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Monday, 03/02/2015

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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Location

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

Wednesday, 03/04/2015

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.

 

When:

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

Location

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

Saturday, 03/07/2015

Winter Wildlife Walk with Wildlife Biologist Charlie Bridges
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Participants of this snowshoe outing will be guided by Charlie Bridges who has recently retired from NH Fish & Game. Deep snow and extreme cold have made it a tough winter for our resident wildlife. Charlie will be looking for clues on how some wildlife are faring this winter.

Registration is required. Contact Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125
or email info@mmrg.info.

Location

  • Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Rd., Milton Mills, NH, 03852

Wednesday, 03/11/2015

30th Annual North Country Dairy Seminar and Trade Show
(09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

Plan to join us for the 30th Annual Dairy Seminar & Trade Show at the Mountain View Grand Resort, Whitefield, NH.  Please see attached flyer for more details and registration information, due March 2.

 

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Location

  • Mountain View Grand Resort, Mountain View Rd., Whitefield, NH, 03598

Beware the Emerald Ash Borer
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Wood stove users be on the lookout! The Emerald Ash Borer has been labeled the most destructive forest pest in North America and has killed ever-widening swaths of ash trees in the Northeast since the late 1990s. It has now been spotted in NH. As outdoor enthusiasts and/or firewood users, YOU can help by learning how to recognize the signs of this highly destructive insect and what you can do if you spot it. Amy Papineau, Field Specialist, and Fred Borman, Rockingham County Forester, of the UNH Cooperative Extension, and Lauren Kras, President of the Seacoast Chapter, will be the presenters. Refreshments are at 7:00 pm. Meeting begins at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend the program.

Location

  • Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH, 03870

Monday, 03/16/2015

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

 REGISTRATION

Keene State College, Science Center Rm 102                     

March 19 & 26th          5:30-8:30 pm

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

 REGISTRATION

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

 REGISTRATION

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

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Location

  • Nature Conservancy - Concord, 22 Bridge Street, Concord, NH, 03301

Wednesday, 03/18/2015

2015 NH Water & Watershed Conference
(All day)

Save the Date

NH Watershed & Watershed Conference is coordinating with the New England Association of Environmental Biologist on a joint conference. The central focus to the event will be regional partnerships.

March 18 - 20, 2015

Agenda will include topics on:

  • Integrated water and watershed research
  • Watershed management
  • Water quality and biotic communities
  • Effectiveness of restoration projects
  • Land use planning
  • Climate change

Who should attend:

  • Water researchers and planner
  • Watershed organizations
  • Policy makers
  • Water resource volunteers

 

Location

  • Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center, Rte. 302, Bartlett, NH, 03812

2015 New Hampshire Fruit Growers’ Association Annual Meeting
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

 

Yes, it’s time again for the New Hampshire Fruit Growers’ Association Annual Meeting. 

 

NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food - Division of Pesticide Control has approved (4.5) pesticide recertification credits for this meeting!

 

Agenda

 

8:30              Check-in, pre-register through the NH Fruit Growers Association

  • Contact NHFGA Secretary Katie Surowiec at (603)286-4069 or email at   info@surowiecfarm.com by March13, 2015.  Registration fees are $25 per member and $30 per non-member to cover the cost of refreshments and lunch

 

9:00 – 9:45    Growers’ Perspective of Which Stone Fruits they Grow (Peaches, Nectarines Plums, etc.)

  • Giff Burnap, Butternut Farm, Farmington, NH
  • Tyler and Chip Hardy, Brookdale Fruit Farm, Hollis
  • Dan Hicks, Sunnycrest Farm

 

9:45-10:30    Orchard Insect Pest Update

  • Alan Eaton, Extension Professor/Specialist, Entomology, UNH Cooperative Extension

 

10:45-11:30   Fire Blight – Beware of 2015

  • Cheryl Smith, Extension Plant Health Specialist/Plant Pathology, UNH Cooperative Extension

 

11:30-12:00   Summer Pruning Apples and Peaches – A Practice Forgotten!

