UNH Cooperative Extension In The News 
(July 7, 2013 - November 24,2014)

UNH research: Heat pumps reduce greenhouse heating oil bills
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Brian Krug)

Aubin, Mears Accepted to Economic Development Academy
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Andre Garron)

Ag Schools Reinvent Cooperative Extensions for the 21st Century
Governing.com (featuring Seth Wilner)

Cool Summer Means NH Tomato Crop Is Just Reaching Its Peak
NewHampshire.com (featuring UNH Cooperative Extension)

University of New Hampshire Working to Breed Better Strawberries
AP running regionally (featuring Becky Sideman)

Pathogen Hits N.H. Basil, Putting Pesto in Peril
NHPR (featuring Becky Sideman)

Two UNH Farms Offer Tours on Farm Day
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Food & Agriculture)

Inner-city Youth Explore Education, Life Outside the City
WCSH-TV (featuring Mark Wiley)

Extension Publication Offers Farmers' Market Selling Tips

Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Nada Haddad)

N.H. Residents Asked to Check Pool Filters for Insects

Eagle Tribute (featuring Karen Bennett)

Foodstuffs: Summer Plans for Winter Greens
Associated Press, running regionally (featuring Brian Krug)

Emerald ash borers found near state line
Eagle Tribune (featuring Fred Borman, Karen Bennett)

New Hampshire Foresters on Lookout for Miniscule Infesting and Killing Ash Trees
FrenchTribune.com (featuring Karen Bennett)

Rye's Saltwater Marshes Key in Combating Sea Level
The Portsmouth Herald-Seacoastonline.com (featuring Amanda Stone and Chris Keeley)

UNH Cooperative Extension to Host Emerald Ash Borer Workshops

Associated Press (featuring Extension's Natural Resources Program)

B-rated "hotel" at UNH is Reserved for Pollinators

Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Cathy Neal)

N.H. Farmers a Big Winner in 2014
New Hampshire Business Review (featuring Food & Agriculture)

Learn to Garden with Wildlife
Eagle Tribune (featuring Speaking for Wildlife)

The Ick of the Tick
UNHToday (featuring Alan Eaton)

Asparagus Rewards Patience
NHPR (featuring Becky Sideman)

Faculty Increases Geographic Literarcy Through State Program
Keene State College (featuring UNH Cooperative Extension)

High-Season for Lyme Disease Begins, Ticks Out In Force
New Hampshire Public Radio (featuring Alan Eaton)

Black Flies Hatching Across New Hampshire
WMUR-TV (featuring UNH Cooperative Extension)

Grafton 4-H History Sought
Valley News (featuring Kathy Jablonski)

UNH Coop Celebrates 100 Years
Associated Press (running nationally)

SCU Supports Military Children during Purple Up! Day
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Operation: Military Kids)

Testing Your Garden Soil is Recommended
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Strafford County Master Gardeners)

Master Gardeners to Teach Children's Classes
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring 4-H and Master Gardeners)

Wellness Effort Will Benefit Kids in the Berlin-Gorham Area
N.H. Union Leader (featuring Nutrition Connections)

Golf Tournaments
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring 4-H Foundation of N.H.)

UNH Cooperative Extension Dean Set to Retire
The New Hampshire (featuring John Pike)

Tree Pruning Demonstration Set in New London
Valley News (featuring Food & Agriculture)

Spaces Filling Fast for Outdoor Adventure Camp
Associated Press, running regionally (featuring 4-H Camp)

Wear purple April 15 to support military children
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Operation: Military Kids)

Griffith Receives Spirit of Community Award
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Strafford County 4-H)

Gardening by the Sea: Plenty of Data to Aid Decisions
The Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror (featuring UNH Extension)

Donations Sought for Returning Vets' Families
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Operation: Military Kids)

Best Ice Melts for Your Driveway, Walkways and Steps
Consumer Reports (featuring Margaret Hagen)

Crotched Mountain Honors Its Farming Roots with Tree Farm Honor
New Hampshire Union Leader (featuring Jon Nute)

NH Cooperative Extension Seeks Forest Volunteers
Boston.com (featuring Coverts Cooperators)

Here's A Fish Story You Can Believe
Manchester Union Leader (featuring Michael Chambers)

Master Gardeners' Spring Symposium
NewHampshire.com (featuring Master Gardeners)

UNH Extension Offers Farm Workshop for Women
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Nada Haddad)

Winter Injury on Blueberries
Farms.com (featuring Heather Bryant)

How the spreading symptoms of climate change can be deadly
eenews.net (featuring Alan Eaton)

UNH Announces New STEM Initiative
Seacoastonline.com (featuring Cooperative Extension)

Hooksett Seeking Ways to Boost Community Profile
The Hooksett Banner (featuring Molly Donovan)

Teaching Teachers to Teach Civility and Empathy
NHPR (featuring Malcolm Smith)

Providing a Safe, Welcoming Environment for Minors Topic of Issues & Ice Cream Feb. 26
Campus Journal (featuring Extension's Youth and Family Program)

Cooperative Extension, Department of Resources and Economic Development Recommit
Campus Journal (featuring Extensin's Natural Resources Program)

NH direct marketing conference on Feb. 18
Associated Press, running regionally (featuring Nada Haddad)

Cheshire County Officials Continue 2014 Budget Discussions
Keene Sentinel (featuring Cheshire County)

Smell of a Wood Stove Makes N.H. Special
Eagle Tribune (featuring Extension)

Program is All About Storm-proofing Property
Eagle Tribune (featuring Fred Borman)

UNH Integrates Nationally Recognized Anti-bullying Program into Graduate Education Program
UNH Campus Journal (featuring Malcolm Smith)

UNH researchers say teaching empathy to students can help reduce bullying
Union Leader (featuring Malcolm Smith)

Winter Greens
UNH Today (featuring Becky Sideman)

