Bioneers 2014 Film Screening & Discussion, November 13th

EVENTS-bioneersThursday November 13, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Portsmouth Public Library
75 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH (map)

Free and open to the public!

Video showing from the 2014 Bioneers Conference followed by discussion with Neil Harvey, host of the Bioneers Radio Show. The Bioneers Conference is a leading-edge forum where social and scientific innovators, often inspired by nature’s models, share their methods to help restore people and planet.


mushroomguyPaul Stamets: Mycological researcher illuminates how fungi offer powerful, practical solutions to boost the biosphere’s immune system and restore the world.




about_severine_2Severine v T Fleming: Young Agrarians Needed!  How can we help young, motivated agrarians become successful farmers to whom retiring organic farmers can transmit their wisdom? How can we democratize our land base?



Sponsored by the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group, Slow Food SeacoastSeacoast Eat Local, Great Bay Time Bank, CLIPPERS Farm to School, & The Portsmouth Public Library.

CINEMA SLOW presents Brookford Almanac, October 4th

CINEMA SLOW presents Brookford Almanac a film by Cozette Russell & Julian Russell, sponsored by Slow Food Seacoast.

Saturday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m.
Portsmouth Music & Arts Center (PMAC)
973 Islington Street, Portsmouth

Seating is limited and we highly recommend getting your tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased online HERE.

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Brookford Almanac chronicles a year in the life of Luke and Catarina Mahoney who are young, first-generation farmers living their dream of running a biologically diverse farm and organic dairy in New Hampshire. As with many first-generation farmers, they lease their land as they work to build a successful business. But hardship strikes when they learn the lease on their farm will not be renewed and they are forced to look for land in a new community. This documentary is cinema verité at its best, capturing a year in the Mahoney’s lives as they tirelessly work the land, raise their family, and pursue their dreams of farming. The Mahoney’s story is one of old rituals, new practices, and the future of the American farmer.

Created by filmmaker, Cozette Russell and her producer husband, Julian, this film tells the story of a family, and a farm very close to the hearts of many in the Seacoast. Luke and Catarina Mahoney will participate in a Q & A after the film, sharing behind-the-scenes stories, and giving us an update on their progress. Russell’s work often explores the relationship between people and land. She studied filmmaking at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in film, video and new media. She is currently the Program Coordinator at The Film Study Center at Harvard University and lives in Lee, New Hampshire.

Prior to the local film, three award-winning shorts from the Real Food Media Contest will be screened as part of the Real Food Media Pop-Up Festival that is happening across the country. “We were approached by Real Food Media and asked if we wanted to join our fellow Slow Food chapters across the country in presenting some of the winners from their recent competition,” explains Slow Food Seacoast board member Catherine Stewart. “Film is such an excellent medium to explore the realities of our food industry, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to pair some of these international short films with a very special local documentary.” This event will run as a first in SFS’s new Slow Cinema series that aims to highlight local, national and international food issues, explains Stewart. “We hope to show more films in the future that celebrate, question and document the food we eat. There’s lots more in store next year.” More news about future screenings, and other events will be available on the Slow Food Seacoast website soon.

As part of the evening of films, there will be a reception featuring cheeses from Brookford Farm itself. Tickets can be purchased online, however space is limited so you are advised to book in advance. Please visit for more details, or you can follow Slow Food Seacoast @slofoodseacoast on twitter or on facebook at

Movie Night: Queen of the Sun

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Kittery Community Center – Star Theatre, 120 Rogers Rd, Kittery, ME
Friday, March 14, 2014
7:00 PM

What are the bees telling us? Join R.W. Traip Academy for an informal gathering to view an eye-opening film Queen of the Sun. This film will give us a powerful and deep look into the global bee crisis; this film discusses the problems and solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

Beekeepers and non-beekeepers welcome to attend! Students of Traip Academy Honors Biology encouraged to attend. If you come you will also learn how Traip Academy is embarking on an Eco-Literacy and sustainability education program.

We gather at 7:00pm. Tea and water provided. Traip Academy’s Sustainability Coordinator, Maury Hepner will introduce the film. The film is 82 minutes long. The Resilience Hub will facilitate a discussion following the film.

Suggested donation $3. All donations will benefit Traip Academy Plant Fund.

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Film & Food Night: Permaculture Soils, March 9


Film & Food Night: Permaculture Soils
Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group
The Waysmeet Center, 15 Mill Rd, Durham, NH
Sunday, March 9, 2014
5 – 8 pm

Our Film & Food nights are a chance for us to come together for both learning and getting to know each other better. We ask that you come with an open mind and heart to new information and new friends. We will start with the film (feel free to come early to get settled), then have a potluck & discussion. Please bring your “potluck kit” — dish, bowl, cup, silverware, napkin — as well as your potluck contribution. We will be able to plug in crockpots, heat some items up, make hot water for tea.

