intensive weekend workshop in urban ecological living skills. | | Currently, Scott is the Educational Director at the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, an urban environmental educational center in Albany, NY. | | Scott was... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Poultry

3:30pm

3:30pm

3:30pm

3:30pm

3:30pm

Get Cultured!: An Open Forum on Starter Cultures in Fermentation
Tara Whitsitt of Fermentation on Wheels will present an open forum on starter cultures used with fermented foods & beverages. She will share and discuss from a collection of dairy kefir, tibicos, sourdough, and kombucha. In this forum, we will discuss ferments that require inoculation - their history, how to feed them, and the delicious & nourishing foods they create. Attendees are encouraged to bring starter cultures of their own to share and may also bring a jar to take a starter culture from the workshop home with them.

Fermentation on Wheels is a community from Eugene, OR that provides free food education and inspires people through workshops, literature, and visual arts projects that raise food awareness and teach fermentation. The community organizes potlucks and teaches fermentation in a school bus that has been converted into a fermentation lab and workshop space. They are now touring the United States, harvesting produce alongside small-scale farmers and holding workshops on the importance of fermentation and micro-agriculture. To learn more or get involved, visit their website at www.fermentationonwheels.com.

Presenters
TW

Tara Whitsitt

Tara Whitsitt is a social activist, artist, and food preservationist from Eugene, Oregon. Her passions for fermenting & growing food, living communally, and teaching inspired her latest education project Fermentation on Wheels. In summer 2013, she converted a 1986 International Harvester school bus into a mobile fermentation lab and workshop space. She departed from Oregon in October 2013 and has been traveling across the country since... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Fermentation on Wheels Bus

5:00pm

Designers Lounge
Join us for a casual session we’re calling The Designers’ Lounge at the end of the day on Saturday (kind of a “happy hour” before supper).  If you can join us, drop Jesse a line (below) and bring along a sample design or portfolio, supporting written materials (questionnaires, intake forms, establishment/maintenance plans, etc.), photographs of projects and anything else that would be fun to share and show off.   Bring a cache of business cards to distribute to your compatriots and potential clients as well!

Presenters
JW

Jesse Watson

Jesse and the Convergence Organizing Team welcome you!


Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Poultry

6:00pm

Supper
Saturday July 5, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Maine Hall

7:30pm

Rising Appalachia Concert
Presenters
RA

Rising Appalachia

Rising Appalachia brings to the world new sounds, stories, and songs collected across oceans and originally sculpted to embody our human journey, our global community, and the treasures and troves of soul harmony. Led by sisters Leah and Chloe, the band tears into sound with sensual prowess as stages ignite revolutions and words light up soul fires. Listen to their beautiful sound for poetic harmonies, soul singing, spoken word rallies... Read More →


Saturday July 5, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Main Tent

7:30pm

Rising Appalachia Concert
Rising Appalachia brings to the world new sounds, stories, and songs collected across oceans and originally sculpted to embody our human journey, our global community, and the treasures and troves of soul harmony.  Led by sisters Leah and Chloe, the band tears into sound with sensual prowess as stages ignite revolutions and words light up soul fires. Listen to their beautiful sound for poetic harmonies, soul singing, spoken word rallies, banjos, fiddles, organic bass and groove rhythms. With an array of incredible collaborators, they are joined by everything from jazz trumpet to beat boxing, Afro-cuban percussion to Appalachian fiddlers, poets to burlesque and circus art as their style redefines performance using sound as a tool to spark a cultural revolution and birth a new movement of unity and healing.


Saturday July 5, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
On the Commons

9:00pm

Social Time / Fire Circle
Join us near the Wellness tent to hang out by the campfire, play some instruments, catch up with friends and meet some new ones.

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Wellness & Zone 00
 
Sunday, July 6
 

6:30am

Morning Plant Meditation
We will come together this morning to sit in quiet observation and meditation with whichever flowering plant calls our attention. After making a flower essence together, we will share what impressions we have developed and ways we feel this essence may be of benefit. Each participant leaves with a 1oz bottle of the essence we make. 

Presenters
JK

Jillian Kelsey-Rose

Jillian Kelsey-Rose is an herbalist and teacher, offering herbal consultations and teaching a variety of herbal classes at Avena Botanicals. With a background of Naturopathic study in Australia and a passion for traditional European herbalism, Jillian's practice combines tools that serve to help her understand and work with both the energetic and physical aspects of wellness and disease.


Sunday July 6, 2014 6:30am - 7:30am
Meet at Gazebo

7:00am

Peaceful Morning Mowing with a European Scythe
Early morning, with dew still on the grass, is one of the best times for a morning mow the old-fashioned way.  Mowing with a scyth is peaceful, therapeutic and often meditative.  If you have a scythe, join in.  Otherwise, enjoy a peaceful demonstration by experienced mowers.

Presenters
JK

Jack Kertesz

I have been a farmer, seed grower, and nurseryman, and have helped to maintain gardens on this site since 1998. I drew a lot of my early inspiration from TREE CROPS: A PERMANENT AGRICULTURE. I started a network to connect tree people (see website) and we recently celebrated our 32nd annual Scion Wood Exchange. I hosted the first Maine Permaculture weekend workshop in 1987 with Dan Hemenway. At one time I read all the permaculture literature... Read More →
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Jim Kovaleski

Freedom House Farm
I am a Market Gardener spending my summers in Maine, Growing at Lamb cove farm in Robbinston. I spend the winter gardening in New Port Richey Florida, growing at my urban homestead Freedom House Farm. | I am excited about small scale food production using Permaculture practices . I have been amazed at the amount of food coming from small plots of land with very little inputs can provide for my only source of livelihood for going on 5... Read More →


Sunday July 6, 2014 7:00am - 7:30am
Fragaria

7:00am

AM Yoga on the Commons - Self Organized
Meet at the Maine Tent with a blanket or Yoga mat and either self-organize a session or a yoga instructor can volunteer to lead a session.

