What we're about

Permaculture aims to regenerate healthy, productive landscapes and communities by consciously applying ecological principles to the design of human habitats. It is a theory, a mindset, and a lens for looking at the world in order to create a sustainable and just planet for all. Permaculture’s three ethics - Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share - and its twelve principles are used to design systems that create and foster healthy relationships. Through this discipline, each of us can take greater responsibility for ourselves and our world by developing life skills for sustainable living to become active participants and producers.

“Permaculture gives us a toolkit for moving from a culture of fear and scarcity to one of love and abundance.” -Toby Hemenway (permaculturist & author)

What we do: We build community, share ideas and learn how to move forward mindfully and in tune with the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Through the Seacoast NH Permaculture Meetup and other partner organizations we bring people together by offering workshops, speakers, movies, discussions, swaps, potluck meals and other events.

"We don't know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical gangs that are doing that." -Dr. David Suzuki (geneticist, broadcaster, environmentalist)

Our mission: Seacoast NH Permaculture Group empowers individuals and communities to work together to create resiliency through the use of Permaculture in the NH seacoast area and beyond. We inspire and teach each other by sharing skills, knowledge, and regenerative practices, nurturing our connections and celebrating our work.

“You cannot save the land apart from the people or the people apart from the land.” -Wendell Berry (farmer, environmentalist, author)

Upcoming events (5)

ONLINE: Permaculture Topics: People & Permaculture and Cultural Emergence

Looby Macnamara is a permaculture teacher and author of People and Permaculture: Caring and Designing for Ourselves, Each Other, and the Planet, the first book to explore how to use permaculture design and principles for people – to restore personal, social and planetary well-being. She is currently writing a new book: Activating Cultural Emergence. Listen to these two interviews before we meet (totaling 50 minutes): 1. https://www.resilience.org/stories/2013-01-21/transition-permaculture-and-peoplecare-an-interview-with-looby-macnamara/ 2. https://innerpathways.eu/podcast/regenerative-culture-with-looby-macnamara/ *To clarify - for these discussions, we watch/listen to/read material ahead of time and then discuss it. The authors or speakers are not joining us - we are talking about their work ourselves.* In these interviews with Looby, she discusses what social permaculture is, why it is taken so long to focus on People Care, and how this has been a limiting factor for us. In our Permaculture Topics Discussions, we aim to expand our knowledge of topics related to permaculture and to have an ongoing series where our local members can connect with each other to build our community. This series has a particular focus on "social permaculture." For each session we plan to pick material to read, watch or listen to. Someone will facilitate each session on zoom, but these are not formal classes, they are conversations shaped by the participants to help us get the most out of the material. COST: We are not charging for this event in our effort to support everyone during this time of pandemic. There are limited spaces, though, so we ask that you please take your RSVP seriously. Also, we do welcome your support if you do want to contribute through our online payment system here: https://www.seacoastnhpermaculture.org/

ONLINE: Social Permaculture Conversation Series

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Social Permaculture and Community Implementation What is Social Permaculture? "The key insight of social permaculture is that, while changing individuals is indeed difficult, we can design social structures that favor beneficial patterns of human behavior. Just as, in a garden, we might mulch to discourage weeds and favor beneficial soil bacteria, in social systems we can attempt to create conditions that favor nurturing, empowering relationships." Foundation for Intentional Communities, 2016 Please read this prior to the meet-up event: https://www.ic.org/social-permaculture-applying-the-principles/ LED BY: Stacey Purslow, SP board member, grows organic vegetables and fruits and works for the NH Farm to School program. Her work with farm to school and with Rochester Listens brings communities together to better connect and work towards common goals. Yulia Rothenberg, SP board member, is an advocate for community engagement and applying permaculture principals to community design. She volunteers with numerous local organizations to advance the arts and build community in Dover and the seacoast.

ONLINE: Natural Goatkeeping: Winter With Goats

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Autumn is turning towards winter... are you and your animals ready? Let's talk about what to do and what NOT to do in order to keep everyone healthy and happy. Winter issues include: air quality, appropriate & nutritious food, water access and quality, external parasites, minerals, and supporting pregnant animals. We'll also check in on fall breeding, general health and fall meat harvesting if you are grappling with any of that. Bring any questions and issues you have been struggling with on any goat topic to see if we can offer some ideas and help to each other. COST: Donations to Seacoast Permaculture in any amount are asked for via our website: https://www.seacoastnhpermaculture.org/ ABOUT THE NATURAL GOATKEEPING GROUP: You don't have to have goats to join us, just an interest in learning. Free and open to all, though donations to the meetup group will be welcomed. The purpose of the Natural Goatkeeping Group is to learn from and support each other in trying out more holistic / permaculturally-minded methods of keeping goats. We come together with an open mind and many questions to find information, try new methods and encourage organic, natural, working-with-nature ways of keeping these animals for better health for ourselves, our goats and our planet. We especially want to encourage goatkeeping in NH because so many of us have land that is well suited to goats - they are a very appropriate homestead animal for consideration here.

ONLINE: Permaculture Topics: Transition to Local Resilience with Permaculture

A Permaculture Podcast interview of Rob Hopkins the founder of the Transition Movement. Scott and Rob bring a critical, loving eye to permaculture to discuss how it might grow and change to become a stronger, more influential force for good in the world. They will touch on pathways to social change, opening the space for greater inclusion in terms of gender, race and class, economics and professional development of permaculture and becoming better listeners rather than proselytizers. Please listen to this interview before we meet (40 minutes): http://www.thepermaculturepodcast.com/2016/episode-1626/ *To clarify - for these discussions, we watch/listen to/read material ahead of time and then discuss it. The authors or speakers are not joining us - we are talking about their work ourselves.* Rob wrote The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience in 2014, which serves as a good introduction to how permaculture can move from the landscape to the people space. In our Permaculture Topics Discussions, we aim to expand our knowledge of topics related to permaculture and to have an ongoing series where our local members can connect with each other to build our community. This series has a particular focus on "social permaculture." For each session we plan to pick material to read, watch or listen to. Someone will facilitate each session on zoom, but these are not formal classes, they are conversations shaped by the participants to help us get the most out of the material. COST: We are not charging for this event in our effort to support everyone during this time of pandemic. There are limited spaces, though, so we ask that you please take your RSVP seriously. Also, we do welcome your support if you do want to contribute through our online payment system here: https://www.seacoastnhpermaculture.org/

Past events (674)

ONLINE: Regenerative Development and Design

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