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Upward Bound students at UMaine joined us at LongGreenHouse through July to re-connect to the Earth via permaculture gardening. Read the rest of this entry »

Wassookeag launched their Summer permaculture & craft program today, which will run through the summer on Tuesdays 10-3 pm. Read the rest of this entry »

LongGreenHouse launches its Spring Permaculture Series with a Seed Sowing Workshop Thursday, March 20.

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Click on the image below to view design plans for LongGreenHouse created by the UMaine Fall 07 Permaculture class, taught by Emily Markides, Julia & Charles Yelton and Joline Blais.

Videos of Permacuture workshop Fall 07

VIDEO #1 : Greenhouse, Swales, Wassookeag Children
Overall view of the permaculture workshop

VIDEO #2 : 60s Greenhouse
Raising the greenhouse

VIDEO #1 : 60s Swales
Forming the swales

Today we visited York Village to consider the possibility of taking on the greening of a University Dorm–along an arc of greening projects from LongGreenHouse, to a food corridor, to a wetlands walk to a campus Living Learning Center for sustainability.

Afterwards, we returned to LongGreenHouse to work on the swales, and green house and to discuss green building techniques with special guest, Richard Graves, currently on the National LEEDS board.

This weekend, Students of Permaculture gathered at LongGreenHouse to design and carve swales, build a 4-season greenhouse, and a 12 foot coldframe. Read the rest of this entry »

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On September 4, 2007, we launched a collaboration that brings together Indigenous Culture, Permaculture, and Digital Culture.

Just south of the UMaine campus, at 5 Chapel Rd, the children of Wassokeag HomeSchool met for the first time to learn and practice sustainable living. They met at the home of Wabanaki Elders Miigam’agan (Mi’kmaq) and gkisedtanamoogk (Wampanoag) and greeted a University of Maine course in Permaculture during which they took a soil sample, shook it up in a jar of water and watched it for a week to see the various layers sediment. The following week they reported their findings to the Permaculture class, along with their drawings, diagrams and stories related to the soil sample.

During that week they met with gkisedtanamoogk to learn about petroglyphs anh Wabanaki calendars. “He wasn’t teaching us,” one of the students recounted, “He was just showing us how he used his calendar.”

Meanwhile Permaculture students surveyed the grounds—a small wetlands, a new succession forest of birch, a scantic soil yard with a huge split red maple, and a corridor toward campus. Within a few weeks they would be designing plans for these grounds and implementing them with the assitance of the Wassookeag children.

A ten minute walk away, in downtown Orono, Claudia Lowd’s permaculture house was launching their workshop series, while at the other end of the stillwater on Free Street, Emily Markides was organizing a weekend permaculture series designed to turn her neighborhood into an ‘eco-hood’.

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