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Tuesday, 03/31/2015

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

New Hampshire Division of Weights and Measures: Scale Clinic
(12:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

(Snow date Thursday, April 2 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM)


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

Conquer the Kitchen
(03:30 PM - 05:30 PM)

Tuesdays: March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14. Learn cooking basics and how to feed your body to give it the fuel it needs to power you through the day. We will take common ingredients and create delicious snacks, such as Peanut Butter Banana "ice cream," Apple Smash with Cinnamon Yogurt, and Awesome Omelets. Open to Seabrook Adventure Zone participants.


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

Belknap County Advisory Council Meeting
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Agenda items:


Program Presentation:

Amy Jennings - Program Coordinator, Youth & Family/4-H Youth Development


Administrative Staff attending:



  • Belknap County Extension Office, 635 Main St., 3rd Floor, Laconia, NH, 03246

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 4

Oh to Be Young Again: An Aging Forest Means Trouble for Some NH Wildlife
Jim Oehler, State Lands Habitat Biologist, New Hampshire Fish and Game Dept.
The landscape of northeastern and north central states has changed. One big difference is the amount of land now covered with houses, roads, and other development. Another, more-subtle transition has also taken place: We have more mature forest today than we did 50 years ago. Many wildlife species do not live in mature woods. Populations including wood turtle, indigo bunting, New England cottontail, and bobcat have declined. No fewer than 65 reptiles, birds, and mammals – all of which need young forest – have been designated species of greatest conservation need in the Northeast. Learn how the partners in the Young Forest Project are working to change this trend.



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

Wednesday, 04/01/2015

4-H Approval Form for Horses Qualifying for ESE due to county offices
(All day)

Link to new Approval Form (now called Intent to Show)

Merrimack County Foundation Book Award due
(All day)

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Merrimack County Garden Seed Requests Due
(All day)

Campership requests due to Merrimack County
(All day)

Logger's First Aid and CPR
(All day)

2015 Spring Professional Logger Program Classes

See brochure for details and registration. Click here for brochure.  Class size is limited please sign up early. Bring your own lunch.



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  • Fox State Forest, 309 Center Road, Hillsborough, NH, 03244

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

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.


  • NH Food Bank, 700 E. Industrial Drive, Manchester, NH, 03109

What Makes Economic Development Happen?
(12:00 PM - 02:00 PM)

Featured Panelist:

  • Steve Norton, Executive Director - NH Center for Public Policy Studies
  • Dick Anagnost, President - AnagnostCompanies
  • Mark Kaplan, Executive Director - Alfa Loft
  • Laurel Bistany, Executive Director - Regional Economic Development Center of Southern NH will explore changes to NH’s economic climate and those factors which contribute to successful local economies.

A question and answer discussion will follow panelist presentations. 

by calling 603-862-1028 or emailing Annarie.vancosant@unh.edu.



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  • UNH Manchester, Pandora Building, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH, 03101

Cooking Matters for Kids
(05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

Wednesdays: April 1 – May 6. In this course kids become the chefs by learning to try new foods and prepare and cook healthy recipes and snacks for themselves! Cooking Matters for Kids™ teaches children in grades 3 - 5 how to make smart choices wherever they go - at school, at home, at the store, or out to eat. Income guidelines apply.



  • Portsmouth Catering Company, 1 Liberty Lane, Hampton, NH, 03842

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: A Fungus Among Us, Preventing Disease in your Garden
(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, 04/02/2015

Logger's First Aid and CPR
(All day)

2015 Spring Professional Logger Program Classes

See brochure for details and registration. Click here for brochure.  Class size is limited please sign up early. Bring your own lunch.




  • Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, 7 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH, 03452

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

County Management Team Meeting
(09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)


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

Advanced Farm Management
(11:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

This workshop is for mid-career producers who are serious about building their financial management and strategic marketing skills.

Three series of four classes each as well as a weekly webinar to help gain clarity and help with concepts from the previous class.  

This series of classes will be Thursdays, March 19, 26, April 2, and 9, 2015.

Level of class is Intermediate to advanced.

Please see the attached flyer for additional information and registration details.

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  • Brigham Hill Community Farm, 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton, MA, 01536

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

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.

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  • Keene State College Science Center, 229 Main St., Room 102, Keene, NH, 03431

New England Cottontail Rabbits: Biology and Management
(07:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Though once common throughout much of central and southern New Hampshire, The New England cottontail is now only found in the Merrimack Valley and Seacoast regions of the state.

UNH Cooperative Extension Wildlife Outreach Coordinator Haley Andreozzi will speak about the biology of New England cottontail, management techniques to enhance wildlife habitats, the conservation efforts underway to help restore this rare rabbit, and current state and federal habitat enhancement programs that offer technical and financial assistance to landowners.

Registration is requested, but not required. More information on the event can be found at extension.unh.edu/NEC.


  • Amherst Town Library, 14 Main Street, Amherst, NH, 03031

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

This meeting will travel to former council member's Maple Sugarhouse in Andover.

7:00 PM      Secretaries Report    Review and approve

7:10 PM      Council Dialogue      Maple Sugarhouse tour at Eric Johnson's

7:45 PM      State Council Meeting      April 16, 2015 at Granite State College 5-7:30 PM
                 who is attending?

7:50 PM      Town Reports      Now that Town meetings are over, how many can report
                  they saw UNHCE in their Town Reports?

8:10 PM      Staff Breakfast - Monday, April 6, at 9 AM before their staff meeting at 10.
                 Set up at 7:30 am - finalize menu and tasks

8:20 PM      County Office Administrator Report - Deb Cheever
                 & Budget Update

8:40 PM      Nominating Committee update

9:00 PM      Adjourn


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

Friday, 04/03/2015

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

Topics covered during this six week series (Fridays, 2/13 - 4/3) 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.


  • Littleton Head Start, 646 Union Street, Ste 800, Littleton, NH, 03561



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