Portsmouth Country Club Hosts Marketing Conference
Portsmouth Herald (featuring Nada Haddad)

Special Bulletin – Rejuvenating Ice Damaged Trees
The Courier Gazette/The Camden Herald (featuring Margaret Hagen)

Marketing Conference for farmers, fishermen, forest-based businesses
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Nada Haddad)

NH Master Gardener Applications Due Dec. 13
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Marcy Stanton)

Firewood Warms Buyers and Sellers
NHPR (featuring Sarah Smith)

Storm causes few problems for Thanksgiving travelers
Eagle-Tribune (featuring Fred Borman)

N.H. Gov. Hassan: Anti-bullying is 'collective
problem solving'
Examiner.com (featuring Malcolm Smith)

Employee Satisfaction
in 2013
(featuring Malcolm Smith)

Billions of Dollars in Child Support Go Unpaid Yearly
Los Angeles Times (featuring Malcolm Smith)

Workshop Helps Homeowners Stormproof
Their Properties
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Fred Borman)

Hill Library Hosts Youth Development
Through 4-H Archery
Foster's Daily Democrat
(featuring Jillian Hall)

N.H. Turns to Its
Trees for Heat
Associated Press running in several media outlets
(featuring Sarah Smith)

The Wrenching Pain of Bullying: Those in the know share despair,
those who care call for its end
Foster's Daily Democrat
(featuring Malcolm Smith)

3,500 Students Expected at UNH Anti-bullying Event
(featuring Malcolm Smith)

Growing Holly in New Hampshire
New Hampshire Magazine
(featuring Margaret Hagen)

Event at UNH Will Kick Off Anti-Bullying Week
Foster's Daily Democrat
(featuring Malcolm Smith)

Natural Foodie:Maine-grown Sweet Potatoes
for the Thanksgiving Table? Sweet!
Portland Press Herald
(featuring Becky Sideman)

Looking to Save Money, More Companies, Towns
Turn to
New Boilers that Heat with Wood
NHPR (featuring Sarah Smith)

4-H Teen Club Plans Open House Nov. 21
Foster's Daily Democrat (featuring Rockingham County 4-H)

Tipsy turkeys: NH birds fed beer for flavor, size
Associated Press running in several media outlets
(featuring Carl Majewski)

Harris Center Names Leversee, Roberge as New Trustees
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
(featuring Steve Roberge)

Who's a bully? Term has left the schoolyard for the football field,
workplace and politics
Washington Post
(featuring Malcolm Smith)

Farmers' Market Shoppers Tell All in Survey
Foster's Daily Democrat 
(featuring Nada Haddad)

Anti-bullying week to feature big event at UNH's Whittemore Center
Associated Press 
(featuring Malcolm Smith, Rick Alleva)

4-H Club Wins Award
Foster's Daily Democrat 
(featuring Strafford County 4-H)

What are the brown bugs all over Amherst?
Amherst Patch 
(featuring Jon Nute)

Pulitzer Prize Winner Hedrick Smith Discusses "Who Stole the American Dream" Oct. 23
Campus Journal 
(featuring Charlie French)

Farmers Market Survey Shows High Customer Satisfaction 
Campus Journal
(featuring Nada Haddad)

UNH Study: Farmers Markets Growing, People Don't Mind Paying More
(featuring Nada Haddad)

Acworth Owner of Dairy Farm of the Year is the King of Cows
New Hampshire Union Leader
(featuring Michal Lunak & Robin Luther)

Mosquitoes a heavy threat until frost
Eagle Tribune
(featuring Alan Eaton)

Youth celebrate National 4-H Week
(featuring Rockingham County 4-H)

Rockingham Celebrates National 4-H Week
Foster's Daily Democrat 
(featuring Rockingham 4-H)

Maine Gardener: Patience pays off for wildflower meadow 
Portland Press Herald 
(featuring Cathy Neal)

Foster's Daily Democrat 
(featuring Strafford County 4-H staff and volunteers)
Foster's Daily Democrat
 (featuring Malcolm Smith)

Fall Foliage Appears on Track for a Colorful New Hampshire Show
(featuring Brendan Prusik)

'Floodplain Forest Float' in Fryeburg
The Conway Daily Sun 
(featuring Matt Tarr)

UNH Manchester Receives $750,000 from NSF for Computing Education for High School Students
UNH Campus Journal

How The '38 Hurricane Changed Our Forests
(featuring Steve Roberge)

Rimol Greenhouses Donates Rolling Thunder Greenhouse to UNH Cooperative Extension
Newsday (featuring Becky Sideman)

Swooping In NewHampshire.com 
(featuring Margaret Hagen)

UNH Extension foresters learn about local wood markets
The New England Flame 
(featuring Dode Gladders and Steve Roberge)

No Lazy Days of Summer at UNH
(featuring Barry Conservation Camp, Teen Conference, and OMK)

Ticked off? Bug expert will provide tips for coping with pests
Concord Monitor 
(featuring Becky Sideman)

Wet spring a set back for NH gardens but dry August holds promise
(featuring Alan Eaton)

Bog Pond Offers A Unique Habitat For Wildlife And Plant Species
New Hampshire Public Radio 
(featuring Emma Carcagno)

Moving Right Along
UNH Today 
(featuring Becky Sideman)

Rollinsford, Sugar Hill vie for largest cottonwood title
 (featuring David Falkenham)

Banding together: The New Hampshire Bands Project is under way
(featuring Gabriela Bradt)

N.H. growers report good corn crop
(featuring Becky Sideman)

Eating local on a budget: A guide for celebrating NH Eat Local Month and beyond
The Wire 

Lyme is not only tick-borne disease plaguing New Englanders
(featuring Alan Eaton)

NH, Maine universities lead beach research project
Associated Press 
(Stewardship Network) (Running in multiple outlets)