Sunday July 6, 2014 7:00am - 7:45am
Main Tent

7:30am

Breakfast
Sunday July 6, 2014 7:30am - 9:00am
Maine Hall

9:00am

DIY Sessions
Several spaces will be made available for any topics you'd like to convene if Network Building is not your cup off tea.  Convene in the Maine Tent to post your idea and see who else would like to join you.

Sunday July 6, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Main Tent

9:00am

9:00am

9:00am

9:00am

9:00am

Network-Building Plenary #1: Our Regional Network for the Next Ten Years
In this facilitated session, we will come together as members of a regional network to articulate our dreams and goals for what our work looks like over the next ten years.  How do we want our community to mature and evolve?  How will we be of service in the broader world?  What attributes and behaviors might a highly-functioning permaculture network (or "movement") exhibit?

Facilitators
LF

Lisa Fernandes

Executive Directore, The Resilience Hub


Sunday July 6, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Maine Hall

9:00am

The Human Need for Sanctuary
As much as we need each other, each and every one of us needs to be able to find their Sanctuary. For rebalancing, destressing, thought-collecting or just to breathe deeply for a few ,minutes, we all have times when its necessary tor some 'me time'.
During this session I will lead you through how you discover your Sanctuary, is it surrounded by water, or on the top of a mountain? Is it while playing an instrument, or hanging upside.down? Your.Samctuary is.how you come back to your centre and get refreshed, it is as individual as you are.

Once you find your Sanctuary, how do you plan it onto your space and how do you make the most use of it? Dont worry, I will lead you through this too. Leaving this session you will not only have a new appreciation for the human need for Sanctuary but also some fresh ideas to make yours a reality.

Presenters
AC

Afton Conneely

Afton Conneely is intrigued by how we humans deny the role of nature and living systems in keeping our sanity. She loves how Permaculture answers all our major problems and not just where next year's meal is going to come from. Afton is originally from Ireland and based in New Brunswick, Canada.


Sunday July 6, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Library

9:00am

Self-Care: A Prerequisite for Sustainability
Even those of us committed to the well-being of our planet can struggle to overcome cultural bias against making our own well-being a priority.  With so many important people and projects to tend to it can be hard to justify self-care.  
Research shows, however, that when we are happy we make better decisions for ourselves and our planet.  It also shows that we are more creative and collaborative and that our immune systems function more effectively when we are happy.
Let's explore: 1) why our well-being needs to be a priority in order for us to achieve a truly sustainable and regenerative culture; 2) Simple things we can do to improve our well-being; and 3) How we can support each other in making well-being a priority in our own lives and in our communities...and have fun doing it!

Presenters
AW

Aurora Walks Gently

Aurora Walks Gently, a 2013 PDC graduate, became involved with permaculture because it's the philosophy she was working to live before she ever heard of it! Having spent more than twenty years developing her own well-being -- and encouraging others to do the same, Aurora has spent the last two years pursuing an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on becoming a more positive agent of change and teaching well-being as a pathway to... Read More →


Sunday July 6, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
Poultry

9:00am

Beyond Mental Health: Social and Emotional Wellness
The systems currently in place to help people who experience emotional distress are often additional damage and separation among those they hope to serve. Permaculture enthusiasts and other communities of mutual aid have the potential to eschew harmful interventions and to provide intentional, effective support for one another during periods of distress and crisis.

In this interactive workshop we will explore how to identify psychiatric oppression, and what practical steps your community can take to become safer and more healing spaces for all their members.


Presenters
MC

Matthew Cohen

Matthew has been involved in both alternatives to psychiatry and the cooperative movement since 2007. Recently, he has served at a non-medical recovery home in Northampton, MA, and helped to manage the website and community of Mad In America (http://madinamerica.com) for its first two years. | | Matthew currently offers education to community groups, mental health advocacy, blogging, and private sessions for individuals seeking personal... Read More →


Sunday July 6, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
Rabbits

10:30am

10:30am

10:30am

10:30am

10:45am

DIY Sessions
Several spaces will be made available for any topics you'd like to convene if Network Building is not your cup off tea.  Convene in the Maine Tent to post your idea and see who else would like to join you.

Sunday July 6, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Main Tent

10:45am

Network-Building Plenary #2: Visioning by Affinity Group and Sub-Region
In Part #2 of our facilitated plenary work, we will first break into affinity groups (designers, farmers, teachers, etc.) and by sub-region (state, etc.) to identify some desired outcomes for the next few years, needed resources to support those directions, and perhaps values to guide our work together.  Ultimately, we seek to get more clear about the leverage points for working together in the world.  When, where and why does it make sense for us to do that, rather than working in our own local nodes exclusively? 

These are not "action planning" sessions per se, but ways to begin strengthening connections and alignment in our own region as continential and international developments in the permaculture network may soon begin to play more of a role in how the "permaculture movement" [sic] is organized in the world.

Presenters
KM

Keith Morris

Keith Morris is the founder of Willow Crossing Farm and is Professor of Permaculture Design at the University of Vermont. As a grower, builder, and designer, he has created ecologically regenerative and economically viable food systems in New Zealand, Colorado, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Quebec, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nigeria, Ghana, Denmark, and the Netherlands- working regularly throughout New England and in New York City. He has spent... Read More →

Facilitators
LF

Lisa Fernandes

Executive Directore, The Resilience Hub


Sunday July 6, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Main Tent

12:30pm

Lunch
Sunday July 6, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Maine Hall

2:00pm