It's been seven years since Candis and I first started the path of beginning this meet up and now we are over 871 members and have had over 316 meetups, which honestly, is quite amazing! Karen has graciously led the way the last several years and is looking to step back and open the door to new leadership. After meeting with her to talk about the future, I've stepped back in as organizer and would like to hold an open discussion of where we should go from here and invite interested folks to step forward into leadership roles. The meet up system has changed over time, and is now bears the weight of a financial expense for the organizers, so ideas on how to mitigate this expense, from sponsorship to donations will also be something we'd like to make room to discuss as well. New England College has kindly opened their community space for us to meet!
If you are interested in learning more, help organize, teach and/or lead the way into the future for the Central NH Permaculture Group, we would really love to see you at this meeting!
Come with an open mind, your ideas and willingness to collaborate!
Join us on August 26th for this year's New Hampshire Permaculture Day, to be held at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner NH!
Explore Permaculture topics through workshops and demonstrations, and enjoy the community and great food.
This event is family-friendly, with crafts and Native American storytelling as well as tours of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. Admission to The Little Nature Museum is also included with your event admission!
TICKETS NOW ON SALE -- Click here to buy your tickets at Eventbrite! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nh-permaculture-day-5th-annual-tickets-35822621425?aff=es2)
Adults $40, discounts for seniors and students
Here's the lineup of workshops:
SESSION 1: 9:30 - 10:45
Climate, Water, Soil and Hope: A Whole Systems Approach to Thinking about How Landscapes Function
- Didi Pershouse
How can we create healthy landscapes that turn atmospheric carbon into a water-holding, climate-cooling “soil carbon sponge”? Didi Pershouse of the Soil Carbon Coalition, author of the Ecology of Care and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function will lead participants through several investigations that demonstrate the biological processes and principles involved in the creation of spongy landscapes that soak up, store, filter, and slowly release clean abundant water and provide resiliency in the face of flooding and drought. A few of the questions we will answer are: How does soil biology influence water issues such as runoff, water storage, and filtration? How does soil carbon accumulate, and what is its relationship to atmospheric carbon, ocean acidification, and global warming? What are the principles necessary to grow healthy productive landscapes that absorb and filter water? This workshop is great for educators, farmers, rural and urban planners, conservation groups, policy makers, and anyone interested in learning simple steps towards creating a better future.
Intro to Permaculture
- Liz Kelly
This workshop is an interactive introduction to permaculture ethics, principles, and practices. It will introduce permaculture design and describe how to take a holistic approach to creating systems that are sustainable and ecologically harmonious (whether you're a homeowner, a renter, an urban dweller, or a rural inhabitant).
Funding for Community Permaculture Projects
- Leigh Cameron and Karen Ganey
How can we access funding to expand our permaculture efforts to the neighborhood and community scale? Join us for an interactive conversation about funding sources and opportunities for community-based permaculture projects as well as how “social permaculture” organizing strategies can help you build a stronger proposal. We’ll discuss strategies for fundraising including traditional grant writing as well as alternative fundraising models such as crowd-funding and shared-gifting. You will learn about funding and resources available through the Grassroots Fund that are available to community permaculture projects TODAY and specifically for projects that are focusing on social equity and justice. We’ll also share inspiring examples of community permaculture projects across the region.
Preparing Your Herbal Apothecary for Cold & Flu Season
- Jonah Roberts
Join Jonah of Unity Mountain Herbs for a fun foray into learning to prevent and treat the common cold and flu with herbal medicine using primarily herbs local to our New Hampshire wilds and gardens. This class will be rich with demos and will offer you a list of herbs and preparations you can stock your Apothecary with, along with the knowledge of how to use them, so you are ready for the cold season ahead.
- Jill Schock
People all over the world have been playing games for thousands of years. Come make and play some games that come from many cultures and used simple materials! Kids of all ages are welcome, most games are geared toward school aged kids K-8.
Designing the Self
- Valerie Piedmont
“Designing the Self” draws on Permaculture Principles to plot out a course to our happiest, most alive, intelligent, and beneficial relationship to ourselves, each other and the universe. Join in this fun workshop for skill building and the sense of being part of a loving, caring community.
Designing Ecosystems with Farm Animals
- Marty Castriotta
This workshop will explore the coevolution of productive ecosystem design with farm animals. Depending upon your own site and goals, farm animals might be the perfect components to integrate into your permaculture design. Whether it be small animals like rabbits, ducks or chickens or big ones like sheep, cows and pigs, this workshop will help you create a lens by which to determine how to best harness their wild tendencies for work and, in turn, how to best co-create the environment that suites their needs and desires.
