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Thursday, 02/11/2016

Basic Goat Production 5-Day Workshop
Thursday, 02/11/2016 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

Dot Perkins, Merrimack County, UNHCE Food and Agriculture Livestock Field Specialist, will be presenting a 5-day Basic Goat Production Workshop. You can sign up for just one class, two, three or all 5 classes.

Class I - January 21, 2016:
Basic information about raising goats for meat or milk in New Hampshire; behavior, ease of handling, selection, age determination, body condition scoring, building or adapting facilities with you and the goat in mind.

Class II - January 28, 2016:
Nutrition 101: Feeding the doe, doeling, buck, buckling, or market kid, adding pasture to the mix.

Class III - February 11, 2016:
Health: What's normal? Common health problems.

Class IV - February 19, 2016:
Information pertaining to reproduction: breeding and kidding management, the birth process, possible problems, post-partum care.

Class V - February 25, 2016:
Milk production, milking techniques, milk handling from barn-to-kitchen with food safety in mind.

 

Register 

 

If you are unable to register on-line, please complete the form on the attached flyer and mail with a check made payable to: UNH Cooperative Extension and mail to:


UNHCE Business Service
Basic Goat Production/Event #19101
59 College Road, Taylor Hall
Durham, NH 03824

 

Light refreshments will be provided at each class.

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Location

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

Friday, 02/12/2016

Deadline: MC Presentation Day Signups Due to 4H Office
Friday, 02/12/2016 (All day)

Presentation Day Signups Due to 4H Office

Granite State Division Society of American Foresters Annual Winter Meeting
Friday, 02/12/2016 (08:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

NOTE: NEW LOCATION and ONLINE REGISITRATION


8:00 am  Registration & Coffee & Continental Breakfast

 

9:00 am  New Hampshire Forestry Update

 

10:15 am  Update on Status of Long-Eared Bat

Emily Preston, NH Fish & Game; Susi von Oettingen, US Fish & Wildlife Service

 

10:45 am  Break

 

11:00 am  Business Meeting

Presentation of Officers, Memorials, Review of 2015 Minutes, 2015
Annual Report, Treasurer's Report & Budget, NESAF Report, SAF Council Report, Resolutions

12:00 pm  Lunch & Awards
Tree Farm Awards, Membership Awards, Student Awards, Forester of the Year.

1:30 pm Panel Discussion on Conservation Easements

  • Brian Hotz, Vice President for Land Conservation, Society for the Protection      

        of NH Forests

  • Sue Knight, Technical Program Specialist (Easements), NH Natural
            Resources Conservation Services
  • George Lamprey, Lamprey Appraisals
  • Tom Hahn, Consulting Forester, FORECO LLC.

 

3:30 pm  Certificates and Adjourn and Safe Travels


4:00 pm  Emerald Ash Borer Detection and Control Options
Optional post meeting tour outside the Grappone Center. Dode Gladders, UNH Cooperative Extension and Bill Davidson, NH Division of Forests and Lands

Onlne registration: Here is the registration page.

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Location

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

MC Project Leader Training - Animal Science & Records
Friday, 02/12/2016 (06:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Project Leader Training - Animal Science & Records

Location TBD

Saturday, 02/13/2016

Deering Wildlife Sanctuary Harvest Tour
Saturday, 02/13/2016 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Join Phil Brown (Director of Land Management at NH Audubon), Matt Tarr (Wildlife Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension), Jeremy Turner (Forester, Meadowsend Timberlands), and Wendy Ward (Soil Conservationist, NRCS) for an informative walking tour of an active timber harvest. A timber harvest is being conducted on the Deering Wildlife Sanctuary to diversify wildlife habitat, especially early successional habitats, and to provide foraging resources for wood ducks, beaver, snowshoe hare, and moose, in additional to other species of wildlife.

 

NH Audubon’s land manager will discuss how different types of management can benefit a diverse assortment of wildlife, including many of our familiar bird and mammal species. Foresters will show you how and why some of these changes are taking shape on the landscape and will discuss the future of the sanctuary’s forests.

 

Meet at the Deering Wildlife Sanctuary’s upper parking area along Clement Hill Road to carpool to the harvest site along North Road at 9 am. Bring a snack, beverage, snowshoes (if conditions permit), and dress for the weather. Back by noon.

 

TO REGISTER:

Contact Phil Brown at 224-9909 x 334 or pbrown@nhaudubon.org.

