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Sunday, 04/19/2015

Rockingham County 4-H Fashion Revue Entries Due
(All day)

What Is Textiles Revue and Exhibition?

The Textiles Revue Program takes place over two separate dates, a judging day on Saturday, April 25th and a Textiles Exhibition on Friday, May 1. 

Textiles Revue is an annual 4-H event between Strafford and Rockingham Counties that allows youth to display their work in the textile arts. Youth in textile project areas learn life skills such as:
  • time and money management
  • patience and perseverance
  • measuring and mathematical skills
  • goal setting

All kinds of textile projects are celebrated at Textiles Revue. Possible project entries include items such as:

  • quilts, pillows and home decor items
  • outdoor gear such as tents, sleeping bags, and ghillie suits
  • clothing items, costumes and accessories

 See a Detailed Description of the Event and Entry Categories  


Textiles Revue and Exhibition Registration is Now Open! 
All entries are due by midnight on April 19! 


Textiles Revue registration is now open!   Registration this year will be completed online using your www.4honline.com account. We hope that this process proves to be easier for members and parents.  Attached you'll find directions on how to register.  We recommend printing or having this document available while you register.

Permaculture Design Certification Course: Embracing the Shaker Lifestyle and Legacy through Permaculture Design
(All day)

Embracing the Shaker Lifestyle & Legacy through Permaculture Design

A Permaculture Design Certification Course rooted in history, meaningful dialogue, the connection to holistic rhythms and beautifully skilled design

This April, spring into a unique and deep learning experience through ecological design that will shift the way you move through your life. Perhaps you are curious about the study of permaculture. It could be that there is a home landscape project you would like to design and implement using less resources and less maintenance. Maybe you are looking for a new way to view the world’s complicated array of problems…as opportunities? Would you like to discover your ‘ecological self’ and live more harmoniously and in tune with nature and the natural world?

This course runs one weekend a month from April 2015 – August 2015 (dates below) at Canterbury Shaker Village.  Dates for Training:


Friday, April 17, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, April 18, 8:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday, April 19, 8:30am to 5:30pm


Friday, May 29, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, May 30, 8:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday, May 31, 8:30am to 5:30pm


Saturday, June 13, 8:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday, June 14, 8:30am to 5:30pm

July/ August

Friday, July 31, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, August 1, 8:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday, August 2, 8:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday, August 15, 8:30am to 5:30pm

The cost for the Permaculture Design Certification Course is $1,200.  Register online

Presenters: Lauren Chase-Rowell, Stacey Doll and Mary Tebo Davis

As we plan and design a more sustainable and holistic world for ourselves and future generations, the Shakers have much to teach us about:

  • How much is enough
  • Simplicity
  • Multi-functionality in all we do
  • Finding contentment in who we are, what we have and what we do
  • Making a lot with a little
  • Resiliency

Join Lauren Chase-Rowell, Stacey Doll and Mary Tebo Davis on a journey of self exploration, professional level design work, deep connection and understanding of natural cycles and rhythms, and the ability to make your own life more meaningful and resilient simultaneously turning global unknowns into positive actions.

About Lauren Chase-Rowell, Stacey Doll and Mary Tebo Davis

Your instructors for this program are Lauren Chase-Rowell, Stacey Doll and Mary Tebo Davis – and you are in good hands with an enthusiastic teaching team!! Combined, they have over:

  • 40 years experience in contemplative and holistic practices
  • 50 years experience in design work
  • 60 years experience in teaching and homesteading

Lauren, Stacey and Mary all have their Permaculture Design Certifications, were on the teaching and design teams for Advanced Permaculture Diplomas in Franklin, Littleton, and Manchester, and they all have the Permaculture Teacher Training Certifications. Stacey brings over fifteen years of land use and sustainability planning to the team’s experience. Lauren brings over twenty-five years of ecological landscape design and project management to the team’s experience. Mary brings over twenty years of volunteer coordination of Natural Resources Stewards and community leaders to improve ecosystems in NH communities. Lauren and Mary together have co-authored books in their field while Stacey, an aspiring author, has recently begun a daily blog to inspire people to embrace a daily practice of gratitude, love and communion with nature. Their approach to teaching permaculture is unique in that they bring authenticity, earth-wisdom, and deep connection between nature and our daily lives, while building on the solid foundation of science, horticulture, and design found in regional permaculture design certificate courses.

As we engage in this opportunity as a learning community, this class becomes more than a permaculture design certification course. It is an experience that can change your perspective, give you hope, and empower you from decision making to taking simple actions in your life that bring satisfaction and contentment. We look forward to sharing this experience with you.

Sign up today!

Please contact Maisie Daly at Canterbury Shaker Village at mkdaly@shakers.org for more information or download the permaculture design certificate flyer.




  • Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, NH, 03224

Monday, 04/20/2015

Reliability of online information
(01:00 PM - 02:00 PM)

This session requires registration: complete the registration form.

This is a "flipped" webinar
: Rather than just deliver you a presentation, you will be asked to review and submit feedback about three websites (about fracking) before the session. During the live session, we will discuss the sites, your feedback, processes for evaluating them, and ask you to actively participate in the discussion.

