News : August 2011

Making the Grade

Aug 31, 2011

Published in Taste of the Seacoast

By Jim Cavan

Restaurants on the Seacoast have been embracing the farm-to-table concept - the philosophy of seeking ingredients from local sources, of knowing the farmer who supplies the steaks, cheeses, green beans, peaches - for several years. Now, Southern Maine has an added twist. Call it "farm-to-lunchroom." Archer Angus Farm in Chesterville, Maine, put out an incentive offer: if a local business buys a side of beef, the farm offers a credit to the York School Department's student lunch program towards the purchase of beef.

York's Clay Hill Farm restaurant was the first to participate, purchasing a 300-pound side. In return, Archer Angus provided a $50 credit for York school lunches, helping to rpovide a local, organic, and free-range option for students.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of Taste of the Seacoast at your nearest newsstand, or click here!

 

Compost Startup Helps Restaurants Cut Costs

Aug 31, 2011

From NPR's Morning Edition
June 1, 2010

By Avishay Artsy

A new green startup business in New Hampshire collects compostable material from local cafes and restaurants. The company's business model is to help restaurants be more eco-friendly — and save money on trash removal.

At the Black Trumpet restaurant in Portsmouth, N.H., chef and co-owner Evan Mallett says he’s long wanted to compost, but no one could offer regular pickups, and their tiny restaurant has no extra space for storage...

Read or listen to the fully story at NPR by clicking here!

San Francisco Composting Law Spawns Startup… in New Hampshire

Aug 31, 2011

From Earth & Industry
June 2, 2010

By Timothy Hurst

It is often the case that when a policy is observed as effective in one city, state or country, other governmental bodies will adopt that policy, or some iteration of it, because they have already had the benefit of witnessing the policy experiment in action. Political scientists call the phenomenon policy diffusion and it usually applies to like units when they share information at conferences and use other traditional means of policy knowledge transfer (i.e cities with cities, states with states, etc.).

But what do they call it when a policy adopted in one major city then spurs the creation of a business and a market solution to an environmental problem in a city 3,000 miles away? I'm not sure there's a name for that yet, but it's exactly what happened in the case of New Hampshire entrepreneur Rian Bedard. After Bedard moved from San Francisco where composting is required by law. Taking what he knew about the San Francisco program, Bedard was inspired to try to bring curbside composting to the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area. And in November, he and a friend started the company EcoMovement...

Read the full story at Earth & Industry here!

Dos Amigos joins other Portsmouth restaurants by composting waste

Aug 31, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat
July 20, 2010

By Roni Reino

PORTSMOUTH — When the world gives you food waste, make compost.

Dos Amigos Burritos on State Street is taking on the green movement and starting to compost. On Saturday, the staff decided it would get a head start on composting by placing its food waste in corn-based BioBags.

"We are composting what we know is compostable for sure," Manager Jane Wilay said.

On Thursday, the staff will join EcoMovement staff, a local composting company, in a training session. For now, co-owner Joel Harris and his staff are focusing on learning the basics before they ask customers to do the same...

Read the full story in Foster's here!

City eateries compost with Eco Movement

Aug 31, 2011

From the Portsmouth Herald
June 14, 2010

By Deborah McDermott

How's this for a business model? Do something you love (albeit while working crazy hours), find customers eager for your service even in a lousy economy, live and work in the part of the country you call home, and feel good at the end of the day knowing you have done your part to help the planet.

That's the enviable position that Rian Bedard finds himself in these days since he and partner Marcel Miranda launched Eco Movement Consulting and Hauling last fall, a company that collects food waste and other compostable material from Portsmouth-area restaurants and brings it to farms to be turned into compost for farmers....

Read the full story at Seacoast Online by clicking here!

The Business of Compost Hauling

Aug 31, 2011

EcoMovement Consulting and Hauling was recently featured in a radio spot for Public Radio Exhange! Click here to hear the full story!