“The Permaculture Way: Soils” (97 mins, 2010)
Geoff Lawton will take you into the living life of the soil. From compost, soil mulches, kitchen gardens and food forests, Geoff’s practical hands on approach will teach you how to build life into your topsoil and increase the vitality of the food you grow and eat. For trailer >

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Farming 101: A History of Farming in Kittery and Eliot, May 11

Farming 101: A History of Farming in Kittery and Eliot
Kittery Land Trust
Star Theater, Kittery Community Center, Kittery, ME
Saturday, May 11, 2013
4 pm

Join us for the screening of Farming 101, a unique opportunity to learn more about the rich farming history of Route 101 in Kittery and Eliot.The film features Rustlewood Farm, where KLT is working to establish a 300-acre conservation easement.

Filmmaker and local resident Peter Randall tells the story of the many farms that for 200 years lined Wilson and Goodwin Road. “I simply wanted to document a way of life that was once so vital to our communities,” said the filmmaker.

Historic photographs and firsthand accounts from those whose families farmed the 8-mile stretch present a lost way of life. Now only a few working farms remain, Rustlewood–the last diary in Kittery–being one.

Randall will join the screening for questions and discussion.

This event is a part of KLT’s “Year of the Farm” events, which help increase understanding and appreciation of the importance of local farmland.

All “Year of the Farm” events are free and open to the public.

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Special Screening: A Place at the Table, April 30

Join Us Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Special screening of A Place at the Table
The Music Hall · 28 Chestnut St
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Did you know that 28.5% of Portsmouth school kids receive free and reduced meal subsidies (breakfast and lunch) and are at risk of hunger during the summer months when schools are closed?

In light of this food insecurity in the Portsmouth community, please join Share Our Strength, Seacoast Eat Local and End 68 Hours of Hunger for a powerful film and engaging conversation on Tuesday, April 30th at 7:00pm at The Music Hall.

Billy Shore, founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength, will be at The Music Hall to introduce A Place at the Table. In addition, a panel of local experts will lead a post-film discussion and Q&A. Word is getting out about this inspiring event, so don’t wait.

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Pricing: $9 Adults
$7 Seniors 60+, Students & Military

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, April 26

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH
Friday, April 26, 2013
7–9 pm

Join the fun on Friday April 26th and attend the 3rd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival hosted by The Music Hall and Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire.

This year’s incredible selection of short films includes a diverse line-up of beautiful, engaging and eye-opening films that highlight the change-makers who are creating a more livable future! Films include:

• the fun, frenetic The Man Who Lived on His Bike;
• the visually inspiring Moon Walk;
Facing Climate Change: Oyster Farmers, describing how climate change is affecting our oceans;
• the emotional documentary Not Yet Begun to Fight, which asks the question, can fly fishing heal the wounds of war?
• and the thought-provoking Murder Mouth, about a woman’s choice: slaughter her own meat or never eat meat again.

These ten short films will inspire and challenge you! At intermission, a free raffle will offer you the chance to win great prizes.

Tickets are $10.50 a person and $9.50 for seniors, students and military. Purchase tickets at the box office or online or order by phone at 603-436-2400. (Additional service charges apply for phone or web orders.)

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Film & Food: Truck Farm, April 14

Film & Food Night: Truck Farm
Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group
The Waysmeet Center, 15 Mill Rd, Durham, NH
Sunday, April 14, 2013

TRUCK FARM tells the story of a new generation of quirky urban farmers. Viewers are trucked across New York to see the city’s funkiest urban farms, and to find out if America’s largest city can learn to feed itself.

Blending serious exposition with serious silliness, Truck Farm entreats viewers to ponder the future of urban farming, and to consider whether sustainability needs a dose of whimsy to be truly sustainable.

From the creators of King Corn, featuring chef Dan Barber, nutritionist Marion Nestle, explorer Henry Hudson and a very lonely seagull. With musical narration by The Fishermen Three. Called “hilariously fun” by the ED of NOFA-NY.

We will plan to start with the film which runs 48 minutes, then have a potluck and discussion. Please bring a “potluck kit” – dish, bowl, cup, silverware, napkin – as well as your potluck contribution. We will be able to plug in crockpots, heat some items up, make hot water for tea.

Parking on Sunday is easy there – go to UNH’s C Lot, across Mill Rd from Waysmeet.

We will be taking donations to cover costs for the event as all our films this year have required a screening license cost.

Sponsored by the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Meetup Group & The United Campus Ministry to UNH

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Film: “Symphony of the Soil”, March 10

Film & Food Night: “Symphony of the Soil”
Seacoast Permaculture Group
The Waysmeet Center, 15 Mill Rd, Durham, NH
Sunday, March 10, 2013
5:00 PM

We will start with the film (starting on time – feel free to come early to get settled!), then have a potluck. Please bring a “potluck kit” – dish, bowl, cup, silverware, napkin – as well as your potluck contribution. We will be able to plug in crockpots, heat some items up, make hot water for tea.

Parking on Sunday is easy there – go to UNH’s C Lot, across Mill Rd from Waysmeet.We will be taking donations to cover costs for the event as our films this year have required a screening license cost. Sponsored by the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Meetup Group & The United Campus Ministry to UNH

SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL (USA, 2012, 103 min)
Drawing on ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance that is soil. By understanding the elaborate connections and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, including the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers,Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights the role of healthy soil in creating healthy plants that nurture healthy humans living on a healthy planet. Written, directed and produced by Deborah Koons Garcia. To view  trailer, visit

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