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Upcoming Workshops with UNH Coop Ext.

Monday, February 7th, 2011

There are some exciting workshops already scheduled with UNH Cooperative Extension.

There is “Every Child in the Garden” on March 5th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Massabesic Aububon Center, 26 Auburn Way, Auburn. This workshop will explore the in’s and out’s of developing and sustaining youth and school gardens in New Hampshire.

Space is limited to 35 participants. Cost will be $10 per person, including lunch. For registration information, contact Janell George at 603.641.6060. For program questions, contact Julia Steed Mawson, Extension 4-H Educator at or 603.660.6373. The deadline to register is February 21.

There will also be a series of seven hands-on workshops sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the Massabesic Audubon Center that will help you make your garden flourish this year. The series kicks off Saturday, February 12 with “Vegetable Garden Planning, Starting Plants from Seed, and Growing Transplants Indoors.” It runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Auburn Way, Auburn. The workshop will provide tools and techniques to get a jump start on the season and plan for greater success in your garden.
Workshops run from February through September. The other sessions will be Saturday, March 12: “Building and Maintaining Your Soil’s Health”; Saturday, April 9: “Containers and Raised Bed, Growing Different Vegetables”; Saturday, May 14: “Weeds, Pests, and Disease; Crop Rotation; Companion Plants and Allies”; Saturday, June 4: “Permaculture; Composting; Cover Crops and Green Manures”; Saturday, August 20: “Extend Your Growing Season”: and Saturday, September 24: “Closing Your Garden, Assessing Your Success, Planning for Next Year.”

Individual workshops are $15 per family or $75 for all seven sessions. To register, contact Ron Christie, Rockingham County UNH Cooperative Extension office, at 603.679.5616 or Because of limited space, registration is required.

For a workshop flyer, please visit

Mom & Baby Wellness Sampler, Wednesday, Nov. 10

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Mom & Baby Wellness

If you’re expecting come to the 4th Annual Mom & Baby Wellness Sampler at ChildLight Yoga in Dover on Wednesday, from 10:00 t0 12:30 pm. Speak with tons of great local groups about all kinds of mom and baby wellness things. Seacoast Eat Local will be there to spread the word about local, healthy eating all winter long with the Winter Farmers’ Markets.

For more information about this event, please visit the ChildLight Yoga website.

NH Farm Museum’s Exciting Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

The NH Farm Museum has some great events on its calendar. Here are two we haven’t shared with you yet.

October 2  Harvest Day 10 am-4 pm
Horse-drawn hayrides, harvest activities and fall fun. Press apples to make cider, try a Johnny cake, enjoy some pumpkin pie and help with the harvest. Kids can make a candle, paint a gourd, and play pumpkin games.

October 3  The Great NH Pie Festival 12 noon – 4pm
Bakers and bakeries from all over New Hampshire serve up their best pie for you to taste.  Enjoy all you can eat of all sorts of pie and vote on your favorite at this benefit event. Bring a pie to enter in our pie baking contest and win a prize. Enjoy music, hayrides, the kids apple pie eating contest, visiting the historic farmhouse and meeting the farm animals.  $10 adult, $5 child

For more information about these days, and to see all the events on the calendar, please visit the NH Farm Museum’s website.

UNH Cooperative Extension Brings Healthy Weight Cooking Class

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

 Healthy Weight Cooking Flyer

Here is a class from UNH Cooperative Extension that most of us can benefit from. Learn cooking skills to prepare your fresh, local foods. Check it out:

Have fun while learning and sharing food together! Join a hands-on cooking class and learn how to make healthy meals that can be prepared quickly with food enthusiast Peggy Evans, creator of ABC Foods website. Terri Schoppmeyer, educational program coordinator at UNH Cooperative Extension, and Diane Giese, director of the Seacoast Family Food Pantry, will join Evans in covering class topics such as cooking for one or two, comfort foods revisited, and trying something new. The four-class series will meet on Wednesdays, September 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 129 Miller Avenue in Portsmouth.

Class preregistration is required. Contact Diane Giese, Seacoast Family Food Pantry, 603.436.6161 to register.

Healthy Weight Cooking Group is cosponsored by Seacoast Family Food Pantry, UNH Cooperative Extension, and Nutrition Connections.

Click here to download the Healthy Weight Cooking Class flyer.

Strawbery Banke 2010 Vintage and Vine

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

On Saturday, September 11, 2010, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. join Strawbery Banke for its 2010 Vintage and Vine find-raising event. This year Stawbery Banke is partnered with the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets to offer a wine tasting tour through Strawbery Banke’s historic houses. There will be hundreds of wines to taste and order, star chefs grilling under the tent, food by the seacoast’s best restaurants at every house, music by Truffle Electric, and a silent auction.

Tickets are $35 per person or $55 including a VIP reserve tasting. Tickets can be purchased at Strawbery Banke’s website or by calling 603.422.7501.

For more information about the event see Strawbery Banke’s Vintage and Vine page.