Annual Chowder Festival promises rich delights in Portsmouth

Aug 31, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat
June 4, 2010

By Roni Reino

PORTSMOUTH — Seafood lovers are in for a chowder feast this weekend at Prescott Park. The 26th annual WOKQ Chowder Festival will be held Saturday with plenty to go around.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and area restaurants will be serving bowlfuls of their best at 11:30 a.m. until all the chowder is gone.

This annual tradition brings chowder lovers from around the region to Portsmouth. More than 4,000 residents and tourists sample at the Chowder Festival, kicking off the summer season for Prescott Park Arts.

This year the event is going green, in a good way. Prescott Park Arts is making this year a zero-waste event. While restaurants serve up their best, tasters will use compostable bowls and metallic spoons.

At the end of the event, EcoMovement will collect the bowls to be sent to a composting facility. Normally, the event uses 40,000 bowls....

Read the full story in Foster's by clicking here!

The need for food waste recycling is out there

Aug 31, 2011

From MissouriOrganic.com
June 3, 2010

Evan Mallett, co-owner and head chef at the Black Trumpet restaurant in Portsmouth, N.H. recently told NPR that he’s long been wanting to compost food scraps, but that there hasn’t been a way. Until now. Rian Bedard, a former San Francisco resident familiar with recycling, moved to the area recently and heard about restaurants struggles with recycling food. Last year, he and a friend started Eco-Movement. They are now contracting with restaurants and taking their waste to facilities, which are breaking down the scraps and selling them to local farmers. Talk about keeping it local! They’re currently working with about 30 area restaurants, and expect that number to grow. So do we!...

Read the full story in Missouri Organic here!

Listen to the whole NPR story here.

Students dig trash to learn about recycling, composting

Aug 31, 2011

From Seacoast Online

By Abbie Hackett

PORTSMOUTH — Sporting plastic gloves and aprons, students in Bryan Mascio's science class picked through soggy lettuce, Styrofoam trays smeared with ketchup and leaky coffee cups in the lunchroom at Robert J. Lister Academy recently, as they sought to reduce waste from the school.

They succeeded.

It was the kickoff to a study unit focusing on achieving zero waste with guest demonstrators Rian Bedard, Marcel Miranda and Karina Quintans from The Zero Waste Portsmouth Group. ZWP was founded by the Islington Creek Neighborhood Association in 2009 and partners with Tim Gaudreau Studios and Eco Movement to promote zero waste policies and programs in the city.

"It's just a matter of us knowing what can be recycled," Miranda said. "Every one of us has the ability to make a difference."

Bedard agreed, adding people don't have "to get solar panels on your roof" to help the environment...

Read the full story at Seacoast Online here!

Slow Money trend helping small business grow

Aug 31, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat
November 21 2010

By Roni Reino

PORTSMOUTH — Despite a still tough economy, local Seacoast businesses are showing their support for entrepreneurs by offering them personal loans and embracing the Slow Money Movement.

The Slow Money concept was created by Woody Tasch in 2008, a former venture capitalist. His idea was to persuade investors to put their money into businesses in their local community. He encouraged investors to not look at the initial profits but rather the investment in sustainable organizations.

It piggybacked on the Slow Foods or "locavore" movement of only eating foods grown within a 100-mile radius.

New England is slowly expanding its green efforts, and small eco-friendly companies like EcoMovement have found support in the Slow Money trend...

Read the full story in Foster's here!

Portsmouth Brewery is a Locavore's Dream

Aug 30, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch

By Lief Friedrichs

August may well indeed be the best month for locavores, with bountiful local harvests and overflowing community farmer’s markets.  Late July, early August and September is a time where summer vegetables overlap with fresh fruit, wholesome meats and artisanal cheeses.

Luckily, the Portsmouth Brewery has added more and more local produce to its menu to accompany tasty in-house brews.  But while sourcing locally and sustainably has always been a part of the Brewery’s mission, featuring local products on the menu hasn’t always been easy.  According to Todd Sweet, head chef at the Portsmouth Brewery, sourcing local is a growing trend that the hallowed eatery has aggressively embraced.   “Fifteen years ago, we had to spend all day on the phone to find fresh, organic ingredients. Nowadays, local farmers come to us with their produce and I can spend more time in the kitchen and less time on the phone.”

