AS you may know, we have left off postings of our meetings on this site and instead use our Facebook page, Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group. Please visit there to learn what we have in store for 2014.
Permaculture: A Path to a Sustainable Future
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 7 PM
27 Cherry Street, Newburyport
The March meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden group featured Debbie Richards and Lillabeth Wies, who presented a description of Permaculture and its approach to a sustainable future. The meeting was held on Tuesday, March 25th at 7:00 PM at 27 Cherry Street in Newburyport. Topics included:
1. What is Progress?
2. What is a natural garden, and why does it work so well?
3. Why do our landscapes need so many outside inputs and take so much human labor? Because most of our landscapes do not feed into the natural cycles.
4. Let’s see how we can work within natural systems in our landscapes so that they support themselvesand us with less work from us, provide use beauty, serenity, and a harvest; and at the same time protect and purify the air, water and regenerate the soil.
5. Bringing our Soil back to life: Follow Nature's Lead
6. Bringing our Gardens to Life: Follow Nature's Lead
Debbie Richards is a local organic gardener with 35 years of developing an outstanding Family Food Farm.
Lillabeth Wies is the owner & operator of Landscapes by Lillabeth, LLC, an organic Permaculture landscaping company. She has an MS in Ornamental Horticulture and 34 years experience in landscaping and gardening.
Our last meeting was Tuesday, February 26, in the Newburyport Public Library Program Room starting at 7 PM.
Our January 22 meeting with Dan Kittredge on bionutrients was a hit at over 18 attendees. We'll put the notes on the page "Past Meeting Notes"
Monday, November 19, 2012 at 7 PM
On Monday, November 19th at 7 PM, Deb Carey shared her experience as a beginning beekeeper tending the hives at the New Eden Community Garden in Newbury. There were samples of different flavored honeys available for tasting. This meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group was held in the Program Room of the Newburyport Public Library at 94 State Street.
October 16th at 7 PM
Virtual Visit to a Backyard Foraging Paradise
On Monday, October 15th at 7 PM, the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group (EGG) was transported to the Food Forest Farm in Holyoke MA, where permaculturists Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates designed and created a low-maintenance, sustainable food garden of perennial, poly-culture, multi purpose plants. EGG enthusiasts Deb Carey and Chaffee Monnell visited the farm and shared their experiences and photos of the site. Eric Toensmeier is the author of “Perennial Vegetables” and co-author of “Edible Forest Gardens”. For a sneak preview of the site check out this video. The meeting was held in the Program Room of the Newburyport Public Library at 94 State Street.
Monday, September 10th at 7 PM
Backyard Gardening and Energy Saving Systems Site Tour
Join us at Chaffee Monell's, 7 Maplewood Ave in Amesbury on Monday, September 10th, 7:00 PM for a fascinating tour of the systems he has created at his home for food growing, water and energy conservation. The tour will highlight the solar heat harvester he built for dehydrating food in the summer and heating the house in the winter.
Our August 13 meeting is at Carol's house at 7 PM, where we will learn about hydroponics and her Tower Garden. Hydroponics allow gardeners without soil to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs anywhere there is suitable light.
The address is 2 Main Avenue, South Hampton, NH 03827 which is at the corner of Clement Lane and Main Avenue (Rte 107A).
Tower Garden® simplifies traditional gardening, using a unique vertical, hydroponic and aeroponic garden system that makes it easy to grow your own fresh fruits and vegetables at home, on your deck, and patio.. This garden system uses less than 10% of the water, as well as land normally required for 20-28 plants. Tower Garden Organic mineral water was also developed by Tim Blank of Future Growing. With this closed system we can grow all vegetables, berries, fruits, and herbs that are not root plants. We can begin gardening with plants from your local garden center (thoroughly washing off the soil) or start your own from seedlings.
Our last EGG meeting was July 9 at 7 PM at the the Community Room at the Institution for Savings in Newburyport. We discussed planting for fall crops, shared seeds, and talked about plant pests. Following that our August session will be at Carol’s where we will see her hydroponic tower garden, then Chaffee’s to view his dehydrator in action in Sept. Our October session will be back at the Library on our trip to the Food Forest Farm in Holyoke, and November will highlight beekeeping and honey tasting, again at the Library.
A really good source for information on bugs is at http://www.underwoodgardens.com/2425/home-garden-bug-solution
Here is their recipe for anti bug juice:
Recipe Tip! To make even more aggressive, add 1 tsp of Cayenne or crushed red chili flakes to blender mixture.
EDIBLE GARDEN GROUP June Meeting: The Herb Spiral!
Thanks to our member, Kate Broughton, we had a great session on her spiral. See meetings and events for the notes.
While it might be a bit late in some parts of the country to plant peas and start tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, it is just the right time to get warm season succession planting started to get some delicious greens, beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, heat tolerant lettuces, green onions, snap beans, Swiss chard, kale, zucchini and melons growing to provide a great summer full of tasty vegetables out of your garden.
Yes, you read that correctly- Swiss chard and kale are not only cool season crops, but do incredibly well during the summer. We couldn’t keep up with ours and wound up treating the horses and chickens to tasty greens on an almost daily basis!
Here is a short list of varieties that will do well in plantings for June and July-
Beets - 35 days for greens and 50 days to mature
Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage – 64 days
Carrots – 50-70 days
Cucumbers – 50-70 days
Lettuce – 45-70 days or 30 days from transplanting
Green onions – 60-70 days
Tendergreen bush bean (snap bean) – 45-60 days
Swiss chard – 30 days baby, 60 days mature
Vates Blue Curled Kale – 30 – 45 days baby, 60-80 days mature
Cocozelle Italian Zucchini – 50-60 days
Minnesota Midget Muskmelon – 60-75 days
If you haven’t even started planting your garden yet, you could take this list, plant it soon and have plenty of time to have a great garden this year!
What can you do to help farmers and avoid genetically modified food?
Purchase food directly from farmers
Participate in a CSA (community supported agriculture)
Shop at a farmer's market (See Seacoast Eat Local's Harvest Guide )
Grow your own garden- even if it's a small window garden
Buy certified organic items at the grocery store, and local organic products when you can
Avoid processed foods
Sign the Just Label It petition See http://justlabelit.org/ for more information.
Sign a petition to support America's farmers at Food Democracy Now. http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/
Peace Center of Amesbury Friends Meeting
Documentary and Discussion
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE FOOD YOU EAT?
HOW IT WAS PRODUCED? WHO CONTROLS IT?
THE HUMAN & ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS OF THAT FOOD?
Drawing on Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, director Robert Kenner's provocative, Oscar-nominated documentary “FOOD, INC.” explores the food industry's detrimental effects on our health and environment.
The domination of our food supply by just a few corporations, the use of factory farming with the needs for pesticides and antibiotics, and finally the critical issue of the genetic engineering of our foods raise human, practical and ethical questions. Please join us.
Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m.
Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse
120 Friend Street, Amesbury, MA
For more information, please contact Sam Baily at 978-255-1133 or go to www.amesburypeacecenter.org. Directions at www.amesburyquakers.org.
Amesbury Friends Peace Center
120 Friend Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
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