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Monday, 04/21/2014

IPM Review
(05:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Fall Armyworm, European Corn Borer, Corn Earworm, Squash Vine Borer, and Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) have all been topics of concern in our region.  In 2013 UNHCE added a new Northern route to our scouting program to monitor these pests while learning more about how to manage them.

 

Please join UNH Cooperative Extension staff members, Heather Bryant, Dr. Alan Eaton, and George Hamilton, to discuss the impact of these pests.

Location

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

Wednesday, 04/23/2014

Tree Fruit Twilight Meeting
(05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

The Curriers’ (owners of Currier Orchard) will present a historical overview of Currier Orchard including fruit production and marketing overlooks.
George Hamilton, UNH CE Field Specialist, will lead the orchard tour. The Curriers’ will explain how orchard operation was developed, along with their marketing strategy and pest management strategies.
While touring the orchard of this pick-your-own operation, specialists will discuss the management of production practices and pest control options used for raising tree fruits.

Pesticide Recertification Credits Pending

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Location

  • Currier Orchard, 9 Peaslee Road, Merrimack, NH,

Thursday, 04/24/2014

Land Access Information Session
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

If you’re interested in buying or leasing farmland, have questions, feel stuck in the process, or want to meet up with and make connections with other farmers and farm service providers in your area, this gathering is for you! You will learn about:
- Finding and evaluating farmland
- Purchase, lease, and financing options
- Leasing or taking over a retiring farmer’s operation
- Expanding your network for increased knowledge, connection, and profit

 

Website

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Location

  • Keller Williams Metro, 168 South River Street, Bedford, NH, 03110

Initial Pesticide Certification Training for Private, Commercial, and those looking to receive General Use Permits
(06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

 

This educational program is designed to provide introductory training so that New Hampshire growers may obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take and pass the state certification exam. The training also helps 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 2014. If you are looking for instruction for first-time certification or if you would like to receive recertification credits in 2014 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 2014.

 

Hillsborough County Extension Office - March 17 & 24. Testing date - March 31.

329 Mast Road

Goffstown, NH                                       

                                              

Claremont Savings Bank - April 3 & 10. Testing date - April 17.

145 Broad Street

Claremont, NH 03743

            

Coos County Extension Office - April 24 & May 1. Testing date - May 8.

629A Main Street

Lancaster, NH    

 

For complete information, and the registration link, visit the webpage.

  

                    

          

 

Friday, 04/25/2014

Soil Health Workshop and Equipment Demonstration
(09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

See the Ash Spreader, Soil Aerator, No-Till Seeder in action and learn about ways this equipment can help improve your soil health!  Daimon Meeh, UNH Extension Field Specialist in Food and Agriculture, will speak on ways to be successful transitioning to no-till practices. At the workshop, we will also discuss use of a Yeoman’s Plow, which will be available for rent to farmers in upcoming months.

 

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Location

  • Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Rd., Milton Mills, NH, 03852

Saturday, 04/26/2014

Lilac Care, Pruning, and Earth Day Clean-up
(08:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

The East Concord Garden Club in conjunction with the City of Concord Blue Bag Program is sponsoring an Earth Day Clean-up/restoration of the School House Mill/Mountain Road Lilacs.

 

The clean-up includes a talk from Amy Papineau, Field Specialist from Merrimack County UNH Cooperative Extension. Come to learn about lilac care and pruning and help with the clean-up of the lilacs area itself.

 

Bring gloves and pruners.

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Location

  • School House Mill/Mountain Road Lilacs, 21 Mountain Road, East Concord, NH, 03301

Time to Grow Home Garden Workshop Series
(09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Location: Room 122. 

Grow a bountiful garden this year with these hands-on workshops sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and Great Bay Community College! 

8 Saturdays with 16 Workshops
Morning Session..........9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Afternoon Session.......12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Saturday, March 15 
1 – Vegetable & Fruit Garden Planning
2 – Starting Transplants from Seed

Saturday, March 22 
3 – Healthy Soil for Happy Plants and Higher Yields
4 – Garden Fertility (must attend the morning session)

Saturday, April 5 
5 – Cover Crops & Green Manures, Composting
6 – Container & Raised Bed Gardening

Saturday, April 19 
7 – Weeds, Pests and Disease
8 – Growing Apples and Pears

Saturday, April 26 
9 – Growing Stone Fruit (Peaches, Plums and Cherries)
10 – Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries

Saturday, May 3 
11 – Growing Your Favorite Vegetables; Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant
12 – Growing Your Favorite Vegetables; Root Crops, Greens, Squash, Beans & Peas

Saturday, May 10 
13 – Season Extension
14 – Building an Inexpensive Greenhouse

Saturday, August 23 
15 – Storing Your Harvest
16 – Closing Up Your Garden

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Location

  • Great Bay Community College - Portsmouth, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH, 03801

Winter Greens Workshop Series
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Two part farmer-to-farmer workshop series (4/26 and 5/10).