A Home Built For Warmth

Aug 30, 2011

From New Hampshire Home magazine

By Debie Kane

High on a wind-swept hill in southern New Hampshire sits a home uniquely positioned to take advantage of its wide-open vistas. In addition to spectacular views that stretch to Boston, the 6,300-square-foot house has the capacity to turn a sunny day into energy savings for its owners, with solar panels, energy-efficient windows and a unique hot-water heating system. There's also plenty of living space inside and out to accom­modate family get-togethers with the homeowners' adult children and grandchildren...

Read the full story here!

TMS project featured in N.H. Home magazine

Aug 30, 2011

From Seacoast Online

PORTSMOUTH — New Hampshire Home magazine selected a residence designed by TMS Architects to feature in its September/October issue.

TMS architect Shannon Alther said the home presented somewhat of a challenge as it was sited on a wind-swept hill in southern New Hampshire and needed to be designed to take advantage of the amazing vistas that stretched all the way to Boston. Alther describes the home as "New England style" and said she was careful to orient it to allow maximum sunshine inside. The homeowners wanted to make sure the home was energy efficient and installed solar panels, energy efficient windows and a unique hot-water heating system. They can control the heating and cooling system and check electric and water usage all while sitting at their computer...

Read the full story here!

UNH Dairy Bar Offers Cool and Sustainable Treats

Aug 30, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch

By Lief Friedrichs

Summer cravings for ice cream have returned.  Luckily the UNH Dairy Bar offers a variety of locally produced ice creams that are as coldly refreshing as they are sustainable. The Durham eatery serves over 20 flavors of Blake’s ice cream.  Produced in Manchester, NH, Blake’s uses only the highest quality local ingredients.

And while the Dairy Bar is proud to carry the Blake’s brand, the Durham restaurant is also making a difference with their ice cream containers: All cups and spoons are either manufactured from a corn-based plastic or simply paper, which allows the Dairy Bar to compost those dishes and spoons in addition to a large portion of their food waste.

Additionally the Dairy Bar uses Energy Star rated freezers for storing and vending their delicious treats. And because the restaurant operates five freezers year-round, the energy savings really add up. Other sustainable and local products, include Stonyfield yogurt, Hatchland Farm dairy and Java Tree coffees. “There’s a big market for local food, and competitors have not been able to provide the same environmental value with their menus as we have,” explains Dairy Bar Retail Manager, Andrew Porter.

To read the full story, click here!

Green Alliance hosts celebration

Aug 30, 2011

From the Portsmouth Herald

By Karen Dandurant

GREENLAND — Environmentally conscious business owners and consumers gathered Friday at Seacoast Volkswagen Inc., to network and enjoy an end-of-summer celebration.

The event was hosted by the Green Alliance, a grass-roots organization that brings together businesses and consumers who are interested in working with and buying from companies who are environmentally friendly. Live music from the band Blue Eye Brown, and a free barbecue created a party-like mood....

Read the full story here!

ReStore has big plans

Aug 26, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Herald

By Joey Cresta

ReStore, Habitat for Humanity's retail store that sells donated building materials and home improvement supplies, announced plans for an Oct. 1 grand opening of its new store at 29 Fox Run Road.

ReStore will inhabit the space recently vacated by Roller Skate Newington, which operated on Fox Run Road for 28 years.

Doug Willey, store manager, said ReStore is on or ahead of schedule for its opening. Workers have cut a door for the loading dock, installed racks and shelving and on Friday will be laying pavement for the site's drive-in donation center.

To finish the story at Seacoast Online click here.

Sustainable Energy - The Future in NH

Aug 24, 2011

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

By Deborah McDermott

Representatives from energy dealers, businesses and utilities joined former New Castle state representative David Borden and other town residents Tuesday night at a gathering to discuss the state's alternative energy future.

Borden sits on the board of the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association, and the evening was the first of what he anticipates will be many across the state to introduce sustainable industry and business leaders, as well as residents, to the organization.

