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 transitionnewburyport@gmail.com or call 978-462-1308.

Chocolate, The Perfect Indulgence – Apr 28 7 PM

 

Chocolate, The Perfect Indulgence
Tuesday, April 28 at 7 PM
Newburyport Public Library
94 State Street, Newburyport

6437026465_7f5c8a8f78_oThe guest speaker for the April meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group is Northern Essex Community College Chemistry Instructor, Mike Cross.

Learn which chemicals elicit biochemical reactions in the human brain, making chocolate the perfect drug. Mike will be sharing why chocolate is good for us, how much is healthy, what kind of chocolate we should eat and how to taste it for quality. We hear that he may have some magic tricks up his sleeve too!

Before coming to NECC, Mike was an instructor of chemistry and department chair at the College of Eastern Utah. He believes that education should be fun and exciting. Mike holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Utah where he specialized in oxidative lesions in DNA and RNA.

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.

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“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.

Green Crab Risotto Anyone? Feb 24

Our guest speaker for the February meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group is local food writer and blogger Heather Atwood, who will share her knowledge an about abundant and inexpensive local food, Green Crabs. Green Crabs are an invasive species that increasingly threaten shellfish beds from Cape Ann to Canada. Scientists have been studying the phenomenon and searching for way to control them. It turns out that Italians have been making delicious seafood dishes with a relative of this crab for years. Heather says, “We need to get these crabs into our stock pots,” and she will tell us how!

Join us on Tuesday, February 24th, 7 PM at the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, 43 Main Street, Amesbury (enter on the ATM/parking lot level).

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.

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“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 transitionnewburyport@gmail.com.

Sea Salt Harvesting – March 18 at 7 PM

Alison Darnell and Heather Ahearn of Atlantic Saltworks will be the speakers for the March meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group. The program begins at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 18th in the Newburyport Public Library Program Room.

Alison and Heather are the founders of Atlantic Saltworks, a local independent business reviving North Atlantic salt-making traditions. They will share with us some of the history of saltworks in our area and describe how they make flake finishing salt.  Atlantic Saltworks is based in Salem, with operations in Amesbury and Essex/Gloucester.

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.

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Dreaming of Backyard Chickens? – April 8 at 7 PM

JoAnn Whitley of Salisbury will be the April presenter for the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group. This is a reschedule of the February program which was cancelled due to snow.

JoAnn and her husband Ray got their first three chicks last May after getting a special permit from the Town of Salisbury. They now have a flock of 9 and raise them for both meat and eggs. She will be speaking on what they have learned about raising backyard chickens. JoAnn will share stories and lessons learned about coop building, equipment and supplies needed, keeping chickens safe, chicken doctors and more. JoAnn has created a Facebook Page called The Chicken Keeper and is interested in connecting with others in the area who have, or are thinking about, raising chickens.

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

Envisioning The Newburyport Greenway – Feb 16th at 4 PM

Have you heard about the vision for The Newburyport Greenway? The Greenway is a proposal for a 4-mile, shared-use route that allows cyclists, walkers, joggers, pets and strollers to travel and recreate in safety alongside slow-moving traffic. The path would run from Moseley Pines to Perkins Playground along a “Middleway” — the neighborhood streets between Water/Merrimac and High Streets. Come learn more about the pathway, see conceptual drawings and maps, and share your ideas with Alex Dardinski, the Newburyport resident who is spearheading the effort.
The event, sponsored by Transition Newburyport and Community Resilience Circles, begins at 4 PM on Sunday, February 16th, Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street in Newburyport. Call 978-462-1308 for further information.