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Making Bread, Naturally

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011



As part of their bi-monthly series of Potluck Sunday Dinners, Slow Food Seacoast hosted a Bread-Making Class that accompanied a meal focused on “Bread, Yeast & Beer.” I had the pleasure of attending, and learned  from baker Paula Marcoux how to work with a dough sponge, develop and feed the leaven, and how to shape a roll expertly. For some scenes from this very hands on class on making Vienna Bread, Cheese and Scallion Rolls and Pain au Levain:


In addition to teaching and writing, Paula is also an historian. Her latest project is surveying existing historic ovens — if you or know of someone who has an existing bake oven, you can help by filling out this quick survey: Historic Oven Survey — Documenting our baking past, one oven at a time… 


Later this summer, Paula returns to New Hampshire, giving those who missed her class another chance. The class at Canterbury Shaker Village will focus on making some examples of historical breads:


Historical Baking: An Archaeological Perspective

Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, NH

Instructor: Paula Marcoux, editor of Edible South Shore

Thursday, August 25, 6–8:30 p.m.


Drawing on archaeological information and her own oven-building experimentation, Paula Marcoux will discuss the types of ovens and bread used by the very earliest French and English colonists in North America (1540–1640). Learn about making and sample historical breads such as “cheate bread” from England, “pain brié” from France, and the international treat, “ship’s biscuit.”


Take home recipes and leaven (sourdough starter) to bake these breads at home. Fee for Class: $50/non-member; $45/member


For more information about Paula’s upcoming class at Canterbury Shaker Village, visit: Slow Food Seacoast’s next event is their annual Down-on-the-Farm Picnic on Sunday, July 24th at Touching Earth Farm in Kittery — save the date!

Beginning Beekeeping, June 26

Monday, June 20th, 2011

There are a few spots left for this weekend’s workshop, Beginning Beekeeping, taking place on Sunday, June 26th, at 2 p.m. in Barrington, NH. Sponsored by the Seacoast Permaculture Group, join Amy Antonucci of the Seacoast Beekeepers Association as she takes you through the basics of keeping your own bees:


Beginning Beekeeping

Seacoast Permaculture Group

Barrington, NH

Instructor: Amy Antonucci

Sunday, June 26, 2011

2 p.m.


Integrating (principle 8) honey bees into our permaculture system offers us renewable resources and services (principle 5) and a delicious yield (principle 3)! If you are interested in bringing these amazing creatures into your landscape, come learn more. With an emphasis on natural methods, we will go over basic beekeeping terms, basic honeybee biology, equipment needed to get started, types of honeybees and how to get them. Products and services of the hive will be discussed. What to expect in terms of time and money input, and where to get more information will also be included. The plan is for 2 hours of indoor presentation, show-and-tell, and question and answer. Then, if the weather allows, we will spend about an hour looking in the hives together. If the weather is poor, I wil have an indoor alternative learning experience planned!


Amy Antonucci has been keeping bees for honey and pollination since 2005 and has been involved with organic agriculture for over ten years. She gives talks at libraries, schools, has been interviewed on the radio about apiculture and is VP of the Seacoast Beekeepers Association of NH. Please wear or bring light colored clothing, and consider if you’d like long sleeves and pants if we get into the hives. If you happen to have or can borrow a bee suit or veil please do—I will have some for folks to borrow also.


We are charging on a sliding scale for this: $10–30 per person. This workshop isn’t geared towards kids, and we will have limited space inside. Older kids who want to work with bees, though, are very welcome.


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NOFA-NH Field Day: Hidden Wonders Farm, June 21

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

71136_318824153124_2919310_n.jpgNOFA-NH is holding a series of Field Days this summer. With a focus on raising and processing poultry, the first Field Day takes place at Hidden Wonders Farm in Canterbury on Tuesday, June 21st, from 2 to 4 p.m.:


NOFA-NH Field Day: Hidden Wonders Farm

305 Baptist Road, Canterbury, NH

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

2–4 p.m.


The NOFA Summer Field Days are on-site educational opportunities for organic farmers and gardeners. We have a number of exciting opportunities this summer.


Join us on Tuesday June 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 for a visit to Hidden Wonders Farm in Canterbury, NH. The emphasis of this visit will be on raising and processing poultry. See the flyer for directions and details.


The cost of the Field Day events is $20 for NOFA members, $25 for non-members, $5 for beginning farmers. Nobody will be turned away for inability to meet the fee.


