- Portsmouth Permaculture Film Night: "To The Ends of the Earth"
Our Fall Film Series continues with "To The Ends of the Earth." "To the Ends of the Earth" follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global crossroads. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era. The people we meet are uniquely positioned to watch this global crossroads unfold. For example, the mayor of an Inuit village in Canada’s high Arctic who is concerned that seismic testing for oil in the ocean is blowing up the eardrums of the animals that the Inuit hunt to survive. Or the environmental lawyer who goes on a journey to areas that produce energy for the tar sands of Alberta — he learns of the massive inputs of energy that have to be put into this resource — and the reasons why the second largest oil project in the world is economically unsustainable. Or the river conservationist in Utah who fights to protect the Colorado River from oil shale projects that would disturb its headwaters. "To the Ends of the Earth" brings forward the voices of those who not only denounce the rise of extreme energy, but also envision the new world that is taking shape in its stead: a future beyond the resource pyramid, a post-growth economy. For more information visit their website: https://endsofearthfilm.com/story We will have a discussion and free refreshments following the movie. COST: We will be taking donations of any amount to cover costs for the event. We pay for the screening rights for all films, so do hope you will contribute so we can continue the series! This is the second in our fall film series in Portsmouth on the topic of permaculture and sustainability. This film is cosponsored by: The North Shore Permaculture Collaborative and The Urban Forestry Center of Portsmouth Our Film & Food nights are a chance for us to come together for both learning and getting to know each other. 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 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 leader will help to facilitate the event so that there is space for all to share. 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.
- Edible Perennial Vegetables: The Mediterranean to New England
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
- Fall Mushroom Walk
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.
- Seed Saving and Potluck at The 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 Gardeners Gathering
It's autumn and the gardening season is coming to a close. Do you have questions about how to prepare your growing areas for the winter so that they are ready and fertile for planting in the spring? What is there still to harvest? How was this year's bounty preserved for the winter (the root cellar should be completed by this meetup!)? Do you have soil test results you are trying to understand? We can go over these issues, plus reflect on successes and problems we had this year so we can learn and prepare for our 2020 gardens. About Gardeners Gatherings: An important aspect of permaculture is obtaining a yield and becoming a successful gardener is one great way to do that. But what if you run into trouble? How to deal with insects, diseases, water management? When to harvest for peak flavor? How about planting cover crops? How can you build soil rather than deplete it? Let's learn together! COST: sliding scale of $5-20, payable at the event. LED BY: Amy Antonucci, NOFA-NH's 2017 Gardener of the year, worked on an organic farm & CSA for 10 years before becoming a certified permaculture designer and focusing on homesteading. She keeps bees, poultry, goats and gardens at Living Land Permaculture Homestead in Barrington NH ( http://livinglandpermaculture.com/ ). She has spoken at libraries, schools, garden clubs, NOFA-NH and on the radio, and is the main organizer of Seacoast Permaculture.
- Permacultural Soil Building & Gardening
Great gardens start with great soil and permaculture practices excel at building it, inches at a time! Historic Strawbery Banke Museum welcomes Seacoast Permaculture organizer, Amy Antonucci, to explore this topic. In this program, learn simple methods utilizing readily available, inexpensive materials to create magnificent gardens without digging or rototilling. Participants learn how to create, nurture, and protect the ecosystem with simple techniques including sheet mulching and hugelkultur as well as how to understand soil test results. This program takes place in the TYCO Visitors Center lecture hall. COST: Strawbery Banke Museum Members: $10; Non-members: $15. To insure your space pre-register here: https://strawbery-banke-museum.simpletix.com/EventDetails/46268/Time/112491/?fbclid=IwAR2FJ4P_xCOxUTwl8hHGu9F5A9rwcNvIOEC2FXcE7c9_fklzug-TRW0lmPo#.XXp9LbgoFac
- Portsmouth Permaculture Film Night: "Living the Change"
This is the first of our Fall Film Series co-sponsored with the Urban Forestry Center and The North Shore Permaculture Collaborative exploring the topics of permaculture and sustainability! Film: Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future. Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. Directors Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson have brought together stories from their travels, along with interviews with experts able to explain how we come to be where we are today. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to timebanking, Living the Change offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live. Each and every one of us has the power to create change. Living the Change sets out to inspire us to do just that. There are so many exciting and important ideas and initiatives out there, so much hope and inspiration. We want to generate discussion as widely and deeply as possible about how each of us views the future and our part in it. For more information visit their website: https://livingthechangefilm.com/about We will have a discussion and free refreshments following the movie. COST: We will be taking donations of any amount to cover costs for the event. We pay for the screening rights for all films, so do hope you will contribute so we can continue the series! This is the first of three in our fall film series in Portsmouth on the topic of permaculture and sustainability. This film is cosponsored by: The North Shore Permaculture Collaborative and The Urban Forestry Center of Portsmouth Our Film & Food nights are a chance for us to come together for both learning and getting to know each other. 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 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 leader will help to facilitate the event so that there is space for all to share. 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.
- Wild Edibles Walk
Have you ever wondered how people ate before farming? Or wished you could supplement your diet with nutrient packed wild foods? On this walk we will identify and discuss at least a half a dozen common wild edibles and how to use them. We will focus on easily identifiable and abundant plants so you can leave with some specific ideas of how to incorporate these foods into your meals. Best practices for safety and sustainability in wild harvesting will also be reviewed. Please dress for the weather - we will be outdoors. You may also want to bring a notebook & pen, and a camera. COST: $10-25 sliding scale. A nonrefundable $5 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 Dr. Jackie Frobese, D.C., who has degrees in both Biology and Chiropractic. She is a plant enthusiast, and long time wild food forager. For many years now Jackie has taken a keen interest in wild edibles which she and her family now use regularly both as food and medicine. This event aligns with several of the permaculture principals including: 1. Observe and interact, 3. Obtain a yield, 4. Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback, 5. Renewable Resources, 6. No Waste, and 10. Diversity This event is part of NH Eat Local Month, a month-long campaign in August that celebrates local food and farming in the Granite State. Find out more about the statewide events at https://nheatlocal.org/