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)

Land Acknowledgment: Indigenous cultures, past and present, have been an inspiration to our learning and the development of permaculture. To honor them and to deepen our connection to and understanding of the land we are living on, we share that the Seacoast of NH is the traditional ancestral homeland of the Abenaki, Pennacook and Wabanaki Peoples. We are grateful to them for stewarding this area so beautifully for thousands of years and continuing that work now. They invite us to join their efforts – see indigenousnh.com to learn more.

Upcoming events (4+)

Edible Ecosystems Emerging 3: Anatomy of Self-Renewing Fertility with Dave Jacke

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$15.00

Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens, brings us his Edible Ecosystems Emerging: Fundamentals of Forest Garden Culture 5 part series this winter. Come to one or all - but don't miss it!

Class 3. The Anatomy of Self-Renewing Fertility
Soils evolve from complex interactions between physical, chemical, geological, biological, and ecological forces. Let’s dig into the soil as a whole ecosystem with an eye toward creating long-term soil health and self-renewing fertility, the way natural forests do. This systems perspective offers practical solution-directions for site assessment and preparation, plant selection, planting, and ecosystem management.

ABOUT THE SERIES: Edible Ecosystems Emerging: Fundamentals of Forest Garden Culture

When we forest garden, we mimic healthy forest ecosystems in the way we grow food and other products. Ecosystem mimicry generates myriad beneficial system properties like overyielding, stability, resilience, and self-renewal. Applied ecology is fundamental to effective forest garden cultivation.

Forest gardening also has a huge cultural component. We humans are not only not separate from our gardens, we are keystone members of them! Our behaviors and worldviews interact with our forest gardens. What might forest ecology teach us, both about forest gardening itself, AND about the interpenetrating human cultures upon which our forest gardens–and the planet itself–depend?

This five-part zoom series will explore forest ecology as applied to forest garden cultivation, and to forest garden culture. What must we do to create healthy forest gardens? Who must we be to live as co-equal members in the Garden? Let’s explore these questions together! Each session will include a 90-minute presentation, 30 minutes of conversation, and written materials for each talk.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dave Jacke is primary author of the award winning books Edible Forest Gardens 1&2. He has studied ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run Dynamics Ecological Design since 1984. Dave has consulted on, designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the U.S., as well as overseas. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Land Use Planning and a M.A. in Landscape Design. He now homesteads an eagle’s flight from the Connecticut River in Montague MA.

COST: Sliding scale of $15-30 per person per class with a $15 deposit required (you can pay more than the deposit now, too) - here on paypal or by check: Seacoast Permaculture, 219 France Rd, Barrington NH 03825. NOTE: If the fee is a barrier please reach out to Amy A.

JOINING ONLINE: Our online programs are offered via Zoom. When you rsvp "yes" the Zoom link will become visible to you on this event page. Whenever you are logged in to your meetup account and come to this page you will be able to see it, click on it, or cut and paste it to get to the meeting. We will send you a message with the link through meetup, but your settings for your email or in meetup may mean it does not reach you, so *please remember to come to this page for access!*

Natural Goatkeeping: Winter with Goats

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How are your goats doing this winter? Any issues or questions come up? And looking ahead to spring... are you prepping for kidding, milking, pasture management, and more?

Winter issues include: air quality, appropriate & nutritious food, water access and quality, external parasites, minerals, and supporting pregnant animals. We can talk about any of these and others you are dealing with.

Bring 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/ or or send a check to: Seacoast Permaculture, 219 France Rd, Barrington NH 03825.

ABOUT THE NATURAL GOATKEEPING GROUP:
You don't have to have goats to join us, just an interest in learning.
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 our goats, ourselves 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.

JOINING ONLINE: Our online programs are offered via Zoom. When you RSVP "yes" the Zoom link will become visible to you on this event page. When you are logged in to your meetup account and come to this page you will be able to see it, click on it, or cut and paste it to get to the meeting. We will send you a message with the link through meetup, but your settings for your email or in meetup may mean it does not reach you, so please remember to come to this page for access!

Monday Book Study: Reindeer Chronicles: Stories of Working with Nature (#4)

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This winter, let's read The Reindeer Chronicles (And Other Inspiring Stories of Working with Nature to Heal the Earth) by Judith D. Schwartz. For our fourth meeting, please read chapter 4.

