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Film & Food Night: Permaculture Soils

Our Film & Food nights are a chance for us to come together for both learning and getting to know each other better.  We ask that you come with an open mind and heart to new information and new friends. 

We hope that our film choices will teach everyone something they didn't know before and/or challenge ideas you have held.  In our potluck and discussion we will also be looking to give everyone a chance to share and feel a part of the group.  We believe that everyone has something worthwhile to contribute and the discussion leaders will help to facilitate the event so that there is space for all to share some part of themselves and what they bring. 

These discussions are an opportunity to voice initial reactions to the film and topics at hand.  We hope the discussion leads to opportunities for further conversations amongst all there, on the website afterwards, and via further research each person might do.

LOGISTICS: We will start with the film (feel free to come early to get settled), then have a potluck & discussion.  Please bring your "potluck kit" - dish, bowl, cup, silverware, napkin - as well as your potluck contribution.  We will be able to plug in crockpots, heat some items up, make hot water for tea.

THE FILM: "The Permaculture Way: Soils" (97 mins, 2010)

Geoff Lawton will take you into the living life of the soil. From compost, soil mulches, kitchen gardens and food forests, Geoff’s practical hands on approach will teach you how to build life into your topsoil and increase the vitality of the food you grow and eat.

The DVD starts with a short introduction to modern industrial chemical fertilisers (NPK) and how monoculture has destroyed the bio-diversity of of many living soils.  Geoff seeks to redress this problem through adopting Permaculture management systems, showing you a number of techniques you can use to redress this in-balance.

With probably the most comprehensive instruction on compost creation, using animation and various manures and inoculums, Geoff spends the first 30 minutes explaining the composting process and shows you ways to reintroduce  rich bio-diverse organisms back into your soil that feed the plants and actively help build soil. Whether you want to favour tree plantations like food forest systems or green leafy vegetable crops, Geoff will show ways to create the right kind of compost.

Part 2 focuses on building a Permaculture Kitchen garden using small animal systems like worms, ducks and chickens to return nutrients back to the soil.

Part 3 takes us into broader pasture management techniques from using cattle and chickens together, cell grazing techniques and re-mineralization strategies for pasture management.

Parking on Sunday is easy there - go to UNH's C Lot, across Mill Rd from Waysmeet.

We will be taking donations to cover costs for the event - purchasing the film and, in some cases, a screening license cost.

Sponsored by the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Meetup Group & The United Campus Ministry to UNH.

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  • Boiester

    Amy did a great intro, we had rousing conversation and the movie taught each of us something.

    March 11, 2014

  • Laura W.

    Oh, I realy. want to see this one, but I've got a cold. ;-p.

    March 8, 2014

  • Jack M

    Hello all, Thomas I hope you don't feel we were upset with you. I wasn't, I just think we're a passionate group when it comes to this important subject. I thought you made and continue to make some invaluable points like pointing out the likely presence of e-coli in the duck water.
    Thanks Amy for organizing it and everyone else for the great food and input.

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everybody, I'm sorry if I came across as if I had a problem with Permaculture - that's not the case at all. As Amy said in her introduction, there was a lot of time when the information wasn't densely packed. but that was only one weakness. To me there was also a problem that he oversimplified things too much to be tolerable, or came up with statements that were only half-true. For example when he talked about weeds and compost, he stated that a high quality compost would naturally fit to growing trees and would not sustain weeds. I don't know of any weed that would not grow in a good quality compost! Such a statement is simplified to the point of being useless. He could say that a compost that got hot enough will kill most weed seeds. But whatever seeds you put into the finished compost will grow - tree or weed. And when he talked about compost starters and mentioned yarrow as well as dead animals, fish and roadkill for 'inoculation' it is clear that myth and science got confused.

    March 10, 2014

  • Dan P.

    All ways good and Amy does a great job as usual.

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Jessica

    It was a great movie. Geoff Lawton covered pretty much all the bases, and explained them well. Thanks for holding this, Amy!

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Cassandra C.

    So sorry I'm going to have to miss this one, I got called into work

    March 9, 2014

    • Amy A

      We'll miss you as well!

      2 · March 9, 2014

    • Cassandra C.

      I could swing buy later I'd you need some muscle... Haha

      March 9, 2014

  • Boiester

    I can be there at 4:30 if no one else volunteers Amy.

    March 8, 2014

    • Amy A

      Lena just let me know that she can come and bring blankets for the windows.... if you could get there a bit early, too, Deb, like 4:45, in case we are struggling, that would be great! Thanks!

      March 8, 2014

    • Boiester

      will do amy.

      March 9, 2014

  • Beth B.

    Sigh......I'm feeling overwhelmed by the need to organize for a busy week ahead and have decided not to go tonight. Enjoy!

    March 9, 2014

  • Amy A

    Hi all - Remember daylight savings will be in effect for this! So, don't come too late due to not changing your clock! Also - the time change and sunny day means that we will need to hang curtains. Who can come early to help me (4:30) and who can bring fabric to use?
    Thanks!!

    1 · March 8, 2014

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