Meet the New Eden Beekeeper – July 7 at 6:30 PM

DSC_0064Cassandra 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.

Creating a Regenerative Neighborhood in Newburyport — The Design Process – June 9 at 7 PM

Tuesday, June 9th at 7 PM
Newburyport Public Library Program Room
94 State Street

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 8.19.27 AMHow 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 or call 978-462-1308.

“Transition Streets” Coming to Newburyport in 2015

Transition Streets is a tried-and-tested, behavior-change project that brings neighbors together to implement simple no-cost and low-cost actions. These actions cut household energy use, reduce water and waste, change how we eat and transport ourselves, and strengthen the community at the same time.
With content experts, Transition US has adapted this award-winning program, from Transition Town Totnes in England, for use in neighborhoods throughout the U.S.
Participants in Transition Streets:
  • SAVE MONEY – Households cut their bills by an average of $900/year.
  • REDUCE their household carbon emissions by an average of 1.3 tons!
  • BUILD COMMUNITY – Neighbors form a rich social bond that goes well beyond the project. And they experience how gratifying that is!
Not only is Transition Streets practical and builds social cohesion – it also sparks creativity.  People begin to look at gardens differently, imagine their rooftops as potential solar collectors, and come up with lovely new ways to further support and engage their neighbors.  What’s not to like?

“The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap” March 1, 2015

Transition Newburyport hosts a discussion group with a focus on books that examine the climate, energy and economic challenges facing us and how we might respond to them. The book for our March 1st meeting is NYT Bestseller —The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi.

 “Readers with high blood pressure should make sure they’ve taken their medication before reading this devastating account of inequality in our justice, immigration, and social service systems. Taibbi’s chapters are high-definition photographs contrasting the ways we pursue small-time corruption and essentially reward high-level versions of the same thing.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Please join us on Sunday, March 1, 4 PM at the Belleville Church, 300 High Street, Newburyport, to discuss this important book. There are multiple copies available in the Merrimack Valley Library system.

“This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”: Jan 4, 2015

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 12.48.20 PMReading, plan to read, or have read the NYT Bestseller This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein? The Reading for Resilience discussion group will meet on Sunday, January 4th, 4 PM at the Belleville Church, 300 High Street, Newburyport, to explore the ideas in this controversial new book.
The group is hosted by Transition Newburyport and focuses on books that examine the climate, energy and economic challenges facing us and how we might respond to them. All are welcome. For further information email

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.

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.

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.

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 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 or 978-388-5629.

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.