New Hampshire fruit growers on alert for destructive fly 
Associated Press 
(featuring Alan Eaton) 
(Running in multiple outlets, including the Boston Globe, Boston.com, the Eagle-Tribune, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, and New England Cable News (NECN)

Course for farmers, entrepreneurs 
Foster’s Daily Democrat
(Agriculture and Natural Resource Business Institute)

Sign up soon for Natural Resources Stewards Program 
(featuring Mary Tebo Davis)

Inner city youth set sail on a life-changing course 
WCSH Channel 6 Portland, Maine 
(featuring Mark Wiley, Marine Docents) 
(Also running in seacoastonline.com, Manchester Union-Leader)

Hundreds turn out for Carroll County Farm Day 
Manchester Union-Leader 
(featuring Wendy Scribner, Master Gardener)

‘Rusty’ picked as 4-H’s top horse  
Foster’s Daily Democrat

(featuring Rhiannon Beauregard)

Extension Update

An ongoing newsletter for staff and volunteers from Ken La Valley, Dean & Director, regarding personnel, programs, finances and other Extension-related issues.

Published: 08/09/17

Jared Reynolds joins the Community and Economic Development Team August 21. Reynolds will focus his efforts on building the capacity of community and regional leaders to implement effective strategies, grow and sustain the economy, and strengthen communities. Areas of focus will include economic development, downtown development, business retention and expansion, regional collaboration, and stakeholder engagement on community plans and projects.

“I am really excited to work with Extension in Merrimack County,” says Reynolds, “I look forward to working at the ground-level again." When asked what it was about the positon that interested him, he said, “I am from Merrimack County, so the opportunity to support the communities in the county where I grew up was really appealing."

Reynolds, who spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, has worked in community health, economic development, and public finance for the past seven years. He currently works at AECOM, a multi-national firm that provides design, consulting, construction, economic development and management services to a range of clients, including municipalities. In his role, he conducts economic, financial, and demographic analysis for municipalities to help guide decision making. Reynolds’s projects have included an economic and demographic analysis of Pike County, Indiana, a financial analysis of 130 municipalities around Illinois, infrastructure and freight analysis of Memphis, and financial feasibility, business recruitment and planning for innovation centers in St. Louis and Denver.

Reynolds is also a research assistant at the Center for Municipal Finance with the Center for Municipal Finance at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, where he researches and writes about public pension systems around the country. 

He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago in Public Policy and Social Service Administration, with concentrations in economic analysis and municipal finance. 

“We are excited to have Jared join our team," said Charlie French, program team leader for Community and Economic Development. “He brings a diverse array of skills to the organization, everything from economic analysis to working with rural communities on issues like community health and public finance. Please take a moment to welcome Jared when he begins his role on August 21 in Merrimack County."

Published: 07/19/17

Kate Guerdat is the Associate State 4-H Leader for New Hampshire. This appointment, which began July 1, carries national significance as the state and associate state 4-H Leaders not only provide leadership for the 4-H program in New Hampshire, but also serve as liaisons to regional and national 4-H efforts with the United States Department of Agriculture and National 4-H Council.

According to State 4-H Leader Michael Young, “Kate’s focus as a state specialist and Area of Expertise chair will remain where it has been: developing the programs, volunteer development, and evaluation strategies needed to achieve the 4-H youth development outcomes we are pursuing and the means to track our progress. The appointment as Associate State 4-H Leader recognizes the programmatic leadership and initiative Kate has shown in her time here at UNH Cooperative Extension. I feel honored to work alongside someone with such energy, vision, and leadership.”

Kate looks to this expanding role with great excitement and an opportunity to grow alongside of New Hampshire 4-H. For Kate it’s not just a chance to continue to expand the reach of 4-H within New Hampshire, but to help further shape the direction of 4-H in the Northeast region, as well as nationally. When asked about the new appointment, Kate said, “I am looking forward to collaborating with 4-H leaders across the country to glean new forms of 4-H delivery for New Hampshire while being able to share with other 4-H leaders about the innovative approach we are supporting here within our own state. I don’t know how to say that I have found my home with New Hampshire 4-H, that this is the career path that I want to invest in for myself, my family, and my community. It aligns with everything I hold true as a sense of value. I am in this for the long haul and this is the next step as a 4-H leader.”

Published: 06/16/17

To learn more about the 75th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday June 24, please click here.

In 1942, Ruth Kimball and Carol Ward started the Victory Workers 4-H Club with just 11 members. At the time, the club focused on gardening and canning, but what has been preserved over time is not just the vegetables they grew and canned, but the club’s dedication to the 4-H pledge and developing true leaders in central New Hampshire.

On Saturday, June 24, the Victory Workers Club welcomes current members, alumni, and anyone interested or connected to 4-H to join them for a 75th Anniversary celebration at the Riel Barn in Pittsfield from 1-3 pm.

Since its inception, the club has served more than 1,000 youth from Pittsfield, Gilmanton, Loudon, Barnstead, Chichester, and Epsom. Though the nature of their projects may have changed over the years, they have never lost their focus on learning by doing. Youth continue to take part in activities as varied as community service, quilting, heritage arts, food preservation, forestry, horticulture, and many other subjects.

Ruth Kimball led the organization for 65 years, assisted by Emily Barton, Pauline Barton Wheeler, Corine Kimball Miller, Carolyn Kimball Davis, Mark Riel, and Melissa Currier Babcock. Marjorie Marston Feeny named the club. Leaders Ruth Kimball and Corine Miller were both inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame for their work with the club and 4-H in the state.

Currently led by Pamela Clattenburg, the Victory Workers 4-H Club has 61 members age eight to 18, 16 cloverbuds age five to seven-years old, and 31 volunteer leaders. The club currently meets the first Monday of every month, October through June at the Pittsfield Community Center from 6:45 – 8:15 pm. Meetings include organizational business and an educational program.

