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Tuesday, 04/28/2015

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

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

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Cover Cropping and No-till Roundtable
(12:30 PM - 02:00 PM)

Do you have experience with no-till and cover crop practices, or do you have an interest in implementing them on your farm? The Rockingham and Strafford County Conservation Districts are hosting a round table to discuss cover cropping and no-till seeding. Topics of discussion will be driven by participants' interests and could include equipment and management questions and challenges, successes, and ideas for future research and projects. Experienced farmers, UNH Cooperative Extension specialists, and other professionals will attend. Lunch is provided.

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Location

  • Rockingham County Conservation District Office, 110 North Road, Brentwood, NH, 03833

Wednesday, 04/29/2015

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
(05:00 PM - 07:00 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.

Presented by: Ann Hamilton, Field Specialist and ServSafe(r) Certified Instructor.

To be held at Purity Spring Resort, Madison, NH.

This is a closed event. If you would like to have a SAFE workshop at your facility please contact Ann Hamilton at ann.hamilton@unh.edu.

Backyard Chicken Basics
(06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Come join Daimon Meeh, UNH Cooperative Extension Agriculture Field Specialist, in a conversation about raising backyard chickens. Topics to be discussed include feeding, housing, choosing the appropriate breed, and more.

 

This workshop is appropriate for those interested in obtaining chickens, or those who already own backyard chickens and want learn more about their proper care.

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Location

  • Gale Library, 16 South Main Street, Newton, NH, 03858

Thursday, 04/30/2015

ServSafe Food Managers Certification Course and Exam
(09:00 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: Coos County Nursing Home, 136 County Farm Road, West Stewartstown, NH.

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Tree and Shrub Pruning Demonstration
(05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

 

UNH Cooperative Extension’s Food & Agriculture Field Specialists, Margaret Hagen and Amy Papineau, will lead discussion and demonstration of pruning techniques for a variety of ornamental trees and shrubs in the landscape. 

Learn the when, why, and how of pruning flowering trees, evergreens, shrubs, and more!

 

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Location

  • Deerfield Community School, 66 North Road, Deerfield, NH,

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

Food Safety: From Farm & Garden to Preschool
(05:45 PM - 07:45 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.

To be held at First Steps Childcare Center, 6 Southside Road, Danvers, MA.

 

Grape School
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

 

This workshop series is designed to give backyard home gardeners/growers and new grape growers the tools they need to be successful. Learn about how to choose grape cultivars that will perform well in NH, how to plant and manage a home vineyard, and how to cope with common pest and disease problems.

 

Come to just one workshop, or come to all three.

On April 14, we will cover the basics of grapevines, establishing and maintaining the vineyard, and plant nutrition.

2 Pesticide Recertification Credits have been approved for this meeting.

$15.00

Register here: http://bit.ly/GS414

 

On April 21, we will discuss pest management and assessing winter injury.

2 Pesticide Recertification Credits have been approved for this meeting.

$15.00

Register here: http://bit.ly/GS421

 

Lastly, on May 5, we will visit King Street Vineyards in Milford, to see these techniques put into practice on a home/backyard scale.

1 Pesticide Recertification Credit has been approved for this meeting.

No Registration Necessary for Vineyard meeting. Rain or shine- dress for the weather.

 

Contact Jill Ketchen at jillian.ketchen@unh.edu or 603-641-6060 if you would like to register over the phone.

 

 

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Location

  • King Street Vineyards, 25 King Street, Milford, NH, 03055

Wednesday, 05/06/2015

Dig Your Garden: Growing Veggies and Herbs
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

(Postponed from April 8.)

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 15: Growing Tomatoes
- April 22: Season Extension
- May 6: Growing Veggies and Herbs

 

Saturdays 
- March 7 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Healthy Soil and Garden Fertility
- April 4 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Growing Blueberries, Raspberries, and Strawberries
- April 25 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Growing Apples and Pears 

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Location

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

Thursday, 05/07/2015

Tree and Shrub Pruning Demonstration
(05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

 

UNH Cooperative Extension’s Food & Agriculture Field Specialists, Margaret Hagen and Amy Papineau, will lead discussion and demonstration of pruning techniques for a variety of ornamental trees and shrubs in the landscape. 

Learn the when, why, and how of pruning flowering trees, evergreens, shrubs, and more!

 

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Location

  • Maplewood Demonstration Garden, 201 River Road, Westmoreland, NH, 03467

Tree and Shrub Pruning Demonstration
(05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

 

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

 

 

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Location

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

Saturday, 05/09/2015

Hands-on Pruning Demonstration - Wild Blueberries
(02:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Join UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialists for a hands-on lesson in pruning and caring for wild blueberry bushes. We will meet at Kidder Point, 912 Pleasant Street, New London where wild blueberries grow along the shore of Pleasant Lake. Come learn how you can keep your wild blueberry bushes health and productive.

Bring your gloves and pruners (a limited number of pruning tools will be available to borrow). This event will be held outdoors, so please dress appropriately.

 

Directions: Kidder Point (912 Pleasant Street) is just past the Pleasant Lake Inn, on the right side of the street. Look for the white Cooperative Extension signs.

