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Wednesday, 05/04/2016

Explore the current threats to Concord's tree canopy
Wednesday, 05/04/2016 (06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Come learn about invasive insects and aging trees that are compromising the health of the city's tree canopy. Concord is ground zero for the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer and the insect is now throughout the city's landscape. Learn what your options are, how to hire an arborist, tree replacement and where you can or cannot move the ash wood to.

 

Red pine scale is an exotic invasive insect that is killing red pine trees in Concord and the surrounding areas. Learn what the first signs of infestation look like and what the best course of action is for saving a red pine tree in the landscape.

 

Concord, like many NH communities, has many trees in older age classes, some with evident defects of decay, broken branches and large limbs overhanging buildings and driveways. Learn what actions you can take before you decide to throw the tree to the demise of the chainsaws and learn about the city's current work in replacing some of Concord's tree canopy.

 

Presenters:

  • Tim Fleury and Amy Papineau, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Scott Rolfe and Bill Davidson, NH Division of Forests and Lands
  • Ryan Rambeau, City Arborist, General Services

 

Directions:

Take Loudon Road towards Rte 132 North, at the lights for 132 N., turn South on to Canterbury Road, turn right onto the second driveway. Dame School is right behind the Walgreens on Loudon Road at 14 Canterbury Road.

 

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Location

  • Concord Parks and Recreation Office, 14 Canterbury Road, Concord, NH, 03301

Growing Your Favorite Veggies
Wednesday, 05/04/2016 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Beans, beans the magical fruit…  Carrots and onions, cucumber and squash, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes; they are all magical!  We’ll show you some nifty tricks for greater success and improved yields.

Location

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

Thursday, 05/05/2016

Ornamental Pruning Demonstration
Thursday, 05/05/2016 (05:30 PM - 07:00 PM)

UNH Cooperative Extension's Food & Agriculture Field Specialists, Margaret Hagen and Amy Papineau, will lead 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!  If you have pruning equipment (sharp pruners, loppers and pruning saws) and leather gloves, bring them with you. This event will be held outside, rain or shine!

 

 

Location

  • The Rocks Estate, Bethlehem, NH, 03574

Backyard Chicken Basics
Thursday, 05/05/2016 (06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Facts and practical tips about raising egg-laying chickens and broilers. This workshop is appropriate for those interested in obtaining chickens, or those who already own backyard chickens and want to learn more about their proper care. Youth are welcome!

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Location

  • Plaistow Public Library, 85 Main Street, Plaistow, NH, 03865

Saturday, 05/07/2016

Build Your Grazing Plan
Saturday, 05/07/2016 (All day)

The online classes will run from February 29 through June 16. During that time, there will also be four in-person meetings:
- Monday, February 29 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Kick Off and Orientation in Boscawen
- Wednesday, April 6, time TBD - Animal Nutrition in Boscawen
- Saturday, May 7, all day - Fencing Clinic in Harrisville
- Thursday, June 16, time TBD - Forage Identification and Inventory in Litchfield

This 16-week class will be primarily conducted through an online learning program. It is designed for farms that graze ruminant animals (cows, sheep, goats, and camelids) and want to maximize their pasture production through managed grazing. If you already have a grazing plan that is being underutilized, this class is for you as well.

We will take you through the process of writing a grazing plan. As a participant, you will complete the class with a functional grazing plan for YOUR farm and understand the principles behind it. This allows you to make changes to your plan when needed. Additionally, we will be writing these plans to include all the criteria needed for submission to NH NRCS for assistance through the EQIP program. If you would like, Daimon Meeh will help you review your plan to ensure it meets NRCS specifications. You would then bring your plan to a NRCS representative in your county to discuss how NRCS can help you with its implementation.

The class will be self-paced with online assignments and support. We will be using an online learning system similar in structure to an online forum, and it is our intent that there will be helpful interactions between the participants during the class.


Topics include
- Farm and Soil Mapping
- Soil Testing
- Animal Nutrition Needs
- Body Condition Scoring
- Fencing
- Theories of Grazing
- Rotation Schedule
- Forage Identification

Register

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Farm Visit-Living Earth Farm
Saturday, 05/07/2016 (10:00 AM - 12:00 AM)

Tour Living Earth Farm, a certified organic micro-farm in Brookline, NH, to see how we put all of these principles into practice.

Location

  • Living Earth Farm, 54 Rocky Pond Road, Brookline, NH, 03033

Wednesday, 05/11/2016

Tree Fruit Twilight Meeting
Wednesday, 05/11/2016 (05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

 

Details to come.

 

Location

  • Watson's Orchard, 428 Meaderboro Road, Farmington, NH, 03835

Sunday, 05/15/2016

A Year in the Life of a Sheep - NH Sheep & Wool Festival
Sunday, 05/15/2016 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Dot Perkins, UNH Cooperative Extension Livestock Field Specialist, will be giving a talk on A Year in the Life of a Sheep on Sunday, May 15, at 11:00 am at the 40th Annual NH Sheep and Wool Festival at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road, Building A, Lecture Room. She will be talking about the nutritional needs of an ewe and a ram throughout the year, as well as housing and management. The NH Sheep and Wool Festival is held on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15, 2016.

