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Tuesday, 04/21/2015

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.

 

Location

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

Wednesday, 04/22/2015

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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Location

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

Thursday, 04/23/2015

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!  

Location

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

Saturday, 04/25/2015

Give Bees a Home -Part 2
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Creating Nesting Sites for Native Pollinators

In this hands-on workshop, Amy Papineau, UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialist, and Master Gardener, Derrick LaBranche, will guide you as you build a bee nesting box which you can bring home to support cavity-nesting bees on your property. Then, as a group we will work together to build a"bee hotel", providing nesting habitat for the many species of native bees at the Boscawen Community Gardens. Supplies and tools will be supplied (you are welcome to bring your own cordless drill to speed things up).

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Location

  • Boscawen's Community gardens, Woodbury Lane & Corn Hill Road, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Tuesday, 04/28/2015

17th Annual Black Fly Breakfast
(07:30 AM - 11:30 AM)


The 17th Annual Black Fly Breakfast is an opportunity to hear the latest updates on forestry and logging, meet with each other in an informal setting, and learn who is doing what in southern New Hampshire. Join us for a good breakfast, a good meeting and still have enough time in the afternoon to get some work done!


SAF Category I   3.0 CFEs   
NHPLP Certification  4.0 CEUs
Certificates of Attendance will be supplied


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Location

  • Pat's Peak Ski Area, 24 Flanders Rd., Henniker, NH, 03242

ServSafe Food Managers Certification Course and Exam
(08:30 AM - 05:00 PM)

ServSafe® is a nationally recognized food safety certification program of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). This one-day course provides the latest science-based information on food safety and best practices in the industry.

Participants will learn how foodborne bacteria contaminate food and the safest way to receive, store, prepare, cook and serve food for their customers.

Participants are expected to study the ServSafe Manager coursebook prior to class. At the end of the course, the national ServSafe certification exam will be administered. Participants passing the exam with a grade of 75% or higher will receive ServSafe® Food Safety Certification from NRAEF. Certification is valid for five years.

Instructor: Ann Hamilton, Field Specialist

To be held at: Granite Steak & Grill, 11 Farmington Road, Rochester, NH.

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Wildlife Action Plan Update - Input Sessions
(06:00 PM - 08:30 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!  

Location

  • Exeter High School, 1 Blue Hawk Drive,, Exeter, NH, 03833

Saturday, 05/02/2015

NH State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest
(All day)

4-H members 12-18 (divisions for juniors and seniors) are invited to be a part of this 2-day event. This event provides an opportunity for 4-H members to further develop their judging skills, as well as compete for placement on the State 4-H Dairy Judging Team.

 

(See attached flyer for more information on this event.)

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Spring Leader Training 2015
(All day)

Central County Region Spring Leader Training

Workshop Sessions 

Session One - 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Basketry (two sessions) $10.00
Putting the Science into Animal Science
Rockets to the Rescue
Working with Cloverbuds

Session Two - 10:20 a.m. to 11:50 p.m.

Basketry (continued)
Dutch Oven Cooking
Water Rockets: Make Take Challenge
You Be The Judge

Location: 

Epsom Elementary School
282 Black Hall Road
Epsom, NH

To register for the event see attached flier. 

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Location

  • Epsom Elementary School, Epsom, NH, 03234

Sunday, 05/03/2015

NH State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest
(All day)

4-H members 12-18 (divisions for juniors and seniors) are invited to be a part of this 2-day event. This event provides an opportunity for 4-H members to further develop their judging skills, as well as compete for placement on the State 4-H Dairy Judging Team.

 

(See attached flyer for more information on this event.)

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Monday, 05/04/2015

Buying & Producing Good Quality Hay
(06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Buying or producing good quality hay is an art and a science. Livestock need hay which is nutritious for growth and production, and good quality hay will reduce the amount of grain that needs to be supplemented.

 

To the untrained eye, hay is hay; however, there are great variations in nutrient quality. Looking at stage of growth, leafiness, color, etc., can be ways of evaluating hay and distinguishing good from bad.

 

There are also a lot of tricks to the trade in producing good hay. Many advances in science and hay-making equipment have made hay-making a more precise art.

 

 

 

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Location

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

Tuesday, 05/05/2015

Wildlife Action Plan Update - Input Sessions
(01:00 PM - 03:30 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!  

Location

  • Keene Parks and Recreation, 312 Washington St., Keene, NH, 03431

Wednesday, 05/06/2015

Wildlife Action Plan Update - Input Sessions
(02:00 PM - 04:30 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!  

Location

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

Thursday, 05/07/2015

UNH Stormwater Center BMP Technology Demonstration Workshop
(09:00 AM - 02:15 PM)

This workshop provides a general overview of the present and future standards with respect to stormwater management. UNHSC research addresses the overall performance and effectiveness of a variety of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to control water quantity and treat water quality. To date the UNHSC has researched over 24 different BMPs ranging from conventional ponds to manufactured subsurface filters to broad array of Low Impact Development (or Green Infrastructure) practices.

