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Sea Salt Harvesting – March 18 at 7 PM

Alison Darnell and Heather Ahearn of Atlantic Saltworks will be the speakers for the March meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group. The program begins at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 18th in the Newburyport Public Library Program Room.

Alison and Heather are the founders of Atlantic Saltworks, a local independent business reviving North Atlantic salt-making traditions. They will share with us some of the history of saltworks in our area and describe how they make flake finishing salt.  Atlantic Saltworks is based in Salem, with operations in Amesbury and Essex/Gloucester.

The Edible Garden Group was formed by community members who are interested in getting together to learn and share information about sustainable food growing – veggies, fruits, nuts. The meetings are focused on building community resilience through increasing the availability of safe, nutritious, sustainably-grown local food. For more information contact Deb Carey at boiester@gmail.com or 978-388-5629.

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Dreaming of Backyard Chickens? – April 8 at 7 PM

JoAnn Whitley of Salisbury will be the April presenter for the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group. This is a reschedule of the February program which was cancelled due to snow.

JoAnn and her husband Ray got their first three chicks last May after getting a special permit from the Town of Salisbury. They now have a flock of 9 and raise them for both meat and eggs. She will be speaking on what they have learned about raising backyard chickens. JoAnn will share stories and lessons learned about coop building, equipment and supplies needed, keeping chickens safe, chicken doctors and more. JoAnn has created a Facebook Page called The Chicken Keeper and is interested in connecting with others in the area who have, or are thinking about, raising chickens.

The Edible Garden Group was formed by community members who are interested in getting together to learn and share information about sustainable food growing – veggies, fruits, nuts. The meetings are focused on building community resilience through increasing the availability of safe, nutritious, sustainably-grown local food. For more information contact Deb Carey at boiester@gmail.com or 978-388-5629.

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Envisioning The Newburyport Greenway – Feb 16th at 4 PM

Have you heard about the vision for The Newburyport Greenway? The Greenway is a proposal for a 4-mile, shared-use route that allows cyclists, walkers, joggers, pets and strollers to travel and recreate in safety alongside slow-moving traffic. The path would run from Moseley Pines to Perkins Playground along a “Middleway” — the neighborhood streets between Water/Merrimac and High Streets. Come learn more about the pathway, see conceptual drawings and maps, and share your ideas with Alex Dardinski, the Newburyport resident who is spearheading the effort.
The event, sponsored by Transition Newburyport and Community Resilience Circles, begins at 4 PM on Sunday, February 16th, Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street in Newburyport. Call 978-462-1308 for further information.
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Meet Earth Mama – Jan 19th at 4 PM

Meet Earth Mama: Our Local Food Buying Club

Learn about Earth Mama, the local buying club formed over a decade ago by a group of mothers who wanted to purchase high quality, healthy food and products for their families.

Earth Mama members buy in bulk from United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) via the web and orders are delivered to a central location in West Newbury once a month. Members participate in the sorting and distribution of items on delivery day. Items carried by UNFI include most things you would see at small health food stores, as well those carried by major grocers. This includes food, frozen goods, vitamins, cosmetics and many other items. Prices paid are between wholesale and retail.

The event, sponsored by Transition Newburyport and Community Resilience Circles, is at 4 PM on Sunday, January 19th, Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street in Newburyport. Call 978-462-1308 for further information.

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A Permaculture Approach to Sustainable Development in Puerto Rico – October 22 at 7 PM

A Permaculture Approach to Sustainable Development in Puerto RIco
Tuesday, October 22nd at  7 PM
Newburyport Public Library Program Room

Join the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group and Northshore Permaculture Meetup for an evening with JD Hutchison-Maxwell, a West Newbury native, and assistant farm manager at New Harmony Farm of West Newbury and Newbury.

JD will be sharing his experiences working with Plenitud Iniciativas Eco-educativas (Plenitud Eco-Educational Initiatives), a non-profit organization located in Las Marias, PR, that supports individuals and communities in sustainable development by providing training, demonstrations and services in organic farming, bio-construction, and other sustainable permaculture practices. He worked 20 months at the newly forming Plenitud as a designer, builder, landscaper, teacher, farmer and much more. He will return to continue work at Plenitud this winter.

JD is a graduate of Boston University with a major in Human Geography and is deeply concerned about the challenge of climate change and our society’s over-consumption. He has decided to focus his energy in the area of food and agriculture, because he feels food is the most direct link that people have to the environment; that it is a good place to do hands on work to stimulate people to think about their use of resources and the importance of a healthy relationship with the planet.

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Ready to Get Out of Your Transportation Rut? October 20th at 4 PM

A Mindful Approach to Personal Transportation Choices

The Greater Newburyport area has walkable, bikeable town centers and a rich menu of transportation options. We are served by taxis, a rental car agency, intra- and inter-state bus service and commuter rail. In this open discussion we will talk about our transportation options and explore how we might make our travel choices more mindfully — for cleaner air, better health and often less costly trips.