With dedicated volunteer leadership, family involvement, and active youth members, the Victory Workers 4-H Club carries on the vision from its founding leaders and strives to “Make the Best Better.”


Published: 06/06/17

Extension is very pleased announce that Michelle Bersaw-Robblee will be the new Youth & Family Field Specialist located in Merrimack County. Michelle has served as the 4-H Program Manager in Merrimack County since 2012. Youth & Family Program team leader Michael Young said this of the new hire: “Michelle has a passion for youth development, a strong professional interest in agriculture, and incredible competence in managing and developing 4-H programs. She has shown us over the last 4 years that she is bright, creative, reliable, professional, and fun to work with.  I am so glad to have her in this new position and that she is furthering her career with Extension.”

Michelle’s new position will be with the 4-H Area of Expertise team led by Chair and State Specialist/Extension Faculty, Kate Guerdat. Michelle will focus on developing Horticulture focused 4-H Pathways (i.e., interconnected programs and events that help youth interested in horticulture explore the topic and career on their way to becoming True Leaders). She will develop these pathways with a particular eye towards connecting older youth with job skills and career readiness.

“With a passion for 4-H and a love of agriculture I am excited to accept the position of Merrimack County 4-H Horticulture Field Specialist,” says Bersaw-Robblee. “It is an honor to be able to work with content specialists, county staff, and volunteers to develop a pathway which brings youth closer to their food source and exposes them to potential horticulture careers.  Horticulture is such a vibrant field with many components and I look forward to exploring all of these in the NH 4-H program.”

The position is a new one that focuses on the 4-H Horticultural project area, which is a STEM discipline that is at the cross-roads of plant science, sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition, environmental science, and horticulture technology, to name a few. As the ‘eat local’ trend continues to grow and the NH agricultural community evolves (i.e. growth of first generation farmers, diverse smaller scale horticultural operations, expanded interest in school gardens) - NH youth and their families are seeking out additional opportunities for youth to dig deeper into the science and practice of growing food. From seed through harvest programs to urban backyard gardening, and from addressing food insecurities through community gardens to teaching entrepreneurial and workforce practices in Junior Farmer Markets, we believe that there are a number of ways that 4-H can help grow multifaceted true leaders in this area.

Her official start date was May 22.   She will be re-classified as a result of an internal search which included recommendations for hire by a staff & volunteer search committee, the Merrimack County Advisory Council, and the UNHCE Dean and Director - Ken LaValley. The position was left vacant when Deb Cheever retired.

We plan to fill the Merrimack County 4-H Program Manager’s position left vacant by Michelle’s reclassification as soon as possible.  Michelle will remain the acting manager until the position is filled.

To learn more about Michelle, check out her staff bio.

Published: 05/08/17


Checking yourself for ticks is one of the easiest ways to help limit the danger of contracting Lyme disease, which is transmitted to humans through bites from infected ticks. Through consistent, daily checking you can assure yourself that a tick bite is relatively new. The sooner you remove a tick, there is a lesser chance of you contracting Lyme disease or other tick-borne illness. Checking yourself might seem easy, but here are some things to remember:

  • It’s hard to see your back and some body parts – so use a mirror, or the help of a friend, to spot potential ticks in these places.
  • Remember to check your head, especially if you have long hair.

For families, we encourage you to check your children for ticks after playing outside. And pet owners are equally encouraged to check their animals.

To learn more about ticks click here to read the Biology and Management of Ticks in New Hampshire.


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Tick Prevention | Tick Bites | Biology and Management of Ticks in New Hampshire

Published: 05/01/17

RogersShannon Rogers joined the Community and Economic Development Team in July as a Natural Resource-Based Economic Development Specialist. She will help communities leverage the state’s rich natural resources and amenities to support vibrant communities and local economies.

“I am really excited about working for Extension,” said Shannon, “my work has always served to link scholarship and community engagement.” When asked what it was about the positon that interested her, she said, “the prospect of working with an interdisciplinary team that works together to respond to grand challenges facing communities is really exciting!”

Shannon, who served as assistant professor of ecological economics at Plymouth State University since 2012 and adjunct faculty at Dartmouth College since 2016, is an interdisciplinary scholar and educator who focuses on complex environment-human systems. Examples of her work include an inventory of walkability in Portsmouth and Manchester; collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers to infuse sustainable practices into day-to-day operations; assessing the value of watersheds in New England, and serving as community engagement lead for Dartmouth College’s Toxic Metals Superfund program.

Shannon has also worked in the private and public sectors supporting economic analysis, policy-making, and community engagement. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at UNH, where she explored the relationship between social capital and the built environment in Manchester and Portsmouth.

A native of New Hampshire, Shannon has a deep interest in improving the quality of life in communities by drawing upon the benefits provided by natural resources and amenities. Those benefits include clean water, clean air, recreation-based economic development, and provisioning of food and fiber. 

Published: 03/20/17

Caitlin Peterson has joined N.H. Sea Grant as the citizen science outreach coordinator for the Coastal Research Volunteer (CRV) Program. She is based at Sea Grant’s office in Lee, New Hampshire.

Peterson, who is originally from Wisconsin, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked in the ecology education field on the coast of Maine. She recently completed her master’s degree at the University of Wyoming before coming back to New England for this position with the CRV Program.

“Caitlin has already improved the CRV experience for both current and potential volunteers,” says Alyson Eberhardt, coastal research specialist and coordinator of the CRV program. “We are so excited to have her join us and build the CRV program!"

Peterson’s duties include the coordination and implementation of CRV and CRV-affiliated projects, including recruiting, coordinating and training volunteers for projects; maintaining communication with volunteers; and sharing project results.

