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A Spiritual Journey to Findhorn and Iceland
Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 PM
Newburyport Public Library
In 2016 Erin Stack of New Harmony Farm visited Findhorn Foundation in Scotland to experience one of the pioneer organizations of earth-center spirituality and sustainable living. Fifty-three years after its humble beginnings, the Findhorn Foundation is a thriving spiritual community, ecovillage (the largest in Europe) and an international centre for holistic learning, helping to unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future. From Findhorn they travelled to Iceland.
Join Erin as she shares experiences during this journey and the profound influence they had and continue to have on her.
This program is sponsored by Transition Newburyport and the North Shore Permaculture Collaborative.
Before the Flood
Wednesday, March 22 at 7 PM
Central Congregational Church
14 Titcomb Street
NOTE: Date Change from Thursday, March 23
Central Congregational Church, FRSUU Climate Action Project and Transition Newburyport invite you to a free screening of the award-winning film Before the Flood at Central Congregational on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7 PM.
Before The Flood depicts how Earth is changing due to rising temperatures and how individuals and society-at-large can help preserve our precious environment. Leonardo DiCaprio travels around the world to interview a number of world leaders and experts about climate change, including President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry, U.N. Secretary-General Ki-Moon, Pope Francis, Elon Musk as well as top NASA researchers, forest conservationists, scientists, community leaders and other environmental activists.
Merchants of Doubt
Sunday, February 26 at 3:00 PM
Firehouse Center for the Arts
1 Market Square, Newburyport
FRSUU Climate Action Project and Transition Newburyport are sponsoring a screening of Merchants of Doubt, an award-winning documentary, from the director of Food, Inc.,that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and climate change. The film will be shown at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Sunday, February 26 at 3 PM.
This screening was re-scheduled from February 12 due to a winter storm.
For full details and to purchase tickets visit the Firehouse Center for the Arts website.
Merrimack Valley Food Co-op Info Evening
Monday, Feb 27 at 6:30 PM
Newburyport Public Library
94 State Street
Join members of the Merrimack Valley Food Co-op to learn about their startup plans for a cooperative grocery store to be located in Haverhill, MA.
A food co-op is a grocery store owned by its members that sells all your basic groceries. They buy from local farmers and farms that use organic and sustainable practices. You will learn how the co-op model provides needed sustainability and local resilience in a challenging economic time.
This presentation is co-sponsored by Transition Newburyport and the North Shore Permaculture Collaborative.
A Zero-Waste Life
Yes, You Can Live Waste-Free in Newburyport (and other places, too!)
Join Christin Walth, from Newburyport’s Recycling Committee- Towards Zero Waste Newburyport , on Monday, January 23rd at 6:30 PM in the Program Room of the Newburyport Public Library, where she will share her practices and strategies for living a zero-waste life.
After years of living in Sweden, Christin returned to the US and had repatriation shock regarding American consumption and the amount of waste generated in US households. She conducted several New Year’s Resolutions experiments including not purchasing anything but food for a year, not purchasing any packaged food for a year, drinking nothing but tap water for a year, and went totally Zero Waste in January 2011. She has been working on perfecting the lifestyle ever since.
In 2012, the City of Newburyport’s Recycling and Energy Office applied for and received a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) grant to coordinate a zero waste pilot program. The program goal was to enhance and expand the city’s established bi-weekly single-stream curbside recycling program to a comprehensive program for responsibly disposing of almost any household item, as well as a follow-on pilot curbside organics composting program.
A major take away from the pilot was that too often the focus is on the Recycling component of zero waste, but that should be choice only after other options are exhausted. She’ll discuss recycling options but will also cover the more important Rs — Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Rehome, Repair, Repurpose, and Rot. Audience questions (and challenges!) are very welcome to help attendees ponder steps they might be willing to take to decrease their waste footprint.
Christin continues to constantly research, develop, and refine her zero-waste practice not only to diminish waste but to make it more convenient to responsibly dispose of discards.
This program is sponsored by Transition Newburyport and the North Shore Permaculture Collaborative. For more information email TransitionNewburyport@gmail.com.
You’ve heard about the importance of investing in local food by supporting local farm stands, CSA’s and farmers markets and we are lucky of have many of these in our area.
On October 28th at 7 PM, you’ll learn about a new model of farmer-to-customer distribution that allows you to support our regional food system. Greg Georgakalis, who runs Farmers to You. based in Montpelier Vermont, will be in Newburyport to talk about this distribution model that connects farmers in the region with customers via the web. Customers commit to placing an order of at least $40 each week for items listed by the “partner-farmers” including fruits, beans, vegetables, buttermilk, eggs, meat, jams, bread, syrups, and more. Orders are then delivered weekly to 16 Boston-area dropoff spots, including Newburyport.
Check out this February 2015 article about the program in the Boston Globe:
The program will be held at the Institution for Savings, Lending Office at 81 State Street. Enter on Prospect St.
The Hows and Whys of Green Roofs
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
7 to 8:30 PM
Institution for Savings Lending Office
81 State Street
A roof is just a roof, right? A black wasteland of asphalt shingles. Recently, as climate change advances and storms intensify, green roofs, or roofs laden with soil and plants, have seen a rise in popularity in North America. Green roofs transform rooftops into viable, evolving ecosystems.
For the Edible Garden Group August program, Lauren Healey, will discuss green roof basics and their many benefits, the state of the industry, and how they are changing the dynamics of specific cities. Additionally, participants will learn how to build a small scale green roof on a shed or balcony as well as the possibility of one on their home or business.
Lauren has completed three years of research on green roofs — from their ability to regulate storm-water run-off to achieving cost reduction.
The Edible Garden group was formed by community members who are interested in getting together to learn and share information about sustainable food growing. 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 email@example.com.
Cassandra Campbell, beekeeper at New Eden Community Garden, will talk about her experience tending the bees at the gardens. She will cover her training, where to get bees, equipment she uses, what types of plants are in the community garden and environs that support the bees and what she did to successfully overwinter the hive this year.
Meet at the garden, behind the First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road at 6:30 PM and bring a lawn chair. The meeting will be cancelled in the event of rain. Cancellation will be announced on the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group Facebook Group.
Tuesday, June 9th at 7 PM
Newburyport Public Library Program Room
94 State Street
How do you approach the design of a vibrant, regenerative community on the site of a former salvage yard near the heart of densely-populated downtown Newburyport, a community offering affordable housing, greywater systems, “net zero” living, edible landscaping, a common house with a shared community kitchen and electric vehicles for in-town transportation, common gardening spaces and greenhouse, on-site energy generation and more?
Join us on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 PM in the Program Room of the Newburyport Public Library to hear Kailey Burke, Resident Farm Manager of the Hillside Center for Sustainable Living, and David Hall, partner at Hall and Moskow, and learn more about the developing plan and the design process. Kailey is a graduate of UMass Amherst’s Sustainable Food and Farming program and is a certified Permaculture Designer (PDC). Kailey will oversee that mulit-year installation of the site’s permaculture ecosystem.
This program is co-sponsored by Transition Newburyport and the North Shore Permaculture Group. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-462-1308.