The first session will focus on variety selection, planting dates, and environmental controls. The
second will focus on harvest and post-harvest considerations, pest management, and the initial results
of the trial at the UNHCE research and education facility at the Grafton County Complex.


Please bring photos, etc. so we can discuss how you grow your “winter” crops.

 

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Location

  • Grafton County Farm, Dartmouth College Hwy., North Haverhill, NH, 03774

Time to Grow Home Garden Workshop Series
(12:00 PM - 02:00 PM)

Location: Room 122. 

Grow a bountiful garden this year with these hands-on workshops sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and Great Bay Community College! 

8 Saturdays with 16 Workshops
Morning Session..........9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Afternoon Session.......12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Saturday, March 15 
1 – Vegetable & Fruit Garden Planning
2 – Starting Transplants from Seed

Saturday, March 22 
3 – Healthy Soil for Happy Plants and Higher Yields
4 – Garden Fertility (must attend the morning session)

Saturday, April 5 
5 – Cover Crops & Green Manures, Composting
6 – Container & Raised Bed Gardening

Saturday, April 19 
7 – Weeds, Pests and Disease
8 – Growing Apples and Pears

Saturday, April 26 
9 – Growing Stone Fruit (Peaches, Plums and Cherries)
10 – Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries

Saturday, May 3 
11 – Growing Your Favorite Vegetables; Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant
12 – Growing Your Favorite Vegetables; Root Crops, Greens, Squash, Beans & Peas

Saturday, May 10 
13 – Season Extension
14 – Building an Inexpensive Greenhouse

Saturday, August 23 
15 – Storing Your Harvest
16 – Closing Up Your Garden

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Location

  • Great Bay Community College - Portsmouth, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH, 03801

Wednesday, 04/30/2014

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

This one day course follows the flow of food throughout an establishment.  Participants will learn what conditions enhance the growth of bacteria that cause food borne illnesses along with the safest way to receive, store, prepare, cook and serve food for their customers.  Practical information on training staff is included.  At the end of the course, the national ServSafe exam will be administered.  Some studying on your own time will be necessary.

 

Registration should be at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the class to allow time to receive and study the ServSafe Essentials book.

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Location

  • DHMC - Lebanon, One Medical Center Dr., Lebanon, NH, 03756

Thursday, 05/01/2014

Tree & Shrub Pruning Demonstration - Newport, NH
(05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

 UNH Cooperative Extension's Food & Agriculture Field Specialists, Amy Papineau and Margaret Hagen, 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, everygreens, shrubs, and more!

We will be holding more ornamental tree and shrub pruning demonstrations throughout the state this spring. View the Statewide Tree & Shrub Pruning Demo flier for details.

 

Please come dressed for the weather, as these events will be held outside, rain or shine. We invite you to bring your pruners and loppers.

 

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Location

  • Kathan Gardens, 146 Elm Street, Newport, NH, 03773

Initial Pesticide Certification Training for Private, Commercial, and those looking to receive General Use Permits
(06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

 

This educational program is designed to provide introductory training so that New Hampshire growers may obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take and pass the state certification exam. The training also helps 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 2014. If you are looking for instruction for first-time certification or if you would like to receive recertification credits in 2014 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 2014.

 

Hillsborough County Extension Office - March 17 & 24. Testing date - March 31.

329 Mast Road

Goffstown, NH                                       

                                              

Claremont Savings Bank - April 3 & 10. Testing date - April 17.

145 Broad Street

Claremont, NH 03743

             

Coos County Extension Office - April 24 & May 1. Testing date - May 8.

629A Main Street

Lancaster, NH    

 

For complete information, and the registration link, visit the webpage.

  

                    

          

 

Friday, 05/02/2014

SAFE – Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
(08:30 AM - 10:30 AM)

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.

To be held at Carroll County Department of Corrections, Ossipee, NH.

Saturday, 05/03/2014

Rain Garden Workshop for Homeowners
(08:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

Learn to soak up the rain at the Rain Garden Workshop for Homeowners held at the NHTI Campus in Concord, Student Center, in the Multi-Purpose Room.

