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Saturday, 03/07/2015

Dig Your Garden: Healthy Soil and Garden Fertility
(09:00 AM - 01:00 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 

 

Saturdays 
- 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

Flyer

 

Location

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

Blueberry & Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Join Bill Lord and Amy Papineau from UNH Cooperative Extension for an informative pruning demonstration. These specialists will show how to properly prune blueberry bushes and various fruit trees to keep the plants productive and healthy.

Please come dressed for the weather, as this event will be held outside -- rain, snow, or shine.

Find more demos and events at extension.unh.edu/events

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Location

  • Blue Moon Berry Farm, 195 Waldron Hill Road, Warner, NH, 03278

Tuesday, 03/10/2015

ServSafe Food Managers Certification Course and Exam
(09:30 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

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Location

  • Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Suite 150, Conway, NH, 03818

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

Dig Your Garden: Starting Transplants from Seed
(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 

 

Saturdays 
- 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

Flyer

 

Location

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

Saturday, 03/14/2015

Dig Your Garden: Growing Apples and Pears
(09:00 AM - 01:00 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 

 

Saturdays 
- 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

Flyer

 

Location

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

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

Spring Landscape Conference
(09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

 

Annual Spring Conference for Landscapers.

 

The keynote speaker will be Robert Lyons, Professor Emeritus, of Landscape Horticulture with the University of Deleware. His presentation, "The Color of the Native Plant Palette" will highlight plants with qualities that are frequently considered colorful and visually appealing by landscapers and gardeners alike. Perhaps no other time in the history of herbaceous plant cultivation have we witnessed such a plethora of new and different plant choices in the marketplace, providing pleasant challenges for any gardener planning a new garden or enhancing those already existing. Color, site suitability, cost, and life cycle have frequently predominated most anyone’s decision process, and now species nativity has experienced a heightened value in making one’s selection.

 

Online registration is available here. The pre-registration deadline is March 10, 2015.

 

 

Location

  • NH Technical Institute, 31 College Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

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

Food Safety: From Farm & Garden to Preschool
(01:30 PM - 03:30 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.

Open to employees of Berlin Head Start, 610 Sullivan Street, Berlin, NH.


Location

  • Berlin Head Start, 610 Sullivan Street, Berlin, NH, 03570

Dig Your Garden: Containers and Raised Bed Gardening
(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 

 

Saturdays 
- 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

Flyer

 

Location

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

Thursday, 03/19/2015

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.

Location

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

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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Location

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

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

Strawberry School
(09:30 AM - 04:00 PM)

There are two days for this event. March 21 and March 24 (Laconia).

Topics: Strawberry plant biology and planting systems; Managing the crop: Soil management, fertilization, irrigation and renovation; Pest management: Insects and vertebrate pests, diseases and weeds; Discussion on challenges and opportunities with strawberry production.

Speakers: UNH Cooperative Extension: George hamilton, Becky Sideman, Cheryl Smith, Alan Eaton and Bill Lord (3/24)
UNH: Matt Kochka
UMass Extension: Rich Bonanno (3/21)

Preregistration is required by March 18th at 5:00 pm. Click here to register.

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Location

  • UNHCE Hillsborough County, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH, 03045

2015 Master Gardener Symposium: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It
(09:30 AM - 02:30 PM)

The annual Welcome Spring Symposium, sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Master Gardener Association, takes place Saturday, March 21, at Plymouth State University. The symposium is open to the public.

 

One focus of the symposium is on school and community gardens, a way to engage students and communities in growing food. Learn how to plan a garden project, engage everyone in the process, prioritize needs, identify leaders, source funding, and maintain momentum.

 

Jeremy Delisle, UNH Cooperative Extension Education Center coordinator, will also discuss specialized tools and production systems, including high tunnel production and other season extension techniques.

 

Alan Eaton, coordinator of UNH Cooperative Extension’s Integrated Pest Management program, will present “Meet the Beneficials - Natural Enemies of Garden Pests.” Most references on garden insects focus on detrimental pests and the problems they create in your gardens throughout the growing season. Once you learn to identify insects, you will discover hundreds of species that are busy helping your garden grow as predators or parasites of the “bad” insects. Eaton’s presentation will focus on the abundant beneficial insects found in gardens and how you can promote garden health through a reduction or elimination of pesticides.

 

Roger Swain, “the man with the red suspenders” best known for hosting the television show "The Victory Garden" for 15 years, will share his knowledge in a presentation called “Vegetables – From Plant to Food.” He will offer tips on growing vegetables, their culture, culinary advice, and storage/preservation methods, along with some special recipes.

 

Multiple vendors will showcase items ranging from gardening supplies to books, and participants can place bids on a multitude of gardening items in the silent auction. A buffet lunch is included in the price.

 

Flyer


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Location

  • Plymouth State University, Boyd Hall, Highland St, Plymouth, NH, 03264

Tree & Shrub Pruning Demonstration
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Join UNH Cooperative Extension and professional pruner David Seavey, for a discussion and demonstration of pruning techniques fro a variety of ornamental trees and shrubs in the landscape. Learn the when, why, and how of pruning flowering trees, evergreens, shrubs, and more!

Please come dressed for the weather, as this event will be held outside -- rain, snow, or shine.

We invite you to bring your gloves, hand pruners, and loppers!

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Location

  • Memorial Field, 311 Pleasant Street, Pembroke, NH, 03275

Strafford Fruit Pruning Workshop 2015
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

This home gardener's fruit pruning demonstration will cover apple, peach and pear trees as well as blueberries and raspberries.  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 managing deer and voles.

 

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

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Location

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

Monday, 03/23/2015

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

Tuesday, 03/24/2015

Strawberry School
(09:30 AM - 04:00 PM)

There are two days for this event. March 21 and March 24 (Laconia).

Topics: Strawberry plant biology and planting systems; Managing the crop: Soil management, fertilization, irrigation and renovation; Pest management: Insects and vertebrate pests, diseases and weeds; Discussion on challenges and opportunities with strawberry production.

Speakers: UNH Cooperative Extension: George hamilton, Becky Sideman, Cheryl Smith, Alan Eaton and Bill Lord (3/24)
UNH: Matt Kochka
UMass Extension: Rich Bonanno (3/21)

Preregistration is required by March 18th at 5:00 pm. Click here to register.

Location

  • Laconia Public Library, 695 Main Street, Laconia, NH, 03246

Scale Clinic - NH Dept of Weights & Measures
(12:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

This clinic is open to anyone who grows and sells their own agricultural products and who uses a scale commercially at farmers markets or a farm stand.  Inspection and certification is free to growers who have 3 or fewer scales under 100 lb. capacity and no other commercial devices.

 

Attendees should bring:  (1) legal-for-trade scale(s) and any necessary accessories; (2) current scale license (if you have one); and (3) renewal forms and payments due (no credit cards accepted.)  Annual license fee of $18.00 per scale is required.  

 

Location

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

Wednesday, 03/25/2015

Managing for Today and Tomorrow (An Annie's Project Program)
(06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

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  Click here for brochure.

Location

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

Managing for Today and Tomorrow (An Annie's Project Program)
(06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

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

Location

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

Dig Your Garden: Pollinators; Good Bugs, Bad Bugs; Pest Control
(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 

 

Saturdays 
- 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

Flyer

 

Location

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


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