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Upcoming events (Agriculture - Food and Ag)

Wednesday, 09/09/2015

Master Gardener Training
(06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Location

  • White Mountain Community College, 646 Union Street, Littleton, NH, 03561

Thursday, 09/10/2015

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

Monday, 09/14/2015

Supervisory Registration Certificate –General Use Core Training
(All day)

UNH Cooperative Extension will host a series of all-day training workshops for those seeking a supervisory registration certificate from the state’s Division of Pesticide Control. This certification enables an individual or company to apply general use products for turf, right of way and commercial brush control. In order for an individual to obtain this new certification they need to participate in a series of training classes, pass a written exam and an oral board, plus show proof of insurance.

New Hampshire requires that anyone who applies pesticides commercially must be certified as a commercial pesticide applicator. This certification is required regardless of whether the applicator gets paid for the service or the pesticide is classified as general or restricted use. This includes over-the-counter homeowner-type pesticides.

 

 

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Growing Mushrooms
(06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Do you like mushrooms? If the answer is yes, here's another question.

 

Would you like to grow mushrooms? If that answer is also yes, you're in luck because Boscawen Agricultural Commission is offering a workshop on growing shiitake mushrooms.

 

Jim Ramanek, Master Gardener and owner of Warner River Organics, will  show you how easy and fun it is to cultivate edible mushrooms using logs, stumps, and the moist shade of your wooded property or the shaded back of the garage.

 

In this workshop, you will not only learn how to cultivate mushrooms but how to select wood, location, tools and supplies. Jim will present the whole process of drilling, plugging, waxing, stacking, waiting and forcing. You will learn about other mushrooms you can grow and receive information on suppliers for plug spawn.

 

 

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Location

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

Tuesday, 09/15/2015

Supervisory Registration Certificate –General Use Turf
(All day)

UNH Cooperative Extension will host a series of all-day training workshops for those seeking a supervisory registration certificate from the state’s Division of Pesticide Control. This certification enables an individual or company to apply general use products for turf, right of way and commercial brush control. In order for an individual to obtain this new certification they need to participate in a series of training classes, pass a written exam and an oral board, plus show proof of insurance.

New Hampshire requires that anyone who applies pesticides commercially must be certified as a commercial pesticide applicator. This certification is required regardless of whether the applicator gets paid for the service or the pesticide is classified as general or restricted use. This includes over-the-counter homeowner-type pesticides.

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Food Preservation Workshop
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

 

We will cover the latest research-based methods and recipes, answer questions, and share experiences about these topics:

  • An overview of preserving food safely at home
  • Jams and Jellies
  • Pickling
  • Canning Fruits and Vegetables
  • Freezing and drying food

Workshop presented by Jessica Sprague - Extension Field Specialist, Food Safety.

Location

  • Achille Agway of Keene, 80 Martell Ct, Keene, NH, 03458

Wednesday, 09/16/2015

Supervisory Registration Certificate –General Use Right of Way
(All day)

UNH Cooperative Extension will host a series of all-day training workshops for those seeking a supervisory registration certificate from the state’s Division of Pesticide Control. This certification enables an individual or company to apply general use products for turf, right of way and commercial brush control. In order for an individual to obtain this new certification they need to participate in a series of training classes, pass a written exam and an oral board, plus show proof of insurance.

New Hampshire requires that anyone who applies pesticides commercially must be certified as a commercial pesticide applicator. This certification is required regardless of whether the applicator gets paid for the service or the pesticide is classified as general or restricted use. This includes over-the-counter homeowner-type pesticides.

 

 

 

 

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Soak Up the Rain, Landscaping for Water Quality - Stormwater Installations
(04:30 PM - 06:30 PM)

 

This is a Level 2 Soak up the Rain Training Class

 

UNH Stormwater Center and Durham Library Stormwater Installations Tour: See and learn from research on stormwater BMPs and their effectiveness at the UNH Stormwater Center with Director Jamie Houle, then visit the new Durham library to see and discuss stormwater installations and maintenance challenges.

 

Space is limited at these hands-on workshops and priority is given to people who have attended the core training.

 

Online Registration is available.

 

The rain date is September 17, 2015.

 

See the complete list of Level 2 Training Classes.

Location

  • UNH Stormwater Center, West Edge Lot, NW Corner, Durham, NH, 03824

Saturday, 09/19/2015

Cooking for Groups: A Volunteer's Guide to Food Safety
(09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

To be held at Monadnock Congregational Church, 147 Main Street, Colebrook, NH.

Topics covered include review of safe food handling techniques; reminders of personal hygiene practices; prevention of cross-contamination; safe time & temperature controls; and food donations. Certificates of attendance will be issued.

