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Northeast Permaculture Convergence Tour

July 13, 2012 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Groundwork Somerville will present three facets of urban agriculture efforts in New England’s most densely populated city: an organic schoolyard garden; a new urban farm, designed and run by Somerville youth; and the Growing Center, a community-directed urban oasis full of fruits, flowers, trees and bees. We will meet at 10:30am at Lincoln Park/Argenziano School at 290 Washington Street, Somerville MA. Trip will take approximately 2 hours, and will include 1.5-2 miles of walking. Groundwork Somerville strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being. Groundwork provides environmental education, green jobs, and advocates for equitable community participation in public planning processes.

Sign up for this tour here.

About the Northeast Permaculture Convergence

Register here for the full weekend or Saturday only: http://2012neconvergence.eventbrite.com

Register here for Permaculture Site Tours on Friday: http://neconvergencefieldtrips.eventbrite.com

To become a Vendor or Exhibitor at the Permaculture Marketplace on Saturday, sign up here: http://2012neconvergencevendors.eventbrite.com/

Where? Soule Homestead, Middleborough, MA

When? July 13th – 15t

Why should you attend?

·         20+ Workshop Sessions over 5 sessions throughout the day on topics like: Introduction to Permaculture, Edible Forest Gardening, Polyculture Design, Permaculture and Community, Bioshelters and Urban Resiliency, Infiltrating Higher Education with Permaculture, Social Permaculture, Beekeeping, Wildcrafting and Herbal Medicine, Regenerative Real Estate, Hugelkultur and more.

  • Presenters include Dave JackeEric ToensmeierEthan RolandLisa FernandesRyan HarbJulius Piti, Emily French, Felix Lufkin,Aaron GumanAbrah DresdaleSteve Whitman and many more
  • Keynotes from Scott Kellogg and Lisa DePiano,
  • 6 permaculture site tours, including lunch cooked by Didi Emmons of Wild Flavors and tours of edible forest gardens at Wellesley College and University of Rhode Island
  • A full kids program all day Saturday with arts and crafts, games, nature walks and a parade
  • A design gallery featuring our collective permaculture designs
  • Local folk music and entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings
  • Take a weekend to step back and think about the design of your own life. Walk away with a yield (new ideas, strengthened relationships, & next steps). Develop new slow and small solutions, learn about local resources and produce more sustainable outcomes.Use and value the diversity of the Northeast’s resources and people!


For a full program schedule and workshop descriptions, visit the website: http://northeastconvergence.wordpress.com/

Need help getting there?

Soule Homestead is a few miles from Boston public transportation (the Middlboro/Lakeville line on the commuter rail). Please contact us (neconvergence@gmail.com) if you are in need of transportation assistance, or post to our ride-share site here: http://www.pickuppal.com/pup/group/Northeast-Permaculture-Convergence—July-13—15th-2012

Why do the tickets costs so much?

We have kept ticket costs the same, if not lower, than last year’s cost of attending. Due to the high costs of food in our area (being close to Boston), we’re unable to offer full meals this time around without significantly increasing the cost to attend.

We are thus crowdsourcing food for this event from our collective abundant gardens. We will provide plenty of coffee, tea, fresh and fermented food to supplement what you bring with you, and will provide a full brunch on Sunday. Clover Food Lab will also be on site offering lunch and dinner Saturday. With sandwiches at $6, the food is not only affordable, but local and delicious too. Here is a sample menu of what to expect:http://www.cloverpos.com/media/html/menu.html?restaurantId=3

What does my ticket pay for?

Ticket costs pay for the use of Soule Homestead, a working farm and education center teaching kids about where their food comes from. Your ticket also directly supports the attendance of our volunteers, presenters and scholarship recipients. No one is paid to plan, attend, present or work at this event. The costs also pay for insurance, food and the rental of tents, chairs, and tables.

Ticket costs still holding you back?

We have a number of full and partial scholarships available to help you attend the convergence – it’s not too late to apply. Fill out an application here and we’ll be in touch same day to get you registered: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGlqVmdROUNBbDJQQUV0am56a180eUE6MQ

Can’t make it but still want to support the event?

If you or your business or organization would like to Sponsor the Convergence, please register here: http://2012neconvergencesponsors.eventbrite.com/ or contact neconvergence@gmail.com to make an in-kind donation.


Register for the 2012 Northeast Permaculture Convergence here.


July 13, 2012
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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