In addition to sharing all the transportation options we are aware of in our area, we will look at an awareness-raising technique used by Bart Anderson, a urban permaculturist, to examine his daily transportation patterns using a zoned approach.

The event, sponsored by Transition Newburyport and Community Resilience Circles, is at 4 PM on Sunday, October 20th, Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street in Newburyport.

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Map that Falling Fruit – September 24th at 7 PM

Early in 2013 two young men set out to develop an open-source urban harvesting map where people could find, add and edit information on wild edibles growing in their community. The website FallingFruit.org was born. According to their website: “Falling Fruit is a celebration of the overlooked culinary bounty of our city streets. By quantifying this resource on a map, we hope to facilitate intimate connections between people, food, and the natural organisms growing in our neighborhoods. Not just a free lunch! Foraging in the 21st century is an opportunity for urban exploration, to fight the scourge of stained sidewalks, and to reconnect with the botanical origins of food.”
 
The topic of the September meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden group will be urban edibles. We will share information about wild edibles in our area, discuss the ethics of urban foraging and consider if and how we might gather more information to add to this on-line database. The meeting will be held at the Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank, 63 State Street, Newburyport in the downstairs community room. Enter via the staircase to the left of the main entrance. 
 
The Edible Garden Group was formed by community members who are interested in getting together to learn and share information about sustainable food growing – veggies, fruits, nuts. The meetings are focused on building community resilience through increasing the availability of safe, nutritious, sustainably-grown local food. For more information contact Deb Carey atboiester@gmail.com or 978-388-5629.
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Be A Time Trader – September 15th at 4 PM

Join us at the Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street to learn about the new  time bank coming to the Newburyport area in early 2014. The Time Trade Circle of Greater Newburyport (TTCGN) seeks to become a vibrant, dynamic, diversified and inclusive network of members offering and receiving a wide range of services to meet our needs, to build and strengthen community friendships — and have fun doing it! The TTCGN  organizing team will be on hand to share information about the time bank, and answer questions.

A time bank is a system designed to use the currency of time to exchange services within the community. Members earn credit in Time Dollars for each hour they spend helping other members of the community, and spend Time Dollars to receive the services they need. The Time Dollar is the fundamental unit of exchange in a time bank, equal to one hour of a person’s labor. Every Time Dollar is equal regardless of the type of service provided. Time Dollars can be saved indefinitely, they do not earn interest nor do they lose value. Services offered in a time bank are as diverse as the skills and talents of the members. Examples from other time banks include home weatherization, pet care, language tutoring, computer assistance, baking, respite care, home maintenance, musical entertainment, photography, legal assistance, accounting services, chauffeur service and more.

The time-banking model originated in the USA in the early 1980s. Today, 26 countries have active time banks. There are over 300 in the U.S., including several in our local area:  the TIme Trade Circle in Cambridge, the Cape Ann TIme Bank, Time Exchange North Shore, Hour Exchange Portland, and others.

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Shifting Sands: Plum Island and Salisbury Point – June 23 at 4 PM

Come see this informative and impressive presentation by Jerry Klima about the effect of erosion and accretion of sand that radically changed the shape of PI and Salisbury Beach from 1800 to 1900, and the actions people took to control the changes.  Included are historical maps from the late 1700s to the early 1900s showing the changing shapes of Plum Island and the mouth of the Merrimack River, as well as period photos of building the jetties, the coal trade, and early shipping.  Jerry has been a summer visitor to Plum Island since the 80s, and has lived on Rings Island since 1998.
A Selectman in Salisbury since 2004, he has been active in building the rail trails that are part of the Coastal Trails Network. He has a very strong interest in local history and nature, and enjoys giving people access to both, via slideshows, videos, and the interpretive signs along Salisbury’s trails. The program will be at the Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street, Newburyport.
Join in afterwards for the Local Flavor Community Potluck at 5 PM. Local Flavor Community Potlucks are monthly, zero-waste gatherings focused on celebrating local food, engaging discussions and building new friendships in the community. Bring a potluck dish, using as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible, and a “mess kit” (non-disposable plate, cup, utensils and napkin). All ages are welcome.
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The Art of Food Dehydration – June 18th at 7 PM

Join us for the June meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group focusing on Food Dehydration. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00 PM in the Program Room of the Newburyport Public Library.
Marsha Bogart from South Hampton, NH, has been dehydrating meats, vegetables and fruits for several years now. She started learning to dehydrate to avoid wasting good, fresh, in-season food and found that dehydrated food is easy-to-do, delicious and is a great way to store food without having to freeze it.  Marsha will share the resources that helped her learn, demonstrate how a food dehydrator works and will bring along some examples of her dehydrated food
The Edible Garden Group was formed by community members who are interested in getting together to learn and share information about sustainable food growing – veggies, fruits, nuts. The meetings are focused on building community resilience through increasing the availability of safe, nutritious, sustainably-grown local food. For more information contact Deb Carey at boiester@gmail.com or 978-388-5629.
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