Archive for October, 2010

Seed Saving workshop from Nature’s Wonders

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

“Why spend lots of money on seeds when you can share them with your neighbors.  Seed saving is a perfect way for you and your child to understand connections and life cycles.  We will talk about the life cycle of a plant and you can collect seeds from many herbs and flowers for next year.  This is a great way to start planning your springtime garden.

Thursday, November 4 at 3:30 –only $10:00.  You can take home as many seeds as you want. Email for more information”

Learn about, dine on fresh seafood at UNH event

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

DURHAM — A University of New Hampshire event aims to connect cutting-edge research on sustainable New England fisheries with recipes for New Hampshire-caught fish.

Fisheries Research to Plate, hosted by New Hampshire Sea Grant, UNH Cooperative Extension and Northeast Consortium, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Cole Hall on campus. The evening features discussions by UNH researchers and local fishermen about their collaboration to help conserve Gulf of Maine fish populations. In addition, students in the UNH Thompson School’s culinary arts program will prepare dishes featuring two sustainable species, redfish and skate, for tasting and will provide recipes.

To register for the event, which costs $10, visit For information, contact LaValley at 862-4343 or

How To Run A Successful CSA Workshop

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

How to Run a Successful CSA

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 9:00am to 12:00pm:
Sponsored by: Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter
Location: Many Hands Organic Farm, 411 Sheldon Road, Barre, MA 01005
*** Early bird discount deadline is October 30, 2010

Presenter: Julie Rawson

With 19 years of experience running a CSA, Julie Rawson of Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre, MA, will discuss elements of a successful CSA operation. Topics we will cover:

  • Maintaining top-notch organization
  • Intricate timing for a broad mix of crops
  • Planning for food storage and distribution
  • Creative labor management
  • Marketing strategy
  • Deliveries
  • Member services
  • Bottom line

We will tour the farm and cover as much as we can on nutrient density focused fertility, season extension and crop successions. MHOF has a 35 member spring CSA, 120 summer, 65 fruit, 30 flower and 35 member fall CSA using 3 acres for vegetables, 1 acre for fruit and is certified by Baystate Organic Certifiers, also for meat chickens, layers, pigs and turkeys. Participants are invited bring a pot luck item and stay for lunch and more conversation after the workshop.
Registration: $40. NOFA membership discount: $5. Early registration (by October 30, 2010) discount: $5. Contact: Ben Grosscup, 413-658-5374. By email,; put “November 13” in subject.

Register online or by mail at this link:

Slow Food Seacoast 50-mile Thanksgiving November 6

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Slow Food Seacoast will be hosting their annual 50-Mile Thanksgiving Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 8 pm at South Church (292 State Street) in Portsmouth, NH. Special guest Lynne Christy Anderson will talk about her book, Breaking Bread: Recipes from Immigrant Kitchens. (Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.) The potluck buffet will feature organic Bourbon Red heirloom turkeys raised by Tiny Hill Farm in Milton Mills, NH, along with traditional trimmings.

Visit their website for all the details >

Healthy Eating Workshops by Get Well Grounded and Allgood Eats

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The women behind Get Well Grounded and Allgood Eats have partnered with The Herbal Path of Dover to bring us a series of workshops to help us learn more and implement simple but important healthy eating practices. There couldn’t be better people to offer such workshops – warm, welcoming, knowledgeable, supportive and inspirational, Erin and Jennifer are definitely people to get to know! More information and registration at  www.getwellgrounded/events

Get Well Grounded  & Allgood Eats have teamed up to bring you these fun, powerful, & practical Cooking, Health, & Nutrition Workshops at The Herbal Path, 839 Central Avenue, Dover, NH | 603.740.8400

Healthier Holiday Meals – November 12, 2010 (Fri. 7:30-9:30pm)
{pre-registration deadline: October 30, 2010}

Love those holiday meals, but wish they were a little healthier?  In this workshop, we’ll make simple, scrumptious dishes perfect for your Thanksgiving and Winter Holiday meals, and we’ll do it using healthy ingredients.  You’ll walk away with our personal recipes, tons of great nutrition information, and a satisfied belly (we’ll be doing some tasting!).

Sweet Eating: The Healthy Way – December 11, 2010 (Sat. 2:00-4:00pm)
{pre-registration deadline: November 27, 2010}

Who doesn’t love sweets?  In this workshop, we’ll talk about all kinds of sugars – from refined white sugar to the natural sugars we get from sweet fruits and veggies.  We’ll also discuss why sugar cravings can be so intense and how to conquer them for good. That’s right: for good!  Other topics include glycemic index, insulin and diabetes, and the importance of sweet veggies in your diet.  You’ll walk away with tons of new knowledge, recipes, and a game plan for conquering your sweet cravings.