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Location

  • Deering Wildlife Santuary, Clement Hill Road, Deering, NH,

Tuesday, 02/16/2016

Milk Pricing and Dairy Policy Workshop
Tuesday, 02/16/2016 (09:30 AM - 01:45 PM)

Dairy farmers have experienced large swings in milk prices during the last several years. These swings came from variability in international markets and uncertain costs. Individual dairy managers do not have influence over world prices and competitiveness, but each dairy operation has the opportunity to manage price risk. 

 

Status of the dairy industry, current market situation, milk price outlook, factors that will shape the coming months, as well as longer term issues for dairy markets are the subjects to be discussed at this Risk Management Workshop.

 

(This workshop will also be presented on February 15th in Lancaster, NH.)

 

To view the brochure go to:

http://extension.unh.edu/events/files/288A850C-5056-A432-4FA11DA0C484EAA3.pdf

Location

  • Makris Lobster & Steak House, Sheep Davis Road, Concord, NH, 03301

Thursday, 02/18/2016

Discovering Your Best Markets for Sales
Thursday, 02/18/2016 (10:00 AM - 02:30 PM)

An Agricultural Business Management Event

Thursdays: February 11 and 18, 2016 

This intermediate to advanced short course will walk you through the Business Model Canvas to help you develop marketing growth strategies.

Topics 
- Value propositions delivered to customers
- Product uniqueness & attributes
- Market segmentation
- Finding customers
- Developing growth strategies
- Forecasting sales
- Dealing with marketing risks

Registration 

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Location

  • Granite State College - Concord, 25 Hall Street, Concord, NH, 03301

MC Junior Leaders Meeting
Thursday, 02/18/2016 (06:45 PM - 09:00 PM)

Location

  • Merrimack County 4-H Office, NH,

Friday, 02/19/2016

Basic Goat Production 5-Day Workshop
Friday, 02/19/2016 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

Dot Perkins, Merrimack County, UNHCE Food and Agriculture Livestock Field Specialist, will be presenting a 5-day Basic Goat Production Workshop. You can sign up for just one class, two, three or all 5 classes.

Class I - January 21, 2016:
Basic information about raising goats for meat or milk in New Hampshire; behavior, ease of handling, selection, age determination, body condition scoring, building or adapting facilities with you and the goat in mind.

Class II - January 28, 2016:
Nutrition 101: Feeding the doe, doeling, buck, buckling, or market kid, adding pasture to the mix.

Class III - February 11, 2016:
Health: What's normal? Common health problems.

Class IV - February 19, 2016:
Information pertaining to reproduction: breeding and kidding management, the birth process, possible problems, post-partum care.

Class V - February 25, 2016:
Milk production, milking techniques, milk handling from barn-to-kitchen with food safety in mind.

 

Register 

 

If you are unable to register on-line, please complete the form on the attached flyer and mail with a check made payable to: UNH Cooperative Extension and mail to:


UNHCE Business Service
Basic Goat Production/Event #19101
59 College Road, Taylor Hall
Durham, NH 03824

 

Light refreshments will be provided at each class.

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Location

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

Saturday, 02/20/2016

State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee Meeting
Saturday, 02/20/2016 (All day)

State 4-H Horse Advirosry Committee meeting/work day

Location

  • Merrimack County Nursing Home, 325 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303

SNOW DATE: MC 4-H Food Show & Public Speaking
Saturday, 02/20/2016 (All day)

SNOW DATE: MC 4-H Food Show & Public Speaking

Friends of Fox 28th Annual Winter Outing & Potluck Dinner
Saturday, 02/20/2016 (All day)

Baldwin Center - Hillsborough

 

Agenda:

1:00 PM - Join Fox Program Forester Inge Seaboyer at Fox headquarters for a hike to a recent timber sale at Fox - BYO snowshoes or skis!
5:30 PM - Potluck Dinner in the Baldwin Center - bring your favorite dish to share!

Followed by Guest Speaker Eric Berry, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Saint Anselm College:

 

Restoring the American Chestnut: Blight, Backcross Breeding, and the Fox Research & Demonstration Forest Seed Orchard

The American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) was one of the most dominant and ecologically valuable trees in North America before being driven to near extinction by a chestnut blight during the first half of the 20th century.

 

Come learn more about the history of this amazing species, the current status of the American Chestnut Foundation breeding and restoration efforts, and the role that Fox Research & Demonstration Forest will play as the state’s first seed orchard.