  • Bill Lord, Extension Specialist Emeritus, Fruit, UNH Cooperative Extension

 

Noon - 12:15  Commercial Member Introduction          

  • Giff Burnap, NH Fruit Growers’ Association – President

 

12:15 - 1:00  Lunch    - provided by Washington Street Café

 

1:00-1:30      News from NH Department of Agriculture

  • Gail McWilliam Jellie, Director - Division of Agricultural Development, NHDAM&F

 

1:30 2:15      Sprayer Calibration versus Spray Pattern

  • George Hamilton, Extension Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension

 

2:15–3:00      Apple Rootstocks and Tree Training Systems

  • Bill Lord, Extension Specialist Emeritus, Fruit, UNH Cooperative Extension        

 

3:00 - 4:00    NHFGA Annual Meeting                

  • Giff Burnap, NH Fruit Growers’ Association - President      
  • Katie Surowiec, NH Fruit Growers’ Association – Secretary
  • Paul Franklin, NH Fruit Growers’ Association – Treasurer  

4:00              Adjourn 

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Location

  • NH Audubon Center - Concord, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH, 03301

Emerald Ash Borer Workshop for Landowners
(05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)


This is a landowner-focused workshop in collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension, New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands and the Sugar Hill Conservation Commission to help people prepare for, understand, and identify EAB. Additionally an ash tree will be girdled to stress the tree and we will check back in the spring during the follow-up to this workshop to see if there are any signs of EAB activity. Forest Health Specialist Molly Heuss and county Forester David Falkenham will be presenting at this workshop. 

 

 

Location

  • Sugar Hill Town Hall, 1411 Route 117, Sugar Hill, NH, 03585

Thursday, 03/19/2015

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

REGISTRATION

 

Keene State College, Science Center Rm 102                     

March 19 & 26th          5:30-8:30 pm

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

REGISTRATION

 

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

 REGISTRATION

 

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

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Location

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

Food Safety: From Farm & Garden to Preschool
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Come join us for activities and discussion about:

- The importance of food safety to the health and well-being of the children in your care.
- Fresh produce and food safety risks.
- Practical ways to keep fresh produce safe from the farm and garden to the activities and meals in your preschool.

Who should attend? Preschool educators, Preschool foodservice managers & workers, Preschool volunteers, and Preschool centers, Head Start, Family Day Care.

Presented by: Ann Hamilton, Field Specialist, Food Safety.

Preregistration is required by callling Betty Lou Canty at 603-447-3834 or email your name and a daytime telephone number to bettylou.canty@unh.edu.

 

Location

  • All Saint's Church, 258 South Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH, 03894

Saturday, 03/21/2015

4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl
(09:45 AM - 02:00 PM)

Open to Novice, Juniors, Seniors - This event will determine which seniors will be on the New Hampshire State Dairy Quiz Bowl Team.

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Location

  • Walpole Elementary School, 8 Bemis Lane, Walpole, NH, 03608

Pruning Demonstration
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

This home gardener's fruit pruning demonstration will cover apple, peach, raspberry, blueberry and pear trees. UNH Cooperative Extension Fruit Specialist Emeritus, Bill Lord will demonstrate pruning techniques as well as speak on various topics including fertilizing your fruit trees and manageing deer and voles.

All pruning demonstrations are held outside -- Please be prepared for weather an snow!

Location

  • Lars & Jennifer Szatko residence, 4 Leighton Corner Road, Strafford, NH, 03884

Dairy Novice Quiz Bowl
(10:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

Fun Dairy Quiz Bowl for youth ages 8 to 11.  Come and learn about Quiz Bowl.

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Location

  • Walpole Elementary School, 8 Bemis Lane, Walpole, NH, 03608

Emerald Ash Borer Workshop and Field Trip
(01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Forest Health officials need the help of outdoor enthusiasts, especially birders, in detecting emerald ash borer (EAB), the most destructive forest pest in North America – which is now present at NH Audubon’s McLane Center and Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. You can help us locate this pest by spotting the characteristic bark damage caused by woodpeckers feeding on EAB larvae.

Molly Heuss of NH Division of Forest & Lands and Tim Fleury of 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 will provide a landowner’s perspective on management of this forest pest.

 

Location

  • NH Audubon Center - Concord, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH, 03301

Monday, 03/23/2015

Introduction to ArcGIS 10.2
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Learn the ins and outs of working with ArcGIS 10.2 in a hands-on learning environment! This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience, as well as those who have used ArcGIS, but are new to ArcGIS 10.2 With a focus on New Hampshire data and applications, participants learn how to use ArcGIS 10.2 to produce attractive, effective maps. Data processing and data editing technigues are also covered.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

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

 REGISTRATION

Keene State College, Science Center Rm 102                     

March 19 & 26th          5:30-8:30 pm

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

 REGISTRATION

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

 REGISTRATION

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

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Location

  • Nature Conservancy - Concord, 22 Bridge Street, Concord, NH, 03301

Tuesday, 03/24/2015

Introduction to ArcGIS 10.2
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Learn the ins and outs of working with ArcGIS 10.2 in a hands-on learning environment! This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience, as well as those who have used ArcGIS, but are new to ArcGIS 10.2 With a focus on New Hampshire data and applications, participants learn how to use ArcGIS 10.2 to produce attractive, effective maps. Data processing and data editing technigues are also covered.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Wednesday, 03/25/2015

