- Hearth and Hands Fest: Handcrafting and Homesteading Skills
Let's celebrate our passion for handcrafts and homesteading skills and honor the creativity and ingenuity that comes with practicing these timeless skills. We are providing space for people to share, make connections, ask questions, and learn from each other. Many different crafters and practitioners will be set up indoors and outside so you can walk around and talk with them in an open house style setting. There will also be demonstrations including cider pressing and a portable saw mill. Other skills and demonstrations being represented include: seed saving and preservation, food preservation, knife sharpening, wood carving, backyard chicken keeping, bee keeping, identifying wild edibles, making lotions and more. As we get closer to the event we will be highlighting some of our presenters on our Facebook page so be sure to check it out! https://www.facebook.com/SeacoastPermaculture/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel&eid=ARASwUeZsRYlFTOfwr2_P84nZjDHa8kW8UD8S2MsgxfYK2WEAxfHw_ANlSWdKmPKR7c5NVAVd8fmBb8j This is a great opportunity to see the skills being practiced as well as learning about the tools/supplies needed for each. There will be some hands-on demonstrations that attendees will be able to try out themselves and animals for kids to see. COST: There is a suggested donation of $5-$10, payable at the door.
- Give & Take: Autumn Preserved Foods Swap
For our Autumn Swap we are focusing on food to get us through the winter! Such as: canned, frozen, dried, fermented foods, produce for the root cellar (potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, etc), honey, maple syrup. Also if you are still growing food, like greens, those are welcome. And what about herbal products to help us in the winter - echinacea tincture, elderberry syrup, salves and lip balms, etc. Use your imagination! Have other ideas? Share them below to gauge interest! Be sure to list ingredients on items with more than one. COST: suggested donation of $1-10 payable that day. Please be on time so you won't miss the introductions when everyone explains what they are offering. This is an important part of the process. No one goes home empty handed and everyone usually leaves with more than they came with, through some sort of swapping magic! The process takes about 90 minutes depending on the number of participants.
- Harvest Feast Potluck & Annual Meeting
Let's celebrate permaculture and our community together! This year's Harvest Feast will include: a potluck, a soup tasting smorgasbord & recipe share, Circle Dancing, and a raffle! For the potluck: anything is welcome but local, organic, or homemade from your own land and hands is extra exciting! This is a chance for you to show off what you've grown and created! We'll have heating and clean up facilities there, but if you can bring your own potluck kit of plate/bowl/utensils/cup/napkin, that would be a great help. The Soup Smorgasbord will be provided by SP board members. For the Annual Meeting: we'll have an update on our group and a look at what's coming for 2020. Your questions and ideas will be welcome and can help us shape the coming year. Amy will lead us in a few simple, celebratory Circle Dances. People in all cultures, throughout history and across the world, dance to connect with each other. All steps will be taught - no experience or partner needed. We'll also be having a raffle to benefit our scholarship fund. The venue has a ping pong and billiards table that we can also use! Permaculture is about community and people as much as it's about gardening, conservation and energy. There are so many interesting people in this group, and often our meetups are focused on what we are working on/learning - this will be an opportunity to connect a little less formally. COST: a donation of any amount is welcomed!
- Honey Bee Hive Winter Prep
By November a honey bee hive is already hunkering down for winter, and there are some ways you can help them with that. This will be a hands-on and suit-on exploration of how to do so. We will: put upper entrances, look at mouseguards, talk about honey stores, prep shavings boxes, and wrap a hive. This will be geared towards beginners who already have some understanding of honey bees, such as terminology and basics of what goes on in a hive. This is weather dependent, so check back here if there's any question - a very rainy day would be hard to deal with. Please wear or bring light colored clothing, long sleeves and pants and closed shoes. If you have or can borrow a bee suit or veil please do - I will have some for folks to use also. COST: sliding scale $10-25 per person. A nonrefundable $5 deposit will hold your place. You can use paypal here or ask Amy where to send a check. The rest of the fee is due at the event - please bring cash or check! This class will be led by Amy... Amy Antonucci has been keeping bees for honey and pollination since 2005 and has been involved with organic agriculture for 20 years. She speaks at libraries, schools, and conferences and has been interviewed on the radio about apiculture. She served as VP of the Seacoast Beekeepers Association of NH and organized their Bee School for a number of years. She now teaches through Seacoast Permaculture.