- David Wichland
In this workshop Dave will discuss the mushroom life cycle and how to forage for mushrooms, including what to look for in their habitat and how to safely go about identification. We will foray and ask people to bring a basket, knife and favorite id book. We will bring back the mushrooms and present them on a table.
SESSION 2: 11:00 - 12:15 Resilient Leadership for the Permaculture Movement: Thinking Together, Listening Deeply, Moving Forward
- Didi Pershouse
Anyone working towards making things go better around them is a leader, whether their efforts are recognized or not. How do we extend and deepen the connections we have at these gatherings in order to effectively grow the Permaculture
movement and lead society towards a better place? How can we effectively back up leadership from marginalized groups? Didi Pershouse, Author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and
Microbial Communities will show effective ways to build strong, dynamic networks of support that know how to “lead from behind” as well as out front.
We will also discuss ways to:
Work in public (or hidden) leadership roles without burning outFacilitate meetings where people listen to each other with interest and synergize their ideas and strategies for everyone’s benefit.Ensure that your community or organization grows leadership and management that is diverse, vibrant and resilient.
Local Solutions: Building a Food Hub
- Hanna Flanders & France Hahn
Food Hubs represent a growing national trend to bring food production back to the local level.
At the core of any food hub is the idea that local food production is an effective conduit for personal health, community vitality, sustainable agriculture, and prosperous local economies. Food Hubs, however take many different shapes. In this session, we will explore what food hubs are, all the different ways they can function, and how they relate to sustainability and permaculture. We will explore where New Hampshire stands in this emerging world of food hubs by investigating key examples of hubs in the granite state. We will focus on the Kearsarge area’s own living example of a Hub, the Kearsarge Food Hub, specifically looking at how it developed, where it is now, and what it sees as challenges and solutions within our local network. Come explore what food hubs are all about and learn how you can be a part of this important movement!
Integrating Permaculture into the landscaping / fine gardening industry
- Sophie Viandier
How does Permaculture become a commonplace practice? As designers, homeowners, teachers and students, we Permies ask ourselves this question a lot. Fortunately, established gardens are everywhere in New England and there are plenty of lawns to be converted and forests to be enhanced. The landscape and fine gardening industries employ over one million workers with an annual revenue of more than $76 billion in the United States. By tapping into these sectors, Permaculture can become better understood as an option for beautiful, legible and low-maintenance gardens—not to mention the potential for the on-site grocery, medicine cabinet, and wildlife haven. Please join me to explore design, installation and maintenance techniques for newand existing gardens and landscapes.
- Stacey Doll
For many, permaculture is a design tool for regenerating our natural landscapes and gardens, yet to be an effective change agent in the world, permaculturist can also embody the principles and ethics in their patterns, relationships, work and lifestyle. Join Stacey for an interactive exploration of embodying permaculture and placing the SELF at the center of this transformative movement. Workshop will include interactive exercises, exploration and journaling, and mindfulness practices.
- Hears Crow
Tales from the Longhouse
- Val White
Wild Herbs and Edibles Plant Walk
- Karen Tuininga
Killing Fruit and Nut Trees in Vermont
In my search for suitable fruit and nut trees in Vermont I have planted, studied, and eliminated trees not hardy enough for Zone 4 (-25 degrees F. with no snow cover). I will talk about the historical background of nuts and fruits in Zone 4, and about the survivors to date.SESSION 3: 2:00 - 3:15
The Power of Renewed Localism
- Neil Nevins
How can we regenerate a more permanent and self-reliant local community? This presentation will focus on the work of MainStreet BookEnds of Warner and the 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, MainStreet Warner, Inc. in helping to improve the quality of life in their community by demonstrating the practices of a regenerative approach to building and maintaining more self-reliance and security in energy production, the development of economic resources, and protection of the local ecology, while enhancing the cultural and traditional resources of Warner and the surrounding area. The Jim Mitchell Community Park will be used as a model that can be applied in other communities utilizing the principles of:
Efficient Use of Land, Resources, and Investments in a Greener Infrastructure
Foster the Traditional Character of Warner
Incorporate a Mix of Uses Enhancing Social and Cultural Capital and Ecological Literacy
Protect Environmental Quality
Involve the Community
- Josh Arnold
Learn about the GALA Sustain-a-Raiser program and explore the opportunity of similar initiatives. Global Awareness Local Action (GALA) created the Sustain-A-Raiser Starter Kit after having great success organizing these “raisers” for a number of years in our local community. We began receiving requests for Raisers outside of our geographical reach so decided to invest in this Starter Kit as a tool these groups could utilize to launch their own Raisers. The initiative was inspired and informed by permablitzes, energy raisers, crop mobs, etc.
