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Monday, 03/02/2015

4-H Poultry Testing
(All day)

Contact Chris for details, 788-4961

Show Me Nutrition – Nutrition in the Classroom
(08:30 AM - 02:30 PM)

Mondays: March 2-30.  


In this nutrition in the classroom series, fifth grade youth explore healthy eating and staying active with taste-testing activities and interactive lessons and games. Parents receive weekly newsletters to reinforce topics. Open to fifth grade students at Seabrook Elementary School.


  • Seabrook Elementary School, 256 Walton Road, Seabrook, NH, 03874

Mindful Me meets Nutrition Ninjas
(03:30 PM - 05:00 PM)

Mondays: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, March 2, 9 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. 

Join us in preparing delicious foods and incorporating mindful practice (paying attention, being present and aware), mind/body exercise, and creative activities such as art and music. Open to Raymond Middle School students.

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  • Iber Holmes Gove Middle School, 1 Stephen Batchelder Parkway, Raymond, NH, 03077

Raising Turkeys
(06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Dot Perkins of UNH Cooperative Extension, will present information about breeds, housing, nutrition, illness and more. This talk is designed to help the beginner get ready for the arrival and basic care of their turkeys. This talk will not cover butchering or breeding.

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  • Boscawen Municipal Complex, 116 North Main Street, 4th Floor, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Tuesday, 03/03/2015

Poster and Photo Judging - Merrimack County
(All day)

Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers
(09:00 AM - 03:30 PM)

This course is for women who are in the first 10 years of farming.  It is most effective for farmers who have been in production for at least a year or two, but women planning a farming operation have also found it helpful.  It is not a course on production, rather on whole farm planning.  Participants will meet for ten sessions on topics that include goal setting, financial, business, marketing, land and infrastructure planning, soil fertility, and planned grazing.  Participants are provided with a mentor and a network of other beginning women farmers.  This program is offered in collaboration with Holistic Management International, and Small and Beginner Farmers of New Hampshire.


Littleton NH Location TBD


Level:  Beginner


  • To Be Determined, NH,

Bone Builders
(09:00 AM - 10:00 AM)

Tuesdays and Thursdays. Enjoy the company of other seniors, and maintain bone health through strength and balance classes. 


  • Newmarket Recreation Center, 1 Terrace Drive, Newmarket, NH, 03857

Seed Sterilization Clinic
(11:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

To treat your seed for seed-borne pathogens

UNH Cooperative Extension now has two new hot water baths to aid farmers in treating against pathogens in or on their seed. Diseases like downy mildew, black rot, bacterial canker, bacterial speck, bacterial leaf spot, early blight, fusarium wilt, Alternaria, leaf mold, tomato mosaic virus, and verticillium wilt are some of the diseases that can be treated with hot water seed treatment.

We can treat your crucifer, carrot, eggplant, lettuce, onion, parsnip, pepper, spinach, tomato, turnip, rutabaga and radish seed.


What we won’t be treating: any sets, roots, bulbs or tubers. Peas, beans, and cucurbits are also not recommended for treatment. Pelleted, old or primed seed should not be treated. Downy mildew on basil cannot be treated via hot water.

Check to see if your seed has previously been heat treated, as doing this twice could negatively affect germination.


This practice is permitted under Organic Certification rules.



Who should attend? If you save your own seed, or purchase from a smallseed supplier, or have had disease issues in the past, this is for you!


Please note: while this is a well-documented procedure, any treatment done to seed after purchase voids any guarantees of the seed company.


This Clinic is in 2 locations, Please contact us if these dates/times do not work and we will schedule with you individually



At the Woodman Horticulture Farm!

70 Spinney Lane in Durham, NH

February 20th @ 11am


Grafton County

At the UNH Extension office

3855 Dartmouth College Highway

North Haverhill, NH

March 3rd @ 11am

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2015 Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)


March Weekly Series

Like a Pebble in a Pond:
Ripples of Land Use Changes Over Time
The histories of farming, forests, wildlife and people are entwined in the northeast. The impact of land use change will continue to ripple through the future of our farms, forests, wildlife and people who depend upon them. This winter, our annual lecture series examines landscape history and land use change – by both looking back and considering what may lie ahead.


Week 1

“Forests for the People” What’s Next for America’s Eastern National Forests?
David Govatski, US Forest Service (Ret) Co-author of the book “Forests for the People”, David will present a slide-illustrated talk examining the vital ecological, social and economic issues facing America’s eastern national forests today and in the future. Case studies include shale oil extraction, restoration ecology, invasive insects, burgeoning recreation and calls for preservation vs. multiple use management.


