The Art of Food Dehydration – June 18th at 7 PM

Join us for the June meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group focusing on Food Dehydration. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00 PM in the Program Room of the Newburyport Public Library.
Marsha Bogart from South Hampton, NH, has been dehydrating meats, vegetables and fruits for several years now. She started learning to dehydrate to avoid wasting good, fresh, in-season food and found that dehydrated food is easy-to-do, delicious and is a great way to store food without having to freeze it.  Marsha will share the resources that helped her learn, demonstrate how a food dehydrator works and will bring along some examples of her dehydrated food
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

Experimenting with Windowfarming – May 28th at 7 PM

The May meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden group will feature Windowfarming. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00 PM at the home of Anne Verret-Speck, 63 South Hampton Road (Route 107A), Amesbury.

A Windowfarm is a vertical, indoor garden that allows for year-round growing in almost any window. It lets plants use natural window light, the climate control of your living space, and organic “liquid soil.” In the hydroponic system, nutrient-spiked water is pumped up from a reservoir at the base of the system and trickles down from bottle to bottle, bathing the roots along the way. Water and nutrients that are not absorbed collect in the reservoir and are pumped through again at the next interval. More information is available at windowfarms.org.

Anne is a self-described “total non-gardener” who began experimenting with a four-pot windowfarm this year. She will show us her system and share her experience with it. She is growing and harvesting a lot of kale and lettuce and also growing thyme and basil.

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

Community Showing of “Bag It” – May 22nd at 7 PM

An informative, inspiring and often funny documentary about plastic pollution, ‘Bag It’ tells the story of the real effects of plastics on the natural environment and human health. This public showing is a part of an ongoing to effort to work toward reducing single-use plastic bags in Newburyport. Co-sponsored by Citizens for Sustainable Bagging, Newburyport High School Environmental Club, The Gulf of Maine Institute and Transition Newburyport. The screening will be at Newburyport High School.

Look for the Citizens for Sustainable Bagging–Newburyport, MA Facebook page or call Janine Brunell Looker at (978) 499-8570 for more information.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Zero Waste

A Visit to Kitchen Local – Amesbury’s New Shared Use Kitchen – Tues, April 23rd at 7:00 PM

Kitchen LocalThe Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group is headed to Amesbury this month to visit Kitchen Local, the North Shore’s recently-opened, first certified shared-use kitchen. We’ll be touring the community kitchen, and learning about why it was developed and how to use the space, and then convening to discuss how businesses of this nature support local food resources. To quote from their website, “Chefs, small-scale food producers, farmers, and nutrition instructors can use the kitchen for food production, catering, baking, cooking classes, menu planning, training, recipe testing, photography, and product development. At Kitchen Local, a community of foodpreneurs comes together in a collaborative environment to share their passion for food with the world! ”

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

Voices: The Power of Community Resilience Circles – Sunday, May 19th at 4 PM

What does it take to move from knowledge, concern and inertia about the critical issues of our time to creativity, engagement, action and a sense of empowerment? For a number of people in the Newburyport area, the answer is the learning, discussion and support that comes from joining with others to form a Community Resilience Circle. These circles are designed to study, discuss and vet ideas for change in an environment that encourages and supports social action.

To date two resilience circles have formed in the Greater Newburyport area and another will be starting this fall. Join us at the Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street, as Transition Newburyport leader Conrad Willeman and other local citizens discuss the empowerment and connectedness they found in taking part in a Community Resilience Circle.

The program will be followed by a Local Flavor Community Potluck at 5pm. 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 a many locally-sourced ingredients as possible, and a “mess kit” (non-disposable plate, cup, utensils and napkin). All ages are welcome.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Heart

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.

The Bionutrient Approach to Growing Delicious, Nutritious Food – Tuesday, January 22nd at 7 PM

Dan KittredgeOn Tuesday, January 22nd at 7 PM in the Program Room of the Newburyport Public Library, the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group (EGG) will welcome Dan Kittredge to speak about the bionutrient approach to growing delicious, nutritious food. Dan has been an organic farmer since childhood and is the founder of the Real Food Campaign and the Bionutrient Food Association. He is passionate about raising the quality of nutrition in our food supply. Dan will cover key elements of the bionutrient approach including soil biology, minerology and energy dynamics that can be applied to food growing at any scale, from the backyard to a farm.

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

What Does Food Sustainability Mean? – Sunday, January 20th at 4 PM

Come see the images of the Lexicon of Sustainability – 24 magnificent photos – each worth more than a thousand words. They illustrate terms we should understand to ensure we have healthy, tasty, local food in our homes, at our farms and in our communities. Terms like: Grass Fed, Pasture-Raised v. Cage-Free, Sustainability, Biodiversity v. Monoculture, The Soil-Food Web, and more.

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 information visit http://www.transitionnewburport.org or call 978-462-1308.

The event is free and open to the public and all ages are welcome.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Local Food

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.

Local Flavor Community Potluck – Sunday, November 18th at 6:00 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 a many locally-sourced ingredients as possible, and a “mess kit” (non-disposable plate, cup, utensils and napkin). All ages are welcome.

The potluck will held at Central Congregation Church, 14 Titcomb Street.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Local Food