WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?
Permaculture is a design system based on ecological principles, which provides the organizing framework for implementing the above vision and can be used to design, establish, manage and improve the efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future.
Through the practice of permaculture we can maximize food, fiber and energy yields while minimizing energy and resource output. All life on Earth depends on the patterns and relationships in the earth’s natural systems to support the well being of the whole system and the individual simutaneously.
The Three Tenets of Permaculture
1. Support for the Earth–Earth Care
2. Support for People-People Care
3. Redistribute all surplus to support first two-Fair Share.
WHAT IS STILL WATER PERMACULTURE GUILD (SWPG)?
SWPG is a journeyperson program for UMaine students practicing permaculture at the south edge of campus. We live, work and study in the greater Bagnor area, many of us at the University of Maine, and apply our work at a permaculture demonstration site at the south edge of UMaine’a campus. There we practice a range of permaculture skills which we integrate with university classes. We live/work here in order to maintain our connection to our food, to our environment, to the earth and to each other as we pursue higher education. We are interested in practical skills in regenerating our ecologies, our communities, and our cultural paradigms.
We put into practice what we learn, and approach learning as a solutions-based practice in which we explore and work with whole systems by means of a deeply interactive process. We are nutritionists, teachers, adventurers, artists, musicians, parents, and descendants of gardeners. We invite anyone to join us, teach us, inspire us, and support us as we regenerate a world that kindles our passions.
WHAT IS STILL WATER?
A transdisciplinary research arm of the New Media Department of the University of Maine at Orono, Still Water is dedicated to studying and building creative networks. We explore paradigms for regenerative practices in digital culture, permaculture and indigenous culture. See our website or blog for more information.
WHAT IS LONGGREENHOUSE?
LongGreenHouse is a vision for peace in our bioregion: peace with the indigenous peoples from whom we borrowed the land that supports us and a culture based on family and earth community, peace with the earth, and peace with our multicultural neighbors. The vision is realized through a cross-cultural partnership for regeneration of social and ecological networks, sponsored by the Anikwom WholeLife Center, UMaine Permaculture Club, and Still Water Lab at UMaine.
Based on the intersection of evolutionary wisdom, natural patterns, and social networking, LongGreenHouse supports a multi-age integrated homeschool, Wassookeag, based on an experiential and ecological curriculum; operates a Permaculture research lab for UMaine graduate and undergrads; develops and implements protocol for Longhouse living in partnership with Wabanaki elders; and develops global social networks with state-of-the-art network technologies. We are the seed from which a communiversity can grow that supports youth, life, peace, social justice, and earth community.
WHAT IS THE PERMACULTURE UMAINE CLUB?
Permaculture UMaine is a student run club, that promotes the ideals, projects and training of permaculture. The club holds regular meetings to share ideas,resources, and community. Special events include guest speakers and field trips to demonstration sites. Club projects focus on combining member’s sustainability goals with projects that benefit the campus. The club also serves to help guide students through the training process of Permaculture from the Permaculture Design Course, through Advanced Permaculture Certification, and onto Permaculture Teaching. We are partners in the Still Water Permaculture Guild in order to provide students with a variety of options for pursuing permaculture training as part of their university education–from living/learning joureypersons, to interns, work study students and volunteers. For more information, please us and visit the LINKS page.
- Academic: encourage the professional education of members, the campus, and the region
- Cultural: create a space for people to connect and share
- Service: design and build projects that benefit everyone