Yarmouth initiative hopes to inspire green design

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YARMOUTH — Residents interested in green infrastructure planning, permaculture and open space protection will have an opportunity to attend two more workshops hosted by Greenprint Yarmouth.

Vanessa Farr, the town’s director of planning and development, said the Greenprint Town Hall Speaker Series is way to engage residents in the planning process to create a network of open spaces, shoreline access, trails, farms, pocket parks, pedestrian routes and green neighborhoods.

The first presentation was March 31 and provided residents with a broad overview of Yarmouth’s habitat, wildlife, natural resources and wetlands.

The next two presentations will take a more focused perspective. Speakers will explore examples of green infrastructure in Yarmouth and present ideas to expand to a greener way of building neighborhoods.

The second presentation is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Community Room and will be hosted by Farr and Terrence DeWan, landscape architect and principal at Terrence DeWan & Associates. They will discuss “Connecting Places & Spaces” to explore Yarmouth’s existing green resources.

“We will discuss what green infrastructure means in Yarmouth, think about how we use the land we have and how to enhance it,” Farr said. “These workshops are a chance for us to look differently at how we design the places we live.”

Lisa Fernandes, the organizer and founding member of Portland Maine Permaculture, will lead a discussion on permaculture practices on April 21. Her workshop, “Permaculture and Connecting to the Greenprint: Starting at Your Own Back Door,” will cover the fundamentals of permacultre and explore how to implement practical and innovative strategies for a sustainable home and ecosystem.

Farr said the Greenprint speaker series provides the community an opportunity to learn about sustainability, agricultural urbanism and permaculture.

“We want people to get inspired and think about how we can better manage our town land,” she said. “The workshops will be fun and hopefully appealing to a variety of people.”

Farr said momentum will continue through the spring and summer with a series of hands-on public workshops for residents to review community maps and see where green infrastructure can be developed.

“We want to consolidate the data, get public feedback and make positive changes,” she said. “

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.