"I’ve already had the chance to meet so many dedicated volunteers who are passionate about the science and stewardship of New Hampshire’s coastal resources,” says Peterson. “I’m impressed by the variety of opportunities for New Hampshire residents to enjoy and contribute to the state’s coastal areas, and I am thrilled to play a role in sustaining those opportunities."

She can be reached at (603) 862-6707 or caitlin.peterson@unh.edu.

Published: 02/24/17

UNH Cooperative Extension food and agriculture field specialist and University of New Hampshire alumna Amy Papineau has been selected as Cooperative Extension’s food and agriculture program team leader. In her new role, she will lead Cooperative Extension's food and agriculture staff and external partners as they develop and implement research-based educational programming for New Hampshire residents.

As a food and agriculture field specialist with Cooperative Extension since 2013, Papineau has supported the state’s agricultural and horticultural industries through one-on-one consultation and development of educational programing for growers, garden centers, landscapers, and other agricultural businesses and organizations. She became an integral member of the landscape and greenhouse horticulture team, the pesticide safety education team and Merrimack County Cooperative Extension office.

“Amy is driven, thoughtful, self-motivated, passionate and direct,” says Cooperative Extension Dean and Director Ken La Valley. “Because of these qualities, I know she will challenge the leadership team to continuously improve and will passionately advocate for food and agriculture programs and staff.”

Papineau earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental horticulture from UNH in 2004. While an undergraduate, she was a research technician for the university’s plant breeding program and was awarded an esteemed horticultural research internship by Longwood Gardens of Pennsylvania. During her internship, she managed breeding programs for ornamental plant species and trained other interns in plant breeding techniques.

Papineau went on to earn a master’s degree in plant biology from UNH in 2007, and during that time she worked as a research assistant to former Extension State Specialist Paul Fisher. Following graduation, she developed and managed plant breeding programs and supervised breeding technicians at NovaFlora, Inc. of West Grove, Pennsylvania. Eventually, she and her husband decided to move back to New Hampshire to be closer to family and Pawtuckaway Lake, where she grew up.

Back in the state, Papineau returned to the UNH campus where she worked as an assistant to Extension State Specialists Cathy Neal, Brian Krug and Stanley Swier on a variety of research projects. She also conducted horticultural research, developed outreach materials, co-authored grant proposals, supervised student labor and presented research updates at grower conferences.

“I have great respect for our Food and Agriculture staff and the incredible work they do throughout the state,” says Papineau. “I am honored to lead this team as we continue to grow and expand our programming to meet the needs of New Hampshire’s agricultural community.”



Published: 02/23/17

By Sarah Schaier, Production Editor

UNH Extension professor and food and nutrition specialist Catherine Violette received the Stephen H. Taylor Leadership Award for Agriculture Professionals at the New Hampshire Farm & Forest Exposition annual awards ceremony on February 18.

The award, named for former Commissioner of Agriculture and the founder of the Farm & Forest Expo Steve Taylor, recognizes outstanding work by an individual who works professionally in the field of agriculture. New Hampshire Department of Agriculture Commissioner Lorraine Merrill presented the award.

The following citation was read during the presentation:

Catherine Violette is an Extension Professor and Extension Specialist in Food and Nutrition with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. She earned a Ph.D in Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University in 2002 and is also a registered Dietician. Catherine has Bachelor of Science degrees in Child Development and Food and Nutrition and a Master’s degree in Human Development. She grew up in Maine and began her 25 year Extension career with the University of Maine before coming to New Hampshire.

Catherine provides statewide leadership for UNH Cooperative Extension's food safety programs. She works collaboratively with state and regional partners to design and implement food safety programs for each sector of the food system.  She provides leadership for nutrition research and programing for selected target audiences, and teaches Nutrition Education and Counseling to undergraduate nutrition majors. Catherine has successfully written and managed numerous grants for projects involving a variety of food topics. Her passion for food and nutrition and particularly food safety is contagious.

When the U.S. Food & Drug Administration first released the proposed rules for implementing the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2013, many members of the farming community were concerned about the complexity of the rules and how they could be implemented on New Hampshire farms.  Catherine joined colleagues from UNH Cooperative Extension food and agriculture staff in forming a FSMA task force to analyze the rules and help prepare the agricultural industry in the state.  In a group largely comprised of farmers and other agricultural professionals, Catherine’s knowledge of the microbiology of food safety and previous experience collaborating with FDA employees and programs provided valuable insight to the work of the group.

Colleagues say Catherine is greatly appreciated within UNH Cooperative Extension and partner organizations for her leadership skills and for her unflappable approach to the toughest challenges. She provides a model for what makes an effective team.

Catherine Violette embodies the spirit of the Stephen H. Taylor Leadership Award.

Prior recipients from UNH Cooperative Extension include Mike Sciabarrasi (2016), George Hamilton (2014) and John C. Porter (2013).

Congratulations, Catherine!

Pictured (l-r): Lorraine Merrill and Catherine Violette

Published: 02/03/17

Grace Tavares, UNH Cooperative Extension Nutrition Connections Program Associate in Hillsborough County, was awarded the Salvation Army Citizen of the Year award at the 17th Annual Groundhog Breakfast on February 2, 2017 in Nashua. This award is the highest honor presented by the Salvation Army to a community member or volunteer who goes above and beyond for the agency, exemplifying the service principles of the organization.

Rosemarie Dykeman, Nashua Salvation Army’s Social Services Director, nominated Tavares for the award. “Rosemarie called and asked if I was available on February 2,” said Grace. “Initially, I assumed it was for a volunteer opportunity or a translation effort.” Tavares then learned that not only had she been nominated, but had won the Citizen of the Year Award for her work with the Salvation Army.

Tavares cited her work with UNH Cooperative Extension as another opportunity to connect on a deeper level with populations in need. “Doing this kind of work allows me to feed my passions: making sure that my community members are able to eat and investing in others. You never know what seed you are sowing. You plant a garden with a hope and expectation that the hope you planted will continue on for generations.”