Sustain-A-Raiser is designed to engage audiences that are new to concepts of sustainability, resilience, and permaculture. We focus on the “low hanging fruit” of appropriate technologies like raised garden beds, compost bins, rain barrels, clotheslines, etc., as opposed to implementing full permaculture design. Essentially the Starter Kit offers a turn-key, replicable, community service and team building project for any school group, civic organization, business employee team, or Transition group.
Gleaning Resources for Permaculture
- Laurie Lockwood
There’s treasure everywhere! Learn about gleaning nearby resources for permaculture projects and needs such as: waste lumber and sawmill slabs, wood chips and shavings, bark and leaves, brush, stone, wool skirtings, stable manure, old windows, and free plants.
Fermentation Station: Misos, Tempeh, and More
- Bret Ingold
A chance to talk about, taste and witness some less common, slightly more involved, fermentations. We will go over the equipment needed, a little of the history and heritage, resources available, and sample a variety of fermented foods. At the end we will have a chance for questions and a chance for other home fermentors to share their tips, tricks and excitement.
Backwoods Hill Farming: Living Off the Land & Off the Grid
- Ben Dobrowsky, Kate Dobrowski
This presentation will outline Greenhill Collective Farm, the people who work it, and how permaculture has influenced the small certified organic family farm. The workshop will engage participants with an interactive component that will inspire you to take action on your own dreams and aspirations.
- Hears Crow
Tales from the Longhouse
Hand-Scale Hugelkulture Mound Building for Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum
Garden--A community work blitz!
- Jen Close
Experience the creation of a hugel mound start to finish. We'll get a good look at the layers that go into this great method of building soil fertility, increasing water-holding capacity, and maximizing surface growing area. This simple technique produces beautiful and functional raised beds while using up fallen and rotting branches, trees, and stumps gathered from the property woodline. Let's move around, work our bodies and minds, create a lasting garden-gift for
our amazing 2017 host site, get a little dirty and have a little fun!
This hugel mound installation is a component of Jen's permaculture design project for the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum property.
Goat Milking & Cheesemaking
- Shaunna Bulcock
Join Shaunna for a demonstration of milking a goat and making a simple farmer’s cheese.
SESSION 4: 3:30 - 4:45 Landscape to Protect Water Quality
- Ruth Axelrod
Clean, non-salt water is a precious and limited resource even here in New England. Our choices in designing and managing our landscapes—particularly our farms and gardens—affect its quality and availability. Learn about the latest science and practices to keep it clean and plentiful. Be a steward of our waters.
Brewing Beers and Meads
- Dakota White
Creating a Food Forest
- Colin Nevins
Join Colin for a discussion about his personal experience in the early stages of creating a “food forest”, connecting human habitats with wild ones, and facilitating a more diverse and “regenerative” landscape that will require little maintenance over time.
Composting With Worms
- Joan O'Connor
Join us at this informational session and learn how you can create rich compost all year round! Joan will show you how to set up a worm composting system and teach you what you need to know to get started yourself, at home.
A Children’s Guide to Traditional Planting Methods
- Katie Devoid
A workshop for children and their caregivers to learn about traditional Native American planting practices, followed by a hands-on craft project and traditional games.
- Hosted by the Permaculture Association of the Northeast
Chickens on the Permaculture Homestead
- Laurie Lockwood
Learn how to keep chicken feed costs down and health, happiness and productivity up with permaculture plants and local resources. We will talk about integrating chickens into your system, with emphasis on using homegrown feed to reduce/eliminate the grain bill; and will also discuss breeds, housing, free range, predators, and more.
Sing it Together: Building community through group song
- Kristin Ingold
Singing experience is not required, if you can talk you can sing! Making beautiful and meaningful sound is our natural birthright! Group singing brings people together in primal, ancient ways that not only increase feelings of joy and communion, but also heighten our awareness of interconnection with all life. Kristin will lead the group in learning a variety of multicultural music that nourishes the soul, enhances community and gives back to the earth. Together you will co-create a one-of-a-kind musical experience!