 

In August of 2004, the UNHSC field research facility came online. This field research facility serves as both a site for testing stormwater treatment processes as well as for technology demonstrations. The testing results and technology demonstrations are meant to assist in the planning, design, and implementation of stormwater management strategies. Topics covered include water quantity control (peak flow reduction, system lag time and potential for infiltration), water quality treatment effectiveness (sediment, nutrients, metals, hydrocarbons, and/or microorganisms), as well as brief overviews of emergent topics such as system maintenance, thermal buffering, and cold climate related issues.

 

FAQ

  • What will the workshops cover? The performance, cost, suitability, operations, and maintenance issues associated with different stormwater management unit processes.
  • Who should attend? Elected officials, appointed officials, town administrators, engineers, land planners, landscape architects, natural resource managers.

Website


Register

Location

  • UNH - Durham, Durham, NH, 03824

Tuesday, 05/12/2015

Wildlife Action Plan Update - Input Sessions
(02:00 PM - 04:00 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!  

Location

  • AMC Highland Center, Crawford Notch, Route 302, Bretton Woods, NH, 03575

Friday, 05/15/2015

Annual Family Boat Building
(All day)

Dates

- Applications Due: Monday, April 20

- Mandatory Session: Thursday, May 14

- Boat Building: Friday - Sunday, May 15 - 17

- Sailing Lesson: A weekend day in June

 

Not building this year? Come over and check it out!

 

Family boatbuilding is grounded in the belief that a family will bond and grow together by completing a grand project together. In the past thirteen years we have helped sixty-six families get on the water together and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. Participating families experience the joy and pride of watching a pile of lumber grow into a beautiful and useful boat through their own efforts. In the process, they grow as a family while they develop woodworking and teamwork skills, learn about our marine heritage and the natural resources of our coastal and estuarine environment, and learn safe on-the-water practices.

 

In the spring of 2015 we will build the Oyster River Cat, a 12' sailboat. A professionally made sail is included. The marine plywood hull has a 5' beam that easily carries two adults or even three in light wind. She is equally adept as a row boat for calm days at the lake.

 

A day of sailing instruction in June at Mendums Pond in Barrington is included in the price of the program. The instructors of the UNH Community Sailing Program will provide a morning of on-shore rigging, safety, and basic theory, followed by an afternoon of on-the-water practice in your new boat.

 

Each family must include at least one child age 12 or older. Extended families or single parents are encouraged to apply. 

 

Website

 

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Location

  • UNH Kingman Farm, 333 Knox Marsh Road, Madbury, NH, 03823

Saturday, 05/16/2015

Annual Family Boat Building
(All day)

Dates

- Applications Due: Monday, April 20

- Mandatory Session: Thursday, May 14

- Boat Building: Friday - Sunday, May 15 - 17

- Sailing Lesson: A weekend day in June

 

Not building this year? Come over and check it out!

 

Family boatbuilding is grounded in the belief that a family will bond and grow together by completing a grand project together. In the past thirteen years we have helped sixty-six families get on the water together and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. Participating families experience the joy and pride of watching a pile of lumber grow into a beautiful and useful boat through their own efforts. In the process, they grow as a family while they develop woodworking and teamwork skills, learn about our marine heritage and the natural resources of our coastal and estuarine environment, and learn safe on-the-water practices.

 

In the spring of 2015 we will build the Oyster River Cat, a 12' sailboat. A professionally made sail is included. The marine plywood hull has a 5' beam that easily carries two adults or even three in light wind. She is equally adept as a row boat for calm days at the lake.

 

A day of sailing instruction in June at Mendums Pond in Barrington is included in the price of the program. The instructors of the UNH Community Sailing Program will provide a morning of on-shore rigging, safety, and basic theory, followed by an afternoon of on-the-water practice in your new boat.

 

Each family must include at least one child age 12 or older. Extended families or single parents are encouraged to apply. 

 

Website

 

Apply Now

Location

  • UNH Kingman Farm, 333 Knox Marsh Road, Madbury, NH, 03823

Easement Monitoring for Volunteers
(09:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

Are you a volunteer, community member, or a staff person who organizes volunteers who is responsible for monitoring a conservation easement? This workshop will offer best practices for performing annual monitoring of conservation easements held by towns, conservation organizations, and land trusts. We'll spend a couple hours learning indoors before heading outside to put our new skills to work! Professionals for UNH Cooperative Extension, Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, and the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire will lead the program. 

Please bring lunch, plenty of water, and dress for the field.

 

To further your monitoring and outdoor skills, join us for a follow up workshop, Off Trail: Outdoor Skills for Land Conservation on June 6.

Sign Up 

Location

  • Lee Public Safety Complex, 20 George Bennett Road, Lee, NH, 03861

4-H Sheep Field Day
(09:00 AM - 05:00 PM)

Do you want to learn everything and more about raising and showing a sheep? The 5th Annual Sheep Field Day will do just that!

