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+)

Seed Saving and Potluck at The Groft Family Farm

Groft Family Farm

Join the Piscataqua Seed Project to harvest produce and seed from this year's varieties at The Heirloom Harvest Project trial garden at The Groft Family Farm. Learn seed saving techniques and take home some seed for next year! Participants should wear garden-friendly clothes. Kids welcome; children under 5 with adult supervision. A potluck dinner will be held after the workshop. Bring a dish to share that serves ~ 8 - 10 people, and your potluck kit (plate, utensils, etc). COST: donations of any amount welcome to further the work of Piscataqua Seed Project. Cosponsored by Piscataqua Seed Project, The Heirloom Harvest Project, Slow Food Seacoast & Seacoast Permaculture. The Piscataqua Seed Project is a community-based organization whose mission is to empower people to grow food locally and save heirloom seeds for future generations. We encourage the sharing of skills and knowledge and believe that a healthy food system is critical for creating resilient communities and connecting us to our cultural heritage. Our goal is to increase the availability of heirloom seed for families, schools and other groups who wish to grow plants in their own gardens. Our focus is on locally adapted and regionally significant foods that grow well in our climate. We distribute seed at local events throughout the Seacoast and offer workshops on growing and saving seed.

Fall Mushroom Walk

Tuckaway Farm

$10.00

On this, our second mushroom hunting walk, we will search the grounds for wild mushrooms and discuss the basics of identification, their properties, uses and ecology. The focus will be on common edibles of New England. Sustainable practices of wild mushroom harvesting will also be discussed. Please dress for the weather - we will be outdoors. You may also want to bring a notebook & pen, and a camera! COST: $15-30 sliding scale. A nonrefundable $10 deposit will hold your place (If we cancel/reschedule the class we would refund your deposit - not for any other reason). The rest of the fee is due at the event - please bring cash or check! The walk will be led by, Dave, who is an outdoor enthusiast, forager of wild foods, and proponent of Wildlife Conservation and the sustainable use of our lands. He was introduced to the fascinating world of mushrooms several years ago during his permaculture design certification coursework and has since enjoyed wild mushroom hunting throughout the seasons. We are pleased to hold this at Tuckaway Farm, a three generation family farm "tucked away" along the Oyster River, which has farmed organically for over 50 years. Tuckaway's ongoing mission is to support a regenerative energy and food system by providing diverse agricultural products and by practicing agriculture that builds soil, habitat, and community.

Around the World in 80 Plants: The Mediterranean to New England

The Urban Forestry Center

$5.00

We are thrilled to welcome Stephen Barstow to share his Edible Perennial Vegetable Adventures, from the Mediterranean to New England via Central and Western Europe (including Portsmouth, UK), Scandinavia, Iceland and Greenland! Author of "Around The World in 80 Plants: An Edible Perennial Vegetable Adventure For Temperate Climates," Stephen Barstow has devoted 30 years to trialing 6,000 vegetables from around the world. He will tell us his story, talk about the benefits of perennial vegetables, the importance of eating seasonally (for climate, health and soul) and foraging in the wild. He then leads us on an inspiring global adventure, introducing us to a selection of his top perennial vegetables including winter vegetables and perennials for urban areas, such as the Sherpa vegetables of the Himalayas; forest gardened and foraged vegetables of the Sámi people of Arctic Scandinavia; and the traditional veggie roof gardens of Norway. COST: sliding scale of $10-30. A nonrefundable deposit of $5 is required to reserve your space with the rest of the fee due at the event. However, we will not turn anyone away if unable to pay - just contact Amy A if needed. NOTE: Stephen will speak the night before for The Resilience Hub in Portland Maine where he'll cover: New England westwards through North America, South America, Australasia, China, Japan and Korea, Siberia, the Himalaya, the Caucasus and the Mediterranean. You can go to just one or attend both for the full tour! Find out about the Thursday presentation here: https://www.meetup.com/maine-permaculture/events/262011274/ More about Stephen Barstow... Stephen’s home and garden are located close to 63.5N in Norway with over 2,000 edible plants, each with an ethnobotanical story to tell. He has a particular fondness for what he calls edimentals (edible ornamentals), edible weeds and onions (Alliums). It is unlikely that anyone anywhere has tried as many different species of edible plants – just witness his salad comprising 538 varieties in 2003 – earning him the title of Extreme Salad Man! Apart from keeping up his garden, he is leader of the Norwegian Seed Savers organization, is developing a Vegetable Sanctuary garden and is a visiting researcher at the Ringve Botanical Gardens in Trondheim. His own garden (The Edible Garden) is also a Permaculture LAND Center. You can follow his work and writings on his site www.edimentals.com Cosponsored by North Shore Permaculture Collaborative, The Resilience Hub of Portland, Edgewood Nursery & Seacoast Permaculture

Seed Saving Day at Tuckaway Farm

Tuckaway Farm

Join the Piscataqua Seed Project to harvest produce and seed from this year's varieties at The Heirloom Harvest Project trial garden at Tuckaway Farm. Learn seed saving techniques and take home some seed for next year! Find out what worked and what didn't with our 3-sisters garden design. Participants should wear garden-friendly clothes. Kids welcome; children under 5 with adult supervision. COST: donations of any amount welcome to further the work of Piscataqua Seed Project. Cosponsored by Piscataqua Seed Project, The Heirloom Harvest Project, Slow Food Seacoast & Seacoast Permaculture. The Piscataqua Seed Project is a community-based organization whose mission is to empower people to grow food locally and save heirloom seeds for future generations. We encourage the sharing of skills and knowledge and believe that a healthy food system is critical for creating resilient communities and connecting us to our cultural heritage. Our goal is to increase the availability of heirloom seed for families, schools and other groups who wish to grow plants in their own gardens. Our focus is on locally adapted and regionally significant foods that grow well in our climate. We distribute seed at local events throughout the Seacoast and offer workshops on growing and saving seed.

Past events (594)

Fall Gardeners Gathering

Living Land Permaculture Homestead

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