Rserenity Farm Tour: Holistic Farm Planning

  • July 20, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Dot says: One of the things I hear most from people who talk to me about farming and permaculture is, "I get the concepts but I dont know where to start."  By walking you through my place and showing you how we implement our goals and ideas I hope to help you find your own spot to start working your plan.

Finding my peace with my surroundings was a first place with me. Realizing the needs of the other people who live with me was another. These things and what the land says to me is all wrapped up in the design and implementation of the vision that is my homestead.

A work in progress, a long way from fruition, I come home every night and do one more thing on the path to bringing our dream to life. Join me on July 20th and we'll talk.

While at Rserenity Farm you can see a kitchen garden sheet mulched on a gravel hill with swales planted in a french intensive garden method, baby chick pest control in the high tunnel, row boat summer squash, and the overall plan for the future, then and now.

COST: $10-20 sliding scale, payable at the meetup.

We'll have a potluck mid-day, so please bring something to share!  Bring your own potluck kit (plate/bowl/utensils/drinking cup/napkin) so that we can create a zero-waste event!

Cosponsored by the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Meetup Group & the Central NH Permaculture Meetup Group.

About Dot Perkins:

Dot is the Food and Agriculture Field Specialist for Cooperative Extension, UNH Boscawen office.  She is the program coordinator in Merrimack county for the Master Gardener program. She is a certified: Permaculture Designer, National Plant Diagnostic Network First Detector, and Herbal Information Specialist. Among her many talents, Dot identifies plants and insects through walk ins and digital pictures via the e-mail and often works with livestock owners, vets and the general public identifying weeds and their possible toxicities. She advises landowners on pasture reclamation, soil nutrient management, establishing fruit and vegetable seedlings and greenhouse problems.

Dot was born to a New England farm family in 1958 and grew up learning about vegetable farming. While raising her own family Dot and her husband gained extensive experience raising cows, ducks, chickens, rabbits, pigs and goats.  In addition, Dot is an avid gardener, herbalist, and taxonomist. She earned a BS in Plant Biology from UNH.  She is earning her Masters degree from UNH in Animal Sciences.

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  • Luke V

    great! Dot is a wealth of knowledge!

    July 20, 2013

  • Cheri C.

    This was AWESOME!!! Dot is great and was most eager and willing to share her experience and pass on words of wisdom. Her sausage, peppers and onions were awesome too!! Thanks Dot for a great time!

    July 20, 2013

  • Amy A

    Since this is a bit farther from the Seacoast than many events, we especially encourage carpooling! You can use this space to figure that out....

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Amy A

      FYI - I can't join the carpool, as I'll be going a bit later... so I'll see you all at Dot's! Just didn't want you wondering where I was since I did suggest the carpool!

      July 19, 2013

    • Sara

      I am running late. Please don't wait for me, if I'm not there on time! I apologize.

      July 20, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Too tough a weekend to go!

    July 19, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Wondering if there anything nearby my husband could take our 2 and 4 year old daughters to nearby during the tour for a couple of hours that would be fun? I'm interested in seeing the farm, but it wouldn't work for me to leave the whole family home tomorrow for the 4 hours plus almost 2 hours in transit. I am assuming the kiddos probably can't be on the tour?

    July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just a suggestion, The town beach on Upper suncook lake is not far from this venue.

      July 19, 2013

    • Stephanie

      Thanks! My husband just got back from a week long marathon business trip and hasn't slept more than a handful of hours in days, so it looks like I'm going to have to try and do this another time :( I don't want to endanger my kids with a sleeping at the wheel Dad! But hope to see Rserenity sometime when the timings right.

      July 19, 2013

  • Beth B.

    I'm still planning to go and would like to bring my husband, but don't think I included him in my original RSVP. It looks like there's still space; is this okay? Looking forward to it!

    July 19, 2013

    • Amy A

      Yes, there is space, please bring him!

      July 19, 2013

  • Lena M.

    At what time are we meeting at the Lee circle tomorrow?

    July 19, 2013

  • Kathleen D.

    We just moved to Exeter, and I have too much unpacking to do. Wish the timing was different. Have fun!

    July 19, 2013

  • Dianna

    Have unforeseen obligation...can't attend Saturday, perhaps next time around...

    July 19, 2013

  • Cheri C.

    Since we are having a potluck and I'm trying to decide what to make/take, was wondering what everyone else is taking??? Thanks!

    July 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      probably just chips. I'm not much of a cool.

      July 17, 2013

    • Laura W.

      Something cool like salad or cold cut wraps + ice tea.

      July 18, 2013

  • Julie Z.

    So sorry- cannot attend at this time.

    July 15, 2013

  • Boiester

    Oh, I wish I wasn't on the other coast then. Wait, I'm happy to be on the other coast, but sorry to miss it and Dot.

    June 8, 2013

  • Mary

    It's always a pleasure to visit Dot's home. Sorry that I already have plans that day!

    June 7, 2013

  • Jeff L.

    Really wish I could attend this, but am away that weekend. :(

    June 7, 2013

  • Carrie H.

    Oh bummer! I would LOVE to attend but, I have to work that day. Hopefully next time!!!

    June 7, 2013

  • Gail L.

    just started farming, would love to see the homestead.

    June 6, 2013

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