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

Pre-registration is requested by calling Betty Lou Canty at 603-447-3834 or email bettylou.canty@unh.edu.

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Tuesday, 09/22/2015

2nd Annual SafetyFest
(03:00 PM - 06:00 PM)

 

 

Please join the NHLA/UNHCE Education Committee at Woodman Farm for this year’s SafetyFest.

 

The “Walker Challenge”, sponsored by the J.M. Hayden Equipment Company LLC will be back. Milton Cat will bring an excavator for a timed competition that involves picking up small objects. There will be a prize for the best time so practice ahead of time! 

 

Click here to register. You can also register by phone. Call Jill Ketchen at 603-641-6060.

 

The sponsor for this year’s barbeque supper is J.M. Hayden Equipment LLC, “your commercial turf equipment source.” They will provide food and drinks, the Woodman Farm Managers, John and Evan, will be the master grillers, and members of the Education Committee will take care of the rest.

Location

  • Woodman Horticultural Farm at UNH, Durham, NH, 03824

Tuesday, 09/29/2015

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 contaminates food and the safest way to receive, store, prepare, cook, and serve food for their customers.

Participants are expected to study the ServSafe Manager book 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.

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Location

  • Manchester Health Department, 1528 Elm St, Manchester, NH, 03101

Wednesday, 09/30/2015

Soak Up the Rain, Landscaping for Water Quality - Rain Garden 2
(08:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

 

This is a Level 2 Soak up the Rain Training Class

 

This workshop provides a hands-on opportunity to install a larger rain garden to capture parking lot runoff on a business property. Training will focus on plant selection, placement, and planting techniques.

 

Space is limited at these hands-on workshops and priority is given to people who have attended the core training.

 

Online Registration is available.

 

The rain date is October 1, 2015.

 

See the complete list of Level 2 Training Classes.

Location

  • Rolling Green Nursery, 64 Breakfast Hill Road, Greenland, NH, 03840

Monday, 10/05/2015

Barns and Facilities for Small-Scale Farms
(06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

John C. Porter, UNH Cooperative Extension Professor and Specialist, Emeritus, will cover the basics of building new barns and renovating old ones to meet the needs of small-scale farming.

 

This will include site selection, building orientation, building materials and floor plan ideas. There will be examples of barns for several types of livestock.

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Location

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

Wednesday, 10/21/2015

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, Food Safety

To be held at the Red Fox Bar & Grille, 49 Route 16, Jackson, NH.

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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

Monday, 11/02/2015

NH Pollinator Summit
(08:30 AM - 04:15 PM)

Registration begins at 8:00 AM.


Registration (lunch included): $35 through Oct. 23/ $45 after Oct. 23


Register at: http://extension.unh.edu/pollinator-summit

 

Habitat loss, forage quality, pesticide use, pests, and diseases all impact bee health and diversity, threatening the health of our landscapes and food systems. The New Hampshire Pollinator Summit will cover current research-based information related to pollinator health, as well as ongoing local and regional efforts to support and protect bee pollinators on-the-ground. Pesticide recertification credits: 6 pending. Sessions will include:

 

Where are we now? Science-based information on the health and diversity of managed and native bees and the factors influencing bee populations.

  • Frank Drummond, PhD, Professor of Insect Ecology and Insect Pest Management, University of Maine
  • Sandra Rehan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. Biological Sciences, University of New Hampshire
  • Gary Fish, Manager of Pesticide Programs, Maine Dept. Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Case Studies in IPM: Panel presentation. Local practitioners in agriculture and beyond discuss incorporating bee management into their businesses.

  • Steve Wood, Poverty Lane Orchards and Farnum Hill Ciders, Lebanon, NH
  • Trevor Hardy, Brookdale Fruit Farm, Hollis, NH
  • Bill Parker, Parker Garden Design, Nashua, NH
  • Troy Hall, Hall Apiaries, Plainfield, NH

Reviving Pollinator Health: Use of landscape, habitats, and plantings to support bee health and populations.

  • Eric Mader, Pollinator Program Co-Director, The Xerces Society
  • Cathy Neal, PhD, Extension Professor and Landscape Horticulture Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Jarrod Fowler, Pollinator Conservation and Bio-control Specialist, The Xerces Society

Case Studies in Creating Habitat for Bee Health: Panel presentation. Hear about local opportunities and projects to support bee health through habitat design.

