NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

March 15, 2013

Permaculture the topic at Edible Garden group meeting


Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — The March meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden group will feature Debbie Richards and Lillabeth Wies, who will present a description of permaculture and its approach to a sustainable future. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at 27 Cherry St.

They will cover topics, such as:

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 themselves and us with less work from us, provide us 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

Richards is a local organic gardener with 35 years of developing an outstanding Family Food Farm.

Wies is the owner and operator of Landscapes by Lillabeth, LLC, an organic permaculture landscaping company. She has an master’s in ornamental horticulture and 34 years experience in landscaping and gardening.

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.