Book/Movie Discussion Group

  • September 6, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Hutchings Homestead

Hopefully we can make this a monthly event! For this month, we choose a movie: "Tales from the Green Valley". It takes place on a re-created 1620 farm on the Welsh border. It follows a group of experts through a calendar year. Some real interesting solutions to small scale, non-mechanized farming. 

This idea for a book/movie group was just suggested over on the Northshore group, and Jeff had the good sense to mention it for our group. As a bonus, you can meet our chickens and our bees, and we will have some tasty stove-popped popcorn. Feel free to bring your beverage of choice!

If we are lucky, there will be a follow up meetup of scythe preparation and use by Paul!

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  • Jeff Langevin

    Great meeting everyone last night. Excited about this group.

    1 · September 7

  • Fatima Aydin

    Not sure, we'll be able to make it there on time tonight. Hope to join you next time.

    September 6

    • Daniel

      On my way! hopefully there within 45 min

      September 6

    • Allison Meierding

      No worries, see you soon!

      September 6

  • Hao Chen

    can't wait! thx for hosting allison + dane, paul for the content + equipment, and everyone for their time + participation.

    1 · September 5

  • Daniel

    Excited to meet everyone!

    September 5

  • Delia

    Looking forward to meeting you and seeing this film.

    August 31

  • Allison Meierding

    Okay, this event is shaping up! "Tales from the Green Valley" Paul has offered to bring a projector and his laptop.

    Which date is better:
    Friday, September 6
    Friday, October 11

    And in Arlington at Jeff's house or in Roxbury at my house (you could meet my chickens and bees!)? Hao, I would help you get to the train.

    I could see this being a great monthly event through winter season when there isn't a lot of outdoors work to do.

    August 28

    • Jeff Langevin

      Let's do it at Allison's so we can meet the chickens and bees. @Paul, I'd love to learn scythe techniques some time if you would do a meetup on that or do it as part of this. Maybe we could read Small-Scale Grain Raising as one of our books.

      1 · August 30

    • Paul Bourdon

      I will plan on doing a scythe workshop, let me figure out where we can do it. Most of it is getting the scythe sharp and then practicing. I'm not sure I'm as fast as a weedwacker but it sure is a lot quieter.

      1 · August 30

  • Allison Meierding

    Jeff, where are you based in Boston? It could function like a book club or a movie night -- or perhaps the get-togethers could focus on a single subject (rain harvesting, plant guilds, or solar dehydrators, for example) and the meetup host draws relevant info from books, youtube videos, other media and possibly some kind of demo/experiment. Just throwing ideas out there!

    August 22

    • utah

      Wires+solar panel+Battery charger+battery. What do you think is the cost. What your budget for such a system. Are you going to include a invertor too.

      August 27

    • Jeff Langevin

      Too early for a budget/cost projections. I want to be at the point where I can design my own system and know the various trade-offs in technology and design before heading down that path. I've watched some good and bad DIY build videos online and done some preliminary poking around for vendors of parts like batteries, inverters and cells, etc. But nothing serious until I have a much more in-depth knowledge of the technology. I wouldn't be satisfied with taking a design off the internet and building something without understanding the reasons for decisions behind it. Hence the desire to gain the skills to design my own.

      August 27

  • Allison Meierding

    Paul and Jeff, "Tales from the Green Valley" movie sounds great. It looks like we have movie night interest in Roxbury, Arlington, Wilmington, and Southborough. I'm happy to host on a Friday night at my house in Roxbury (by the Franklin Park Zoo), but not sure that is the most convenient location. Thoughts?

    Jeff, maybe after you take the class, you would be willing to host a meetup to skillshare how to build a small portable solar panel and battery system from B-grade solar cells? I know me and Dane would come to a meetup like that!

    August 27

    • Hao Chen

      i work in boston, so if it's a weekday night and near T stop, closer to the city is great. have availability fri 9/6 and 10/4

      August 27

    • Paul Bourdon

      It might make more sense for me to come in either Roxbury or Arlington. ONe caveat, my DVD is British and will only play on a computer or Xbox (not an American DVD player). I could bring a projector and my laptop with me.

      1 · August 27

  • Paul Bourdon

    I think there is a lot of stuff out right now but I'd like to make the suggestion of the BBC series: "Tales from the Green Valley". It takes place on a re-created 1620 farm on the Welch border. It follows a group of experts through a calendar year. Some real interesting solutions to small scale, non-mechanized farming.

    1 · August 26

  • Hao Chen

    i work in boston and live in wilmington, so would be interested in attending both! might even be able to host a meetup here at the practically green office near chinatown.

    August 22

    • utah

      I also work in the tech industry, what type of startup do you have/work at.

      August 22

    • Hao Chen

      I'm a web dev at startup practically green. Also have a startup idea related to permaculture that I'd love to hear your thoughts on. Maybe Sun?

      August 22

  • utah

    i can attend the Boston one.

    August 22

  • Maynard S. Clark

    If this were in Boston's Mission Hill and you had DVDs to show, we could to the work through the Mission Hill Health Movement.

    August 22

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