Contact Leon Malan at 526-3632 or e-mail


For flyer: nofa-nh-field-day.pdf


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Pasture Walk at New Roots Farm, June 22

Friday, June 17th, 2011

newroots.jpgThe Granite State Graziers continue their series of educational pasture walks at New Roots Farm in Newmarket on Wednesday, June 22nd, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public — come and learn how the Cantaras have integrated pasturing into their diversified farm:


Pasture Walk: New Roots Farm

Granite State Graziers

New Roots Farm, 31 Doe Farm Lane, Newmarket, NH

Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 4:30–6 p.m.


Join us at New Roots Farm for a pasture walk that’s sure to have something for everyone.


Jeff and Renee Cantara raise poultry, lambs, hogs and beef cattle along with vegetables on 70 acres in Newmarket. What began as a certified organic vegetable operation 10 years ago has gradually evolved into a livestock-centric system focusing on both MIG and mob-grazing practices to improve pasture health and livestock performance. The Cantaras also utilize livestock as a nutrient transfer mechanism in their vegetable operation. The farm’s model is one of producing high quality food and direct marketing to end consumers through Farmers’ Markets, their own and other CSA programs, and occasional restaurant sales. Come learn about both the successes and bumps-in-the-road that the Cantara’s have encountered over the years along with their plans for future endeavors. Specific practices that will be discussed include multispecies MIG and mob grazing, utilizing pastured poultry to revitalize hayfields, growing and grazing forage for hogs, on-farm poultry processing, simple and effective livestock shelters and more.


The pasture walk will be held June 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. New Roots Farm is located at 31 Doe Farm Lane in Newmarket, NH. The event is free and open to the public.


Granite State Graziers is a collaborative effort of the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and North Country Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, and UNH Cooperative Extension. For more information about this pasture walk, contact Jeff Cantara at New Roots Farm, 603-292-5902, or


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Summer Farm Camp at Rumsey Farm

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

407.jpgRumsey Farm in York, ME offers various sessions of farm camp for the summer — kids can sign up for a week of full or half day sessions of on-the-farm activities and learning creative sustainability:


Farm Camp at Rumsey Farm

275 Cider Hill Rd, York, ME

Full day sessions $225, includes lunch

Half day sessions $125


Come spend some time on the farm!


We will focus on farming, homesteading and being self-sufficient in this camp. Children will experience daily farming chores, care of animals, and gardening. Lunch will be prepared by the children themselves using local, in season foods, many from our own farm. Each week will be filled with different activities and lots of fun and games. During our gardening, we will touch on soil preparation, planting, natural pest control and harvesting.


Throughout the week, while the children spend time with the different farm animals, they will investigate about life cycles, animal uses and predator protection. We will continually discuss our minimal impact on the land and a respect for our wonderful earth. Each week will include a field trip to visit local farms and homesteads. This year we will have a guest teacher with a focus on art history and sustainable art projects.


2011 Summer Session Dates

• Session 1: July 11-15, 4-7th graders, 8am – 2pm

• Session 2: July 18-22, 1-3rd graders, 8am – 2pm

• Session 3: July 25-29, kinder-1st graders, 8 – 11am

• Session 4: August 1-5, 4-7th graders, 8am – 2pm

• Session 5: August 8-12, 1-3rd graders, 8am – 2pm

• Session 6: August 15-19, kinder-1st graders, 8 – 11am


For more information:

Strawberry Preserve Workshop, June 18

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Local strawberries are beginning to make their way into Seacoast farmers’ markets and farm stands. Early season varieties are particularly suited to preserving — take advantage of their arrival and learn basic canning skills while making strawberry jam at this upcoming workshop sponsored by New Eden Collaborative in Newbury, MA:


Strawberry Preserve Workshop

New Eden Collaborative of First Parish Church

20 High Road – Route 1A, Newbury, MA 01951

Saturday, June 18, 2011

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Join us in the kitchen for an introduction to food preservation with Strawberries!


There’s nothing that compares to the taste of ripe June strawberries, except your own strawberry preserves in January. Participants will learn how to save the flavor bounty of summer fruits using the simple hot water bath canning method. All will take home a jar of strawberry jam, the recipe, and a list of resources for further food preservation fun. Note: this workshop might run past noon.


Fee: $23 per person or $28 per couple taking home 1 jar of jam with online registration; $25 per single or $30 per couple the day of the event.


Workshop leader Charlotte Dion is a Permaculture designer, organic gardener, hen herder and suburban homesteader. She is a consultant to Transition Newburyport, the New Eden Community Gardens, and The Green Artists League. She teaches a variety of workshops on regenerative solutions around the North Shore and Boston. Charlotte is also the founder and organizer of the North Shore Permaculture organization.