To register for the session and get links to the three sites for your review, please complete the registration form.


Ernest Hemmingway said, “Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him.” This has never been more true than it is today, as we wade through vasts amount of information available online. The responsibility to judge whether online resources are reliable now falls to the reader.

We each make judgments about the reliability of online resources before we share them, but it is useful to approach the task in a more rigorous way. One such model, CRAAP, asks you to look at sites from the perspectives of Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. By assessing sites with these facets in mind, you will be able to quickly determine whether the site is reliable enough for your purposes.


  • Webinar Online, NH,

Blueberries and Raspberries Pruning Demonstration
(03:30 PM - 05:30 PM)

Presented by the Fruit & Vegetable Production Team. 

All pruning demos are outside: dress for the outdoor weather of the day. Rain or Shine.



  • Saltbox Farm, 321 Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham, NH, 03885

Strafford County Advisory Council Meeting
(06:00 PM - 07:30 PM)

Business meeting of the Strafford County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council


Agenda:  TBD


Administrative Staff Attending:  TBA


  • Strafford County Cooperative Extension office, 268 County Farm Road, Dover, NH, 03820

Tuesday, 04/21/2015

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

Google Analytics Overview
(02:00 PM - 03:00 PM)

This webinar is an overview of Google Analytics and will cover the various views and options available to track and analyze website statistics. We will also cover how to track file downloads and create reports.

This webinar is sponsored by the ACE IT SIG and geared towards ACE members and Extension faculty and staff who work on websites but is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about Google Analytics.



  • Webinar Online, NH,

Grafton County 4-H SPIN - LegosĀ®!
(02:45 PM - 05:00 PM)

A Lego group for youth in grades K-6!  A collaboration of Richardson Memorial Library and Grafton County 4-H.


  • Crapo Building, Route 18, Sugar Hill, NH,

Initial Pesticide Certification Training
(05:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

This educational program is designed to provide introductory training so that New Hampshire growers may obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take the state certification exam and pass. This training is also to help individuals learn the safe practices of applying pesticides while producing a high quality crop and protecting themselves and the environment. 

Training will be offered in March and April of 2015. If you are looking for instruction for first-time certification or if you would like to receive recertification credits in 2015 to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides this training is for you.

Training will be offered at three different locations statewide in March and April of 2015.


The Nature Conservancy (Merrimack County), Concord, NH 03301     

March 16 & 23rd         5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: March 30th   5:30-8:30 pm



Keene State College, Science Center Rm 102                     

March 19 & 26th          5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date:  April 2nd   5:30-8:30 pm



UNH Cooperative Extension, Grafton County Office, North Haverhill, NH

April 7 & 14th              5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: April 21st   5:30-8:30 pm



**Training combined with individual study has the best track record in preparing someone to take the state pesticide license exams.



  • Grafton County UNHCE Office, 3855 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, NH, 03774

Grape School
(06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)


This workshop series is designed to give backyard home gardeners/growers and new grape growers the tools they need to be successful. Learn about how to choose grape cultivars that will perform well in NH, how to plant and manage a home vineyard, and how to cope with common pest and disease problems.


Come to just one workshop, or come to all three.

On April 14, we will cover the basics of grapevines, establishing and maintaining the vineyard, and plant nutrition.

2 Pesticide Recertification Credits have been approved for this meeting.


Register here: http://bit.ly/GS414


On April 21, we will discuss pest management and assessing winter injury.

2 Pesticide Recertification Credits have been approved for this meeting.


Register here: http://bit.ly/GS421


Lastly, on May 5, we will visit King Street Vineyards in Milford, to see these techniques put into practice on a home/backyard scale.

1 Pesticide Recertification Credit has been approved for this meeting.

No Registration Necessary for Vineyard meeting. Rain or shine- dress for the weather.


Contact Jill Ketchen at jillian.ketchen@unh.edu or 603-641-6060 if you would like to register over the phone.



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  • UNHCE Hillsborough County, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH, 03045

Carroll County Advisory Council
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Agenda items:

Staff Evaluations:

Administrative Staff attending:


  • Carroll County UNHCE Office, 73 Main Street, Conway, NH, 03818

Wednesday, 04/22/2015

Tractor Supply Companys Spring Paper Clover Campaign to Support County 4-H Programs
(All day)

Visit a Tractor Supply Company Store from Wednesday, April 22 - Sunday, May 3 and purchase a Paper Clover for $1 at the register to support county 4-H programs. 

Learn about the TSC and 4-H partnership


Sand Dune Restoration - Beachgrass Garden Planting
(10:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

Join us to celebrate Earth Day and kick off a sand dune restoration project in New Hampshire! We will be planting a Beachgrass Garden at Hampton Beach State Park. The plants will be grown in the garden over the course of the summer, and then transplanted in the dunes in the fall.


Youth under 18 years old are welcome to join us if accompanied by an adult.


What to bring: we will provide equipment, but you are welcome to bring your own gloves and trowel if you prefer.


