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.

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.

Lexicon of Sustainability Pop Up Art Installation – Sunday, November 18th – 9 AM to 1 PM

Fresh from installations at the Lawrence Farmers Market on October 17th and the Exeter Farmers Market on October 25th, the Lexicon of Sustainability Pop Up Art Show is coming to the Newburyport Farmers Market on Sunday, November 18th.

Words are the building blocks for new ideas. They have the power to activate change and transform societies. By illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture, and with it the conversation about America’s rapidly evolving food culture, the Lexicon of Sustainability educates, engages and activates people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America.
In all, nearly two hundred leaders in food and farming from across the country have contributed their valued experiences to this rapidly growing Lexicon of Sustainability. These insights have been translated into large format “information art” photo collages, a series of short films, and pop up shows across the USA.

Don’t miss this engaging and beautiful photographic exhibit highlighting the language of sustainable food.

My Year as a Novice Beekeeper – Monday, November 19th at 7 PM

On Monday, November 19th at 7 PM, Deb Carey will share her experience as a beginning beekeeper tending the hives at the New Eden Community Garden in Newbury. Whether you are just curious about beekeeping or have years of experience and would like to share your knowledge, we would love to have you. Rumor has it that there may be samples of different flavored honeys available for tasting. This meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group will held in the Program Room of the Newburyport Public Library at 94 State Street.

Earth Port Film Festival – Saturday, May 12th at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Earth Port Film Festival

May 12, 2012
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Screenings at 2 PM and 7 PM
Reception at 5:30 PM

After much anticipation, the Earth Port Film Festival is coming to the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 12th, and it offers something for everyone. The festival features environmentally focused short films, by independent filmmakers from across the US, Canada, and the UK, that surprise, entertain and educate. And don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of models sporting fashions made from recycled and reclaimed materials at the event.

Journey from a family’s mission to save the California condor, to the depths of the Stellwagen Bank, from a community-owned solar power company in Germany to a Massachusetts garage built of recycled tires, from a delightfully quirky animation about waste to the amazing cinematography on a trip following the Colorado River from source to sea, and marvel at how the revitalization of ancient skills is restoring a community’s water system in Azerbaijan and saving native bees in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Film screenings will be at 2 PM and 7 PM with a reception at 5:30 PM. The complete festival schedule including the list and description of films to be shown at each screening is available on the festival website at www.EarthPortFilm.org. Tickets are now available at the Firehouse Center for the Arts by calling the box office at 978-462-7336 or online at www.firehouse.org.

The Earth Port Film Festival is organized by PortMedia and Transition Newburyport and is sponsored by the Beach and Nature Company.

Connect the Dots at Rosie’s Garden – May 5, 2012


MARKET GARDEN AT RISK
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 AM
Newbury, MA 01951

Joan and John Harwood, opened their home and gardens in Newbury MA to mark the Connect-the-Dots Climate Impact Day, sponsored by Bill McKibbens’ 350.org.  Following are the thoughts that Joan and John shared with us that day.

(Joan) It’s great to have you join us for this climate impact day called Connect the Dots, sponsored by Bill McKibben’s 350.org.

(John) We had never heard of author Bill McKibben and his climate crisis global organization until Jan. 22, when we found him on the cover of the Sunday Globe magazine with the headline: “Can This Man Save the Planet? On that day, our growing concern about weird weather was focused.

(Joan) We hope that this day of connecting the dots, which people are doing all over Massachusetts, all over the United States, all over the Americas and all over this planet will focus your concern about the growing amount of carbon in our atmosphere.

(John) That’s where 350.org gets its name, because three hundred and fifty parts per million is the maximum amount of carbon that climate scientists tell us that we can allow and still continue living on something like the Eaarth we human beings have known. For some 10,000 years, weather has always been unpredictable, but the climate has been stable.

(Joan) Today, that number is already 392 ppm and climbing. The upside is that the worldwide consciousness is growing just as rapidly about the link between climate change and human misbehavior. Your being here today is part of that movement!

(John) So why is our climate impact day called Garden at Risk? We have been growing as much of our own food as we can here for more than a decade, including vegetables, fruit and berries as well as flowers for our enjoyment of nature’s beauty.
Recently, we have expanded the beds so we can grow enough to share the harvest with others. Last year, we added a garden in Merrimac. However, climate change is making it more and more difficult.

(Joan) I wrote this when we scheduled this event: The weather is so uncertain. I covered my blackberry bushes because of the severe winter of 2010-11, and we had a mild winter in 2011-12. My bees didn’t survive the winter even though it was relatively warm and snow free. Now (March 22) my nut trees are blossoming weeks early and at risk if we get a frost.

