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Village Farme (Fernandes-Whitten Home)
Village Farme (Fernandes-Whitten Home)
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Cape Elizabeth, Maine, US
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

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Village Farme (Fernandes-Whitten Home)

Project Type

Residential, Demonstration, Educational, Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz

Project Summary

This project is demonstration site for converting a "typical" 1/3 acre residential property to a model of abundant post-carbon living using permaculture design and techniques.

Project Description

The first iteration of the design for this project was created in 2005 and then redrawn in 2006.  The home is a 1500 square foot cottage built in 1930 (in need of retrofits) located on 1/3 acre in a residential neighborhood approximately 3 miles from downtown Portland Maine.

The owners are Lisa Fernandes and David Whitten.

Elements already implemented:

House insulated & air-sealed

Heating with wood

Solar Hot Water

Unheated greenhouse (polytunnel) for season extension

Drip Irrigation

"Quick Hoops" and portable hoophouses

Espaliered fruit

Various Perennial Food Plantings (Berries, Nuts, etc.)

Herb Spiral

Kiwi Arbor

Grape Pergola

Rainwater Collection System

Composting & Vermicomposting

Frog/Pollinator Pond

Perennial Vegetables

Muscovy & Ancona Ducks

Chickens (eggs & meat)

Extensive "Lawn Eradication"

Swaled hillside

No-Dig Garden Beds (>20)

Edible bamboo

Clothesline (outdoors) + Airer on Pulleys (indoor)

Hugelkultur beds

In the plan, being implemented near term:

Outdoor oven/kitchen/rocket stove

Root Cellar


Thermally massive sunroom

Sauna/Hot Tub

Edible Forest Garden


Rocket Stove

Biogas Digester

Larger pond/aquaculture


Cool Cupboard

Wood Cookstove Indoors


We welcome visitors on Fridays, by appointment.


2012 Southern Maine Permaculture Internship

Village Farme permaculture homestead seeks to enter into a relationship with someone who would like to gain hands-on experience with permaculture systems in a residential / small farm setting in Southern Maine.

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