A monthly homeschool permaculture series taking place at several locations in and around Portland Maine!
Do you and your child crave time in nature? Are you interested in connecting with other local families and learning alongside adults and children? The Resilience Hub invites families to join us for a monthly Permaculture education program!
This series - containing both urban and rural elements - will run one Friday per month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Parents and children ages 6-10 will have the opportunity to engage with other homeschooling families that are interested in gaining new skills, creating connections with the land and each other. This is a program for parents and kids to attend together.
Each session will combine elements of adventure-based education, social Permaculture and nature awareness activities with an emphasis on the inter-connectivity of food, water, shelter, and community. We will observe and interact with the land and resources around us, stack functions with each activity and project we do and gain many yields through discussion, games, activities and play!
While there will be an indoors option for inclement weather at each site we will spend the majority of our time outdoors. Please dress for all kinds of weather! It is also recommended that families bring extra clothing and footwear. Please bring your own snacks and lunch for each session. We may be preparing snacks as a group on occasion however. Julie will send reminders and details to all participants in advance.
We have divided the 9 months into three 3-session series (i.e. three "quarters.") For planning purposes we are asking folks to sign up for one quarter at a time! We expect to sell out since this our first pilot year and we are limited to 12 children per session (but may be able to expand in the future!)
Tuition for the Permaculture Homeschool Series will be $39 per 4h session for the first child enrolled ($117 per quarter) and $34 per 4h session for additional children ($102 per quarter). This ensures that we provide top quality programming, supplies and a variety of unique locations.
Series # 1 Fall Quarter (all session 10:00 am to 2:00 pm)
Day 1: October 17, @Turkey Hill Farm, 120 Old Ocean House Rd. Cape Elizabeth
Day 2: November, 21 @ Boyd St. Urban Farm at Kennedy Park, Portland, Maine
Day 3: December 19 @The Resilience Hub, 224 Anderson St. Portland Maine
Series #2 Winter Quarter (all session 10:00 am to 2:00 pm)
Day 1: January 16 @ The Resilience Hub, Portland, Maine
Day 2: February 27 @ The Resilience Hub, Portland, Maine
Day 3: March 20@ Turkey Hill Farm, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Series # 3 Spring Quarter (all session 10:00 am to 2:00 pm)
Day 1: April 10 @ Turkey Hill Farm, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Day 2: May 15 @ Boyd St. Urban Farm, Portland, Maine
Day 3: June 5@ Turkey Hill Farm, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Some topics to be covered throughout the sessions:
• Permaculture Ethics and how we can implement them into our daily lives,
• Patterns in Nature and what we can learn from them,
• Beneficial Relationships in the garden and building friendships,
• Healthy soil, healthy plants, healthy food,
• Water in the landscape;
• Plants and their many functions;
• Our role in the ecosystem,
• Observations and connections to place and service in our communities.
Series #1 Fall Quarter Details!
Our first day together we will explore Turkey Hill Farm in Cape Elizabeth and make observations in the fields, gardens and forest. We will go on a unique scavenger hunt and may find some apples, plums and persimmons to forage along the way!
Our main topic will be learning from nature with a focus on cycles and patterns. We will engage with a service project at the Boyd St. Urban Farm in Portland and discuss how nature prepares for winter.
For this month we will focus on the principle of gaining a yield and the ethic of fair share. We will create gifts together and get to know our indoor space at The Resilience Hub in Portland.
Activities may include: Pattern walks , Nature Scavenger Hunt and Microclimate discovery, building a Hugelkultur bed, herb spiral design and creation, many cooperative games such as companion planting tag and gnome home building design, and lasagna gardening (a.k.a sheetmulching)
The lead Facilitator for this program is Julie McLeod. Julie is a Permaculture Designer with The Resilience Hub and has worked in the field of adventure education for the past 14 years. She organized the kids and youth area for this years Permaculture Convergence, has worked with The Forest School for their Girls Leadership camp for the past 5 years, and also helps out with farm work at Wolf Pine Farm in Alfred.
Julie will be sending out reminders and details to all participants before each series and session. For more information or to ask questions about this program, please contact Julie via email at firstname.lastname@example.org