Mushroom Plugging Demo
- David Wichland
Learn the basics to propagating your own mushrooms. Dave will demonstrate techniques for growing mushrooms on logs and stumps and go over what varieties are best suited for your situation. This workshop will include a totem demo and a log demo.
More information at www.nhpermacultureday.org (http://www.nhpermacultureday.org/)
See you there!
Create foods, crafts and herbals with lavender. We’ll have a party baking lavender scones with an herbal tea from the garden. We’ll make make lavender sachets for your dryer or drawers, make a relaxing lavender oil and an easy to make aromatherapy, rice bag. Tour the exquisite Maple Hill gardens.
Please bring a clean, knee high sock with you.
$20/$18 BBA Members
Join NOFA-NH, New England College, Kearsarge Food Hub, and MainStreet BookEnds as we welcome Will Bonsall back to Concord, NH for these free workshops and lunch on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
"Using Forest Residues to Build Soil Tilth Sustainably and Sequester Carbon" 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mother Nature doesn't build and maintain soil fertility by moving tons of stuff around, but rather uses what's already there to generate even more. Forest residues are far more sustainable humus-creators than manures or mined supplement; it's all in how you use them.
"Keeping Minerals Within the Soil Cycle" 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Minerals - Whence and Whither? How sustainable is a system which relies on regular inputs from mining and manufacturing, with a huge carbon footprint? Can we mend the broken circles to make our farms and gardens truly organic?
Will Bonsall is a subsistence farmer and author from Maine. He has written an eco-novel Through the Eyes of a Stranger, and the recently-released Will Bonsall Essential Guide to Radical Self-Reliant Gardening. He is the director of the Scatterseed Project and co-founder of the Grassroots Seed Network.
Learn more or purchase Will's book here: http://www.mainstreetbookends.com/book/9781603584425
Please register for planning purposes: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ee8mgb3rb65410c9&oseq=&c=&ch=
Friday Evening Public Talk: June 9, 2017, 7-9 PM Gardening Like the Forest: Regenerating Watersheds through Ecological Food Production
Suggested donation $10 at the door.
Healthy forests maintain, fertilize, and renew themselves, naturally. They also build and maintain healthy watersheds. Would you like to grow an abundant food-producing ecosystem like that in your yard or on your farm? You can! Edible forest gardens mimic the structure and function of natural forests through all their stages of development and grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizers, farmaceuticals, and fun. We can meet our own needs and regenerate healthy ecosystems at the same time. This talk introduces the vision of forest gardening with some scientific background, a few living examples, and a sampling of some useful perennial edibles for home- or farm-scale. We’ll pay special attention to how forest garden systems can help rebuild the health of Owasco Lake.
Saturday-Sunday Workshop: June 10-11, 8:30 AM – 5 PM Gardening Like the Forest: Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening
Sliding Scale: $180-$250, includes Friday evening program. Payments above the base of the sliding scale fund scholarships for those in need--please be generous!
Learn how to create healthy food-producing ecosystems by mimicking the structure and function of natural communities! Building on the Friday night talk, for two days we’ll explore the vision, theory, design, and practice of ecosystem agriculture using temperate deciduous forests as models. Lectures, field observations, and experiential classes will reveal the nature of ecosystem architecture, social structure, underground economics, and succession. Participants will also design and plant some forest garden patches at the Auburn Permaculture Park. We’ll learn by doing, and by playing in a serious way.
Permaculture Through the Seasons
Seven Weekends--May thru November 2017
Permaculture is an integrated design framework for creating a sustainable way of living. Participate in a hands-on cooperative learning experience that will provide you skills and knowledge in:
• land stewardship and regeneration
• reading the landscape
• healthy and sustainable food systems
• zero-waste strategies
• natural building techniques
• equity and social justice
• resilience planning
• holistic self-care
For more information or to register visit http://www.dacres.org or contact Liz Kelly at (860)[masked] or [masked].
D Acres Permaculture Farm and Educational Homestead
The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture is an inspiring guide to applying permaculture techniques in your home garden - with delicious results!
From the cover:
Take your organic gardening to the next level by learning the low-maintenance secrets of permaculture. These tried-and-true methods teach gardeners of every skill level - with any size space - how to live in harmony with both nature and neighbors to create an abundant harvest.
Permaculture expert Christopher Shein shows you how to build an edible ecosystem - a thriving food forest - in your own backyard with the least possible expenditure of time, effort, and the earth's resources. By updating ancient techniques from cultures around the world, Shein takes you step-by-step through the process of designing your ideal edible garden with the most productive fruits and vegetables so that you have enough food to feed your own family and to share with your friends.
