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"Green U-Me" luminaries design edible campus
Food forest and regenerative design experts join LongGreenHouse in redesigning UMaine's campus to nourish the body as well as mind
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Joline BlaisMAY_2009. What if you could pick breakfast on the way to class? LongGreenHouse sponsors a Green Design charette that reimagines the University of Maine campus as an edible food forest. Rugby fields never tasted so good.

Permaculture experts and U-Me faculty and students joined LongGreenHouse founders Joline Blais and gkisedtanamoogk in a green brainstorm session Friday 1 May.
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David Jacke, renowned author of the definitive books on Edible Forest Gardens, led a workshop on using permaculture principles to transform university grounds from decor to dinner.

Bill Giordano and Keith ZalzbergAlso participating was regenerative design engineer Keith Zalzberg and master 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.

Mark FulfordFulford 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.

After 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.
Green U-Me participants
The 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.

Paul SchroederPaul 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 participants
In the meantime, for more information on LongGreenHouse and permaculture at U-Me, please contact Joline Blais via LongGreenHouse.
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Updated: 2009-07-22 by Jon Ippolito
Posted 2009-05-06 06:46:01 by Jon Ippolito
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