Introduction to ArcGIS 10.2
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Learn the ins and outs of working with ArcGIS 10.2 in a hands-on learning environment! This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience, as well as those who have used ArcGIS, but are new to ArcGIS 10.2 With a focus on New Hampshire data and applications, participants learn how to use ArcGIS 10.2 to produce attractive, effective maps. Data processing and data editing technigues are also covered.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Thursday, 03/26/2015

UMass Extension Symposium: Pollinator Health for Agriculture and Landscapes
(08:45 AM - 04:00 PM)

For all sectors of the agriculture, landscape, and grounds management communities, sponsored by University of Massachusetts Extension.

An exciting full day educational program of research based information about native bees, honey bees and protecting  pollinator health. Experts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Maine, and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will share their expertise and latest scientific research on pollinator health, designing pollinator support plantings, neonicotinoids in agriculture and landscapes, and bee-friendly landscapes.

For complete program details, agenda, and registration information: click here

Four pesticide contact hours have been approved in all categories for this program, valid for equivalent categories in all New England states.

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Location

  • UMass Campus Center Auditorium, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA, 01003

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

REGISTRATION

 

Keene State College, Science Center Rm 102                     

March 19 & 26th          5:30-8:30 pm

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

REGISTRATION

 

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

 REGISTRATION

 

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

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Location

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

Food Safety: From Farm & Garden to Preschool
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Come join us for activities and discussion about:

- The importance of food safety to the health and well-being of the children in your care.
- Fresh produce and food safety risks.
- Practical ways to keep fresh produce safe from the farm and garden to the activities and meals in your preschool.

Who should attend? Preschool educators, Preschool foodservice managers & workers, Preschool volunteers, and Preschool centers, Head Start, Family Day Care.

Presented by: Ann Hamilton, Field Specialist, Food Safety.

Preregistration is required by callling Betty Lou Canty at 603-447-3834 or email your name and a daytime telephone number to bettylou.canty@unh.edu.

To be held at Lakes Region Child Care Services, 22 Strafford Street, Unit #4, Laconia, NH.

 

Friday, 03/27/2015

Become a Conservation Center Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Naturalist!
(01:30 PM - 04:30 PM)

Are you interested in learning and teaching others about the Emerald Ash Borer in New Hampshire?
Do you live within a reasonable drive from Concord?


Become a… 
Conservation Center Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Naturalist! 

The Forest Society is looking for volunteers to become field naturalist tour guides for the EAB infestation at the Forest Society’s Conservation Center in Concord on the Merrimack River Floodplain– we’ll train you to give the tour, then work with you to schedule occasional tours for groups that request them. The training will be hands-on and will focus on identification of ash trees, field markers and symptoms of EAB in ash, and what people should do if they believe they’ve found EAB in their community. Registration is FREE, but space is limited so sign up soon!

Training Agenda
     1:30-1:45 – Welcome & Introductions
     1:45-2:45 – Indoor Slide Presentation
     2:45-4:30 – Field ID tour/practice

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Location

  • Society for the Protection of NH Forests, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord, NH, 03301

Saturday, 03/28/2015

Belknap County Activities Day
(09:00 AM - 01:00 PM)

A wonderful opportunity for 4-H members to practice some important life skills and have fun while doing it! ALL 4-H ers should plan to attend even if just to observe in anticipation of future 4-H activity participation.  Great fun and learning at this event.

All 4-H members 8 years and older can participate in one or more of the following activities:

  • Demonstrations
  • Public Speaking
  • Poster Contest
  • NH 4-H Flix Video Contest
  • Action Exhibits
  • Interpretative Reading
  • Photography

Location

  • Belmont Middle School, 38 School Street, Belmont, NH, 03220

Monday, 03/30/2015

Agriculture Site Preparation Twilight Meeting
(05:00 PM - 07:00 PM)

This meeting will cover the basics for preparing a site for agriculture crop production.  We will take a look at a unique cover cropping system, as well as discuss soil preparation and cover crop options.  Presenters include UNHCE Specialists and NRCS representatives.  

This event is free and pre-registration is not required. If you require special accommodations, please contact 527-5475 by March 23.

Location

  • Rolfe Farm, Route 106, Belmont, NH, 03220


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