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 New Hampshire Permaculture Day

When: Saturday, Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m.
Where: Inheritance Farm, 112 Pleasant St., Chichester
Cost: $25 in advance, $35 day of
Visit: facebook.com/nhpermieday to register




Following nature’s design
Celebrate a day of permaculture in Chichester

08/20/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 Whether you’re spearheading an initiative to view climate change from a permaculture perspective or don’t even know exactly what permaculture is, New Hampshire Permaculture Day has workshops, talks and walks for everyone.

“[Permaculture] is focused on looking at a piece of land or a building and observing that piece of land and placing your design so that it is … almost like mimicking nature and the natural world,” Regina Rinaldo, part of the New Hampshire Permaculture Guild organizing committee, said in a phone interview. 
Still trying to get a grasp on the concept? One presentation — out of the 30-plus walks, demonstrations and panel discussions — is an intro to permaculture that explains the very basics. 
Other topics range from holistic treatments for Lyme disease to a history of agriculture, plus participatory workshops, like a mushroom foray and instruction for how to grow them in your backyard, raising chickens and growing vegetables in very small spaces.
“You have opportunities to pick different workshops or demonstrations to attend,” Rinaldo said.
Rinaldo will sit on a panel titled Women in Permaculture, sharing her experience and knowledge of being immersed in permaculture farming and growing food. She’s also the person in charge of the locally sourced lunch (which is included with the price of admission). Her menu features smoked chicken, a selection of vegetables, cole slaw, salads and corn bread, sourced from Inheritance Farm, Blue Moon Evolution and farms in the seacoast area.
“That’s always a really great highlight, to be able to come together,” Rinaldo said. 
An entire hour is blocked out just for lunch so everyone can get together to enjoy the fresh meal.
“In a lot of ways permaculture touches on a lot of things already in motion,” she said, noting the state’s current local food movement. “How are we providing food that’s not coming from miles and miles away? So [we’re] looking at ways to really change the systems already in place … [and] becoming locally food oriented.”
The theme for the third New Hampshire Permaculture Day is “emerging.”
“In New Hampshire, permaculture is emerging in a really great way and we wanted to highlight that,” she said.
One example is Inheritance Farm in Chichester, this year’s host. The goal of the family-owned farm is to become more of an educational site for permaculture workshops and demonstrations.
All of the presenters, teachers and experts at this year’s event are from the state, in order to keep the event “focused on the skills and the knowledge and the wisdom already present in New Hampshire.”
“I think we really want to be a place that is welcoming to those who don’t know about permaculture…[and] to folks who have been in the [permaculture] network,” Rinaldo said. 
 
As seen in the August 20th 2015 issue of the Hippo. 





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