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One of the New Eden gardeners introduced us to this cool website. On growveg.com you can plan your garden, get reminders of when to plants your different veggies, good gardening tips and more. Click here to get more info.
Online Garden Planning Tool

Stir the Pot Book Club ~ Sunday, June 5 @ 12:30pm

Join us for this month’s book selection is Moral Ground – Ethical Actions for a Planet in Peril by Kathleen Dean Moore. The book is a collection of essays and book club readers can pick one or more essays to read and lead a discussionon them. For more info contact Edwina Goodhue.

Location: Holton Hall, First Parish Church Newbury

Stir the Pot is co-sponsored by the by First Parish Church of Newbury and the First Religious Society

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Potluck Garden Party ~ Saturday, May 28th ~ Rain or Shine

Join New Eden Collaborative, First Parish Church, and Transition Newburyport for the first summer garden party….

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Bees…bees…and other beneficial garden insect ~ Register for this Saturday’s workshop

Join workshop leader, Charlotte Dion, for this Saturday’s (May 28) workshop Creating Habitat for Pollinators and other Beneficial Insects ~ Saturday, May 28, from 10am to Noon.

Learn how to provide food and habitat for insects that are beneficial to your garden through a choice of delightful plants.  Ways to integrate them into your garden and kitchen will be taught.  This will be a hands-on experience, enabling you to create a simple Mason Bee house to take home with seeds and/or small plants to get you started at home.

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Canceled ~ Chicken 101 and Shiitake Mushrooms Workshops May 14th

The two classes scheduled for this Saturday, May 14th have been canceled. Please check out the schedule for the remaining classes.

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Looking to raise chickens or how to grow shiitake mushrooms? Register for the May 14th workshops!

Learn the basics about raising chickens with New Eden Community Gardens directory and chicken expert, Erin Stack, at her Chicken 101 workshop next Saturday, May 14th from 10am to noon.

Interested in learning how to grow shiitake mushrooms? Join Charlotte Dion, organic gardener and permaculture designer, at her Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation next Saturday, May 14th from 10am to noon.

Both workshops are held at First Parish Church of Newbury. Register online or on the day of the workshop.

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Register Now for New Eden 2011 Spring Workshops – Classes Begin April 9th

Charlotte Dion preparing a sheet mulch garden at New Eden in 2010

Spring is finally here and it time for another round of New Eden’s Sustainable Living Classes. This spring we will be offering courses on a variety of “homesteading” skills and  earth friendly practices  from raising chickens to making strawberry preserves.

The list of courses include No Dig or Sheet Mulch Garden Beds, Compost Tea, Chicken 101, Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation, Creating Habitats for Pollinators and other Beneficial Insects,  Strawberry Preserves Workshop and 2 classes on the Basics of Organic Gardening.

For more information and to register online – go to the New Eden Collaborative Workshops page.

Our first workshop, Basics of Organic Gardening is Saturday, April 9th, 9:00 am to Noon kicks of the Spring 2011 Workshop series. Register now!

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March Chicken/Garden Organizational Meeting and Potluck Was a Blast

A festive feast to start the new year.

A rite of spring at New Eden is the holding of the organizational meetings of the Chicken co-op and the community gardens.  Old and new members have a chance to meet each other and the veterans get their first chance to welcome the newbies into  New Eden community.

One of the innovatoins this year at the community gardens is that each gardener is required to volunteer 6 hours for the benefit of the  community by signing up for one of a lists of task forces. A sampling of  task forces include: compost committee , berry planting brigade, tool and fence maintenance, compost tea posse, irrigation, food bank donation coordinator and bee keeper apprentice.

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Erin’s Mom’s Famous Hungarian Mushroom Soup

I always look forward to tasting the tantalizing dishes that New Eden folks bring to our pot lucks. One of my winter standards is my late mother’s Hungarian Mushroom Soup recipe that she must have clipped out of a (now obscure) newspaper sometime in the 1970’s. I have had so many people ask for the recipe that I thought it best to go public. So here it is.

Hungarian Mushroom Soup in mid consumption

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

4 T butter divided

1 T tamari sauce

1 T Hungarian paprika

3 T flour

1 c milk

Freshly ground black pepper

2 t fresh lemon juice

1/2 c sour cream

1/4 c chopped parsley

2 c chopped onion

1 t salt or to taste

12 oz (3/4 lb) fresh mushrooms,

sliced

2 t chopped dill weed, divided

2 c beef stock, chicken stock or

water divided Continue reading Erin’s Mom’s Famous Hungarian Mushroom Soup

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New Eden Rests Under a Blanket of Snow after a Very Fruitful 2010

"Modernist" chicken coop from recycled materials

FPC’s New Eden Collaborative grew by leaps and bounds 2010.

Here are some of the highlights:

The community gardens expanded to 41 plots plus several “teaching gardens” that demonstrated principles of Permaculture and No-till gardening.

The New Eden Organic Chicken Co-op was born. This innovative program of 14 chicken share holders raising taking care of 16 chickens ( and briefly 2 ducks) has been a great success.

New Eden educational outreach gave a spring and summer series of green living classes that included a NOFA (New England Organic Farming Association) organic garden workshop, and New Eden classes on mushroom farming, raising chickens, sheet mulching and more.

New Eden is now home to a colony of honey bees and hopefully we will be able to harvest our first honey this year.

The creation of First Parish’s outdoor earth oven and our first oven roasted pizza party.

New Eden gardens tucked in for the winter

A bunch of wicked fun garden parties and amazing, no waste, locavore pot lucks co-sponsored by Transition Town Newburyport.

Stay tuned for the 2011 plans for the New Eden Collaborative coming soon.

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Introduction to Seacoast Community Empowerment Circles January 9,2011

Please join us on Sunday, January 9th at 4:00 PM for a presentation and discussion with Chuck Collins, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, exploring the roots of the economic and ecological challenges of our time using a community-based, small-group approach to understanding and addressing these issues. The questions explored will include how we got where we are today and how we can help ourselves prepare for the economic and ecological changes that are upon us.
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