 

What is a Rain Garden?

A rain garden is a shallow, bowl-shaped garden, similar to a perennial garden, that is designed to capture rainfall and snowmelt. Rain gardens help to keep nearby lakes and streams healthy and clean by soaking up the rain and pollutants found in stormwater.

 

Learn about site planning, rain garden placement, and size and how a rain garden works with Jillian McCarthy, Stormwater Coordinator, NH Dept of Environmental Services and about plant selection, design and installation from Dr. Cathy Neal, Extension Professor and Specialist in Landscape Horticulture, UNH Cooperative Extension.


There will be hands-on activity using design methods and techniques.

 

Attendees will receive a copy of the NH Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater Management, while supplies last.

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Location

  • New Hampshire Technical Institute-Concord, 20 College Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Time to Grow Home Garden Workshop Series
(09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Location: Room 122. 

Grow a bountiful garden this year with these hands-on workshops sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and Great Bay Community College! 

8 Saturdays with 16 Workshops
Morning Session..........9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Afternoon Session.......12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Saturday, March 15 
1 – Vegetable & Fruit Garden Planning
2 – Starting Transplants from Seed

Saturday, March 22 
3 – Healthy Soil for Happy Plants and Higher Yields
4 – Garden Fertility (must attend the morning session)

Saturday, April 5 
5 – Cover Crops & Green Manures, Composting
6 – Container & Raised Bed Gardening

Saturday, April 19 
7 – Weeds, Pests and Disease
8 – Growing Apples and Pears

Saturday, April 26 
9 – Growing Stone Fruit (Peaches, Plums and Cherries)
10 – Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries

Saturday, May 3 
11 – Growing Your Favorite Vegetables; Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant
12 – Growing Your Favorite Vegetables; Root Crops, Greens, Squash, Beans & Peas

Saturday, May 10 
13 – Season Extension
14 – Building an Inexpensive Greenhouse

Saturday, August 23 
15 – Storing Your Harvest
16 – Closing Up Your Garden

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Location

  • Great Bay Community College - Portsmouth, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH, 03801

Time to Grow Home Garden Workshop Series
(12:00 PM - 02:00 PM)

Location: Room 122. 

Grow a bountiful garden this year with these hands-on workshops sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and Great Bay Community College! 

8 Saturdays with 16 Workshops
Morning Session..........9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Afternoon Session.......12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Saturday, March 15 
1 – Vegetable & Fruit Garden Planning
2 – Starting Transplants from Seed

Saturday, March 22 
3 – Healthy Soil for Happy Plants and Higher Yields
4 – Garden Fertility (must attend the morning session)

Saturday, April 5 
5 – Cover Crops & Green Manures, Composting
6 – Container & Raised Bed Gardening

Saturday, April 19 
7 – Weeds, Pests and Disease
8 – Growing Apples and Pears

Saturday, April 26 
9 – Growing Stone Fruit (Peaches, Plums and Cherries)
10 – Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries

Saturday, May 3 
11 – Growing Your Favorite Vegetables; Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant
12 – Growing Your Favorite Vegetables; Root Crops, Greens, Squash, Beans & Peas

Saturday, May 10 
13 – Season Extension
14 – Building an Inexpensive Greenhouse

Saturday, August 23 
15 – Storing Your Harvest
16 – Closing Up Your Garden

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Location

  • Great Bay Community College - Portsmouth, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH, 03801

Monday, 05/05/2014

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

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a comprehensive approach to using environmentally sound methods to keep pests at non-damaging levels in the garden or landscape. Cindy Saka, UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, will discuss how you can use IPM to keep common garden pests in check.

 

This meeting will be in the Community Room, 4th Floor, at the Boscawen Municipal Complex.

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Location

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

Wednesday, 05/07/2014

Introduction to Video Marketing Webinar
(06:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

Video marketing is six times more effective than print and direct mail (themainstreetanalyst.com). How can agriculture businesses take advantage of this valuable marketing tool to engage with customers and share their products?

 

This webinar will review the basics of video marketing in today's small business world:

  • How can video marketing be used in my business?
  • What success have others had?
  • What do I need to make videos?
  • Sharing your videos

 

This webinar is designed for 30 minutes of presentation, with the remainder of the time available for questions and answers and networking with others in our virtual classroom.