Additional Dates

March 17th Movie Night: “The People’s Forest”

March 24th Boom to Bust and Back Again: Is Past A Prologue for NH Agriculture?

March 31st Oh to Be Young Again: An Aging Forest Means Trouble for Some NH Wildlife

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  • Baldwin Center, Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest, 309 Center Rd., Hillsborough, NH, 03244

Wednesday, 03/04/2015

Snow Date Photo/poster Judging Merrimack
(All day)

2015 Community Training in Ecological Design Workshop Series
(All day)

UNH Cooperative Extension is offering a four-part training on ecological design from February 4, 2015 through February 25, 2015. Utilizing Permaculture Design Principles, the training is geared towards community leaders, planning board members, conservation commissions, landscape designers and architects, agricultural commissions, and energy committees. Town road agents, maintenance personnel, and engineers would also benefit. CEUs and professional credits are available for AICP CM, AIA, NH Certified Professional Landscapers and NOFA Organic Landcare Practioners.

Participants will be led through a series of conversations, collaborative activities, case study field trips, and a design charrette, introducing the ecological design process that can be applied to communities in the planning and development process or for their own individual properties. Topics will include appropriate technologies, scale, biodiversity, integrated design, and stacking functions.

“This training brings together permaculture concepts and design principles for New Hampshire. Participants will get tools to plan, design, and develop a more resilient and sustainable future for a town’s infrastructure and economy, while working in harmony with the natural world,” says UNH Cooperative Extension Natural Resources Field Specialist Mary Tebo Davis.

The series will be led by a team of professionals, including Davis, Steve Whitman Lauren Chase-Rowell, and Stacey Doll. They will share their expertise in the areas of planning, zoning, landscape and ecological design, natural resources, sustainability, urban forestry, and permaculture. Training dates and locations are as follows:

  • February 4, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Boscawen
  • February 11, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Boscawen
  • February 18, 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Franklin
  • February 25, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., NOFA-NH Winter Conference, Concord
  • (Snow dates: to be announced)


Cost for the training is $395. Space is limited. Register online: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=17113

 For more information, contact Mary Tebo Davis at mary.tebo@unh.edu or (603) 641-6060.


  • Merrimack County UNHCE Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Cooking Matters for Teens
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Learn the basics of cooking and healthy eating. This is a hands-on cooking class. Open to all teens.



Wednesdays - Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 18 & March 4.


  • Laconia Middle School, 150 McGrath St., Laconia, NH, 03246

Rockingham County 4-H Hippology Coaching
(06:00 PM - 07:30 PM)

Wednesdays. All 4-H'ers are welcome!


  • UNH Cooperative Extension, Rockingham County, 113 North Road, Brentwood, NH, 03833

Backyard Chicken Basics
(06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Come join Daimon Meeh, UNH Cooperative Extension Agriculture Field Specialist, in a conversation about raising backyard chickens. Topics to be discussed include feeding, housing, choosing the appropriate breed, and more.


This workshop is appropriate for those interested in obtaining chickens, or those who already own backyard chickens and want learn more about their proper care.




  • East Kingston Elementary School, 5 Andrews Lane, East Kingston, NH, 03827

Dig Your Garden: Garden Planning
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

If you want to learn the rules of gardening from the ground up, here’s your chance! Ron Christie, UNH Cooperative Extension agriculture program coordinator, will lead the series, taking gardeners through every phase of the growing season. Designed for both new and experienced gardeners.


Wednesdays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- March 4: Garden Planning 
- March 11: Starting Transplants from Seed 
- March 18: Containers and Raised Bed Gardening 
- March 25: Pollinators; Good Bugs, Bad Bugs; Pest Control 
- April 1: A Fungus Among Us; Preventing Disease in your Garden
- April 8: Growing Veggies and Herbs
- April 15: Growing Tomatoes
- April 22: Season Extension
- May 6: Snow Date 


- March 7 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Healthy Soil and Garden Fertility
- March 14 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Growing Apples and Pears
- April 4 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Growing Blueberries, Raspberries, and Strawberries




  • Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn, NH, 03032

Thursday, 03/05/2015

Bone Builders
(09:00 AM - 10:00 AM)

Tuesdays and Thursdays. Enjoy the company of other seniors, and maintain bone health through strength and balance classes. 


  • Newmarket Recreation Center, 1 Terrace Drive, Newmarket, NH, 03857

Slow Cooker Meals Made Easy
(11:00 AM - 01:00 PM)

6 week lesson series to teach families how to use a slow cooker to make easy meals.  Each participant recieves a slow cooker and will prepare a raw meal to take home and cook in a slow cooker the next day, or freeze for another day.  A sample meal will be available to taste each week.