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4-H Goat Clinic, July 16

Friday, June 10th, 2011

285.jpg4-H is holding their annual Goat Clinic on Saturday, July 16th, at the 4-H Youth Center in New Boston, NH. Sign up soon for a day of hands-on activities involving raising and showing goats. If in need of a goat, contact them about the possibility of borrowing one!


4-H Goat Clinic

4-H Youth Center, 15 Hildale Lane, New Boston, NH

Saturday, July 16, 2011

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$10 per participant, space limited


A 4-H Goat Clinic will be held on Saturday, July 16 at the 4-H Youth Center in New Boston. All counselors and staff are volunteers with knowledge in raising and showing goats. The day’s program will include hands-on activities involving hoof trimming, clipping, fitting & show, and fun activities. A mock show will be held at the end of the day.


Each participant needs to bring a goat (owned or borrowed) to the clinic, as well as bedding, feed and equipment, proof of Rabies vaccination and 4-H animal approval form. All goats must be born by March 10, 2011 and had a Rabies vaccination at least 30 days before the clinic (all goats must have had their vaccination with in the last year). All goats will be checked upon arrival for sore mouth, pink eye, and other contagious or infectious diseases. If your goat does not pass inspection, you will be asked to take it home. (Contact Jolee Chase about borrowing a goat.)


$10 per participant, space is limited so registrations are due as soon as possible. Payment due July 10th.


More detailed information will be sent to all registrants. For more information, contact Jolee Chase at 603-641-6060 or


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Field Workshop: Organic Pest Management, June 16

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

367.jpgJoin New Entry in the fields for their next Field Training Workshop:


Field Workshop: Organic Pest Management

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Ogonowski Memorial Fields, 126 Jones Ave, Dracut, MA

Thursday, June 16, 2011

4–6 p.m.


It was a long, hard, and dormant winter here in the Northeast, and if you think you’re ready for some fresh local produce, just wait to see how hungry the bugs are!


Please join New Entry in the fields on Thursday, June 16th, to learn about identifying and organically managing common insect pests in the Northeast. We will cover management practices such as prevention, cultural controls and the appropriate application of organic (OMRI listed) pesticides. New Entry farmers are required to attend this mandatory pesticide training.


See you in the fields!


For directions or more information about the Spring/Summer Field Series, contact McKenzie at 978-654-6745,


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Fisheries Roundtable: Roadside Marketing for Fishermen in the Digital Age, June 13

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Next in a public discussion series hosted by New Hampshire Sea Grant and Northeast Consortium:

Fisheries Roundtable: Roadside Marketing for Fishermen in the Digital Age

Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth, NH

Monday, June 13, 2011

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Speaker: Shane Bradt, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension


Do you wonder how your fishing business or organization could better connect to customers using digital technology? Join us for a facilitated discussion about opportunities to better market your product, followed by a hands-on workshop. Computers and training will be provided, so that you can leave with some of the leg-work done!


• Get your business info in numerous databases and maps used by online, GPS and smartphone mapping applications.


• Develop the skills to maintain and update your listing in the most important mapping databases.


• Increase your understanding of the new marketing opportunities offered by GPS and smartphones.


The Portsmouth Public Library is handicap accessible. Light refreshments will be served.


For more information contact: Rachel Feeney, Northeast Consortium, 603-862-2276 or; Ken La Valley, NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension, 603-862-4343 or


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Farmers Market Workshop for Growers, June 9

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

From the UNH Cooperative Extension, a farmers market workshop for growers:


“Getting Ready to Sell at a Farmers Market”

UNH Cooperative Extension

Auburn Safety Complex, 55 Eaton Rd, Auburn, NH

Thursday, June 9, 2011

6–8 p.m.

Free, pre-registration encouraged


A workshop for growers who are currently selling or are considering selling at farmers markets will be held at the Auburn Safety Complex, 55 Eaton Hill Road in Auburn, New Hampshire, on Thursday, June 9 from 6 to 8:00 PM. Agricultural Resources Extension Educator Nada Haddad will lead the two hour workshop and cover how to get ready for farmers markets, product quality, how to display farm products, merchandising, safety, customer service and the do’s and don’ts at the market.


The event is co-sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension, Rockingham County and the Griffin Free Library in Auburn.


To register, contact Deb Stevens at UNH Cooperative Extension, 603-679-5616 or deb.stevens(at) To register online:


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