Also speaking was Hunter Brownlie of Progressive Asset Management Group, who specializes in energy efficiency investments in the state. Brownlie said the goal of like-minded people like those attending the meeting needs to be education.

"We need to change the mindset of society," he said. "The economics have to be there, but the mindset has to be there, too."

Zev Yoga Opens In Exeter

Aug 24, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch, Exeter Patch, and Foster's Daily Democrat

By Scott Szycher

There’s many types of yoga: Hatha Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, and more. But Jonas “Zev” Amberger, owner of Zev Yoga Studios, may have just come up with a new form of yoga: pro bono Yoga.

Amberger’s yoga studio in downtown Portsmouth is well-established and well-loved, and now he’s expanding westward into downtown Exeter, at 175 Water Street, right above George and Phillip’s Sporting Goods. But while Amberger has enough cache in the practice of yoga to charge premium prices – he’s been teaching yoga for almost 15 years, and holds a degree in Ayurvedic Medicine – he’s making all his classes at the Exeter studio free for the entire month of September.

This display of generosity is entirely consistent with Amberger’s larger philosophy: that yoga, like life itself, should be not simply experienced, but shared. “I want people to come see what yoga is all about,” mentioned Amberger. “It’s a spirit of being, as well as a really effective exercise and therapy for many health problems.” And given yoga’s therapeutic benefits for medical conditions such as back pain, stress, depression, and even cancer, it’s no wonder that yoga was the 6th most commonly used alternative therapy in the country during 2007. 

To read the story in Portsmouth Patch, click here!

To read the story in Exeter Patch, click here!

To read the Story in Foster's, click here

TVC Systems Helps Make UMass Medical School Campus

Aug 23, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch, Portsmouth Herald, and Seacoast Online.

By Jim Cavan

When the newly-expanded co-generation plant at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts is finally put on line, chances are much of the attention will be diverted to the brand new, 7.5 megawatt gas-fired turbine and heat recovery generator (HRSG).

And rightly so: the new addition is expected to dramatically curb pollutants from the massive system, in the process further reducing the campus’ overall carbon footprint.

Behind the scenes, however, exists an equally crucial – though much smaller – energy-efficiency component.  It’s called a Balance of Plant Control System (BOP), a computerized energy-management control and monitoring system that helps link all of the various components together, in the process helping them all operate more efficiently.

Built by Portsmouth-based TVC Systems, the new BOP control system – developed in conjunction with the project team – might appear to be operating in the shadows, so to speak. But one peek behind the curtain reveals the wizard behind it all.

To read the full story on Portsmouth Patch, click here! To read the full story on Seacoast Online, click here

Insurance Agents of Change, and Savings

Aug 23, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch

By Scott Szycher

Home, auto, and boat insurance are the types of products and services we buy, but hope to never use. As such, many people know little about how the insurance business works.

That’s unfortunate, because what they don’t know could be costing them hundreds of dollars annually.

Jon Merwin, owner of New Hampshire-based Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance, is trying to help people overcome costly misconceptions. “Unlike other industries, where ‘buying direct’ can save you money, that’s not necessarily the case with insurance,” explains Merwin, whose agency represents multiple insurance carriers, including Met Life, Progressive Insurance, and Hanover Insurance. “When customers come to me, I can shop for the best rate on their behalf. My job is to get the best rates and policies for my customers, not show loyalty to any one particular carrier.”

It’s understandable that people may believe that by purchasing an insurance policy directly, they’ll eliminate the “middleman”, and get lower rates. But the reality of the insurance business isn’t that simple.

To read the rest of the story, click here!

Energy-efficiency investments paying off

Aug 22, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Herald

By Michael McCord

Since Doug Miles moved his Seacoast Volkswagen dealership from Portsmouth to a new building and location seven years ago, finding the best way to deal with high energy costs has been a priority.  "It's always a sound business decision," Miles said about the investments he has made over the years.  He has installed passive solar units, three small, computer-controlled natrual gas boilersand a 35-foot wind turbine.  More recently, the dealership added an 80 panel photovoltaic array to produce electricity and is changing to energy-efficient LED light bulbs in all of the property's parking lot light fixtures. 

