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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.
Food Dehydrator

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.
By transitionnewburyport Posted in Local Food
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Experimenting with Windowfarming – May 28th at 7 PM

The May meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden group will feature Windowfarming. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00 PM at the home of Anne Verret-Speck, 63 South Hampton Road (Route 107A), Amesbury.

A Windowfarm is a vertical, indoor garden that allows for year-round growing in almost any window. It lets plants use natural window light, the climate control of your living space, and organic “liquid soil.” In the hydroponic system, nutrient-spiked water is pumped up from a reservoir at the base of the system and trickles down from bottle to bottle, bathing the roots along the way. Water and nutrients that are not absorbed collect in the reservoir and are pumped through again at the next interval. More information is available at windowfarms.org.

Anne is a self-described “total non-gardener” who began experimenting with a four-pot windowfarm this year. She will show us her system and share her experience with it. She is growing and harvesting a lot of kale and lettuce and also growing thyme and basil.

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.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Local Food
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Community Showing of “Bag It” – May 22nd at 7 PM

An informative, inspiring and often funny documentary about plastic pollution, ‘Bag It’ tells the story of the real effects of plastics on the natural environment and human health. This public showing is a part of an ongoing to effort to work toward reducing single-use plastic bags in Newburyport. Co-sponsored by Citizens for Sustainable Bagging, Newburyport High School Environmental Club, The Gulf of Maine Institute and Transition Newburyport. The screening will be at Newburyport High School.

Look for the Citizens for Sustainable Bagging–Newburyport, MA Facebook page or call Janine Brunell Looker at (978) 499-8570 for more information.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Zero Waste
Kitchen Local

A Visit to Kitchen Local – Amesbury’s New Shared Use Kitchen – Tues, April 23rd at 7:00 PM

Kitchen LocalThe Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group is headed to Amesbury this month to visit Kitchen Local, the North Shore’s recently-opened, first certified shared-use kitchen. We’ll be touring the community kitchen, and learning about why it was developed and how to use the space, and then convening to discuss how businesses of this nature support local food resources. To quote from their website, “Chefs, small-scale food producers, farmers, and nutrition instructors can use the kitchen for food production, catering, baking, cooking classes, menu planning, training, recipe testing, photography, and product development. At Kitchen Local, a community of foodpreneurs comes together in a collaborative environment to share their passion for food with the world! “

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.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Local Food
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Voices: The Power of Community Resilience Circles – Sunday, May 19th at 4 PM

What does it take to move from knowledge, concern and inertia about the critical issues of our time to creativity, engagement, action and a sense of empowerment? For a number of people in the Newburyport area, the answer is the learning, discussion and support that comes from joining with others to form a Community Resilience Circle. These circles are designed to study, discuss and vet ideas for change in an environment that encourages and supports social action.

To date two resilience circles have formed in the Greater Newburyport area and another will be starting this fall. Join us at the Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street, as Transition Newburyport leader Conrad Willeman and other local citizens discuss the empowerment and connectedness they found in taking part in a Community Resilience Circle.

The program will be followed by a Local Flavor Community Potluck at 5pm. 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 a many locally-sourced ingredients as possible, and a “mess kit” (non-disposable plate, cup, utensils and napkin). All ages are welcome.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Heart
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Can Organic Farming Save the World? – Sunday, March 17th at 4 PM

albino family planting radishesErin Stack MFA, MA, an environmental artist, educator,and organic farmer, is the founder of the Green Artists League, developer of the New Eden Collaborative Community Gardens of First Parish Church Newbury, and owner and manager of New Harmony Farm LLC, a Certified Organic Farm and CSA in West Newbury, MA. New Harmony brings together art, science, and Spirit in a mission to help sustain our community with nutritious food while promoting a more intimate understanding of our interdependence with Nature.

Erin will discuss New Harmony’s model of regenerative agriculture with its focus on organic, biological and permaculture farming practices, community building, and eco-education and research. She will focus on New Harmony’s multi-year research project with Remineralize the Earth and the Marine Biology Labs on the effects of using basalt rock dust and Biochar as soil fertility inputs and how these materials may serve as “carbon sinks” to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Then stay for the Local Flavor Community Potluck a monthly, zero-waste gathering focused on celebrating local food, engaging discussions and building new friendships in the community. Bring a potluck dish, using a many locally-sourced ingredients as possible, and a “mess kit” (non-disposable plate, cup, utensils and napkin).

The event will be held on Sunday, January 20th at 4 PM with the potluck beginning at 5 PM. The event is co-sponsored by Transition Newburyport and Community Resilience Circles and hosted by the Central Congregational Church at 14 Titcomb Street in Newburyport. For additional inform

The event is free and open to the public and all ages are welcome.