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Green U-Me participants

Paul Schroeder

At LongGreenHouse’s Green U-Me event, sustainability experts re-designed UMaine’s campus to nourish the body as well as mind. Several dozen faculty and students from across the campus also participated in this green design charette, whose goal was to reimagine the University of Maine as an edible food forest.

Mark FulfordMaster gardener and orchard expert Mark Fulford, who spoke eloquently to the plight of Maine’s farmers who try to grow organic but have to compete with Big Farming. Fulford opined that growers used to think farming was all about chemistry, whereas now people are realizing biology is the more important factor.

Andrea ReedNew Forest Institute founder Andrea Reed spoke to the role art can play in designing sustainable gardens and communities, while Intermedia grad students and UMaine Permaculture founders Bill Giordano and Julian Epps described the range of sustainability programs under way at LongGreenHouse.

Green U-Me participantsAfter the introductory presentations, Green U-Me participants broke into workshop groups based on issues of green building, water, community, and food forests. This design charette focused on the bioregion at the southern edge of campus, near LongGreenHouse, York Village, and the Eastern Athletic Fields.

Bill Giordano and Keith ZalzbergThe intense brainstorming sessions uncovered numerous common themes among the research of workshop participants, including faculty and students from soil science, cooperative extension, engineering, and new media.

Bill GiordanoPaul Schroeder of Common Coordinates described his organization’s grass-roots approach to getting local governments to pay attention to ecological issues.

LongGreenHouse staffers Joline Blais, Bill Giordano, and Julian Epps are documenting and collating the designs produced for revitalizing U-Me’s southern edge for future reference.

Green U-Me participantsIn the meantime, for more information on LongGreenHouse and permaculture at U-Me, please contact Joline Blais via LongGreenHouse.

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Green U-Me Announcement

What if you could pick breakfast on the way to class? LongGreenHouse is sponsoring a Green Design charette on Friday 1 May that reimagines the University of Maine campus as an edible food forest.

jacke_edible_forest_gardens_coverPermaculture experts and U-Me faculty and students will be joining LongGreenHouse founders Joline Blais and gkisedtanamoogk in a green brainstorm session Friday afternoon. Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens, will lead a workshop on using permaculture principles to transform university grounds from decor to dinner.

Also participating will be regenerative design engineer Keith Zalzberg, master gardener and orchard expert Mark Fulford,  New Forest Institute founder Andrea Reed, and UMaine Permaculture founders Bill Giordano and Julian Epps.

Following Friday afternoon’s workshop will be a food forest planting on Saturday 2 May from 10-3 at LongGreenHouse, with a bonfire to follow.

longgreenhouse_logo_pinAll events are free and open to the university and community. For more information, please contact Joline Blais via LongGreenHouse.

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U-Me student debateToday Wassookeagers and their friends were treated to a presentation by the University of Maine Debate Society, whose members conducted a debate on whether the US should sign the Kyoto Accord. After the formal debate, the U-Me students held a free-form discussion about climate change as well as their experience of the debate process itself.

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Cranberry IslandsIn October Wassookeagers took a ferry to the Cranberry Islands to learn how its year-round settlers survived life far from mainland conveniences. Ranger Mike helped us learn how to navigate by stars and swap maple syrup for molasses with Caribbean traders.

Ranger MikeThanks Debby and Mike for a great trip!

More photos at the LongGreenHouse Flickr site.

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vampire This year Wassookeagers celebrated Halloween in a spooky yet surprisingly educational fashion.

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Angelo Ippolito openingIn October Wassookeagers attended an opening of large-scale paintings by Angelo Ippolito, father of Wassookeag parent Jon Ippolito, at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor.

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What: A multi-family yard sale to benefit Wassookeag Home School Co-op

Where: 5 Chapel St in Orono (off College Ave)

When: Friday October 10th from 12-5 and Saturday October 11th from 10-4

Furniture, appliances, clothes and much more.

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