Grace Tavares is entering her third year as a UNH Cooperative Extension Nutrition Connections Program Associate. Her efforts are focused on education programs for the youth, senior, immigrant, refugee, and resilient populations of Hillsborough County.

Pictured in photo from the left: Rosemarie Dykeman of Nashua Salvation Army, Captain Wayne Bink, Grace Tavares, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, and Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess.

Published: 01/17/17

Lisa Graichen joined UNH Cooperative Extension and N.H. Sea Grant as Climate Adaptation Program Coordinator on January 3. This position is shared between UNH Cooperative Extension and N.H. Sea Grant and Lisa will dedicate about half of her time to NH’s inland communities and half to the coastal watershed communities.  

In her work with Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant, Lisa will be focusing on climate adaptation in New Hampshire’s coastal watershed, working on projects with the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (a collaboration of 22 organizations) and conducting programming with coastal communities. She will also be developing new programming for climate adaptation work in the rest of the state and will represent Cooperative Extension on the USDA Northeast Climate Hub. 

Prior to joining Extension, Lisa worked on projects with Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Great Bay 2020 partners, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative and Infrastructure and Climate Network (ICNET). She has worked with a variety of stakeholders in New Hampshire’s coastal watershed, including municipal leaders, citizens, academic researchers, federal agencies, non-profit staff and development professionals. Her recent work has focused on collaboration, facilitation, and planning and implementation of workshops and meetings on a range of topics including riparian and wetland buffer management, living shorelines, impacts of climate change on transportation, marsh restoration and invasive species management. 

Lisa completed both her bachelor's and master's degrees at UNH. She is a graduate of the internship-based TIDES Masters program (Training for the Integration of Decision-making and Ecosystem Science), during which she worked with the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve in New York, earned a Master of Science in Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Science, Policy and Management and completed the UNH certificate program in Geospatial Studies.

Amanda Stone, natural resources and land preservation specialist, and Julia Peterson, professor and water resources specialist, are delighted to welcome Lisa to the team and to work with her on climate adaptation projects.

“I am looking forward to working with Lisa on developing new programming in climate adaptation for New Hampshire’s inland communities,” says Stone. "Lisa’s skills working with communities and external partners will be a tremendous asset to our work.”

Lisa’s office is located on campus in Nesmith Hall. She can be reached at Lisa.Graichen@unh.edu



Published: 01/12/17

Emily Kerr will join the UNH Manchester staff as the STEM Discovery Lab Coordinator on January 17. She will support the collaborative effort between UNH Cooperative Extension and UNH Manchester of the STEM Discovery Lab located on the Manchester campus. 

Emily brings over eight years of experience working as an English as a Second Language and English Language Learner educator for youth and adults in the greater Manchester and Seacoast area. At UNH Manchester, Emily was the project assistant for the Gate City Project from 2012 to 2015 (Getting All Teachers ESOL Certified in Two Years). During her tenure, 70 Nashua educators were trained as part of a five-year Title III federal grant. Emily is also a freelance writer and has coauthored two books on hiking with children in New England. 

Emily earned her bachelor's degree in international studies, from The Ohio State University and was awarded a master’s degree education. She received her NH ESOL certification from UNH Manchester. 

“I am excited to join such a dedicated team working to improve STEM education and access to learning opportunities for students, families, and educators in New Hampshire," she says. "I am especially excited to be back in Manchester, with its rich diversity. Through my previous work in Manchester, I’ve seen firsthand how empowering and transformative programs such as those offered by the STEM Discovery Lab are, and I am thrilled to be in a position to support those programs. I believe that it’s crucial we prepare our students for the future, and through its collaborative efforts with partners throughout the community, the STEM Discovery Lab is helping to ensure our students’ success in STEM fields. It’s extremely rewarding for me when I can collaborate with others, so I am looking forward to joining those efforts and building upon existing partnerships.”

Sarah Grosvenor, field specialist on Cooperative Extension's Science Literacy Team  and affiliate specialist with the STEM Discovery Lab, is delighted to welcome Emily to the team and to work with her on the development of engaging and culturally competent STEM programs for the greater Manchester area.

“With Emily joining the STEM Discovery Lab, we are gaining someone with unique expertise on the cultural diversity in Manchester," says Grosvenor. "Emily has strong ties to the UNH Manchester community, as well as an enthusiasm to engage youth in Manchester. We are so fortunate to have her on our team.”

Emily’s office is located at UNH Manchester. She can be reached at Emily.kerr@unh.edu.  


Published: 01/04/17

Andre Garron, Extension’s former economic development state specialist, said goodbye to Extension colleagues last month. Garron, who started with Extension in 2012, was recently named assistant town manager and director of community development of Salem, New Hampshire and began his role in early December.

During his tenure at UNH Cooperative Extension, Garron led the development of the Economic Development Academy and launched Extension’s Business Retention and Expansion Program and participated in the Research and Engagement Academy, a program run by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach. He also won the Richard Kelso Educator of the Year Award by the Northeastern Economic Developers Association. 

“Garron brought a lot of energy and experience into his role and really helped to build Extension’s core of economic development programming from scratch, particularly given the credibility he has established across the state in the field of Economic Development," says Charlie French, program team leader for Community and Economic Development. "We will miss him, but suspect that we may be working with him in his capacity as Assistant Town Manager.”

Elizabeth Dragon, city manager for Franklin, New Hampshire, notes, “I came to the Economic Development Academy because of Andre. He has more experience than just about anyone in the state at the municipal level and I wanted to learn from him."

Prior to coming to Extension, Garron spent over 25 years leading community and economic development departments in Londonderry, Goffstown and Lee’s Summit, Missouri. “I loved my experience with Extension and feel that I have gained some excellent skills that will help me shift from the role of player to coach,” he says. This is an apropos analogy, considering his days as a star running back at UNH and with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Extension wishes Andre the best with his new role. To learn more about Andre’s transition, read the recent article in the Eagle Tribune.



