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Family Gardening Series #3: Planning, Planting and Caring for a New Garden
This is the third workshop in our family gardening series. Are you interested in growing your own food and want some information about starting a vegetable garden? Come help us plant our raised bed garden at the Urban Forestry Center and learn skills for use in your own garden. This class is for families who are just starting out and want to learn about where to put the garden, what plants go where and why, transplants versus seeds,and how to water and mulch them appropriately. We will plant potatoes, tomatoes and other seedlings in our garden and talk about the best way to care for them. Every family will take a seedling home and leave with the knowledge they need to start their own gardens. Come ready to get your hands dirty! COST: $5 per family. Space is limited so please sign up through Seacoast Permaculture or call the Urban Forestry Center at[masked]. Scholarships are available. Join Leslie Stevens, UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardener and urban farmer, for a family oriented organic gardening and ecology series at The Urban Forestry Center (UFC). Cosponsored by Seacoast Permaculture & the UFC, the series will focus on growing food sustainably and learning how to care for our natural environment. The series will include 6 classes throughout the spring and summer on these topics: 1. starting seeds indoors, 2. building and growing in raised beds, 3. planning, planting and caring for a new vegetable garden, 4. bringing beneficial insects to the garden through biodiversity, 5. tree identification in the forest, 6. harvesting and putting our gardens and yard to bed in the fall. Classes are hands-on and appropriate for children ages 5 (kindergarten) and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The classes are also appropriate for adults and the material is easily accessible to all. Each class will feature time in the garden or on the Urban Forestry Center’s 180 acres learning about a specific topic. Resource information will be provided during each class and chickens or bunnies from Leslie’s urban farm, Sidewalk Farms, will be joining the class.

The Urban Forestry Center

45 Elwyn Road · Portsmouth, NH


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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)

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