 

Registration is required for this webinar.For registration, please click the link below.

 https://unh.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_40Z6die0s4eveYd

Location

  • Webinar Online, NH,

Thursday, 05/08/2014

Tree & Shrub Pruning Demonstration - Nashua, NH
(05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

UNH Cooperative Extension's Food & Agriculture Field Specialists, Amy Papineau and Margaret Hagen, 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, everygreens, shrubs, and more!

 

Please come dressed for the weather, as these events will be held outside, rain or shine. We invite you to bring your pruners and loppers.

 

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Location

  • Nashua Presbyterian Church, 1010 West Hollis Street (Rte 111W), Nashua, NH, 03060

Saturday, 05/10/2014

Time to Grow Home Garden Workshop Series
(09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Location: Room 122. 

Grow a bountiful garden this year with these hands-on workshops sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and Great Bay Community College! 

8 Saturdays with 16 Workshops
Morning Session..........9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Afternoon Session.......12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Saturday, March 15 
1 – Vegetable & Fruit Garden Planning
2 – Starting Transplants from Seed

Saturday, March 22 
3 – Healthy Soil for Happy Plants and Higher Yields
4 – Garden Fertility (must attend the morning session)

Saturday, April 5 
5 – Cover Crops & Green Manures, Composting
6 – Container & Raised Bed Gardening

Saturday, April 19 
7 – Weeds, Pests and Disease
8 – Growing Apples and Pears

Saturday, April 26 
9 – Growing Stone Fruit (Peaches, Plums and Cherries)
10 – Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries

Saturday, May 3 
11 – Growing Your Favorite Vegetables; Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant
12 – Growing Your Favorite Vegetables; Root Crops, Greens, Squash, Beans & Peas

Saturday, May 10 
13 – Season Extension
14 – Building an Inexpensive Greenhouse

Saturday, August 23 
15 – Storing Your Harvest
16 – Closing Up Your Garden

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Location

  • Great Bay Community College - Portsmouth, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH, 03801

Winter Greens Workshop Series
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Two part farmer-to-farmer workshop series (4/26 and 5/10).


The first session will focus on variety selection, planting dates, and environmental controls. The
second will focus on harvest and post-harvest considerations, pest management, and the initial results
of the trial at the UNHCE research and education facility at the Grafton County Complex.


Please bring photos, etc. so we can discuss how you grow your “winter” crops.

 

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Location

  • Grafton County Farm, Dartmouth College Hwy., North Haverhill, NH, 03774

Time to Grow Home Garden Workshop Series
(12:00 PM - 02:00 PM)

Location: Room 122. 

Grow a bountiful garden this year with these hands-on workshops sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and Great Bay Community College! 

8 Saturdays with 16 Workshops
Morning Session..........9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Afternoon Session.......12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Saturday, March 15 
1 – Vegetable & Fruit Garden Planning
2 – Starting Transplants from Seed

Saturday, March 22 
3 – Healthy Soil for Happy Plants and Higher Yields
4 – Garden Fertility (must attend the morning session)

Saturday, April 5 
5 – Cover Crops & Green Manures, Composting
6 – Container & Raised Bed Gardening

Saturday, April 19 
7 – Weeds, Pests and Disease
8 – Growing Apples and Pears

Saturday, April 26 
9 – Growing Stone Fruit (Peaches, Plums and Cherries)
10 – Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries

Saturday, May 3 
11 – Growing Your Favorite Vegetables; Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant
12 – Growing Your Favorite Vegetables; Root Crops, Greens, Squash, Beans & Peas

Saturday, May 10 
13 – Season Extension
14 – Building an Inexpensive Greenhouse

Saturday, August 23 
15 – Storing Your Harvest
16 – Closing Up Your Garden

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Location

  • Great Bay Community College - Portsmouth, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH, 03801

Wednesday, 05/14/2014

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 Lemon Grass Restaurant, 64 Whittier Highway, Moultonborough, NH.

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

This one day course follows the flow of food throughout an establishment.  Participants will learn what conditions enhance the growth of bacteria that cause food borne illnesses along with the safest way to receive, store, prepare, cook and serve food for their customers.  Practical information on training staff is included.  At the end of the course, the national ServSafe exam will be administered.  Some studying on your own time will be necessary.

 

Registration should be at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the class to allow time to receive and study the ServSafe Essentials book.

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Location

  • Merrimack County UNHCE Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303-2410

Saturday, 05/17/2014

Cooking for Groups: A Volunteer's Guide to Food Safety
(09:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

To be held at Monadnock Congregational Church, 147 Main Streetm, 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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