 

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Location

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

Keep It Legal: A Review of Current Meat Sales Regulations in New Hampshire
Saturday, 02/20/2016 (09:15 AM - 10:30 AM)

At the 2016 Granite State Graziers Conference 

Do you really need to use a USDA-inspected slaughterhouse to sell your meat? Can you sell home-slaughtered poultry to a local restaurant? Are the regulations different if you’re selling by the cut, versus whole animals? Keeping track of all the various ins and outs of selling locally raised meats can be tricky. UNH Cooperative Extension Animal Husbandry & Forage Crops Field Specialist Daimon Meeh will walk us through the rules and regulations, and will bring us up to date on the latest changes.

Website

Location

  • McLane Center, 84 Silk Farm Rd., Concord, NH, 03301

Pasture Renovation Tips and Techniques
Saturday, 02/20/2016 (02:45 PM - 04:00 PM)

At the 2016 Granite State Graziers Conference 

Learn about the techniques available for improving or increasing land for pasture, from frost seeding to no-till to full-scale renovation, discuss their pros and cons, and talk about when each would be most appropriate. Presenter: Carl Majewski, UNH Cooperative Extension.

Website

Location

  • McLane Center, 84 Silk Farm Rd., Concord, NH, 03301

Monday, 02/22/2016

Emerald Ash Borer Field Trip
Monday, 02/22/2016 (02:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Join us for a walk through a woodlot infested by emerald ash borer. Experts from UNH Cooperative Extension and the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food will explain how to identify ash trees and what to look for when surveying for new infestations. Participants will have a chance to peel trees showing signs of ash borer activity to expose the distinctive winding galleries under the bark. Other aspects of the emerald ash borer situation, including the quarantine and current management recommendations, will also be discussed.


This event is free and open to the public. This event will be held outdoors. Participants should come prepared for winter weather conditions. Registration is not required.

SAF Category 1 2.0 CFEs

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Location

  • McLane Center, 84 Silk Farm Rd., Concord, NH, 03301

Wednesday, 02/24/2016

Deadline: Photos/ Posters Due to Merrimack County 4-H Office
Wednesday, 02/24/2016 (All day)

Thursday, 02/25/2016

Basic Goat Production 5-Day Workshop
Thursday, 02/25/2016 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

Dot Perkins, Merrimack County, UNHCE Food and Agriculture Livestock Field Specialist, will be presenting a 5-day Basic Goat Production Workshop. You can sign up for just one class, two, three or all 5 classes.

Class I - January 21, 2016:
Basic information about raising goats for meat or milk in New Hampshire; behavior, ease of handling, selection, age determination, body condition scoring, building or adapting facilities with you and the goat in mind.

Class II - January 28, 2016:
Nutrition 101: Feeding the doe, doeling, buck, buckling, or market kid, adding pasture to the mix.

Class III - February 11, 2016:
Health: What's normal? Common health problems.

Class IV - February 19, 2016:
Information pertaining to reproduction: breeding and kidding management, the birth process, possible problems, post-partum care.

Class V - February 25, 2016:
Milk production, milking techniques, milk handling from barn-to-kitchen with food safety in mind.

 

Register 

 

If you are unable to register on-line, please complete the form on the attached flyer and mail with a check made payable to: UNH Cooperative Extension and mail to:


UNHCE Business Service
Basic Goat Production/Event #19101
59 College Road, Taylor Hall
Durham, NH 03824

 

Light refreshments will be provided at each class.

Linked file:

Location

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

Saturday, 02/27/2016

2016 Bunny Blitz
Saturday, 02/27/2016 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Citizen science volunteers needed. Did you know that winter is the best time to survey for cottontail rabbits? They leave telltale signs (pellets) in the snow, making it possible to locate and sample for different species. This winter, wildlife biologists need help from citizen science volunteers to conduct surveys for Eastern cottontail rabbits in southern New Hampshire.  On February 27, 2016, 9:00am-Noon, UNH Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Fish and Game will train volunteers to collect pellets from Eastern cottontail rabbits on public land in Hudson, NH. Eastern cottontails are a known threat to the state-endangered New England cottontail. At this event, which combines training and a 1/2-day pellet collection "Blitz," wildlife biologists with UNH Cooperative Extension will introduce the project, describe rabbit habitat, and explain sampling and data collection techniques. Volunteers will work in teams to survey nearby rabbit habitat. Then, we’ll meet back up to submit samples, share findings, and drink hot chocolate! Participants will also receive their own supplies and instructions to collect samples on their own following the training, if interested. 

More about Cottontails:  Eastern cottontails were introduced into New England as a game species in the early 1900s and have since become the dominant rabbit in New Hampshire. Unlike the native, state-endangered New England cottontail, Eastern cottontails are better able to survive in fragmented, human dominated landscapes. NH Fish & Game needs your help to better understand where Eastern cottontails occur in New Hampshire, how abundant they are, and the potential threat to New England cottontails. 

