Edible Garden Group – Monday, August 13th at 7 PM

The August meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group will be on Monday, August 13th at 7:00 PM at the Bostic home in South Hampton, NH.  

We will learn about hydroponics in a Tower Garden. Hydroponics allows gardeners without soil to grow fruits, vegetable and herbs anywhere there is suitable light. A Tower Garden® simplifies traditional gardening, using a unique vertical, hydroponic and aeroponic garden system that makes it easy to grow your own fresh fruits and vegetables at home, on your deck, and patio..  This garden system uses less than 10% of the water, as well as land normally required for 20-28 plants.  Tower Garden Organic mineral water was developed by Tim Blank of Future Growing.  With this closed system  all vegetables, berries, fruits, and herbs that are not root plants can be grown.  You can begin gardening with plants from your local garden center (thoroughly washing off the soil) or start your own from seedlings.

The address is 2 Main Avenue, South Hampton, NH  03827 which is at the corner of Clement Lane and Main Avenue (Rte 107A).  Please RSVP to Deb Carey boiester@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

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. To learn more visit the website at http://hyperlocavore.ning.com/group/egg and feel free to join the discussion on-line.

For more information contact Deb Carey boiester@gmail.com, 617-922-1831 or Marsha Bogart branett@comcast.net, phone 603-401-8134.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Local Food

Edible Garden Group – Monday, May 14th at 6:30 PM

The May meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group will be on Monday, May 14th, 6:30 PM at the Topsfield Town Library.

We are going to take advantage of an appearance by John Root, noted naturalist and educator, who will be presenting his program Edible Wild Plants of the Northeast, a comprehensive introduction to the identification and uses of wild plants for food and beverage. The 90-minute power point presentation features distinguishing characteristics, seasons of availability, habitats, methods of preparation, and nutritional value of our region’s most common and appealing wild plants.

Questions and comments are welcome throughout the presentation. Food samples are offered to participants, and illustrated pamphlets with plant descriptions, guidelines for responsible and safe foraging, and a bibliography for further study are distributed as well.

Why is this of interest to gardeners? Because some of those so called “weeds” we have been rooting out of our garden are actually edible .. chickweed, dandelion, lamb’s quarters, purslane.

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. To learn more visit the website at http://hyperlocavore.ning.com/group/egg and feel free to join the discussion on-line.

For more information contact Deb Carey boiester@gmail.com, 617-922-1831 or Marsha Bogart branett@comcast.net, phone 603-401-8134.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Local Food

Local Flavor Potluck Picnic – February 12th at 5:30 PM


The Local Flavor Potluck Picnic is a monthly community gathering featuring good locally-sourced food and lively discussion. All are welcome to bring a dish to share and a “mess-kit” (dish, utensils and napkins) since we aim for a no-waste event.

The potluck is held in the lower level of the First Parish Church of Newbury at 20 High Road and will follow the program “Queen of the Sun” which begins at 4:30 PM.

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Edible Garden Group – Monday, March 12th at 7 PM


The next meeting of the Edible Garden Group will be held on Monday, March 12th at the Newburyport Public Library. Let’s talk about what tools we can share, and what we need for tools for our garden season.  Does someone have need of a rototiller, garden planning, a truck to haul salt marsh hay? Does someone have a wheelbarrow, a hoe, or experience with double dug gardens they would share?

Bring you needs and ideas about available resources to the meeting and we’ll make a list of what we have and what we need. Tool sharing involves the following steps:

Hold a meeting to find out people’s needs and available resources., MARCH 12
Determine the scope of the program; it’s often best to start with simpler hand tools.
Determine storage—will tools be stored in homes or in a common space?
Determine how costs will be covered for tool purchases and ongoing maintenance.
Develop a clear set of lending, repair and tool-return rules.
Develop a list of “experts” who can share skills.
Organize a system to track checkout and return of tools.
Assign responsibility for maintenance and repair.

We’ll brainstorm solutions and see what is next!  See you then.

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. To learn more visit our website at http://hyperlocavore.ning.com/group/egg and feel free to join the discussion on-line.

For more information contact Deb Carey boiester@gmail.com, 617-922-1831 or Marsha Bogart  branett@comcast.net, phone 603-401-8134.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Local Food