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Upcoming events (Merrimack County)



Thursday, 01/08/2015

Merrimack County Horse Leaders meeting
(07:00 AM - 09:00 PM)

Friday, 01/09/2015

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

Emerald Ash Borer for Birders Workshop

Help track the emerald ash borer. 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. 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, NH Division of Forest & Lands and Amy Papineau, 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, NH Audubon, will discuss the birds that feed on the emerald ash borer, how to identify them, and why their feeding behavior leaves the characteristic “blonding” on the ash trees. 

 

 

Location

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

Saturday, 01/10/2015

4-H Animal Science Bonanza
(09:30 AM - 03:00 PM)

4-H members who have an interest in Beef, Sheep, Goats, Poultry, and Dairy have the opportunity to participate in quiz bowls, skillathons, and attend workshops.

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Location

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

Tuesday, 01/13/2015

NHLA and NHPGA Joint Winter Meeting: The Annual Winter Meeting for Landscapers
(08:00 AM - 03:30 PM)

The Keynote Presentation this year is "Employee Recruiting and Retention in a Seasonal Industry". Patrick D. McGuiness, an attorney at Law with Silmen & McGuiness will be presenting. He is a speaker, and author. Prior to founding a law firm focused on assisting green industry businesses, he owned a landscaping and property management company.

 

Additional topics and speakers as well as a mail-in registration form can be found in the brochure. If printing the brochure, please use legal size paper (8 1/2 x 14.)

 

Online registration can be found at nhfarmbureau.org. The pre-registration deadline is January 6, 2015.

 

New this year - better vendor arrangements and extra meeting room!

Location

  • Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Avenue, Concord, NH, 03301

Inquiry Teaching Methods: Grounding STEM Education Programs in Inquiry
(05:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

 

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension (UNHCE) STEM Field Specialists are offering a workshop based on the theory and practice of inquiry-based teaching and learning within the STEM disciplines.

Inquiry-based learning is an approach that involves exploring the natural and man-made world around us in a manner that leads to questioning, observing, investigating, testing and discussing with others what results were found.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of inquiry including how to ask investigable questions, planning an investigation and sharing results.  They will conduct an inquiry investigation of their own and learn how to “shift” or change existing science activities into inquiry based activities.

Location

  • UNH Manchester, 400 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH, 03101

4-H Foundation of Merrimack County Meeting
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Wednesday, 01/14/2015

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

UNH Cooperative Extension is offering a four-part training on ecological design from January 14, through February 4, 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:

  • January 14, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Boscawen
  • January 21, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Boscawen
  • January 28, 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Franklin
  • February 4, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., NOFA-NH Winter Conference, Concord
  • (Snow dates: February 12 & 18)

 

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.

Location

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

NH Small Family Farm Conference - Keeping the Farm in the Family
(09:00 AM - 03:30 PM)

 

This risk management workshop will focus on farm estate & business succession planning.

 

Program

  • Getting the Process Started: Importance of Communication, Seth Wilner, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Estate Planning: Essential Documents, Property Ownership, Wills, Trusts & Minimizing Costs, Kathryn Williams, KSW Law
  • Farm Succession: Developing Managerial Skills & Transferring Business Property, Michael Sciabarrasi, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Farm Succession: Lease Agreements & Use of Business Entities for Business Tranfer, Steven Goss, Martin, Lord & Osman, P.A. 
  • Managing Business Transfer Risks: Insurance Decisions & Retirement Income, Michael Sciabarrasi, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Social Security Income: What You Need to Know about Retirement Benefits & Medicare, Kenneth Barron, Social Security Administration

 

Online registration is available until January 12, 2015.

 

 

Location

  • Holiday Inn - Concord, 172 North Main Street, Concord, NH, 03301

Merrimack County 4-H Advisory Meeting
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Thursday, 01/15/2015

Sheep are Not Goats: Basic animal husbandry education for sheep owners
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

This workshop is a 4 part basic animal husbandry education for sheep owners.People can sign up for ONE session of their choice or all four.

 

Each workshop is presented by Dot Perkins of Merrimack County Extension, who has over 30 years of raising livestock.Come listen to all the facts and many practical tips pertaining to raising these wonderful animals.


Class I - January 15, 2015 - Basic information about raising sheep in New Hampshire, ease of handling, selection, age determination, body condition scoring, building or adapting facilities with you and the sheep in mind.

 

Class II - January 22, 2015 - Nutrition and Health: Feeding your sheep and adding pasture to the mix.

 

Class III - January 29, 2015 - Lambing and hoof care.

 

Class IV - February 12, 2015 - Common health problems prevention with an introduction to parasites and their control.

* Snowdate in the event of a canceled class will be February 19, 2015)

 

We encourage you to register online at:

https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=17229

or print off the flyer and mail in the mail-in coupon with payment to UNH Cooperative Extension to:UNHCE BSC, Sheep Workshop Event #17229, 59 College Road, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824.