What to Bring: Volunteers should come dressed for the weather, and prepared to spend the morning outdoors. Waterproof boots or snowshoes are recommended, depending on snow depth.

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Location

  • Benson Park, 19 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson, NH, 03051

4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Clinic
Saturday, 02/27/2016 (10:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

Any interested youth or 4-H volunteer who would like to learn more about dairy cattle selection are invited to participate in this clinic. 

 

This clinic will be an excellent opportunity to get younger members started in the basics of dairy judging and will also serve to help older, more experienced judges sharpen their judging skills.

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Location

  • Billings Farm, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, VT, 05091

Monday, 02/29/2016

Winter Wildlife Tracking Workshops
Monday, 02/29/2016 (09:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

Location: Burley Farm, Epping
Identifying and interpreting wildlife tracks can greatly expand your understanding for what wildlife species are using the land you manage, and how wildlife respond to your habitat management activities. Join Extension wildlife biologist, Emma Tutein, and our guest tracking instructors from White Pine Programs as they guide you through field, forest and wetland habitats in search of winter wildlife tracks and signs and provide you instruction for how to identify and use wildlife sign to interpret wildlife behavior and habitat use.

 

This workshop is being offered on three different days and on three different properties where we expect to encounter tracks and signs from a variety of wildlife species. All workshops are entirely outdoors so please come prepared to spend the day in the weather conditions forecasted for the day.

Audience: All are welcome. Specific instruction included for: natural resource professionals, conservation commission members, and landowners


Schedule:

9:00 -9:30 am      Registration
9:30 - noon:         Outdoor wildlife tracking instruction
Noon – 12:30:       Lunch in the field (bring your own)
12:30 – 2:00:       Outdoor wildlife tracking instruction
2:00pm:               Adjourn


CEU’S

SAF Category 1 - 4.0 CEUs
NH Licensed Forester 4.0 CEU

REGISTER HERE

Online registration is encouraged.
Checks can be mailed to:
UNHCE BSC
Winter Tracking # 19748
59 College Rd., Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824


ADDITIONAL WORKSHOP DATES AND LOCATIONS

Tuesday - March 1  - Cold River Farm, North Sandwich
Thursday - March 3 - Sullivan County Farm, Unity

 

 

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Location

  • Burley Farm, North River Road, Epping, NH, 03042

Build Your Grazing Plan
Monday, 02/29/2016 (01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

The online classes will run from February 29 through June 16. During that time, there will also be four in-person meetings:
- Monday, February 29 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Kick Off and Orientation in Boscawen
- Wednesday, April 6, time TBD - Animal Nutrition in Boscawen
- Saturday, May 7, all day - Fencing Clinic in Harrisville
- Thursday, June 16, time TBD - Forage Identification and Inventory in Litchfield

This 16-week class will be primarily conducted through an online learning program. It is designed for farms that graze ruminant animals (cows, sheep, goats, and camelids) and want to maximize their pasture production through managed grazing. If you already have a grazing plan that is being underutilized, this class is for you as well.

We will take you through the process of writing a grazing plan. As a participant, you will complete the class with a functional grazing plan for YOUR farm and understand the principles behind it. This allows you to make changes to your plan when needed. Additionally, we will be writing these plans to include all the criteria needed for submission to NH NRCS for assistance through the EQIP program. If you would like, Daimon Meeh will help you review your plan to ensure it meets NRCS specifications. You would then bring your plan to a NRCS representative in your county to discuss how NRCS can help you with its implementation.

The class will be self-paced with online assignments and support. We will be using an online learning system similar in structure to an online forum, and it is our intent that there will be helpful interactions between the participants during the class.


Topics include
- Farm and Soil Mapping
- Soil Testing
- Animal Nutrition Needs
- Body Condition Scoring
- Fencing
- Theories of Grazing
- Rotation Schedule
- Forage Identification

Register

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Location

  • UNH Cooperative Extension Merrimack County Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Tuesday, 03/01/2016

Merrimack County 4-H Photo / Poster Judging
Tuesday, 03/01/2016 (All day)

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
Tuesday, 03/01/2016 (06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Come learn about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the effects this invasive insect will have on the forest and landscapes of Franklin and surrounding towns. The EAB is the most destructive non-native insect in North America. Over the past few years, it has been found infesting and killing ash trees in forests and landscapes throughout central and southern New Hampshire. Experiences in other states tell us we can't eradicate EAB from New Hampshire, but we can protect high-value trees and slow the spread of the ash mortality. Come learn the facts and get your questions answered. Free and open to all.