For the full story click here!

Earthtec captures 2011 Greenerpalooza Award

Aug 22, 2011

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

Earthtec founder Dennis Randall insisted his company be green from the get-go. Combining his commitment to sustainability with his love of the outdoors and his knowledge of technical knits, Randall created a company that produces fashionable, functional clothing made from recycled or renewable materials.

For the full story click here!

Seacoast Volkswagen To Tout Green Push With GA Party, Passat Rollout

Aug 22, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch

By Jim Cavan

Since relocating to Greenland in 2004, Seacoast Volkswagen has grown to become one of New England’s most successful – and most sustainable – car dealerships.

On August 26th, the fifty-year-old family owned dealership will be putting their green meddle on display. Teaming up with Green Alliance, the local “green business union”, Seacoast Volkswagen is planning a combined green gathering and rollout of their brand new 2012 Passat model at their Ocean Road digs.
 

For the full story click here!

Acorn Organic Salon Arrives in Exeter

Aug 22, 2011

Published in the Portsmouth Patch and Exeter Patch

By Scott Szycher

Area residents know all about Acorn Organic Salon in Dover, including its loyal following and its best-in-class practices when it comes to making women beautiful without the use of harmful dyes and chemicals.

But now, Exeter area residents don’t have to travel up to Dover to get the best in salon services, as Acorn has recently opened a new location in Exeter’s historic district at 9 Pleasant Street in Exeter, within the highly-regarded Aura Day Spa. The salon in Exeter is open for hairstyling for the whole family, including men and children, colors, and perms Thursdays and Fridays from 10 AM - 8 PM, and Saturdays from 10 AM - 6 PM.

For the full story visit Portsmouth Patch! Or read the full story on Exeter Patch

Portsmouth engineer blazes trail for women, green design

Aug 19, 2011

Originally posted to Fosters.com and Portsmouth Patch

By Jim Cavan

She may have been the first woman engineer he'd ever hired, but James Petersen also saw in Sarah Carter a unique narrative thread that seemed to bind all of his standout acquisitions: the itch to come home.

"We've gotten our best employees the same way we got Sarah, which is to say she spent a good part of her twenties working for a large firm in a big city," says Petersen, owner of the Portsmouth-based Petersen Engineering. "By the time Sarah got here, she'd had five years of solid fundamentals under her belt, so I felt like the beneficiary of her missing the culture of home."

Bob's Clam Hut adds green sorting station

Aug 19, 2011

Originally posted on Fosters.com

By Jim Cavan

The menu at Bob's Clam Hut might not have changed much over the years, you can still get the same fresh seafood favorites on the docket since 1956. But beginning recently, what patrons dispose of and how is getting a major overhaul.

The Kittery eatery has installed a brand new recycling center near its front entrance. The box is divided into three separate bins: one for trash, one for recyclables, and one for compostable food scraps, with a glass encasement above each detailing which materials should go where. Contrary to popular belief, things like napkins, paper cups, and any food scraps (including meats and dairy products) are all compostable.

Bob's General Manager, Pat Barrigar, and Director of Organization Development Eileen Conlon were aided in their efforts by Rian Bedard, owner of EcoMovement Consulting and Hauling. Since launching in 2009, EcoMovement has partnered with dozens of area businesses... to read more click here!

Seacoast Volkswagen to Tout Green Push

Aug 19, 2011

Oringinally published in BusinessNH Magazine.

By Jim Cavan

Since relocating to Greenland in 2004, Seacoast Volkswagen has become one of New England’s most successful – and sustainable – car dealerships.

Next week, the 50-year-old family owned dealership will be putting their green meddle on display. Teaming up with Green Alliance, the local “green business union,” Seacoast Volkswagen is planning a green gathering that will include a rollout of the 2012 Passat model.

The party, a combination summer celebration and BBQ, will begin at 5 p.m. August 26, and continue until 8 p.m. And it is open to the public. Local green business leaders will be on hand to mix and mingle with environmentally-minded consumers. And Volkswagen will highlight the Passat's green diesel options.

