Merchants of Doubt – Feb 26 at 3PM


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 – Feb 27 at 6:30 PM


Merrimack Valley Food Co-op Info Evening
Monday, Feb 27 at 6:30 PM
Newburyport Public Library
94 State Street

cropped-mvfc_new2015Join 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 – Jan 23 at 6:30 PM

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.

zero-waste-logoAfter 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

Farmers to You: A New Farm-to-Customer Model – Oct 28 @ 7PM


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.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Local Food

The Hows and Whys of Green Roofs – Aug 18 at 7:00 PM

The Hows and Whys of Green Roofs
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
7 to 8:30 PM
Institution for Savings Lending Office
81 State Street
Newburyport, MA

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

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.

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

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Local Food

“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.