Reset Your Good Health for the New Year – January 8, 2011 (Sat. 1:00-3:00pm)
{pre-registration deadline: December 26, 2010}

We all do it—make New Year Resolutions that fall flat before February rolls around.  Not this year!  In this powerful and restorative workshop, we’ll discuss reasons why resolutions often fail (and how to avoid it).  You will formulate serious intentions and easy-to-follow steps for achieving your unique health goals in 2011.  In addition, we will teach you meditation techniques for relaxation and empowerment.  Come enjoy hand-blended teas and homemade snacks while discussing the need for self care. You’ll walk away feeling refreshed and energized to make lasting changes in the coming year.

$35/workshop {if you pre-register online or in person at The Herbal Path}
Join us for the entire series & SAVE $25: only $80 for all 3 workshops!
$40/workshop if you register after the deadline.

We hope you’ll come down to cook, laugh, learn, taste, and get healthy with us!

Jennifer & Erin

Jennifer Purrenhage, PhD, CHHC, CYT, is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Consultant, a biologist, an educator, and the  founder of Get Well Grounded | Holistic Health & Nutrition (  Jennifer works with clients  across the country to help them lose weight, sleep great, and double their energy without drugs, dieting, or deprivation.

Erin Allgood, MS, is a biochemist and an educator with specialized instruction in nutritional sciences. Erin is the  author of the blog “Allgood Eats” ( and is in the process of becoming a certified health coach. She would love to teach you her tips and tricks for healthy eating!  E-mail Erin at

Shoot us an e-mail ( or call (617.297.8313) with your questions.

The Church Locavore Supper – an idea that’s come back round with smashing success

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

We just received this wonderful report of the Exeter Congregational Church’s Localvore Supper from this past Saturday night:

exeter-nh-locavore-turkey-dinner.JPGWe just had a very successful Locavore church supper here in Exeter, NH, last week. We purchased all the food locally, inlcluding 80 pounds of fresh turkey at the local farmer’s market, from Kellie Brook Farms in Stratham, NH. We walked from the church over to the farmer’s market, loaded up the 4 turkeys in a little red wagon, and hauled them up the hill to the church ovens.

Church members, who have rather large home gardens (I call them our micro-farmers), donated apples, squash, potatoes, cabbage, and more. One lady picked up a 10lb bag of cranberries when she was on an earlier vist to Cape Cod. The co-chefs drove a little north to Butternut Farm to get more apples for the pies, Tuttle Farm to get fresh corn for the corn-relish salads, and they drove a little south for fresh rolls from Piantedosi’s bakery in MA. Please see the attached flyer.

This was an awareness-raising event, and we had a table of information and flyers on various conservation, locavore, and green topics. We had also posted all the names of the farms where the foods were grown. The tables were set with church china and old silver on linen tablecloths. The centerpieces of each table had a listing of the free films we will be showing in our fall green series: Fresh, Botany of Desire, and History of the Chicken. Our house band was playing folk music.

We opened the doors, and sold out in the first hour all 120 seats. We were charging more than our other church suppers, because of the higher food costs, but people gladly paid to get the fresh food.( Usually $8-9, but local was $12). This was our 2nd annual Locavore supper, and the first one  –  same time last year,  was just as successful. Maybe we are on to something?

Didn’t the original church suppers used to be from all-local food when they first began in the 1700’s?
Let us marry the old with the new, to create something sustainable.

Renay Allen

Renay Allen
Office Manager
The Congregational Church in Exeter, UCC
21 Front St., Exeter, NH 03833
603-772-4216  Mon-Fri 9-2pm

Sustainable Agriculture Everywhere – Cultivating Peace, One Garden at a Time

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010


Kiado Cruz, Community Organizer, RASA (Autonomous Network for Food Sovereignty), Oaxaca, Mexico

Friday, October 29, 2010

Community meal at 6 pm
Presentation at 7 pm

At The Waysmeet Center (across from “C” parking lot), 15 Mill Rd, Durham NH / Parking in “C” lot and downtown Durham

The New England Region of Witness for Peace brings us Kiado Cruz, a Community Organizer for RASA (La Red Autónoma por la Soberanía Alimentaria: The Autonomous Network for Food Sovereignty). RASA is a spin-off of UniTierra, a school that concentrates on indigenous forms of education such as mentoring, horizontal networking and apprenticeship, community service, and environmental sustainability. RASA is an ever-increasing, citywide network of people who are learning, and then teaching, inner-city gardening, while rediscovering their cultural food roots.

