We had a great opening night for early arrivals last night and the three Field Trips are just driving off!
We had an energetic burst of rain overnight drive off yesterday’s heat and fairgrounds are misty and peaceful this morning as we prepare for the rest of you to arrive. Beautiful food, fields and woods await….along with your permaculture friends, great sessions, music and fun for the little ones you’re bringing along.
We are here rain or shine!
If you’re on a mobile device, please check out http://2014nepc.sched.org/mobile/#page:page-schedule
If you’re at a desktop or laptop (bigger screen), please check out: http://2014nepc.sched.org/
We’re still massaging and posting up the the final sessions to be added so please check back! You can access this on your mobile device at the Convergence AND we will have a wall chart and printed copies….
What are you doing this weekend?! Join us for the regional Permaculture Convergence in Unity Maine! It’s a gorgeous time of year and we have only a handful of Full Weekend Tickets as well as Saturday Day Passes remaining. The schedule is packed with fun and educational sessions, evening activities are incredible too! Don’t miss this great event.
Get your tickets now!
Wow, lots of last minute work on the schedule and new session ideas! We’ll have the time slots shortly but wanted to share with you the richness of the session titles alone!!! Descriptions and facilitator bios coming soon too.
Accelerating Cultural Succession
Bettie the Bus Demo: Waste Veggie Oil and Solar Electric Systems
Beyond Mental Health: Social and Emotional Wellness
Biochar Making + Hands-on
CO-CREATING THE FUTURE BROADCAST
Common and Medicinal Supperpower plants!
Creating Beauty and working with the spirits of nature in permaculture design
Creating Meaningful, Ecological Ceremonies for People and Planet
Creating Resilient Cooperatives
Developing your green scalable business
Fairy House Building
From mexican suburbia to permaculture in Maine.
Funding for Permaculture work
Get Cultured!: An Open Forum on Starter Cultures in Fermentation
Grass Fed Vegetables
Growing Soil with a Food Forest
Herbal Medicine-Making: Tinctures, Honeys, Oils & Vinegars
Herbs and Weeds as Food, Medicine and awesome compost!
Labyrinths in Permaculture Design
Maine Heritage Orchard
Medicinal Herbs for the Permaculture Garden
Money, Gift, Community: Redesigning How We Make a Living
Morning Plant Meditation
Mycellium Running at the Maine Heritage Orchard – a MeHO work day July 5
Natural Building Methods and Materials
Non-Violent Communication as a tool for Permaculture
Nuts for the Northeast
Permablitzes: Reciprocity in Action
Plant Propagation: The asexual gift that keeps on giving.
Propagation of Perennials and Woody Plants.
Putting the Culture into Permaculture
Seed Saving and Permaculture w/ Hands-on Seed Cleaning
Self-Care: A Prerequisite for Sustainability
Singing as a permaculture practice
Sustainable Foraging for Food and Medicine
The Ecovillage: Learning from Models of what is Possible
The Human Need for Sanctuary
Tools for Resilient Urban Ecosystems
Villains and Vagabonds: The Beauty and Benefits of Misaligned Plants
Walking Tour of Plants on the Fairgrounds
zlow transportation overview
Zone 6: Permaculturing People
Friday July 4th is optional field trips, for which people are purchasing an extra ticket for $65. Why so much? Well, you get to come the night before and camp out, have supper, breakfast and a packed lunch, and transportation is provided via a fleet of mini vans (no stress trying to navigate the highways and byways of Maine on your own!). Plus you get some quality time in advance of the Convergence proper to meet some new folks in a relaxed and fun way.
We have three awesome field trip tracks from which to choose. They are all awesome.
Here is a little site description from our friends at Many Hands Farm who will be featured on Field Trip Track #3:
We are a small family farm/homestead on 8 open acres of beautiful sloping fields. Our intention is to steward the land using permaculture and biodynamics with an open-hearted awareness of the community of people, plants, animals and nature spirits on the little patch of earth. They grow a diversity of mostly open-pollinated, heirloom varieties of vegetables; fruit and nut trees; medicinal, tea and culinary herbs; and many edible flowers. We raise Nigerian dwarf dairy goats, Welsh Harlequin and Ancona ducks and a good size flock of heritage breed chickens for eggs.
Visitors may take a comprehensive tour of the many permaculture gardens, which demonstrate such techniques as sheet mulching, hugelkultur, edible landscaping, terraced farming, beauty, harmony and healing. Also see animals, unique cabins and outbuildings that all use a small footprint to create beautiful and highly functional spaces, a bunny/ worm composting system, biodynamic compost windrows and a goat milking demonstration.
Don’t forget to buy your convergence tickets by Monday Night June 30th!
Friends, we’ve had a flurry of new sessions to add to the schedule so we’re busy working out the specific sessions grid and plan to post that up shortly. Loads of plant, soil, permie business, wellness, herbalism, primitive skills, social/financial permaculture and farms-scale permaculture sessions on deck. Not to mention the Rising Appalachia concert Saturday night, a full kids schedule, field trips and amazing meals!
In the meantime, here is the general overall weekend schedule for planning purposes.
We want to make sure we get the right amount of delicious local organic ingredients to feed you all, so please…
We are committed to making the 2014 Northeast Permaculture Convergence as inclusive and accessible as possible. And, of course, it does take a bit of cash to run such an event.
However, if you sign up to do two x 2-hour volunteer shifts, you can take $60 off your Convergence weekend ticket! A weekend ticket covers everything from Friday opening circle, social time, talent show, all sessions, hearty meals, Saturday night concert, Sunday sessions through closing circle. It’s a huge bargain to attend this way AND it helps make the convergence possible! Many hands make light work….
Don’t forget to buy your convergence tickets (discounted or otherwise) by Monday Night, June 30th!