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.