There will be guest speakers that will teach you everything you need to know, from different grains to judging your animal.

It will be a fun and informational day for a beginner or even the most experienced shepherd! At the end of the day you will be able to participate in a sheep show.

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Location

  • Cheshire Fairgrounds, Route 12, 247 Monadnock Highway, Swanzey, NH, 03446

Sunday, 05/17/2015

Annual Family Boat Building
(All day)

Dates

- Applications Due: Monday, April 20

- Mandatory Session: Thursday, May 14

- Boat Building: Friday - Sunday, May 15 - 17

- Sailing Lesson: A weekend day in June

 

Not building this year? Come over and check it out!

 

Family boatbuilding is grounded in the belief that a family will bond and grow together by completing a grand project together. In the past thirteen years we have helped sixty-six families get on the water together and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. Participating families experience the joy and pride of watching a pile of lumber grow into a beautiful and useful boat through their own efforts. In the process, they grow as a family while they develop woodworking and teamwork skills, learn about our marine heritage and the natural resources of our coastal and estuarine environment, and learn safe on-the-water practices.

 

In the spring of 2015 we will build the Oyster River Cat, a 12' sailboat. A professionally made sail is included. The marine plywood hull has a 5' beam that easily carries two adults or even three in light wind. She is equally adept as a row boat for calm days at the lake.

 

A day of sailing instruction in June at Mendums Pond in Barrington is included in the price of the program. The instructors of the UNH Community Sailing Program will provide a morning of on-shore rigging, safety, and basic theory, followed by an afternoon of on-the-water practice in your new boat.

 

Each family must include at least one child age 12 or older. Extended families or single parents are encouraged to apply. 

 

Website

 

Apply Now

Location

  • UNH Kingman Farm, 333 Knox Marsh Road, Madbury, NH, 03823

Monday, 05/18/2015

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

Location

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

Wednesday, 05/20/2015

UNH Stormwater Center Pervious Pavement Workshop
(08:45 AM - 03:45 PM)

Pavements are some of the most prolific structures in the modern U.S. landscape. Traditional impervious paved surfaces have been inextricably linked to adverse impacts on water quality at the regional and watershed levels. Many technologies exist to mitigate these threats, including innovative paving alternatives.

 

Pervious pavements are one of the most rapidly expanding practices available for protecting urban watersheds and aquifers. Recent advancements in technical design specifications and improved material selection make porous pavement technologies a powerful tool for engineers and developers facing ever increasing treatment performance standards.

 

This workshop provides stormwater management professionals with the most up to date characteristics of successful porous pavement applications. This full-day training includes field visits to a variety of on-the ground pervious pavement installations throughout the UNH campus and the region. Participants will learn key design principles necessary to successfully design, evaluate, specify, and install porous pavement for stormwater management.

 

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Location

  • UNH - Durham, Durham, NH, 03824

Sunday, 05/24/2015

Strafford County Master Gardener Plant Sale
(10:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

Sponsored by the Strafford County Master Gardeners to raise funds to benefit educational gardening projects in Strafford County.

Perennials, annuals, small trees and unique plants available.

Visit the "Ask a Master Gardener" table.

Soil testing information available.

Location

  • Durham Town Offices, 15 Newmarket Road, Durham, NH, 03824

Wednesday, 05/27/2015

Twilight Meeting: On-Farm Irrigation
(05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

 

The purpose of this meeting is to review what drip irrigation options and strategies vegetable and fruit growers should be considering for the coming growing season.


Trevor Hardy, of Brookdale Fruit Farm, will present a hands-on demonstration on setting up a drip irrigation system. Starting from the pond, Trevor will work his way to the field describing the various components of the drip irrigation system.



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Location

  • Hemingway Farm, Charlestown, NH, 03603

Friday, 05/29/2015

Forest Management with Birds in Mind
(08:45 AM - 03:00 PM)


This workshop is part of a 3-workshop series titled New Hampshire Birds & Their Habitats. Come to one, two or all three. The series will provide foresters, natural resource professionals, and landowners information on birds and habitat requirements, management options to create and maintain bird habitat, and insight into the practices involved in studying birds and their habitats. Workshops are partly or totally in the field. Come prepared.

Forest Management with Birds in Mind, May 29, Haverhill, inside and outside - Cost $20.00 Bring your own lunch.

Mist Netting and Bird Habitat, June 4, Canaan, 4pm to 7pm, outside - No charge.

Shrubland Habitat Management for Birds, June 20, 9am to noon, outside Acworth, NH - no charge.

 

Registration required and accepted up to the day of each workshop. To register for one workshop or all three click here.


Questions about the program? Contact Haley Andreozzi (603) 862-5327 haley.andreozzi@unh.edu or Karen Bennett (603) 862-4861 karen.bennett@unh.edu.

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Location

  • Alumni Hall, 75 Court St., Haverhill, NH, 03765


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