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Two More Yes You Can! Workshops from Coop. Extension

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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If you missed the June Yes You Can! food preservation workshop you’re in luck, there are two more coming up in August.

On Tuesday, August 10, 2010, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. UNH Cooperative Extension will be holding a class along with J&F Farms in Derry. The class will be at J&F, 124 Chester Road, and will be free and open to the public. For more information download the flyer for this class: Yes You Can! at J&F Farms.

On Wednesday, August 25, 2010, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. the Yes You Can! workshop will be held at the Rockingham County Nursing Home, 117 North Road, Brentwood, in the Hilton Auditorium. For more information you can download the flyer for this class: Yes You Can! Aug. 25, 2010.

You can also read our blog about the June workshop and don’t forget to check out the calendar on UNH Cooperative Extension’s website for details about this event and many more.

New Entry Open Farms Tour, August 5

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will be holding its annual Open Farms Tour on Thursday, August 5, 2010, from 5:00 to 7:45 p.m. The event begins at John Ogonowski Memorial Fields, 126 Jones Avenue, Dracut, Massachusetts. Here is a little description of the event, courtesy of New Entry: 

New Entry will open its training farms to the public during their 3rd Annual Open Farms Tour on Thursday, August 5th, beginning promptly at 5:00 p.m.  The tour will visit three training farms, located in Dracut, MA.  
Speak with project farmers and staff to learn about our beginning farmer training programs, our farmland preservation efforts, and farm employment resources. Meet and network with other project supporters who believe in our mission. 
New Entry’s farmers attend a six-week, 18+ hour classroom training and associated field trips in which they learn about enterprise budgets, market opportunities, farm resources and the inherent risks and risk management strategies associated with farming.  They then continue on to participate in a 10-session series of hands-on, field-based practical skills workshops throughout the growing season to learn important farm skills.  Individuals receive many hours of free technical assistance and consultation.  All farmers develop detailed farm business enterprise plans which they implement in the field.
This event is free and open to all New Entry friends and supporters, and registration is required.  Donations are always welcome to support and expand our work.  

For registration details and directions please visit the New Entry Open Farms Tour registration page.

Study Shows Half of Farm Expenditures are Spent Locally

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

In the June issue of Amber Waves, Timothy Wojan and Dayton Lambert wrote about the findings of a recent USDA Economic Research Service-supported study, which found that “about half of all farm input and equipment expenditures were made locally in 2004.”

The study analyzed the location of the farms, rural or nonrural, and the potential impact on local economics. Although the study found that where the farm was made a big difference, these authors concluded that “roughly half of all farm purchases were made locally.”

Read the entire article at

Edible Flowers Workshop with Cooperative Extension

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010


UNH Cooperative Extension, Rockingham County, will be holding a workshop for you to learn about using edible flowers from your garden on Monday, July 19, 2010. Here is more information about their class:

Edible Flowers, a free 30-minute presentation by UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Dot Cole, will be held on Monday, July 19, at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Demonstration and Instruction Garden, across from the Rockingham County Complex at 113 North Road in Brentwood. Come learn which flowers are safe for consumption before experimenting with blossoms in your own garden. Cole will share some of her favorite recipes and demonstrate what blooms can be included in recipes and used as garnishes.

The Demonstration and Instruction Garden is a multi-acre site sponsored by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program. Its mission is to promote environmental awareness through education, demonstration, conservation, and research. The gardens include a children’s garden, butterfly garden, trial garden, and many other theme gardens. All are welcome to join the Master Gardeners as they plan, plant, weed, and tend trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables in the display and test gardens on Mondays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The garden is located in the meadow, at the bottom of the hill, behind the Rockingham County Complex maintenance buildings. Please park in the lot directly across from the complex at 113 North Road and walk down the dirt road to the garden.

UNH Cooperative Extension provides New Hampshire citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources, and improve the economy. For more information about the Master Gardener Program, or to learn about educational programs in Rockingham County, call (603) 679-5616 or visit

Fair Season Almost Here

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

It’s almost time for the agricultural fair season to begin!

The first fair in our area is Stratham Fair, Stratham, NH, July 22–25, 2010. This is the 43rd annual Stratham Fair. There are rides, animals, and all sorts of activities to keep you entertained. You can visit their website here:

Rochester Fair will be September 17-26, 2010, in Rochester, NH. This year, Rochester Fair will have Geoffery in the Giraffic Park Exhibit. Its website is

Then there is the Deerfield Fair in Deerfield, NH. This year, the Deerfield Fair will be September 30–October 3, 2010. This year, the “Family Fair” will have its second annual giant pumpkin weight-off as well as tons of farm animals, display buildings, rides, and even events you can participate in, like the Back Seat Drivers Contest. Visit the Deerfield Fair website at

Permaculture Meetups: Solar Food Dryer & Composting

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group has some great Meetups on the horizon.