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Location

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

Merrimack County Junior Leader Meeting
(06:45 PM - 09:00 PM)

Friday, 01/16/2015

M.C. Public Speaking/Food Show Sign ups due
(All day)

Saturday, 01/17/2015

4-H Novice Equine Quiz Bowl
(All day)

Are you a novice 4-H equine member (8-11 y/o)?  Never participated in a quiz bowl event?

 

Then join us in the novice quiz bowl room for fun and learning!

 

The novice room is open to youth ages 8-11 OR any first time quiz bowl

participant regardless of age.

 

Teams or individuals welcomed

Registration fee $3 per youth if sent before 1/5

$5 at the door

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Location

  • Pembroke Academy, Pembroke, NH, 03275

NH 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl Contest
(All day)

The New Hampshire 4-H Quiz Bowl is an event where youth demonstrate their knowledge of equine science in a contest similar to high school quiz bowls. Teams of four race to hit their buzzers and answer equine-related questions. The Senior Division contest is used to select the members that may compete as the NH 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl team in regional and national events.

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Location

  • Pembroke Academy, Pembroke, NH, 03275

Chickens: The Basics - Part I
(10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)

Dot Perkins,  of UNH Cooperative Extension, has been raising meat, milk and eggs for her family for over 30 years. She will present information about breeds, housing and seasonal care. This talk will not cover butchering or broilers. Come listen to all the facts and many practical tips pertaining to raising chickens or eggs.

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Location

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

Intermediate Chickens
(12:30 PM - 02:00 PM)

Now that you have chickens . . what do you do with them? Dot Perkins of UNH Cooperative Extension, will present information about problems, illness that arise, predation and much more for the intermediate chicken owner. This talk will not cover butchering but some facts and all questions about culling will be included. Come listen to all the facts and many practical tips about living with chickens beyond the first year.

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Location

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

UNH Men's Ice Hockey Ticket Order - January 2015 Game
(06:30 PM - 09:30 PM)

You are invited to support NH 4-H and see the UNH Wildcats host UMass in a men's ice hockey game Saturday, January 17 at the UNH Whittemore Center in Durham.  See flyer to order hockey tickets.

Location

  • UNH Whittemore Center, 128 Main Street, Durham, NH, 03824

Tuesday, 01/20/2015

Fashion Revue Planning Meeting - Merrimack County
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Wednesday, 01/21/2015

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

UNH Cooperative Extension is offering a four-part training on ecological design from January 14, through February 4, 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:

  • January 14, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Boscawen
  • January 21, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Boscawen
  • January 28, 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Franklin
  • February 4, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., NOFA-NH Winter Conference, Concord
  • (Snow dates: February 12 & 18)

 

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.

Location

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

Thursday, 01/22/2015

Emerald Ash Borer Woodlot Management for Foresters
(All day)

Canterbury Shaker Village and North Family Farm Canterbury

Same workshop offered twice, register for one.

Morning Session
9 - 11:30am

or

Afternoon Session
1 - 3:30pm

 

To register: click here

 

SAF Category 1 - 2.5 CFE’s


What we will see and talk about: 

  • Identifying infested trees
  • Signs of infestation in logs
  • Ash salvage
  • Adapting silviculture
  • Using trap trees and sink trees
  • Biocontrol - a wasp release site
  • Best management practices for handling infested wood within the     quarantine zone
  • Considerations and requirements for moving ash products
  • Log quality
  • Safety considerations
  • Treatment options for shade and yard trees

These sessions will be held outdoors. Be prepared for winter weather conditions. The workshop will be held regardless of snow depth. If driving conditions are questionable call 862-4861 for cancellation information. A message will be posted by 6:30am on January 22nd.

 

 

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Location

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

Wednesday, 01/28/2015

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

UNH Cooperative Extension is offering a four-part training on ecological design from January 14, through February 4, 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:

  • January 14, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Boscawen
  • January 21, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Boscawen
  • January 28, 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Franklin
  • February 4, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., NOFA-NH Winter Conference, Concord
  • (Snow dates: February 12 & 18)

 

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.

Location

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

Merrimack County 4-H Leaders meeting
(All day)

Location

  • Grace Episcopal Church, 30 Eastman Street, East Concord, NH, 03301

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. Participants will evaluate their businesses’ overall financial condition and examine the costs and profitability of individual enterprises. With a handle on production costs, participants will be able to assess their marketing plans and options, revise their product mix, and project next year’s profits and cash flow.   

 

Level:  Intermediate to Advanced

 

To apply complete the on-line questionnaire at:  http://tinyurl.com/nbh6nmk

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Location

  • Granite State College, 8 Old Suncook Road, Concord, NH, 03301

Friday, 01/30/2015

Emerald Ash Borer and Community Planning
(01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

 

Conservation Commission Field Training Series

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Location

  • Conservation Center - Forest Society, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord, NH, 03301

Monday, 02/02/2015

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

Come listen to all the facts and many practical tips pertaining to raising broilers. Information about breeds, housing, care, costs, predation and much more will be discussed. This talk will not cover butchering.

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Location

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


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