PZC Permaculture Program

Our Mission

To grow, reinvigorate, and sustain the Providence Zen Center community through the co-creation of a beautiful, interactive, and productive landscape.

2019 Workshops

Permaculture and Zen Retreat

October 11th 5:00pm – October 14th 12:00pm


In the Permaculture Programs first ever retreat, we will explore the intersection of permaculture ethics and design with zen meditation in relationship to our culture, environment, and daily life.
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April 4th 12:00 – 4:00pm

Enjoy an afternoon learning about shiitake mushrooms, how they grow, and have hands on experience inoculating logs with spawn and instruction from our good friends Peter Cramer and Erin Humphrey of Silver Tree Forest in Auburn, NY.

May 25th 12:00 – 4:00pm

Come get your hands dirty learning about the no-till garden strategies of Hugelkultur and Sheetmulching! We will also discuss different methods of chemical free weed control to keep your soils healthy and your garden free of invasive plants.

June 8th 12:00 – 4:00pm

Enjoy the smells of decomposition as we explore different methods of composting and turn food and yard waste into nutritious compost to add back into your garden. We will discuss Hot and cold composting, worm farming, and making compost tea.

July 13th 12:00 – 4:00pm

Join us to receive instruction in Kwan Um style Zen Meditation, learn about pollinators of New England and how to create beneficial habitat to encourage wildlife and beautify your property with guest instructor Normand Peloquin.

August 4th 12:00 – 4:00pm

Rethink traditional farming and learn about regenerative agriculture and how to mimic forest architecture by layering beneficial and useful plant species into polycultures capable of providing for food herbs and medicines decades.

September 14th 12:00 – 4:00pm

Explore the 50 acres here at the Providence Zen Center and learn how to identify the many native plant species growing wild here in our back yard along with their various medicinal and edible properties.


REGISTER NOW  for the Permaculture Programs first ever retreat, where we will explore the intersection of permaculture ethics and design with zen meditation in relationship to our culture, environment, everyday lives.

November 9th 12:00 – 4:00pm

Join us for the closing of our season as we work together to process the cabbage, peppers, and onions from our garden and turn it into delicious Kim Chi.


The largest of undertaking of the Permaculture Program came together after a lot of talking and months of observing, interacting, listening, planning, and drawing. We settled on an approach to build what would come to be known as the Kitchen Garden. The intention of this space is to create an environment where food is grown and easily accessible from the kitchen. It is also a place where residents, retreatants, and guests can relax and enjoy each-others company with food and a fantastic view of the monastery.

Design features include: 6-8 raised garden beds, an permanent outdoor seating area, fruit trees, a perennial garden space, an outdoor education area, and a blueberry terrace with an intentional polyculture of edible shrubs and trees backing up to the forest edge.

Follow the progress in our gallery
2019, 2018

The garden space at Providence Zen Center has experienced varied degrees of use over its live time. Through some committed house members, community, and the Permaculture Program, we are now utilizing nearly all of the long vacant zen center garden space. This year along with growing some staples for the Providence Zen Center Kitchen, we have committed to growing many of the ingredients found in Kim Chi as part of a way to raise funds to support our work developing the land and engaging the community.

This years crops include:
– Chinese Cabbage, Popcorn, Dicon Radish, Carrot, Garlic, Various Potato Varieties, Sweet Potatoes, Red Emerald Peppers, Eggplant, Habenaro Peppers, Ghost Peppers, Watermelon, Horseradish, Valerian, Asparagus, Summer Squash, Bell Peppers, and Cherry Tomatoes to name a few.

Follow the links below to look back at the development of the garden over the last two seasons.

2019, 2018

– Phase 1 Complete: September 2018 –
– Phase 2: PLANNING –
In the spring of 2018, we asked folks what they wanted to see on this property. After hearing from the community at large, a disproportionately large percentage of people dreamed of having social spaces located throughout the landscape where visitors and residents alike could stop and take a restful moments, eat, socialize, and generally appreciate the beautiful 50 acres of the Providence Zen Center property. As part of the Permaculture Programs initial development, we were tasked with placing 5 seating areas, sit spots, at various locations around the property where folks could do just that.

Follow the development of our Social Spaces here

-Phase 1 Complete: September 2018-

Rehabilitating the Road Wall was the premier project of the Permaculture Program as tasked to us by the Providence Zen Center board of directors. It took us weeks to finish cutting, pulling, and clearing the overgrowth and refuse from the area in front of the stone wall and the wall itself. We received many donations of free mulch from local tree services, lots of help from the community, and many compliments from the our neighbors up and down Pound Road. We took what was a thicket of vines, bramble, and dead trees 20 feet thick and laid the groundwork for a beautiful polyculture of flowering and edible shrubs among an overstory of Korean Pine Nut trees.




Home-made KimChi
for sale!

$10 (16oz) $15 (24oz) $30 (64oz)



Harvested from our garden, to our kitchen to you, come buy our KimChi! All Cabbage was grown in the Providence Zen Center garden along with some of the Dicon Radish, mustard greens, and bunching onions.
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Shiitake Mushroom Logs
for sale!



Thanks to our friends at Silver Tree farms and the participants at the Permaculture Program’s initial Mushroom workshop, we have dozens of 3ft Red Oak logs inoculated with Shiitake spawn available for purchase so you can grow and harvest Shiitake Mushrooms at home.
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