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  • Wakefield Food Pantry, 1500 Wakefield Road, Sanbornville, NH, 03874

Saving Money at the Grocery Store
(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Topics covered during this six week series (Thursday’s, 2/12 - 3/26) will include: The food we eat and MyPlate; Mealtime - my role, my child’s role; What’s for dinner?; Going shopping and a grocery store tour; and a $10.00 shopping challenge!


Pre-registration is required.


  • Lebanon Head Start, 11 Eldridge St., Lebanon, NH, 03766

Cooking Matters for Families
(05:00 PM - 07:00 PM)

Thursdays: January 29 - March 5. 

Cooking Matters for Families is a six week series for school-age children and their families to come together in the kitchen to learn about healthy eating and the importance of family mealtime. Topics include fast foods, school meal programs, and family dining strategies. 


  • Salem Boys and Girls Club, 3 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH, 03079

Eat Smart - Family Cooking Series
(05:00 PM - 07:00 PM)

Family Cooking Series Starts in March, Sign up Today

How many times do you hear – “What’s for dinner?”  Would you and your family like to learn how to cook together?  How about ideas on how to eat healthier and shop smarter?  The Families Healthy Together Eat Smart Series begins on Thursday, March 5.   Interested families are encouraged to register today, space is limited. 


Rachel Freierman of AMC and Heidi Barker of UNH Cooperative Extension will be co-teaching this fun, hands-on program to local families.  During the class, families work together to cook and enjoy a healthy meal combined with nutrition themed activities.  A take home bag of ingredients are then sent home to practice the recipe again or try something new.  “Cooking is a skill that many are looking to learn more about.  This is one of the best classes we offer to families in Coös County.”,  said Nutrition Program Coordinator, Heidi Barker.  “It has all the bells and whistles to teach kids and parents how to eat healthy while having lots of fun together!


The four week program is scheduled for Thursdays in the Family Consumer Science Lab at Berlin High School.  Dates include:  March 5, 12, 19 and 26.  Families with at least one child, age 5-11, living in the communities served by Gorham and Berlin School Districts, are eligible to participate. 


  • Berlin High School, 550 Willard Street, Berlin, NH, 03570

Coös County 4-H Horse Winter Planning Meeting
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)


  • Coos County UNHCE Office, 629A Main Street, Lancaster, NH, 03584

Merrimack County Advisory Council Meeting
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Advisory Council Meeting Agenda:

7:00      Secretaries Report         Review &  Approve

7:10      Advisory Council Dialogue     Sharon Cowen, Community & Economic Dev.

7:40      Sub Committee Report - Final budget meeting time/date

7:50      Statement of Operating Procedures (review)

8:05     Staff breakfast planning - set date

8:30      Council membership update

8:40      County Office Admin. report & budget update

9:00      Adjourn




  • Merrimack County UNHCE Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Emerald Ash Borer for Birders Workshop
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Help track the Emerald Ash Borer

Forest Health officials need the help of outdoor enthusiasts, including birders, in detecting emerald ash borer (EAB), the most destructive forest pest in North America. Its larvae tunnel just under the bark of ash trees, killing them quickly. You can help us locate this pest by spotting the characteristic bark damage caused by woodpeckers feeding on EAB larvae.In this workshop, Molly Heuss with NH Division of Forest & Lands and Steve Roberge, UNH Cooperative Extension, will teach you what to look for and how to report potentially infested trees. They will also discuss the history and biology of emerald ash borer, the status of infestations in NH, the impacts this insect is expected to have on NH’s forests and landscapes, and the steps NH Forest Health officials are taking to manage this insect. Phil Brown of NH Audubon will discuss the birds that feed on the Emerald Ash Borer and how to identify them, and why their feeding behavior leaves the characteristic “blonding” on the ash trees, as well as provide a landowner’s (NH Audubon) perspective on EAB infestations.


  • Harris Center for Conservation Education, 83 King's Highway, Hancock, NH, 03449

Wilderness Ethics
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Join Antioch University, the MERE Project and the Waterman Fund as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the book Wilderness Ethics, with co-author Laura Waterman. This is a panel discussion that will explore definitions of wilderness, how our actions affect wilderness and others' experiences of it, and what the future holds for the wild places of New Hampshire and beyond.



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  • Antioch University New England, Community Room, 40 Avon Street, Keene, NH, 03431

Friday, 03/06/2015

Coös County 4-H Fashion Revue Entries DUE
(All day)

DUE in the 4-H Office in Lancaster today, your entries for Fashion Revue, Fashion Selections & Flix


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  • Coos County UNHCE Office, 629A Main Street, Lancaster, NH, 03584



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