Permaculture @ Claymont
Newsletter | November 2018
In this issue: Permaculture work-stay application deadline comingup! Plus photos from the permablitz, a big event
announcement, and more.
New Permaculture Positions
APPLICATIONS DUE DECEMBER 1ST!
Two opportunities to join the permaculture work at Claymont have
opened up! We're excited to bring on two new people to help grow
the permaculture initiative and to bring new ideas, creativity, and
vision to the work. We are looking for two seasoned permaculturalists to
spend 6-9 months with us, to join the burgeoning permaculture center and
initiate land-based projects on the property. Room, board, and basic pay will
be provided for each position.
To read more about the work-stays and see the application process, click the
If you know anybody who may like to join what is starting at
Claymont next year, please forward them the positions listed above!
The Trees are in the Ground!
On October 27th, 50 volunteers braved the cold, rain, and grey to plant out a
food forest along the south bank of the Bullskin Run. Our combined heroic
efforts resulted in 300 TREES being planted! There are now new hazelnuts,
chestnuts, persimmons, service berries, paw paws, elderberries, and more
safe and snug in the ground, protected by fencing from the deer.
As the elements receded, happy faces lit the way!
On behalf of Claymont, the permaculture committee, and mother Earth, a
HUGE THANK YOU must go out to Kit McGinnis for organizing the project,
getting the entire thing funded, and relying on her prophetic vision to keep
us going despite the ominous forecasts that we faced. And thank you to the
West Virginia Division of Forestry for your generosity, both in resources and
in knowledge sharing. You trained and stewarded us well, and we are so
grateful to you for this new community of trees on the land!
And last, but never least...for all the labor, love, determination, grit,
and energy that was brought by the volunteers who came out that
Saturday and Sunday, THANK YOU! Thanks to all those pictured and not
pictured below, who shared your warmth and muscle with us.
We're thrilled to announce that we will be hosting the 2019 Mid-Atlantic
Permaculture Convergence next year! The event will take place on June
29th & 30th, 2019.
The theme of this convergence is self-reliance; the goal is to equip
attendees with a broad array of knowledge, skills, and experiences related to
empowerment and know-how around the basics: food, water, health, energy,
community, and building. In a consumerist paradigm built around
disempowerment regarding what it takes to keep us alive, healthy, and
happy, this feels of ever-increasing importance.
If you would like to sign up to teach a workshop during the Convergence
weekend, or if you know someone who would be a great workshop teacher
or panelist, please reply to this email.
JOIN THE PLANNING COMMITTEE!
We are also looking for volunteers to help with the planning of the event, to
assist with: marketing, graphic design, corporate sponsorship, and more! All
volunteers will receive a free ticket to the event, and months of verbal
affirmations and gratitude from Emily. If you want to be on the planning
committee, reply to this email!
Help out B & P!
Bushel & Peck
Bushel & Peck is the indoor farmers market in town, whose aim is to
increase access to healthy food and support local farms. They are asking for
support to help them get through a difficult stretch; for the love of local
living economies, please donate to them using the link below!
Wed. Nov 28th, 7-9 pm
Join us for a screening of the PBS
series APPALACHIA: A History of
Mountains and People in the Barn
Meditation Hall. The series is the
first environmental history made
for PBS, and documents "how
landscape shapes human cultures
and in turn humans shape the land
- the dynamic interaction of natural
history and human history."
> Tell us if you're coming here
Thurs. Nov 29th, 12-1 pm
Emily and Sam will be walking to
one part of the land and spending
30-60 minutes observing its
characteristics and listening. If
you'd like to join, meet them in
front of the Octagon at 12 pm on
Quote of the month:
"Permaculture principles focus on thoughtful designs for small-scale
intensive systems which are labor efficient and which use biological
resources instead of fossil fuels. Designs stress ecological connections and
closed energy and material loops. The core of permaculture is design and
the working relationships and connections between all things."
- BILL MOLLISON
Permaculture is an ecological design framework based on 12 principles and 3 ethics that helps
people to create systems that support human life through aligning with and amplifying
nature's processes. To learn more about permaculture, please see the resources below:
12 Principles of Permaculture