The Reindeer Chronicles demonstrates how solutions to seemingly intractable problems can come from the unlikeliest of places, and how the restoration of local water, carbon, nutrient, and energy cycles can play a dramatic role in stabilizing the global climate. Ultimately, it reveals how much is in our hands if we can find a way to work together and follow nature’s lead. Schwartz explores regenerative solutions across a range of landscapes: deserts, grasslands, tropics, tundra, Mediterranean. She also highlights various human landscapes, the legacy of colonialism and industrial agriculture, and the endurance of indigenous knowledge.

In our Permaculture Topics Discussions & Book Studies, we aim to expand our knowledge of topics related to permaculture and to have an ongoing series where members can connect to build our community. This series has a particular focus on "social/societal permaculture." Since Spring 2020, we've been especially engaging with topics of pattern language, societal change, story, right relationships, and where people care starts.

SCHEDULE/PLAN: We will meet on Zoom for a facilitated discussion every other Monday, starting in January and going into the Spring.

COST: Suggested donation of $5-15 at https://www.seacoastnhpermaculture.org/ . If you do not want to use paypal, we always take checks to Seacoast Permaculture, 219 France Rd, Barrington NH 03825. *We are not requiring you pay before signing up but there are limited spaces so please take your RSVP seriously.*

The series will be facilitated by Seacoast Permaculture members who are involved in organic growing and homesteading, education and social justice movements. The facilitators will 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. The goal of our book study is to expand our knowledge and understanding of topics related to permaculture and to have an ongoing series where members can connect with each other to build our community.

Plan Your Garden for Food Preservation (Garden Series 2)

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$10.00

In a northern climate with a short growing season, like New England, we can’t eat from our gardens and farms year-round. However, there are various food preservation methods that can greatly extend how long we can eat locally.

Sherri and Amy will discuss the many options for food preservation, their pros and cons, and how to get started or expand what you are already doing. These options include: drying, canning, freezing, lacto-fermenting, root cellaring and simply growing long-keepers. We’ll look at the equipment needed for these, and attempt a virtual tour of Amy’s cold room and outdoor root cellar.

Now is the time to make your plans for the year, order your seeds, and prep equipment so you are ready to go when the produce comes in!

COST: sliding scale $10-25 per person. A nonrefundable $10 deposit will hold your place. You can pay here through paypal or send a check to: Seacoast Permaculture, 219 France Rd, Barrington NH 03825. If you need scholarship assistance to attend, please inquire with Amy.

YOUR PRESENTERS:
SHERRI NIXON: In an effort to atone for a long career in retailing, Sherri began her permaculture involvement with a canning meetup in 2012. Inspired by Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Sherri supports local farms, food producers, and has a small home garden for perennial and annual produce, all of which supply most of her food year round. Sherri is retired and lives in Exeter.

AMY ANTONUCCI: Amy began growing food in 1995 on an organic farm and CSA in NH. She later became a certified permaculture designer and transitioned to homesteading. She now keeps poultry, goats, bees, plants and, most importantly, soil microbes, at Living Land Permaculture Homestead in Barrington, NH. She is the main organizer for the Seacoast NH Permaculture Group and was proud to be named NOFA-NH's Leading Gardener of 2017 and Mentor of the Year in 2022.

ABOUT THE SERIES: Welcome to our 2023 Gardening Series! Many of us come to permaculture from our work gardening or farming, but others of you are newcomers to growing food and there is always more to learn. Let us help you get started or learn new skills for growing your own food here in NH from a permaculture perspective: organic, soil-building, health-promoting choices and techniques. We plan on offering: Garden Planning Basics, Planning Your Garden for Food Preservation, Herb Spirals, Soil Building Techniques, Composting, Summer Garden Tours, Herb Growing, & Root Cellaring. Come to any or all.

JOINING ONLINE: Our online programs are offered via Zoom. When you RSVP "yes" the Zoom link will become visible to you on this event page. When you are logged in to your meetup account and come to this page you will be able to see it, click on it, or cut and paste it to get to the meeting. We will send you a message with the link through meetup, but your settings for your email or in meetup may mean it does not reach you, so please remember to come to this page for access!