Sunday, July 25, 2010, 3:00 p.m.: Solar Food Dryer Meetup
Michael Bliss has offered to show us the solar food dryer that he has built. Over the course of a few weekends, he used the plans from “The Solar Food Dryer,” by Eben Fodor, to build his dehydrator.  He’ll share with us what he learned by building his own dryer ~ what he liked, what changed from the plans, what he would do differently, and how he’s used it so far. We’ll also take time to see what else the Blisses have done around their home, including installing a solar hot water system.
Please bring a dish to share, as we’ll wrap up the afternoon with a potluck.
We are asking for a $5-10 donation for this event. 

To RSVP go to or contact or 603-664-2796. 

Sunday, August 8, 2010, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Composting with Rian Bedard, Barrington
Come learn the basics of backyard composting, the do’s and don’ts, how to keep your pile active, and the basic science behind it. Rian will also talk about how it is done on a large scale at commercial facilities. 
Rian Bedard is a certified Permaculture Designer and instructor.  He started the first Zero Waste program as manager of the Me and Ollie’s Cafe in Downtown Portsmouth.  He worked as assistant director of the Green Alliance, where he realized that there was a demand for compost hauling service. In November of 2009 he decided to venture into the hauling industry and started a company called EcoMovement. They currently have 30 clients and are diverting an estimated 20,000 pounds of food waste from the landfill a week.
We are charging for this on a sliding scale of $5-20.  Space is limited. 

To RSVP go to or contact or 603-664-2796. 

The group will also be adding more exciting events soon, so make sure to check back with their website to see what’s coming.

NOFA-NH 2010 Summer Organic Garden & Farm Tours

Monday, July 5th, 2010

This summer, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH) will be holding the 2010 Summer Organic Garden & Farm Tours series. There will be six tours throughout the summer, the first tour taking place on July 15 and the last of the season on August 31. The tours are $10 for NOFA members and $15 for nonmembers, while children under 18 are free. Preregistration is requested but not required.  

Tours include Two Dreamer’s Homestead, Canterbury; Tracie’s Community Farm, Fitzwilliam; Sawyer Park, Kensington; Blue Ox Farm, Enfield; Bible Hill Farm, Bradford; and Tuckaway Farm, Lee. Each tour has a different focus.

To read about the tours, find out about the potluck dinners to follow the tours, and for more information in general, please go to the NOFA-NH website or see the 2010 Summer Organic Garden & Farm Tour flyer.

New Roots Farm’s New Offerings at the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market Tomorrow

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

At the Porstmouth Farmers’ Market tomorrow New Roots Farmwill have its pasture-raised, heritage breed sausages available for the 4th of July holiday. New Roots is also introducing its nitrate/nitrite free smoked kielbasa, frankfurters, and mini-bratwursts, alongside the perennial all-natural favorites that include chorizo, fresh kielbasa, Italian sausages, breakfast sausages, and more.

For more information about New Roots Farm and its offerings, don’t forget to visit the website,!

Berrybogg Farm Opens for Blueberry Season Saturday

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

As with many other berry farms, this year things are ripening early at Berrybogg Farm in Strafford. Blueberry season will kick off this Saturday!

Greetings from Berrybogg Farm! We are excited to announce our opening for blueberry picking this Saturday, July 3, at 8am. The crop looks great and is about 10 days early this year due to the unusually warm spring. This year we have new hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 8am to 5pm; Thursday 8am to 7pm and closed on Mondays. Please check out our website at or call 603-664-2100 for current conditions, directions, and recipes.

So get out there and pick for the Fourth of July weekend!

Side By Side Cooking, a Program for Kids and Parents

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Side by Side Cooking

This six-week course from UNH Cooperative Extension, Rockingham County, is  all about cooking and nutrition for school-age children and their families.

Gather in the kitchen to learn about healthy eating and the importance of family mealtime! Prepare and share meals together at Side by Side, a free six-week cooking and nutrition series for school-age children and families being offered at The Upper Room in Derry on six consecutive Tuesdays, July 13 through Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Terri Schoppmeyer, Educational Program Coordinator at UNH Cooperative Extension, will cover mastering family mealtime, grocery shopping on a budget, snacking and more. A local chef will share culinary secrets and cover basic cooking skills necessary to prepare healthy, low-cost meals. Have fun while learning and sharing food together. If you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, free and reduced lunch, WIC, or other types of financial assistance, then you qualify for free participation in Side by Side Cooking.
To register for Side by Side Cooking, contact Sue Schick at The Upper Room, (603) 437-8477 ext. 22.
Side by Side Cooking is sponsored by Operation Frontline, the New Hampshire Food Bank, UNH Cooperative Extension, Nutrition Connections, and The Upper Room. 

Click hereto view the calendar listing from UNH Cooperative Extension or click the picture above to download the program flyer.