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How are your goats faring this winter? Are you experiencing or concerned about: air quality, respiratory issues, mineral deficiencies, stored hay deterioration, digestive issues, or lice? Also, kidding season is here or coming soon so let's discuss birthing issues, raising babies, and getting started milking. 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 at the event. Snacks to share are welcome! **If you also keep animals, remember to bring clothes, especially shoes, that aren't your regulars for the barn in order to minimize the risk of spreading disease.** ABOUT THE NATURAL GOATKEEPING GROUP: You don't have to have goats to join us, just an interest in learning. This will be free, open to all, though donations to the meetup group will be welcomed. Snack to share are great, too. 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 goat-keeping 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.
For tonight's gathering, please read pages[masked]. This winter let's catch up on our reading, together! This winter we'll read: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants By Robin Wall Kimmerer. About the book: Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In a rich braid of reflections, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return. The book is available from River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth, or at: https://milkweed.org/book/braiding-sweetgrass SCHEDULE: We will meet every other Monday, starting in January and going until March or April. For each session we plan to pick chapters to read and someone to take the lead on the discussion facilitation. The facilitator can simply have a few questions to ask and help the conversation move along, making sure everyone gets a chance to share. These are not formal classes but conversations shaped by the participants to help us get the most out of the material. GOAL: In our book study, 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. FOOD: We encourage bringing snacks to share, and our host will provide tea makings. COST: We will have the donation basket for meetup costs out... we suggest $1-5 per meeting.
This winter we offer a Portsmouth Book Study of "Zen in the Art of Permaculture Design" by Stefan Geyer, meeting every other Tuesday for 5 weeks, starting on January 8th and finishing March 5th. We will read and discuss one chapter each meeting. These are conversations shaped by the participants to help us get the most out of the material. FOOD: We can bring snacks to share and a beverage. COST: We will have a donation basket for meetup costs…we suggest $1-5 per meeting. ABOUT THE BOOK: Why read this book? “This book is an attempt to show how Permaculture, infused with insights from the Zen tradition, can be a modern method of great liberation from our society’s present woes. It aims to empower and embolden those that wish to creatively engage with the wickedly complex problems of today, while not adding to the chaos and mess – helping us to consciously act in our environment with grace and clarity. It is for those who want to live on a healthy thriving planet, in a fair society where people care for each other, want this for their children and grandchildren too, and are interested in figuring out how to do it for themselves.” Stefan Geyer. GETTING THE BOOK: RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth tells us they can get it. You can also buy it from the US distributor: Chelsea Green.
The Bullish Farmer (2017, 79 minutes): Over a decade ago, John Ubaldo, a successful Wall Street banker, decided to call it quits. He traded in his high finance career for 185 acres of land to live a quiet life as a small farmer. John wanted to farm the way it was done 100 years ago, raising a variety of livestock and crops. His only goal was to raise delicious and nutritious food. But John’s dream of living a traditional agrarian life gets complicated when he comes up against Big Agriculture and realizes that his methods are not in sync with today’s prevailing agricultural trends. John, the very private farmer, becomes a passionate and outspoken activist lobbying for GMO labeling, animal rights, the preservation of crop diversity and the reduction of chemical fertilizers to help preserve small farms and rural America. LOGISTICS: We will start with the film (feel free to come early to get settled), then have a potluck & discussion. Please bring a "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. PARKING: Parking available - but not free - in the Campus Crossing Visitor Lot which you can access from Mill Rd. across from Waysmeet, with the MUB on the far side of the lot. It's not free on Sundays - use the pay and display stations! COST: We will be taking donations of any amount to cover costs for the event - purchasing the film and a screening license cost. Sponsored by Seacoast Permaculture, The United Campus Ministry to UNH & The Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH (NOFA-NH) 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 between all there, on the website afterwards, and via further research each person might do.