(John) So that’s our story. In a few minutes, we will take a picture of all of us with our banner with its big green dot – a banner that Joan made first for the 99% Spring training on April 14 – and reused for today – what could be more appropriate!

(Joan) You will see there are five different 350.org brochures on the table, covering severe storms, wildfires, drought and heatwaves, snow and cold, and sea-level rise; help yourself to one. And do take a 350 sticker to place where your friends and neighbors can see it; they are great starters for a conversation about climate change. Please leave us your contact information and check the box if you want to join a 350 Newburyport area group we’re forming. More information about climate change is available at http://www.350.org; the web address is on the brochures and stickers.

(John) And enjoy the refreshments in the shape of dots cooked just for today by Rosie’s Garden Bakery!

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Earth Port Film Festival – Saturday, May 12th at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Earth Port Film Festival

May 12, 2012
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Screenings at 2 PM and 7 PM
Reception at 5:30 PM

After much anticipation, the Earth Port Film Festival is coming to the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 12th, and it offers something for everyone. The festival features environmentally focused short films, by independent filmmakers from across the US, Canada, and the UK, that surprise, entertain and educate. And don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of models sporting fashions made from recycled and reclaimed materials at the event.

Journey from a family’s mission to save the California condor, to the depths of the Stellwagen Bank, from a community-owned solar power company in Germany to a Massachusetts garage built of recycled tires, from a delightfully quirky animation about waste to the amazing cinematography on a trip following the Colorado River from source to sea, and marvel at how the revitalization of ancient skills is restoring a community’s water system in Azerbaijan and saving native bees in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Film screenings will be at 2 PM and 7 PM with a reception at 5:30 PM. The complete festival schedule including the list and description of films to be shown at each screening is available on the festival website at www.EarthPortFilm.org. Tickets are now available at the Firehouse Center for the Arts by calling the box office at 978-462-7336 or online at www.firehouse.org.

The Earth Port Film Festival is organized by PortMedia and Transition Newburyport and is sponsored by the Beach and Nature Company.

Why Wealth Inequality Matters: The Story Behind “We are the 99 Percent” May 10th at 7:00 PM

Why Wealth Inequality Matters: The Story Behind “We are the 99 Percent”

Thursday, May 10th, 7:00 PM
Central Congregational Church, 14th Titcomb Street, Newburyport

Join us for a presentation and discussion with Chuck Collins, about his newly released book 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do about It

“We are the 99 Percent” became the rallying cry for the Occupy Movement that started in September of 2011 and gave voice to a growing unrest about inequality in America and the world. It was an expression of the growing realization that over the course of the last several decades the wealthiest 1 percent of the US population have grown wealthier, while the rest of the country has been left behind.

“In 99 to 1 Chuck Collins pulls together detailed information about the 1 percent and the 99 percent in all realms of society, the causes and consequences of this deep inequality, and what can be done about it. This book provides answers to the growing population of everyday Americans who are paying closer attention to this movement.

Who are the 99 percent? Who are the 1 percent? How extensive and systemic is inequality in different areas of society? What are its causes and consequences? How is inequality changing in our world?”  —Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Chuck Collins is one of the foremost writers, speakers, researchers, and activists on the rise of inequality in our society and its harmful effects. He is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good and co-edits www.inequality.org, the premier research and commentary web portal on inequality issues. He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and other partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation, as well as co-founder of United for a Fair Economy (UFE). He lives in Boston, MA.

This program is sponsored by the Amesbury Friends Peace Center, Central Congregational Church, Community Resilience Circles, First Parish Church of Newbury, First Religious Society of Newburyport, Pennies for Poverty: 2 Cents for Change, Transition Newburyport and YWCA Greater Newburyport.

Earth Hour – Saturday, March 31st from 8:30 to 9:30 PM

Earth Hour 2012 – Dare the World to Save the Planet. Switch off your lights on Saturday 31 March at 8:30pm to be part of the world’s largest voluntary action for the environment

Earth Hour is a universal message of hope and action to protect the one thing that unites us all – the planet. Together our actions add up.

Community Resilience Circles Introductory Session – Thursday, March 8 in Amesbury

Transition Newburyport and the Amesbury Friends Peace Center announce a new Introductory Session to Community Resilience Circles on Thursday, March 8th at 7 PM at the Amesbury Friends Peace Center, 120 Friend Street, Amesbury, MA.  This is your opportunity to join a growing group of people in the area who have gathered to learn and explore how to address the economic and ecological challenges facing us, strengthen our community resilience, and rediscover the abundance of a more humane and equitable society.
The 90-minute introductory session brings together people interested in the small-group learning process, and provides a flavor of the benefits of being together. At the end of the session everyone will have an opportunity to form one or more new Community Resilience Circles, committing to the full seven-session curriculum. The composition of each circle and the scheduling of the seven sessions will be determined by consensus.