NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

March 4, 2013

Organic farming the topic on March 17


Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT— On Sunday, March 17, at 4 p.m. at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Erin Stack of New Harmony Farm in West Newbury 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.

Erin Stack, 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. New Harmony’s mission is to help sustain the community with nutritious food while promoting understanding of interdependence with nature.

The Local Flavor Community Potluck will follow at 5 p.m., a monthly, zero-waste gathering focused on celebrating local food, engaging discussions and building new friendships in the community. Bring a potluck dish, using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, and a non-disposable plate, cup, utensils and napkin.

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Newburyport and Community Resilience Circles and hosted by Central Congregational Church. For further information, visit transitionnewburyport.org or call 978-462-1308.

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