- Natural Goatkeeping: Winter With Goats
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 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 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.
- Give & Take: Handcrafted Goods, In Time for the Holidays!
Forget holiday shopping, let's get holiday swapping! We'll focus on trading our own hand-crafted goods such as preserved foods, candles, soaps, herbal preparations, crocheted or knitted items, clothing you have sewn, jewelry, woodworking projects, quilts (although these are large items and you would want to be sure you got a fair trade) or anything else that you make yourself and want to trade for something new and different. This is a great way to connect with other crafters and find some interesting and beautifully made items as unique holiday gifts. Past examples of what people brought: jams, jellies, garlic, artwork, hand knit and crocheted clothing, jewelry, body scrubs, soaps, and cards. You can also bring extra or unused supplies, books and equipment used to make crafts. For example, if you used to quilt but no longer do so you could bring fabric, books or cutting tools that you would like to swap for something else. Consider wool, yarn, soap or candle making supplies, tools, knitting needles, or beads. We also welcome items that don't quite fit our handcrafts theme but would likely appeal to people in this group such as: eggs, seeds, gardening books, etc. Be creative! COST: suggested donation of $1-10 payable that day. Please be on time so you won't miss the introductions when everyone explains what they are offering. This is an important part of the process. No one goes home empty handed and everyone usually leaves with more than they came with, through some sort of swapping magic! The process takes about 90 minutes depending on the number of participants.
- Beginning Beekeeping: Six Week Course
Learn beekeeping from a chemical-free, permacultural perspective in this 6 week course starting on January 2nd. We will cover the basics of keeping bees using chemical-free methods, cultivate an understanding and respect for the amazing honey bee and learn how to get on the path to being a great honey bee steward. Learn terminology, honey bee biology and behavior, equipment needed to get started, subspecies of honey bees and how to get them, colony management and illness, complex challenges currently facing pollinators, and more! Class size will be limited so there will be lots of opportunities for questions and clarifications. Learning modalities will include: lecture, discussion, lots of visuals, videos, show-and-tell, and a trip out to wintering hives. While we wouldn't say that there is a specific "permaculture beekeeping" method, we will keep in touch with the ethics and principles of permaculture as we discuss choices in how to keep honey bees. The class will be taught by Amy Antonucci with Anna Kovalcik assisting, bios below. DATES: The course is built on a 6 week curriculum, but has an added extra week to build in a snow date or a Q&A class. The dates are all Thursdays: 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, & 2/13 (last date is a make-up class in case of a snow). COST: The cost for this series is on a sliding scale of $[masked]. Some scholarships are available - inquire if needed. A $25 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold your space. You can use PayPal through this page or send a check to: Seacoast Permaculture, 219 France Rd, Barrington NH 03825. TEXTS: We will be using a text from Penn State Ag College for readings between meetings. If you sign up by December 1, you will be included in a group order and will not have to pay extra for the text. If you miss the Dec 1 deadline you will need to get the book yourself at http://extension.psu.edu/publications/agrs-093/view . You will receive other handouts, articles, etc at the classes. YOUR PRESENTERS: Amy Antonucci has been keeping bees for honey, pollination, and the joy of it since 2005 without the use of chemicals in her hives. She served as Vice President of the Seacoast Beekeepers Association of NH and organized their annual Bee School for three years. She is also a certified permaculture designer, chicken & duck-keeper, goat-herd, student of herbal medicine, and worked in organic agriculture for over ten years. She has spoken at libraries, schools, garden clubs, conferences, and been interviewed on the radio. Anna Kovalcik is an active Seacoast Permaculture board member and a sixth year beekeeper.