This inspiring, easy-to-follow, information-packed, practical guide will help you transform your garden and nurture the earth for years to come.
Chapters: Why Permaculture; Permaculture Basics; Designing the Permaculture Garden; Building the Soil; Permaculture Edibles; Growing from Seed; Permaculture and Community
We will meet weekly on Wednesday mornings, starting March 29th and continuing for 6 weeks.
It's okay to join in anytime during the series!
10 - 10:30 am will be social time with coffee, tea, and potluck breakfast snacks
10:30 - 12 - discussion of previously read chapters
You can purchase this book thru your local book store - Morgan Hill in New London and Main Street Bookends in Warner will offer a discount if you mention a book study when you order :)
Suggested donation for Meetup expenses - $1
Kick off spring and join us for a social evening on May 2nd for a showing of Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective and discussion panel. As a part of a larger series of events leading up to this years’ NH Permaculture Day, this feature length documentary introduces permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, and governance. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience.
Participate in discussion after the viewing with some of New Hampshire’s own Permaculture experts:
Steve is the founder and principal of Resilience Planning and Design, LLC. His work is focused largely on community planning and sustainability related issues. He is also a certified permaculture teacher, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University and Colby Sawyer College. Notably unique, Steve’s own residence is featured in the film as an example of suburban residential permaculture efforts.
Sam is a Regional Planner with the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission and serves on the board of PermaCityLife, a non-profit geared towards revitalizing downtown Franklin through broad application of permaculture ethics and principals. Sam brings a background in Environmental Science & Policy into his work as a planner, developing local and regional plans that aim to balance and enhance economic development, recreation opportunities, habitat preservation and sense place.
Ryan is a Realtor and founder/owner of The Hvizda Team powered by Keller Williams Realty. Armed with extensive experience in farming, permaculture, visual arts, education, and community organizing, she found that her passion for sustainable living and community building was well positioned to the world of real estate. In tune with her belief that real estate starts with the community, Ryan puts environmental, social, and economic stewardship at the forefront of her business philosophy and team's mission of serving their clients, their community and our planet. Evening’s Events:
6:00-6:30 pm Doors open. Enjoy refreshments from local sponsors, network with like-minded neighbors, and displays from local businesses and vendors.
6:30-8:00 pm Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective
8:00-8:30 pm Discussion and Q&A with our guest panelists. Tickets:
$8.00 General Admission
$12.00 Admission in support of NH Permaculture Day
To purchase tickets please go here:
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~ Green Your Laundry ~
Join us to learn how to make your own laundry soap and wool dryer balls!
If you are tired of buying laundry detergents that have harmful chemicals and irritate your skin, and you want to learn how to make your own natural laundry soap, then this meetup is for you! Each participant will take home a jar of laundry soap to try out at home.
Here are some reasons to ditch your current detergent and start making your own: DIY recipe is made with all natural ingredients (no Borax). It’s easy to make and you don’t have to grate any soap. You can choose your own scents with your favorite essential oils. In the long run, it’s cheaper to make your own!
You’ll also learn to make your own wool dryer balls. No more need for harsh dryer sheets or plastic dryer balls, these natural wool balls will help you save energy, time, and money! We all know that using a backyard clothesline is the greenest choice for drying your clothes, but that’s not always an option for everyone (or for every load). Here’s a way to get the most out of your electric or gas clothes dryer when you do use it. Wool dryer balls can help your clothes dry faster, with less static, and are easy to make yourself. They work in the dryer by bouncing around and fluffing up your clothes (which helps them dry faster and with fewer wrinkles) – and also by absorbing moisture and then releasing it slowly, so that the clothes dry more evenly. You can use just a few drops of essential oil to add a fresh scent to the laundry load too, if you choose. Each participant will take home 3 handmade dryer balls.
Come join us for this laundry day double-header! Cost: $10 donation to cover the costs of the materials. Driveway or street parking for the event.
Join us for a free Intro Session to Permaculture as a kick off to promote NH Permaculture Day & The DAcres Permaculture Through the Seasons Course starting in May.
This is a great, free event to bring that friend or family member that keeps asking you "Perma-what?!"
More info about the presenter:
Liz Kelly is a certified Permaculture Designer, Sustainability Professional, and Regional Planner in Keene, NH. She has experience working on a number of small-scale permcaulture farms and gardens and has created and co-created Permaculture designs and plans for residences in urban, suburban, and rural settings, community spaces, streetscapes, and education centers.