To read the full story click here!

Paint Your Home Green With Any Season Painting

Aug 15, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch

By Dave Anderson

When Jay DeVincenzo started Any Season Painting after graduating from the University of New Hampshire back in 2005, saving the environment was not at the top of his to do list. Today, with more than ten years of experience under his belt, DeVincenzo is proud to say that going green has not only improved the health and productivity of his workers, it has improved his bottom line.

For the full story, click here!

Jenaly's Green Efforts Readily Apparent to Their Clients

Aug 11, 2011

By Jim Cavan

Published in Portsmouth Patch

Like many companies in the greens sector, Jenaly Technology Group’s commitments to sustainability can often fly under the radar. In this sense, you could say the Portsmouth-based IT firm would just assume let their work speak for itself.

But once you start looking at exactly what they provide for their clients and how, the true scope of Jenaly’s green efforts start coming into clearer focus.

To read the full story in Portsmouth Patch, click here!

Fresh, not frozen: The Riverworks Restaurant & Tavern

Aug 11, 2011

By Scott Szycher

Published in Portsmouth Patch

Have you ever wondered how some restaurants, particularly chain restaurants, cook and serve meals so quickly?

Here’s a hint: they’re frequently not cooking your food in the way you might think. They’re probably using pre-cooked meats in their dishes, allowing those restaurants to quickly heat your food, serve it to you, and turn your table over to the next customer. There are even downloadable guides on how restaurants can improve their “efficiency” through the use of pre-cooked meats.

Jennifer Jarvis, the owner of The Riverworks Restaurant and Tavern in downtown Newmarket, would probably use a guide like that for kindling in her fireplace. “Everything at The Riverworks is made from scratch,” Jarvis proudly declares. “And my customers can taste the difference.”

To read the full story in Portsmouth Patch, click here!

NH Bridge Closure Presents Opportunities, Challenges for Businesses

Aug 10, 2011

By Jim Cavan

From Foster's Daily Democrat (August 8) and Exeter Patch (August 3)

For many, it was like getting the dreaded phone call that a long-ailing relative had passed on -- a drop of the stomach at once devastating and yet not in the least bit shocking. Memorial Bridge, it was announced by the state Department of Transportation (DOT) last month, will be closed permanently to vehicle traffic.

A new bridge is expected to be constructed by 2014, although the states of Maine and New Hampshire are still far from hashing out the deal's finer details. Citing the need to "ensure the public's safety," DOT Commissioner George Campbell assured citizens that the long-awaited bridge replacement project would be accelerated as much as possible, while the existing eight decade-old structure remains opened to foot and bike traffic for the time being.

To read the full story in Foster's, click here!

For Exeter Patch, click here!

Fresh, not frozen: The Riverworks Tavern and Restaurant

Aug 9, 2011

Posted in The Green Business Women Daily

By Scott Szycher

Have you ever wondered how some restaurants, particularly chain restaurants, cook and serve meals so quickly? Here’s a hint: they’re frequently not cooking your food in the way you might think....

For the full story, click here!

Green Alliance Joins Forces with Northeast Organic Farmers Association

Aug 9, 2011

Published in Business NH Magazine

By Scott Szycher

In an effort to support local agriculture, maximize environmental protection, and promote human health and wellness, the Green Alliance is partnering with the Northeast Organic Farmers Association’s New Hampshire chapter (NOFA-NH). The Alliance is agreen business union that links sustainable businesses with eco-conscious communities in New England. NOFA-NH advocates for organic and sustainable agriculture, family-scale farming and homesteading both rural and urban, agricultural justice, and related issues in NH. The partnership consists of, discounted services for each membership base, co-membership deals for the public, and co-promotion of the two organizations’ services.

For the full story, click here!

Ultra Geothermal: Finding Cools Ways to Heat up Conservation

Aug 8, 2011

Business New Hampshire Magazine has an annual Lean & Green award to recognize New Hampshire companies that help promote education of sustainable practices.  This year, the Green Alliance is proud to announce that Ultra Geothermal is the recipient of the Small Green Process Award. 