Published: 10/13/16

By Charlie French, Community and Economic Development Program Leader

Last year, the Community and Economic Development Program Team launched a series of monthly mini-workshops focused on building knowledge and skills around a range of topics, from evaluation basics to taking photos for marketing programs and impacts. The workshops are both informal opportunities for staff to come together, learn and share ideas and develop a broader understanding of colleagues’ work. Thirty Cooperative Extension staff members from multiple teams now participate.

This year, the theme for the series is ‘innovative tools that help engage audiences.’ In September, Shane Bradt led “Using Maps to Engage Your Audience,” a hands-on workshop that demonstrated the many ways online and mobile mapping can be used, and is currently being used, by UNH Cooperative Extension.

Following the workshop, and keeping with the theme of innovation, Maria Emanuel from UNHInnovation led a tour of UNH’s Alpha Loft incubator space, the impressive Interoperability Laboratory which tests networking and compatibility of data communications products, as well as the new maker space where UNH students, faculty, and staff can design and produce a range of innovative products and solutions using 3-D printers, laser cutting technologies, and other high-tech tools.

The next workshop, “Easy Data Sources for Social & Economic Data/Trends,” will be conducted on-line via Zoom on Monday, October 31, from 10am to noon. If you are interested in participating, you can connect to the workshop using the following link: https://unh.zoom.us/j/464122933.

For more information, email Geoffrey.Sewake@unh.edu.

Pictured: Matt Griswold, UNH ’18 and leader of the UNH Makerspace, demonstrates the space’s cutting edge machinery. 

Published: 09/15/16

UNH Cooperative Extension’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) team received news that their collaborative grant with the New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services was successfully funded. The grant title, “Improving public health through coordinated efforts among three state agencies to assess, educate, train and oversee the implementation of the FDA Produce Safety Rule,” describes the purpose of this collaborative project.

Cooperative Extension’s role in this project has two distinct parts: outreach and education to the New Hampshire agricultural community about the Produce Safety Rule, and research on how the farmers and agricultural agencies and organizations think FSMA should be implemented in New Hampshire for the greatest impact with the least burden. 

“Everything we do with respect to FSMA is a team effort,” says Food and Agriculture Field Specialist Seth Wilner, who is the principle investigator (PI) for this three-year project. “Catherine Violette, Heather Bryant, Jessica Sprague, Ann Hamilton and I work as a group to conceptualize, strategize, deliberate, write and edit as a team.  This provides diverse approaches and perspectives to our projects and grants.”

The grant-funded work is scheduled to begin January 2017 and will last approximately two years.

“One of the most exciting aspects of this project is the opportunity to collaborate and partner with the key agricultural agencies and organizations around the state,” says Wilner. “We are all very excited about this opportunity.” 

Published: 08/30/16

John Gunn joined UNH’s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment as a Research and Extension Assistant Professor of Forest Management, with a quarter of his time devoted to UNH Cooperative Extension.

For the past four years, John has served as Executive Director of the non-profit Spatial Informatics Group – Natural Assets Laboratory (an organization he co-founded) and will maintain this role to facilitate collaborative forest conservation work among academic, non-profit, and agency partners throughout the US. Previously, John was a Senior Program Leader at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and Director of Forest Stewardship at the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands. John has a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine, an M.F.S from the Yale School of Forestry, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Brunswick studying forest songbird ecology.

He has a broad background in sustainable forestry including a position developing Forest Stewardship Council-certified forest management systems for a large private landowner in Maine and extensive non-profit research and consulting work on family forest and group certification issues throughout North America. John’s recent work has focused on developing the tools and knowledge necessary to implement payments for ecosystem services programs (such as carbon sequestration and water quality). Recent work also includes research and peer-reviewed publications on the greenhouse gas accounting of biomass energy and carbon storage dynamics in late-successional and old growth forests.

John serves as vice-chair of the Membership and Policy Council of the Forest Stewards Guild professional organization.

Over the next couple years, John will be developing a research program focused on forest management and climate change issues throughout New Hampshire.

John lives with his wife and five-year-old daughter in Cumberland, Maine. He also performs throughout Maine and New Hampshire with the band Bold Riley, playing clawhammer banjo and the bodhran.

Published: 08/23/16

By Holly Young

UNH Extension recognized several staff with awards Friday at the staff annual picnic, held at Ellacoya State Park in Gilford.

Extension Dean and Director Ken La Valley presented the following awards:

Performance Beyond Expectations Award

Linda Conti received the Performance beyond Expectations award. Conti has worked at UNH for more than 20 years and has drawn on a tremendous work ethic to shape the marketing strategies and program characteristics of the Program Development and Training Program (PD&T).

When PD&T and UNH decided to implement a new enrollment management system, Conti came out of retirement to help shepherd a complex and challenging initiative during its most vulnerable phases.

It's hard to articulate how important her contribution was to this project, but what stands out is her deep competence and commitment to this challenging effort while she somehow carved out time to support her colleagues with day-to-day tasks.

Professional Workplace Award

Sue Cagle is this year’s recipient of the Professional Workplace award. This award is presented to someone who treats all staff with the same courtesy and respect, practices excellent communication skills, demonstrates a quality of graciousness in dealing with difficult situations, and maintains a positive work environment.

Cagle served as Belknap’s county office administrator for eight years. She handled this position with professionalism and a positive attitude. In a span of three years, the county office moved twice. While scheduling movers, working with county maintenance, and outside services to make sure the office was suitable, she made sure all these things happened with minimal impact on staff time and county office operations.

She attended all county delegation budget meetings, representing Extension with professionalism, communicating effectively the importance of Extension to elected officials.

