2020 Portland Maine Permablitz Locations!
The Resilience Hub is seeking proposals for projects to build community-scale resilience:

•Are you part of a community group that could benefit from increased access to your own fruits and vegetables? From reduced water or electricity bills?

•Are you an organization doing community organizing or direct support work that has an idea for the way that small-scale energy or food/medicine production could support your work?

•Are you a tenant or a renter in an urban area wanting to increase your access to fruits and vegetables, decrease water or electric bills, and learn about and demonstrate urban gardening techniques?

•Are you a property owner in a rural, urban, or suburban area looking to build your household's resilience and also committed to building equity in your community by leveraging your property towards community benefit? (This could look like land sharing agreements, building a community gathering space, creating a neighborhood food distribution network with surplus, running a community research project on soil remediation, etc.)

The Portland Permablitz Network organizes work parties to build projects that increase resilience through backyard or neighborhood food production, energy generation, water catchment, and community-building. We take a permaculture approach - a way of designing that mimics nature's patterns. Together, we can accomplish in a day what it might take an individual or small group a whole season to complete. We will convene 5-6 permablitz work parties from June through November this year.

Before you fill out this application, please read below for background information:

What we’re offering:
- To work with you or your group to make a design or plan to bring these goals to life.
- To coordinate team leaders who bring skills to install a phase of your project.
- To organize the work of 30+ volunteers to make the first phase of your project happen in a day.
- To share educational resources and support before and after.

What we ask for from the host:
- To fill out this questionnaire to explain more about your ideas
- To connect with a mentor who has been a host in the past
- To commit to a design process, either by hiring a professional permaculture designer or by working with a student. (There may be some funds available to support this as needed. )
- To gather or purchase all materials for the project with the support of the organizer. (There may be some funds available to support this as needed.)
- To show up to support at least two other permablitz work parties in 2020.

Some examples of projects we’ve completed in the past or would love to complete this season:
- Building a solar-powered generator (back-up system in case the power goes out)
- Converting lawns to garden space
- Installing an orchard or food forest
- Installing solar panels
- Weatherizing a home or building
- Building vertical growing or food production in urban areas
- Installing rain barrels or water catchment systems
- Cob ovens or benches
- Building medicinal herb gardens
- Building composting toilets
- Building greenhouses or cold frames to grow vegetables year round
- Building greywater systems
- Building ponds or wetlands.
- Building compost systems
- Building bike-powered machines

Every work party is a chance to:
- Provide free hands-on education to anyone who wants to learn.
- Weave connections in our community by getting to know our neighbors through working together.
- Increase community preparedness in food or medicine production, distribution, or small-scale energy generation.
- Strengthen resistance and our ability to fight the things we don’t want by building things we want to see and decreasing dependence on unjust systems.

The question of community resilience is necessarily a question of equity and must ask who is benefiting and how resources are being distributed. To that end, priority will be given to ideas and initiatives led by people of color and native people, LGBTQ* people, people with disabilities, working class and poor people, and young people, so that skills, funding, and work can be leveraged to support the visions, goals, and needs of these communities. To hear more about community resilience building and its relationship to resistance work, check out this inspiring podcast of Sherri Mitchell’s Love and Revolution radio, featuring Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/occupy-radio/e/48989210?autoplay=true .
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Your Name *
First and Last
Host Email Address *
Host Phone number *
Are you applying as an:
Clear selection
If as a group or organization, tell us about who you are:
In which of the following towns are you located? *
We are focusing in the immediate vicinity of Portland for the 2016 season. If you are not in one of the following towns, please email kate@resiliencehub.org to discuss other ways we can support you or help activate a permablitz effort in your community.
Physical address of the property or potential site *
Number, Street, City
What do you hope to accomplish with your project? What are your goals? *
Tell us about the space that you'd like to do the project in. What big visions do you have? Why do you want to host a permablitz work party there? What are some challenges of the site? *
Has a permaculture design already been created for the property? If so, please tell us a bit about it, who created it, etc. *
If you don't have a permaculture design, would you be willing to:
(Check all that apply)
Approximate size of the property or lot *
How would you describe your neighborhood? *
What are some of your "wish list" items for this space? Please check all that apply.
Which dates might work for a permablitz at your property? *
Does Not Work
We can make it work
Works really well
Saturday, June 6
Saturday, June 13
Saturday, June 20
Saturday, July 11
Saturday, July 18
Saturday, August 8
Saturday, August 15
Saturday, August 22
Saturday, September 12
Saturday, September 19
Saturday, October 3
Saturday, October 17
Saturday, October 24
Saturday, November 7
Saturday November 14
Tell us a little bit about how you will maintain any work done on your property after the permablitz work party? *
Anything else you'd like us to know about you, your household or your place?
In what ways do you envision your project building equity or sharing resources in the community after the permablitz work party? What will you need for support to make that happen? *
(Some examples that people have done in the past)
Thank you so much for answering these questions! We'll get back to you soon!
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