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Farmstead Planning Twilight Meeting

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

UNH Cooperative Extension is offering a Farmstead Planning Twilight Meeting on Monday April 18, 6 -8 pm at Riverslea Farm (362 North River Road, Epping NH, off Route 125).

Farmstead planning involves having an overall master plan and then placing buildings on the farm property so they won’t be in the way of future structures and will be located for efficient operation. The basic concepts include: siting buildings, traffic flow, environmental concerns, separating business and personal space, dealing with vehicle and people traffic, allowing for materials handling, etc.

This twilight meeting is a part of a series of agricultural engineering twilight meetings with John Porter, UNH Extension Professor, Emeritus and Stan Weeks, consultant from New York.  Stan is an agricultural engineer who has had a lot of experience in farmstead layout. He is contracted on a regular basis by UNH Cooperative Extension through the Andrew C. and Margaret R. Sigler Foundation. This series is conducted in cooperation with UNH Cooperative Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

For more information contact Nada Haddad, Rockingham County Agriculture Extension Educator, UNH Cooperative Extension at Nada.Haddad@unh.edu or 679-5616

Localvore Dinners April 8 + April 15

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Get out on a Friday night and enjoy some local fare!  There are 2 Localvore Dinners coming up this month at Chez Bouchon Bistro, 32 Depot Square, Hampton. Chef Ted McCormack of Harvesting Hermit will be the guest chef for these 2 special events.  The four course dinner is $45 per person, served at 6:30pm, community seating.  The menus include lots of food from local farms and fishermen, including locally raised vegetables, meat, seafood, cheeses, and more! To see the menus, click here. To make a reservation call 926-2022.

CSA shares available at Riverside Farmstand & Greenhouse

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Interested in joining a CSA this year.?  Here’s a recent announcement from the farmers at Riverside Farmstand in North Berwick:

Riverside Farm Stand & Greenhouse has CSA shares available for the 2011 season!   Our CSA covers not only fresh fruit and vegetables but includes items from our greenhouses (bedding and vegetable plants, hanging baskets, etc) and commercial kitchen (fresh bread, chicken pot pies, jams, relishes, etc).   We also include items that we source locally like milk, honey, and eggs.   Our CSA program is unique in that we offer full choice and do not prepack a box for you.  If you are interested, please check our website, www.riversidefarmstand.com for details.

Come talk to the farmers in person this Saturday at the Winter Farmers’ Market in Exeter!

Survey on winter growing seeks input from vegetable farmers

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Are you growing or storing crops for sale during the winter months?  Are you interested in expanding your farm’s winter harvest? 

Click here to take the online survey, and get connected with a network of winter growers and resources for year-round farming.

This survey will inform a new project to help farmers expand their winter crop production, and improve crop storage structures on their farms. Seacoast Eat Local is proud to be a partner on this project, which will provide much-needed information and resources to the farmers who are working hard to grow a year-round supply of vegetables. The project will also support the development of  winter farmers’ markets in the region.

Northeast SARE has provided funding for a 3-year Research & Education project to expand winter harvest and sales for New England vegetable crops. Partners include University of Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) and Seacoast Eat Local. We are currently interviewing growers, setting up research trials, organizing winter markets, and planning educational workshops and meetings for farmers. Please complete our survey, and tell us about what you’re doing on your farm, and what issues are important to you.

Stay tuned for details about upcoming workshops and events!

Pre-order holiday pies from Chef Ted McCormack’s new cafe!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The Harvesting Hermit now has a website (www.harvestinghermit.com) where you can find out what delicious local food is on the menu – like house-cured ham and brie, locally raised pulled pork, breakfast sandwiches served all day, or how about a maple milkshake? Chef Ted is now offering pre-ordered pies and cakes for the holidays too. Check out their website, or stop by the cafe at 32½ Depot Square in Hampton, 603-967-4696. Down to the homemade pickles and chutneys, this place is all about locally grown ingredients!

Organic Laying Hens Available

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Field to Fork Farm (Chester, NH) is selling some of their laying hens.  Here’s a message from the farmers:

Our ISA Brown laying hens were raised on our farm from chicks and now range on our organic fields and are fed only organic grain. These hens are great layers and are now 9 months old and will lay until next summer. This will be the only time we sell hens this year so please act now if you are interested. $12 Call: 603 548 4331  Please visit www.fieldtoforkfarm.com for more information about our farm.

 

Farmers and Fishermen Sought for Winter Farmers’ Markets

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Seacoast Eat Local is now accepting applications from farmers and fishermen for the 2010-2011 Winter Farmers’ Markets. The winter market season will run from late November 2010 through April 2011. All markets will be held on Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm, alternating between two indoor locations in Rollinsford (Wentworth Greenhouses) and Exeter (Exeter High School). To request an application packet, please email Winter Farmers’ Market Coordinator Kate Donald at kate@seacoasteatlocal.org. The application deadline is September 15, 2010.

In keeping with Seacoast Eat Local‘s mission of connecting consumers with sources of locally grown foods, we aim to organize markets that emphasize farmers, fishermen, and their products. In order to allow sufficient space for farmers and fishermen, we have designated a small number of spaces for prepared food vendors this year. The 2010-11 markets will feature prepared food vendors who are going to extra mile to offer products made from ingredients sourced directly from local farmers and fishermen. We are not accepting unsolicited applications from prepared food vendors at this time. If you would like to recommend a potential food vendor for the markets, please fill out Seacoast Eat Local’s “Recommendations of Vendors” form.

For more information about Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Farmers’ Markets, and other winter farmers’ markets in the area, visit our website. Check back often as we add market vendor and event information.