 

The festival offers educational programs, special workshops, demonstrations, handmade with fiber shows, a hand-spun skein contest, a fleece show and sale, breed display, youth show, sheep quiz bowl, stock dog trials, vendors and vendor raffles, crafts for kids, and a delicious food fair.

Location

  • Deerfield Fair Grounds, Deerfield, NH, 03037

Tuesday, 05/17/2016

ServSafe Food Managers Certification Course and Exam
Tuesday, 05/17/2016 (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 causes 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 is required at least 2 weeks prior to the start of class to allow time to receive and study the ServSafe book.

Register on-line

 

Location

  • Bentley Commons, 197 Water Street, Keene, NH, 03431

Wednesday, 05/18/2016

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
Wednesday, 05/18/2016 (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

Tuesday, 05/24/2016

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
Tuesday, 05/24/2016 (02:00 PM - 04:00 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

  • Nashua South High School, 36 Riverside Street, Nashua, NH, 03062

Friday, 06/03/2016

Drip Irrigation Twilight Meeting
Friday, 06/03/2016 (03:00 PM - 07:00 PM)

 

Presenters: Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm and Bill LaMont, Professor of Vegetable Crops at Penn State.

 

More details to come.

 

Location

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

Tuesday, 06/07/2016

ServSafe Food Managers Certification Course and Exam
Tuesday, 06/07/2016 (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

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Location

  • StoryLand, Glen, NH, 03838

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
Tuesday, 06/07/2016 (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, 06/08/2016

Tree Fruit Twilight Meeting
Wednesday, 06/08/2016 (05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

 

Details to come.

 

Location

  • Gould Hill Farm, 656 Gould Hill Road, Contoocook, NH,

Saturday, 06/11/2016

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
Saturday, 06/11/2016 (09:00 AM - 11:00 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.

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

To be held at the Town Docks in Meredith.

Thursday, 06/16/2016

Build Your Grazing Plan
Thursday, 06/16/2016 (All day)

The online classes will run from February 29 through June 16. During that time, there will also be four in-person meetings:
- Monday, February 29 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Kick Off and Orientation in Boscawen
- Wednesday, April 6, time TBD - Animal Nutrition in Boscawen
- Saturday, May 7, all day - Fencing Clinic in Harrisville
- Thursday, June 16, time TBD - Forage Identification and Inventory in Litchfield

This 16-week class will be primarily conducted through an online learning program. It is designed for farms that graze ruminant animals (cows, sheep, goats, and camelids) and want to maximize their pasture production through managed grazing. If you already have a grazing plan that is being underutilized, this class is for you as well.

We will take you through the process of writing a grazing plan. As a participant, you will complete the class with a functional grazing plan for YOUR farm and understand the principles behind it. This allows you to make changes to your plan when needed. Additionally, we will be writing these plans to include all the criteria needed for submission to NH NRCS for assistance through the EQIP program. If you would like, Daimon Meeh will help you review your plan to ensure it meets NRCS specifications. You would then bring your plan to a NRCS representative in your county to discuss how NRCS can help you with its implementation.

The class will be self-paced with online assignments and support. We will be using an online learning system similar in structure to an online forum, and it is our intent that there will be helpful interactions between the participants during the class.


Topics include
- Farm and Soil Mapping
- Soil Testing
- Animal Nutrition Needs
- Body Condition Scoring
- Fencing
- Theories of Grazing
- Rotation Schedule
- Forage Identification

Register

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Wednesday, 07/13/2016

Tree Fruit Twilight Meeting
Wednesday, 07/13/2016 (05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

 

Details to come.

 

Location

  • Poverty Lane ORchards and Farnum Hill Ciders, 98 Poverty Lane, Lebanon, NH, 03766

Thursday, 08/04/2016

Live Free & Eat Local - Farm to Table Weekend
Thursday, 08/04/2016 (All day)

Live Free & Eat Local

August 4 & 5 /// Ages 13 & Older /// Cost is $50.00 per person

There is something for everyone!

  • Behind the scenes information session at a Farm Bistro
  • Farm to table dining
  • A look at the science behind food & agriculture
  • Hands on tours with fruit and vegetable producers
  • up close and personal tour at a Farmer's Market

Cost includes: Transportation for both days, all your meals, lodging, and evening entertainment! 

Sponsored by: The 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire

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Location

  • UNH Cooperative Extension, Durham,, NH, 03824

Friday, 08/05/2016

Live Free & Eat Local - Farm to Table Weekend
Friday, 08/05/2016 (All day)

Live Free & Eat Local

August 4 & 5 /// Ages 13 & Older /// Cost is $50.00 per person

There is something for everyone!

  • Behind the scenes information session at a Farm Bistro
  • Farm to table dining
  • A look at the science behind food & agriculture
  • Hands on tours with fruit and vegetable producers
  • up close and personal tour at a Farmer's Market

Cost includes: Transportation for both days, all your meals, lodging, and evening entertainment! 

Sponsored by: The 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire

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Location

  • UNH Cooperative Extension, Durham,, NH, 03824

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