In the News: “Eat an Apple (Doctor’s Orders)”

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

A recent article in the New York Times tells the story of three clinics in Massachusetts that are “prescribing” local farmers’ market purchases for youngsters. “Eat an Apple (Doctor’s Orders)” by Natasha Singer details what Boston mayor Thomas Menino says could be the first of its kind:

Doctors at three health centers in Massachusetts have begun advising patients to eat “prescription produce” from local farmers’ markets, in an effort to fight obesity in children of low-income families. Now they will give coupons amounting to $1 a day for each member of a patient’s family to promote healthy meals. . . The pilot project plans to enroll up to 50 families of four at three health centers in Massachusetts that already have specialized children’s programs called healthy weight clinics.

To read the entire article click here.

Cumberland County Backyard Locavore Tour, Saturday, Aug 14

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

On August 14, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Portland Maine Permaculture will be presenting the Cumberland County Backyard Locavore Tour 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a rain date of August 15th. The price for this event is $15 per adult, $12 per senior, and kids under 12 free. You can learn more about this exciting event on the Portland Maine Permaculture website or the University of Maine Cooperative Extension website. Here is a description of the event courtesy of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension:


This event is to raise funds for a future home of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at Tidewater Farm.  The tour is an educational, edible garden tour provided by University of Maine Cooperative Extension trained volunteer Master Gardeners, Master Food Preservers, and 4-H families.


Gardens are located in Brunswick, Falmouth, Cumberland, Gray, Standish, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, South Portland, and Portland. This is a self guided auto tour, participants are encouraged to mix and match the gardens they choose to visit to their likes and dislikes. The ticket comes with maps to all the gardens and a link that lets you customize your own itinerary.


This event will showcase successful backyard “do-it-yourself” strategies for growing, raising, harvesting, and preserving foods to become more self-reliant in meeting your own food needs. Topics featured through demonstrations, tours, talks, and food samples include:


Vegetable gardening
Square foot gardening methods
Root cellaring
Drying foods

Canning foods
Freezing vegetables and fruits
Raising chickens for eggs and meat
High yield Fruit Trees

Please RSVP and purchase a ticket from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 207.780.4205.

Volunteers Needed for the 2010 Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner, September 19th

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

HH Barn Dinner

 Volunteer at the Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner, September 19th!
Chef’s Collaborative, Seacoast Eat Local, and Slow Food Seacoast are partnering again this year to hold the Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner, hosted by the Meadow’s Mirth Farmers on Berry Hill Farm on September 19. The Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner, part of the RAFT Heirloom Grow-Out Project, is a celebration of biodiversity, community, farmer-chef connections, and great locally grown heirloom varieties.  Held in a barn at the beautiful Berry Hill Farm, diners feast on courses prepared by the finest chefs from the Seacoast area of New Hampshire.  Each course features one or more RAFT heirloom vegetable varieties grown at  local farms.
We would love to see some familiar faces from last year, and meet some new folks volunteering. As the event comes closer, we will form a specific schedule, in the meantime, we are looking for help in these areas:
Saturday, Sept 18: Barn clean-up for an afternoon: We’ll have a hoe-down clean-up and pizza party to prepare the beautiful barn for the next day.
Sunday, Sept 19: Barn Set-up in the morning: 9 to noonish, we’ll clean, decorate and set-up tables
Prior and During Dinner: 3pm till finished, we’ll greet and direct diners to park, serve dinner, and assist chefs.
Afterwards, all hands on deck to clean up and breakdown barn. We’ll enjoy dinner together provided by the chefs as a thank-you.
Please contact Erin Ehlers ( to sign up to help. This was a fantastic and sold-out event last year, and a great way to be involved with the local food community!

Young Farmers Conference: Reviving the Culture of Agriculture, Dec. 2 & 3

Friday, July 30th, 2010


This December, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture will present its third annual Young Farmers Conference: Reviving the Culture of Agriculture, a program especially for young and new farmers. The Young Farmers Conference provides a forum for hundreds of new or transitioning farmers to network with peers and learn from leaders in the field. Workshops are taught by seasoned farmers, and topics have ranged from securing farmland, to financing a farm, to launching a grass-based dairy operation. Recognizing that farming is by nature a solitary profession, the Young Farmers Conference offers invaluable opportunities for young farmers to share ideas and learn from each other.

Planning for the 2010 YFC is well underway now! If you’re interested in presenting at this year’s conference, download a workshop proposal form. Workshop and presentation proposals will be accepted July 23–September 3.

Conference registration will open in October.

NHAES Research Field Days August 2 and 26

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) and College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) will host research field days on Monday, August 2, 2010, at the UNH organic dairy research farm and on Thursday, August 26, 2010, at Woodman Farm, from 8:15 a.m. to noon.

Beverages and light snacks will be provided from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Presentations and discussions will be provided by the farm managers, faculty and student researchers, Cooperative Extension staff, and others.

The organic dairy is located at 216 Lee Hook Road in Lee and Woodman Farm is at 70 Spinney Lane on the west edge of UNH. 

Maps and directions for each facility may be found at

Here’s a link to the flyer: