New Hampshire Permaculture Gathering

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Sponsored by D Acres of New Hampshire, NOFA New Hampshire, Central New Hampshire Permaculture Meetup, Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group

All are welcome to this gathering of permaculture practitioners, activists and supporters for a day of networking, skill sharing, tours, farm fresh food and music! On-site camping is available.

Saturday, August 25th, 9 AM – 6 PM, live music begins at 7:30 PM

D Acres of New Hampshire, 218 Streeter Woods Road, Dorchester, NH

$20 suggested donation, includes lunch.
Work trade options are available.
Please register by August 20th

To Register
Call: 603.786.2366
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Camping and indoor overnight accommodations are available.

Activities & Presentations Schedule

8:30-9:30: Registration - $20 per person
9.30-12:00: Tour of D Acres Homestead and Farm
12:00-1:30: farm-fresh lunch prepared by D Acres
2:00-6:00: Skill Shares – descriptions are below
6:30: Potluck dinner
7:30: Live music by the Goodhues Band

Descriptions and Bios

Introduction to Permaculture
Come and learn what Permaculture is all about, and why it is important to you! What could it mean to your community? How does Permaculture differ from other approaches to sustainability?  This session is especially useful for homeowners, community organizers, design professionals, farmers, and gardeners.  If you are working toward a sustainable future and want practical tools and applicable methodologies, then this session is for you!

Steve Whitman is a professional planner with Jeffery H. Taylor & Associates, focusing on community planning and sustainability issues through the lens of natural systems-thinking and ecology. He is a local and international educator and adjunct faculty at Plymouth State University, where he teaches environmental and community planning, permaculture and sustainability. Whitman participates in a wide range of creative grassroots efforts that promote new forms of sustainability at sites in the U.S. and abroad and has converted his in-town lot into a living model of permaculture.

Introduction to Composting
In the spirit of Waste = Food (permaculture principle #6), this workshops is an opportunity to learn or refine your composting techniques. Come learn the basics of backyard composting, the do's and don'ts, how to keep your pile active, and the basic science behind it. Rian Bedard of EcoMovement will also talk about how it is done on a large scale at commercial facilities.

Rian Bedard is a certified Permaculture Designer and instructor.  He started the first Zero Waste program as manager of the Me and Ollie's cafe in Downtown Portsmouth.  He worked as Assistant Director of the Green Alliance, where he realized that there was a demand for compost hauling service. In November of 2009 he decided to venture into the hauling industry and started a company called EcoMovement. They currently have over 100 clients and are diverting an estimated 20 tons of food waste from the landfill each week.

Where are YOU Borrowing YOUR Fertility?
As we try to grow more food and create more garden space, we also need to attend to improving the soils. There are reams of information about the how and why of soil building, and an assumption that after your soil is up to par, all's that is needed is a little side dressing of organic fertilizer. Just because the fertilizer is organic does not mean it is sustainable. In a permaculture framework we will discuss:

Why organic fertilizers from "away" are not enough
What biodiversity has to do with fertility
Necessary and holistic wild and domestic animal manures
Why free ranging animals can hurt your outcomes
On site resources for building fertility

Lauren Chase-Rowell has been growing her family's food for over three decades using biodiversity as a foundation for the practice of organic and biodynamic farming within a permaculture discipline. Her permaculture farm, Dalton's Pasture, is a holistic model for regenerating the land (earth care) using minimal impacts (fair share), while educating (people care) in two businesses: Chop Wood Carry Water Permaculture and Outdoor Rooms Permaculture Landscape Design Services of Nottingham, NH.

Introduction to Beekeeping
Integrating (principle 8) honey bees into our permaculture system offers us renewable resources and services (principle 5) and a delicious yield (principle 3)!  This introduction will help you get an idea of basic beekeeping terms, basic honeybee biology, the equipment needed to get started, types of honeybees and how to get them. Products and services of the hive will be discussed as well as what to expect in terms of time, money and input.

Amy Antonucci has been keeping bees for honey and pollination since 2005.  She served as VP of the Seacoast Beekeepers Association of NH and co-organizes their annual Bee School.  She speaks at libraries, schools, garden clubs, on the radio, etc.  She is also a certified permaculture designer, goat-herd, chicken-keeper, student of herbal medicine, and worked in organic agriculture for over ten years.