 

Presenters:

  • Tim Fleury, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Amy Papineau, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Scott Rolfe, NH Division of Forests and Lands
  • Bill Davidson, NH Division of Forests and Lands

Held at the TRIP Senior Center in the back of the Bessie Rowell Community Center, 12 Rowell Drive, Franklin, NH.

 

Co-sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Division of Forests and Lands, NH Department of Agriculture Markets & Food, and the Franklin Conservation Commission.

 

To register, contact Mary West at UNH Cooperative Extension - 603-796-2151 or mary.west@unh.edu.  Directions are on the attached flyer.

 

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Location

  • Bessie Rowell Community Center, 12 Rowell Drive #1, Franklin, NH, 03235

Understanding Bobcats in the Granite State
Tuesday, 03/01/2016 (07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

The Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series / March 2016

In 1989, bobcat numbers in New Hampshire were so low the species was protected. Back then few of these wildcats were ever seen. Twenty-five years later, there are an estimated 1,000 bobcats statewide, and sightings are much more common. In 2010, N.H. Fish and Game teamed up with the University of New Hampshire to examine the distribution and abundance of bobcats in the state, identify what habitat features they rely upon, develop an understanding of how bobcats respond to expanding human populations, and design a method to monitor changes in bobcat abundance. Join us to hear what the UNH bobcat research team has learned about this fascinating feline of the New Hampshire forests.

Speakers:
John Litvaitis, UNH Professor of Wildlife Ecology and
Rory Carroll: UNH Wildlife and Conservation Biology graduate student


SAF 1.5 category 1 CFE credits


 

Preregistration is not required.

 

Directions: All presentations take place in the Henry I. Baldwin Environmental Center at the Caroline A. Fox Research and Demonstration Forest, 309 Center Rd. in Hillsborough. From the traffic lights at the junction of West Main St. and Rt. 149 in downtown Hillsborough go north on School Street (which becomes Center Road after the school). Fox Forest is approximately 2 miles on the right.

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Location

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

Thursday, 03/03/2016

Winter Wildlife Tracking Workshops
Thursday, 03/03/2016 (09:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

Location: Sullivan County Farm, Unity
Identifying and interpreting wildlife tracks can greatly expand your understanding for what wildlife species are using the land you manage, and how wildlife respond to your habitat management activities. Join Extension wildlife biologist, Emma Tutein, and our guest tracking instructors from White Pine Programs as they guide you through field, forest and wetland habitats in search of winter wildlife tracks and signs and provide you instruction for how to identify and use wildlife sign to interpret wildlife behavior and habitat use.

 

This workshop is being offered on three different days and on three different properties where we expect to encounter tracks and signs from a variety of wildlife species. All workshops are entirely outdoors so please come prepared to spend the day in the weather conditions forecasted for the day.

Audience: All are welcome. Specific instruction included for: natural resource professionals, conservation commission members, and landowners


Schedule:

9:00 -9:30 am      Registration
9:30 - noon:         Outdoor wildlife tracking instruction
Noon – 12:30:       Lunch in the field (bring your own)
12:30 – 2:00:       Outdoor wildlife tracking instruction
2:00pm:               Adjourn


CEU’S

SAF Category 1 - 4.0 CEUs
NH Licensed Forester 4.0 CEU

REGISTER HERE

Online registration is encouraged.
Checks can be mailed to:
UNHCE BSC
Winter Tracking # 19748
59 College Rd., Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824 

 

Directions: 103 County Farm Rd, Unity, NH
From the east on Rt 103/11 to Claremont (on Washington Street), you will go through 8 sets of traffic lights (commercial district), over the Water Street bridge and go straight up the hill. The Fire Department will be on your left.) Bear right around City Hall andthe Common will be on your left (Broad Street Park). At the yield sign on the Common, turn left onto Broad Street. Follow the Common down Broad Street past the High School (a sign for the Sullivan County Complex will be just after the school). Turn left onto Chestnut Street Extension and go approximately 5 miles into Unity. You will come to a hill and there’s a sign for the Sullivan County Nursing Home on the right. Follow the signs to the Ahern Building for the meeting.

GPS Coordinates: 43 18’ 33” N
                          72 18’ 39” W


ADDITIONAL WORKSHOP DATES AND LOCATIONS

Monday - February 29 - Burley Farm, Epping
Tuesday - March 1  - Cold River Farm, North Sandwich

 

 

 

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Location

  • Sullivan County Farm, Unity, NH, 03603


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