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Location

  • Kidder Point, 912 Pleasant Street, New London, NH, 03257

Monday, 05/11/2015

Integrated Pest Management in the Garden
(06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

As the weather warms up and the plants begin to grow, it is time to watch for insects, weeds, and plant diseases that may cause trouble in your vegetable garden.

UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, Cindy Saka, will talk about common pests to watch for at this time of the year and will discuss the steps you can take to prevent problems or minimize damage using chemical-free methods.

 

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Location

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

Tuesday, 05/12/2015

Managing Habitat for Pollinators on Farms
(09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Pollinators are essential to our environment. The service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of wild plants and human food crops alike. Join the Xerces Society's Eric Lee-Mader for an overview of pollinator ecology, farm management for wild bees, and habitat restoration training to increase your local population of wild bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects - including those that prey upon crop pests. Workshops are free.

 

Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, is a large orchard/small fruit crop farm, where we will talk a bit more about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and how to locate plots and scale for pollinators.

 

Be sure to check out the attached flyer for a detailed agenda and the Presenter's Biography.

 

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Location

  • Brookdale Fruit Farm, 36 Broad Street, Hollis, NH, 03049

Managing Habitat for Pollinators on Farms
(02:00 PM - 05:00 PM)

Pollinators are essential to our environment. The service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of wild plants and human food crops alike. Join the Xerces Society's Eric Lee-Mader for an overview of pollinator ecology, farm management for wild bees, and habitat restoration training to increase your local population of wild bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects - including those that prey upon crop pests. Workshops are free.

 

Alyson's Orchard in Walpole is a 100 acre apple orchard where the district has recently seeded in several pollinator plots with more on the way. Discussion on future placement and additional species.

 

Be sure to check out the attached flyer for a detailed agenda and the Presenter's Biography.

 

Location

  • Alyson’s Orchard, 615 Wentworth Road, Walpole, NH, 03608

Wednesday, 05/13/2015

Managing Habitat for Pollinators on Farms
(09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Pollinators are essential to our environment. The service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of wild plants and human food crops alike. Join the Xerces Society's Eric Lee-Mader for an overview of pollinator ecology, farm management for wild bees, and habitat restoration training to increase your local population of wild bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects - including those that prey upon crop pests. Workshops are free.

 

Linda Brownson's Property in Wentworth, NH, will have a demonstration on solarization for site preparation, install plastic and discuss possible options for landscape enhancement.

 

Be sure to check out the flyer for a detailed agenda and the Presenter's Biography.  http://tinyurl.com/lxgl6ug

 

Location

  • Linda Brownson's Property, Wentworth, NH,

Marketing and Merchandising Your Farm Products
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Fine Tuning Your Skills

There's a lot to consider when merchandising to inspire your customers to buy more of your products at farmstands, farmers markets, Pick Your Own, and Community Supported Agriculture. Customers want memorable experiences, and you can turn these customers into loyal ones who will become your word-of-mouth promoters. 


Join Nada Haddad, Food and Agriculture Field Specialist with Cooperative Extension, for a discussion on display presentation, sales, signage, customer service, pricing, and product quality.

The Scale Clinic with the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food will start at noon at the same location.

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Location

  • UNH Cooperative Extension Office, 629A Main Street, Lancaster, NH, 03584

Managing Habitat for Pollinators on Farms
(02:00 PM - 05:00 PM)

Pollinators are essential to our environment. The service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of wild plants and human food crops alike. Join the Xerces Society's Eric Lee-Mader for an overview of pollinator ecology, farm management for wild bees, and habitat restoration training to increase your local population of wild bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects - including those that prey upon crop pests. Workshops are free.

 

Visit Carter Hill Orchard, with its Pollinator Plot in its third year. We will discuss possible over-seeding of additional species.

 

Be sure to check out the attached flyer for a detailed agenda and the Presenter's Biography.

 

Location

  • Carter Hill Orchard, 73 Carter Hill Road, Concord, NH, 03303

Thursday, 05/14/2015

Managing Habitat for Pollinators on Farms
(09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Pollinators are essential to our environment. The service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of wild plants and human food crops alike. Join the Xerces Society's Eric Lee-Mader for an overview of pollinator ecology, farm management for wild bees, and habitat restoration training to increase your local population of wild bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects - including those that prey upon crop pests. Workshops are free.

 

Salt Box Farm in Stratham has blueberries and brambles. Meet with a local farmer to hear about low spray IMP strategies and locate a pollinator plot for installation during 2015.

 

Be sure to check out the attached flyer for a detailed agenda and the Presenter's Biography.

 

Location

  • Salt Box Farm, 321 Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham, NH, 03885

Vegetable Growers' Twilight Meeting
(04:00 PM - 06:00 PM)

 

There will be a WeedMaster demonstration and a farm tour. Topics of conversation will include identifying common and problematic weed species, weed life cycles and how to limit weed growth.

 

See mechanical weed control on a horse-powered organic farm!

 

PAT credits are pending approval.

 

 

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Location

  • Hillside Springs Farm, 21 Comerford Road, Westmoreland, NH, 03467

Tuesday, 05/19/2015

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

Wednesday, 05/20/2015

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

To be held at: Town & Country Inn & Resort, 20 State Route 2, Shelburne, NH. GPS coordinate: 2 Main Street, Gorham.

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Saturday, 05/23/2015

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 for 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. This event was rescheduled from March due to the snow levels.

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

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Location

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

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


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