Diversity Award

The Diversity Award this year went to Anne Dunn, whose audiences span numerous refugee organizations. Many of these adults are refugees from African countries newly relocated to New Hampshire.

She’s worked with the New African Americans group in Concord to provide a series of nutrition lessons to limited income adults. Other groups she has worked with are Asian refugees from Nepal and the Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire to provide lessons where two staff join her to provide translations.

In some classes multiple interpreters are working to make programming available to meet the needs of the program participants.

In the last three years, more than a quarter of the adults this year’s recipient has reached are from other cultures. She has made sure she reaches out to diverse audiences by partnering with agencies that work with refugees or newly settled immigrants.

Program of Distinction Award

The award goes to two individuals whose work is in seaweed, Gabby Bradt and Michael Chambers. Over the past 18 months, they have promoted seaweed/sea vegetables as a healthy, sustainable seafood option for use in cooking, at local restaurants, and for aquaculture.

Their efforts have been multi-tiered, including large-scale research, development of education materials, workshops both in the field and in partnership with local restaurants, and the involvement of two summer interns.

Their work is driven by local needs, has involved cutting-edge research goals, and is the result of interstate collaboration. Their work includes research that focuses on integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, where seaweed is grown together with mussels and fish to provide higher income potentials, and collaboration with Maine Sea Grant to develop educational materials.

Seaweed workshops offered to the public included foraging trips to local beaches and unique dine-and-learn experiences with a local restaurant. These events allowed people to get hands-on experience with the collection and identification of seaweeds, as well as processing and use of seaweeds for cooking.

Outstanding Contribution & Support Award

Coos County Administrative Assistant Carolyn McQuiston is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution and Support award....

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Published: 08/17/16

By Pam DohertyDaimon Meeh is leaving UNH Cooperative Extension on August 19, to pursue a career as a resource conservationist at the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). His primary focus will be pasture management, specifically providing technical assistance to graziers interested in a more controlled or management-intensive grazing system. Farmers rely on their crop advisors to provide this guidance and support, which helps their businesses run efficiently and effectively.

Leaving Extension was not an easy decision for Daimon. Saying goodbye to colleagues and an organization that he loves is difficult for him. I guess you must be wondering why he is leaving. I spoke to Daimon recently and he mentioned that he is really excited about being given the opportunity to follow his passions: grazing and cover crop management.

During his time at Extension, Daimon experienced personal growth and acquired valuable professional skills. First, he learned to communicate with others clearly. Honing his public speaking skills has helped him to articulate ideas and make them come alive for the learner. This is a critical skill needed to develop as an extension specialist and educator, because often you have to speak to audiences with diverse knowledge and skill sets. Second, he learned to express his point of view with confidence and has offered his perspective to several boards and search committees, including the Cooperative Extension dean search.

Amy Ouellette, associate director of programs, says that Daimon “exemplifies excellence.” While she is sorry to see him go, she looks forward to working with him through Extension’s partnership with NRCS.

Please join me in wishing Daimon much success in his current and future endeavors. 

Published: 08/17/16

By Pam DohertyUNH Cooperative Extension is looking forward to welcoming Ryan Dickson, Ph.D. as the new greenhouse management and technology specialist. He will start in mid-September. Ryan will work closely with greenhouse growers and garden centers throughout the state to identify needs, conduct research and develop educational outreach programs in conjunction with other Extension faculty.

“Ryan stood out among the candidates with his excellent credentials, experience as a grower, and an obvious love for the greenhouse and floriculture industry,” says Cathy Neal, who co-chaired the search committee that selected him.

Ryan’s love of agriculture began with his first middle school science project. With the help of Dave Calvert, Ph.D., a scientist at the University of Florida’s agricultural experiment station, he conducted a controlled experiment with hydroponic radishes.

While attending the University of Florida, his interests expanded to include greenhouse production and floriculture. Ryan's interest in sustainability and improving production efficiencies support his primary Extension goals: to help greenhouse growers reduce environmental impacts, adopt leaner production practices and remain competitive and profitable.

Prior to joining Cooperative Extension, Ryan was one of the head growers in the young plant division at Welby Gardens, a private Colorado company that raises bedding plants.

Ryan was recently awarded a Ph.D. in environmental horticulture from the University of Florida. He is looking forward to New England weather and working with Extension to develop the resources and knowledge necessary to positively contribute to the future success of the floriculture businesses and to the industry as a whole.

Published: 08/17/16

By Holly Young

Shane Bradt, UNH Extension’s geospatial technologies and water quality specialist, is this year’s recipient of the Maynard and Audrey Heckel Extension Educator Fellowship, which recognizes exemplary program accomplishments within Extension.

Bradt received the award Friday at the staff recognition held during Extension’s annual picnic at Ellacoya State Park in Gilford. Bradt has taken Extension’s Spatial Technologies outreach efforts, Global Positioning Systems, and Remote Sensing applications from a small natural resources focused program for local decision‐makers and educators and expanded it to a wider range of Extension programming statewide.

As he expanded the Spatial Technology Training Program, he also developed extended outreach support on the local, regional, and national level, engaging formal and informal educators, agency staff, university faculty nationwide, local and regional professionals.

Bradt has grown the involvement of strong local leadership in support of Extension programs as well as the involvement of UNH and Keene State faculty beyond traditional disciplines in meeting the educational needs of the citizens of New Hampshire. He has involved faculty and staff from UNH departments that didn’t have formal affiliations with Extension, including Geography and Earth Ocean and Space, in co‐developing new courses for undergraduates and graduates.

He has also supported a strong nationwide network of like professionals through an eXtension community of practice and provided training for local New Hampshire businesses.

In addition, the training products Shane has developed for statewide and regional use has been used in a significant number of training programs across the country. He has become a highly respected educator in his field.

Pictured: UNH Cooperative Extension Dean and Director Ken La Valley and Shane Bradt