Introduction to Urban and Suburban Permaculture
This will be a discussion and demonstration of doing permaculture in the city and suburbs.   This session will be especially useful for renters, students, new homeowners, community organizers, and casual gardeners. If creating a resilient lifestyle is important to you no matter where or how you're living, this session is for you!
 Jo Russavage, a professional designer, permaculturist, eco-artist and educator owns Birchwood Urban Permaculture, a design and consulting business.  She taught courses in New England and Australia in sustainable horticulture, permaculture, design and community arts. Jo is a Master Gardener, Natural Resource Steward and Energy Answers volunteer. She also has a fiber arts practice, and has researched a landscape focus tour for the Zimmerman House property for the Currier Museum of Art. She is in the process of converting her 1/2 acre urban Manchester property into a permaculture paradise to support her creative lifestyle.

Turning Logs into Lumber: Introduction to Hand Hewing
Hand hewing is the art of turning logs into square beams and planks using using basic tools and a broad axe. Come learn the history and basic techniques of this ancient skill.

Ben Kaufhold works full time at a natural foods store in Manchester, NH; and in May 2011 took a weekend off to attended a two day workshop on hand hewing and timber framing.  In May 2012 he raised is first hand hewn frame.  Ben is also a Colby Sawyer PDC graduate, currently implementing his design in urban Manchester.  When not working, he enjoys friend times and pretending to make 'music' in his tiny cabin in the woods.

Sourdough Bread Bread Baking
Come learn the ancient art of baking naturally leavened bread. This hands-on workshop will cover the leavening process, shaping loaves and baking in an outdoor oven.

Scott Codey is DAcres' recovering New Yorker and resident bread baker. He is proud to report that after baking over 1,200 loaf at D Acres, he has learned to be slightly less messy in the kitchen. However, this report cannot be independently confirmed.

Soap Making
Learn the basics of making homemade soap with simple ingredients you can find at the grocery & hardware store.  We'll gather round for The Story of Soap to learn where soap comes from, why it works, and the dirty secrets of common commercially made "soaps".  Then we'll make our own organic cold process soap.  If you have ever wanted to try soap making but found the process a bit intimidating, this workshop is for you.  Each participant will leave with his or her own bar of homemade organic soap.
Madeline McElaney lives in a small camp in the woods with her husband Pat and their chubby, tailless cat Zeus. They have been working hard to make their little home as energy efficient as possible with insulation, air sealing, perennial fruits and vegetables, and a solar powered hot water system.  This fall, they are venturing into the unknown realm of parenthood and eagerly anticipating the arrival of a new Baby McElaney.  They work with property owners in Plymouth to help them achieving transformative energy use reductions in their buildings.  When she not working on energy issues, you can find her outside playing in her garden, doing yoga, rock climbing, hiking, or brewing up soaps, cleaners, and baked goods in her kitchen.

Introduction to Biofuels
This two hour session will cover different types of biofuels, how they can be used, how they compare to one another and how they compare to petroleum-based fuels.  We will cover motor fuels: biogas, wood gas, waste vegetable oil, biodiesel, and ethanol as well as other heat sources: wood, charcoal, compost, and solar.  We will discuss processes for production and refinement and will then share ideas on ways to integrate these processes with cooking, heating, food production and waste collection and treatment.

Ethanol Production and Use
Peter will talk about how he has been making fuel-grade ethanol from raw pizza dough discarded by a local factory.  He will demonstrate the process from saccarification, and fermentation through distillation and will discuss how engines can be converted to run on the fuel produced.

Peter Dow is a typical farmer-sailor jack of all trades.  Years of manual labor and tinkering followed by four years in college studying the properties of high tech materials and then seven years maintaining and operating a large steel sailing vessel have instilled in him an interest in small scale industry and system design.  With the skills and knowledge, he has obtained his goal to foster independence and greater utilization of waste streams and discarded materials, aka junk.  Lately he has been obsessed with the processing and manufacture of motor fuel from local resources and waste.  He has experimented with biogas, wood gas, waste vegetable oil, biodiesel, and ethanol. The focus of his latest work has been to create simple systems from easily obtainable materials such as water heaters, 55 gallon drums and discarded compressed gas cylinders, that can utilize low grade fuel and heat sources like wood and solar to create high grade fuel to run vehicles and equipment.

Evening Music
Live music will be provided by the Goodhues Band
Starting at 7:30pm, a show not to be missed.

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