Published in BusinessNH Magazine

By Erika Cohen

Ultra Geothermal in Barrington walks the talk-using a geothermal heat pump system instead of fossil fuels to heat its 2,400-square-foot office in Barrington at a cost of $1,200 a year in electricity.  However, the company's commitment to sustainable practices goes well beyond using the system it sells and installs. After taking over the company in 2008 and renaming it Ultra Geothermal to match its new focus selling only geothermal systems...

Business NH Magazine does not publish their magazines online; for the full story on Ultra Geothermal and other award recipients winning the Lean & Green Award, please visit your nearest newstand for the August edition. 

Collaborative Brew

Aug 8, 2011

By Rachel Forrest

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

 It's a Wednesday morning at the Portsmouth Brewery, yet another brew day for Head Brewer Tod Mott and Assistant Brewer Tyler Jones, but today, there are a few things going on that make this brew day quite different from all of the others.

There is the arrival of John Forti, curator of Historic Landscapes, who walks into the Jimmy LaPanza lounge laden with fresh aromatic lavender, bitter horehound and earthy rosemary. There are more herbs on a counter — bull thistle, yarrow, sweet gale, mugwort. Not a hop to be seen, but a shipment of plums comes in from Delaware and peaches will soon arrive as well.

For the entire story, click here!

 

 

Dockside party in Portsmouth to benefit NH Coast

Aug 5, 2011

Publsihed in Fosters.com and Portsmouth Patch

By Dave Anderson

Greenovations and Jewett Farms & Co. are hosting a dockside party to benefit the New Hampshire Coastal Protection Partnership on board the Isles of Shoals Company’s M/V Thomas Laighton on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Come enjoy a cocktail hour while experiencing scenic views of the Piscataqua River and historic downtown Portsmouth.

The fun kicks off at 5:30 pm with a suggested donation of $10.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to celebrate sustainability with two local green businesses who are doing their part to protect the environment right here in the Seacoast region,” said David Anderson, project coordinator for NH Coast.

Red Hook to Celebrate 30th Birthday Saturday

Aug 5, 2011

Posted in Portsmouth Patch and Exeter Patch

By Scott Szycher

Did you know that the Redhook Brewery has been in business for 30 years? Granted, they've only had their brewery and pub in Portsmouth since 1996, but it feels a lot longer than 15 years.

But whether you consider this a 15th or 30th birthday party, one thing's for sure: the house will be rocking this Saturday... to read the full story in the Portsmouth Patch click here and to read it on Exeter Patch, click here.

Visions Kitchens takes recession in stride, offers affordable remodel options

Aug 3, 2011

 Posted in the Green Business Women Daily

By: Jim Cavan

With the recession taking an everlasting toll on most, it seems like dreams of home remolding and renovations are never going to be within reach. However, Nathan Johnson, owner of Visions Kitchens and Design is making great strides to offer an affordable remodel to those who might be under a financial strain without leaving their wallet empty.

“For lots of people, it’s a matter of not wanting to go through the effort and expense of ripping out walls and tearing up floors,” says Johnson, Visions’ lead designer. “So they’re looking for smaller fixes and upgrades, which we’ve always offered.”

To read the full story on the Visions Kitchens click here!

Bob's Clam Hut adds green sorting station

Aug 1, 2011

By Jim Cavan

Published in Fosters Daily Democrat

Long been popular, the food and atmosphere at Bob’s Clam Hut will forever be the same, however its how customers are disposing of the mess that is changing. Bobs’s in Kittery has recently installed a brand new recycling center that helps dispose of trash into three different bins; one for trash, one for recyclables and one for compostable food scraps.

Pat Barrigar, Bob’s General Manager who has also had experience at Me and Ollie’s in Portsmouth, hopes this greatly diminishes the waste that is being created. "We're determined to make it work," said Conlon. "The next step is more educational information to help our customers understand what we're doing and give us more ideas on how to continue to 'go green.'"

To read the full article in Foster’s click here!