Sign up


  • Hampton Beach, Hampton Beach, NH, 03842

Scale Clinic - NH Dept of Weights & Measures
(12:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

This clinic is open to anyone who grows and sells their own agricultural products and who uses a scale commercially at farmers markets or a farm stand. Inspection and certification is free to growers who have 3 or fewer scales under 100 lb. capacity and no other commercial devices.

Attendees should bring: (1) legal-for-trade scale(s) and any necessary accessories; (2) current scale license (if you have one); and (3) renewal forms and payments due (no credit cards accepted.)  Annual license fee of $18.00 per scale is required.  



  • Carroll County Farm & Maintenance, 30 County Farm Road, Ossipee, NH, 03864

Tree Fruit Twilight Meeting for Commercial Fruit Growers
(05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)


  • Dan Hicks will present a historical overview of Sunnycrest Farm including fruit production and marketing overlooks.
  • Walking tour of the Orchard including a trellis apple trees block on Bud-9 and a Honeycrisp block.
  • Peach Tree Pruning To Reduce Pest Problems and Insure Cropping.
  • Integrated Pest Management Considerations for Apple & Peach Insect Problems.
  • Integrated Pest Management Considerations Apple Disease Problems.


1.5 Pesticide Applicator Credits have been approved for this meeting.

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  • Sunnycrest Farm, 59 High Range Road, Londonderry, NH, 03053

Rockingham County 4-H Sewing Club
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Love to sew? Want to learn how? Have a project you need help starting or finishing? Come have fun and sew with us! Join us on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Rockingham County 4-H office in Brentwood. We’ll provide the machines - you bring your ideas, your projects, your sewing enthusiasm, and we’ll work together! All levels welcome - beginner to advanced.


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

Managing for Today and Tomorrow (An Annie's Project Program)
(06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Wednesdays: March 25 - April 22. It’s hard to talk about passing the farm on to next generations or new owners. Managing for Today and Tomorrow is for farm women who want to plan now for successful transition later. In five interactive sessions, participants will learn about the four components that create a successful transition—succession, business, estate, and retirement planning. Don’t miss this opportunity to help ensure your farm’s future as a productive agricultural business.


Register early—seats are limited.  For registration, click here


Level: Beginner to intermediate


Other: Program designed for farm women


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

Dig Your Garden: Season Extension
(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 15: Growing Tomatoes
- April 22: Season Extension
- May 6: Growing Veggies and Herbs 


- March 7 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Healthy Soil and Garden Fertility
- April 4 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Growing Blueberries, Raspberries, and Strawberries
- April 25 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Growing Apples and Pears



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

Thursday, 04/23/2015

Tractor Supply Companys Spring Paper Clover Campaign to Support County 4-H Programs
(All day)

Visit a Tractor Supply Company Store from Wednesday, April 22 - Sunday, May 3 and purchase a Paper Clover for $1 at the register to support county 4-H programs. 

Learn about the TSC and 4-H partnership


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

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
(09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

SAFE reviews critical food safety and sanitation concepts such as personal hygiene, preventing cross contamination, and controlling time and temperature. SAFE workshops provide food safety training for new employees and refresher information for more experienced staff. The 2 hour workshop uses practical discussion and hands-on demonstrations to help participants apply safe food handling practices in the workplace. SAFE participants receive fact sheets and a certificate of attendance.


  • Portsmouth City Hall, 1 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH, 03801

Planting for Pollinators on the Farm
(09:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

A free outdoor informational session and farm site walk with meeting topics:

  • How to establish pollinator plots
  • Weed management/invasive species
  • Planting installation and seeding recommendations
  • Living mulch - a companion planting with crops

Presenters wills include:

  • Don Keirstead, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Amy Papineau, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Bill Hoey, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service


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  • Picnic Rock Farm, 85 Daniel Webster Highway (Rte 3), Meredith, NH, 03253

Rockingham County 4-H Wildside: Learn How to Cast Animal Tracks
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Take an animal track and cast it so you can enjoy and study it at home!

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  • UNH Cooperative Extension Office, 113 North Rd., Brentwood, NH, 03833

Wildlife Action Plan Update - Input Sessions
(04:00 PM - 06:30 PM)

The NH Wildlife Action Plan is being updated and we'd like your input!  Five input sessions are being held around the state in April-May to gather ideas for actions from people who are closely connected with, and concerned about, protecting wildlife and habitats. Help to make the revised NH Wildlife Action Plan an even more useful and informative guide for 2015-2025!  


  • Plymouth Regional High School, 86 Old Ward Brg Rd, Plymouth, NH, 03264

Raising a Piglet in Your Backyard
(06:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Thinking of raising a piglet this spring?

Come listen to Dot Perkins, UNHCE Livestock Field Specialist, to get all of the facts and many practical tips pertaining to raising and caring for pigs in New Hampshire. 

The presentation will cover information  on swine nutrition, their health, and how pasture fits in. As usual, Dot will cover things that are in the books but also the stuff that is not!

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  • Grafton County UNHCE Office, 3855 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, NH, 03774



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