  • Don Keirstead, Environmental Liason, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Amanda Littleton, District Manager, Cheshire County Conservation District
  • Charles Mraz, Champlain Valley Apiaries, Middleton, VT
  • Barbara Rollins, Landscape Specialist Supervisor, NH Dept. Transportation



 


Location

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

Wednesday, 11/04/2015

New Hampshire Direct Marketing Conference: Growing Your Business Through Audience Connection
(08:30 AM - 04:00 PM)

Are you interested in growing your business by reaching out to new customers or engaging loyal ones with new and diverse agricultural products and increasing sales? 


Is increasing and maximizing revenue stream your business goal?

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Registration coming soon! 

Location

  • Portsmouth Country Club, 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland, NH, 03840

Thursday, 11/05/2015

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

Wednesday, 11/18/2015

Soak Up the Rain, Landscaping for Water Quality - Core Training
(08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

 

This 2-day training is for professional landscapers and others interested in understanding how landscape features and practices can help to protect and improve water quality in our lakes, rivers, estuaries and other water bodies. You will learn how to read a site, recommend and integrate stormwater management practices into your landscapes, while complying with all federal, state and local regulations.


There’s no need to repeat this core training if you took the core Soak up the Rain class in April, 2015, but if you took Landscaping at the Water’s Edge a few years ago, this will serve as a good refresher and help you update your skills.

 

To register, click here.

Location

  • Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH, 03840

Thursday, 11/19/2015

Soak Up the Rain, Landscaping for Water Quality - Core Training
(08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

 

This 2-day training is for professional landscapers and others interested in understanding how landscape features and practices can help to protect and improve water quality in our lakes, rivers, estuaries and other water bodies. You will learn how to read a site, recommend and integrate stormwater management practices into your landscapes, while complying with all federal, state and local regulations.


There’s no need to repeat this core training if you took the core Soak up the Rain class in April, 2015, but if you took Landscaping at the Water’s Edge a few years ago, this will serve as a good refresher and help you update your skills.

 

To register, click here.

Location

  • Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH, 03840

Wednesday, 12/09/2015

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

Friday, 12/11/2015

Soak Up the Rain, Landscaping for Water Quality - Marketing Water Quality-Friendly Landscape Services
(09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

 

This is a Level 2 Soak up the Rain Training Class

 

How can you as a landscape service provider help drive customer demand for BMPs that protect water quality? Tips from social science research will help you understand the reasons people would want to incorporate Soak concepts into their landscapes. Discussions with peers will help you position your company to be a leader in this growing area of practice through effective marketing.

 

Space is limited at these hands-on workshops and priority is given to people who have attended the core training.

 

Online Registration is available.

 

 

Location

  • Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH, 03840

Wednesday, 01/27/2016

Community Training in Ecological Design (4 part series)
(08:30 AM - 05:30 PM)

Community Training in Ecological Design (4-part series) - Creating Resilient Communities through Low Cost, Accessible Permaculture Design Solutions and Strategies that work with Nature

Join Steve Whitman, Stacey Doll, Lauren Chase-Rowell, and Mary Tebo Davis as they lead you through an innovative training on Ecological Solutions for NH Communities. Developed from the full Permaculture Design Certification course curriculum, the training is geared toward community leaders (staff and volunteers), planners, and commission members to provide the necessary tools to plan, design, and develop a more resilient and sustainable future for your community’s infrastructure and economy while working in harmony with the natural world.

Utilizing Permaculture Design Principles, you will be led through a series of conversations, participatory activities, case study field trips, and a design charette to introduce the ecological design process. Participants will learn how integrated design stacks functions and addresses: biodiversity, secure food production models, water and energy systems, appropriate technologies, and adaptation planning and cooperation to help overcome barriers. Each participant will leave the training with tools and skills to work as an ecological designer within their community and on their own property to provide solutions for a better tomorrow.

AICP CM credits and CEUs for AIA, NH Certified Professional Landscapers and NOFA Organic Landcare Practioners have been submitted. Please register on-line as space is limited. You can pay by credit card, electronic check, or forward us a paper check. To register, visit: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=18025

Who Should Attend:  planning boards, energy committees, conservation commission, agricultural commissions, landscape designers and architects, town engineers, road agents and town maintenance, and community volunteers

Location:  Boscawen, NH, 315 Daniel Webster Hwy

Dates: Wednesdays: Jan. 27th, 2016 (8:30am-5:30pm), Feb. 3rd (8:30am-5:30pm), Feb. 10th (in Franklin, NH from 1pm-5pm), and Feb. 17th (8:30am-5:30pm)

Snow Dates: Mondays: Feb. 8th (8:30-5:30), Feb. 15th (1-5pm), Feb. 22nd (8:30-5:30)

 Cost:  $395 

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Location

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

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