Señor Cruz will speak on sustainable agriculture as well as the community organizing that has been instrumental in the current autonomous movements in Oaxaca and Chiapas. He will also address questions about the effects of U.S. trade policies and increasing privatization that have been damaging to Mexico, and about related migration issues.With this presentation, Witness for Peace New England aims to enrich the cross-borders dialogue between those who are creating and supporting local food systems and local economies; engaging in education reform; advocating for immigration reform; and promoting fair and just international trade.

Free and open to the public, though donations much appreciated!

For more information contact 603-862-1165 or

Sponsored by Witness for Peace New England, American Friends Service Committee – NH, The United Campus Ministry to UNH, Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group & Seacoast Peace Response

Cooperative Extension Greenhouse Workshop Series

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

UNH Cooperative Extension will be hosting a series of workshops. The cost for all three workshops is $15:

Organic Greenhouse Workshops:
Organic vegetable production in containers is gaining popularity in the bedding plant industry. Selecting the best growing media, understanding plant nutrition, and managing insects and diseases are the key to growing healthy young plants. Join us for this 3-night series on November 8, 15 and 22 that will focus on the organic production of spring transplants and bedding plants. The workshops will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, just minutes west of Manchester, in Goffstown at the Hillsborough County Complex. This workshop series is appropriate for both beginner and advanced growers.

Online registration >

November 8: Growing Media and Nutrition
The makeup of the growing media is key in greenhouse production for growing healthy plants. The growing media supports the plant, holds water and nutrients for plant use and provides aeration. The composition of the media, its pH, electrical conductivity, nutrient content and availability, and the rates applied are critical for a successful crop. Learn how to choose media and fertilizers that will contribute to the succes of your crop.

This session will be taught by Dr. Becky Sideman, UNHCE Specialist in Sustainable Horticulture Production; by Dr. Eric Sideman, MOFGA Organic Crop Specialist, and by Dr. Brian Krug, UNHCE Specialist in Greenhouse and Floriculture.

November 15: Insects
Learn how to use integrated pest management practices to ID and manage common greenhouse insects, how to set up and follow a scouting program and how to use biological controls as well as organic pesticides.

This session will be taught by Dr. Alan Eaton, UNHCE Entomology Specialist.

November 22: Diseases
Determining whether a problem is caused by environmental conditions or a disease organism can be tricky. Prevention is always the best method to reduce losses due to diseases. Good sanitation and the use of proper cultural practices can go a long way toward preventing disease problems. Learn how to implement good sanitation practices, how to develop a scouting program to monitor for diseases, and how to ID and manage common greenhouse diseases when they do occur.

This session will be taught by Dr. Cheryl Smith, UNHCE Plant Health Specialist.

Hillsborough County Complex
329 Mast Road
Goffstown, NH

For further information, call 862-3200.

Online registration >

Wanna widget?

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Here’s a widget for your website or blog to help promote the Winter Farmers’ Markets!

Here’s the code to copy/paste:

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We are all going to eat really well this winter

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

widgetimage.jpgThe outdoor farmers’ market season is still going strong, and the mix of summer and fall foods has been delicious. Frost will come soon, but in the meantime sweet corn and tomatoes are still making an appearance at the markets. Exeter, Portsmouth, Kennebunk, Saco, Wentworth Greenhouses, North Berwick, Rochester, and Lee are still on, and you can find detailed information about their locations, hours, and season at Seacoast Harvest.

Meanwhile, planning is well under way for area Winter Farmers’ Markets. Seacoast Eat Local will be hosting 11 markets in Exeter and in collaboration with the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford. Northwood started their indoor season today and will continue each Saturday through the holidays! In addition to Newmarket, Rye, Northwood, Newburyport, and Concord returning for another fabulous year, Derry, Salem, and Raymond NH will also be hosting winter markets. It’s going to be easy to shop for local food this winter! Here’s a calendar with all the markets for easy planning >

Our own vendor roster is full up, with farmers bringing a wide variety of locally produced meats, dairy, vegetables, fruits, and more, and a few prepared food producers who have gone a long extra mile to utilize locally grown foods in their recipes.

Many thanks to Nate Walker for producing a beautiful illustration for our 2010-2011 winter season poster! You can download a copy to post in your workplace, church, coffee shop, library, daycare center (etc.) – and thank you for helping to spread the word! poster2010.pdf