LACONIA — Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center will be hosting a three-day permaculture design charrette from Friday to Sunday, May 5-7 to guide campus growth and use of existing resources as part of the farm's 2016-2017 strategic planning process.
For this charrette, organizers are looking for a diverse team of permaculture practitioners, students, teachers, leaders of other nonprofit organizations, architects, landscapers and others to collaborate on this project. Previous experience with permaculture design is helpful, but not required. Participants that have completed a permaculture design course will earn an Advanced Permaculture Design certificate. The skills gained during the charrette will be useful as participants tackle similar projects with their own properties or organizations, organizers said.
The charrette will kick off on Thursday evening, May 4, with an optional two-hour Introduction to Permaculture presentation, which will also be open to the general public. Friday will be an introduction to Prescott Farm and its goals, Saturday will focus on A & A (analysis & assessment), and Sunday attention will turn to design recommendations, concluding by mid-afternoon. Evening discussion is expected on Friday and Saturday, so staying in residence is encouraged, even for locals.
A fee will be charged for charrette participants.