Food and Agriculture
Agriculture in Strafford County makes an important contribution to the economy with more than 350 farms comprising some 30,680 acres. The market value of agriculture products sold in Strafford County is $6,009,000, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture.
Strafford County's Food and Agriculture Field Specialist Kelly McAdam focuses on the direct support of commercial farms and increasing agricultural awareness through education. This is accomplished through consultation services via site visits, walk-ins to the office, phone, email, newsletter, and the development and delivery of educational programs and workshops.
Seminars, workshops, meetings and farm visits are conducted on such topics as:
- Dairy, Livestock and Pasture Management
- Forage Crop Production
- Fruit and Vegetable Production
- Farm Business and Whole Farm Planning Production Management
- Ornamental and Horticultural Crop Management
- Integrated Pest Management(IPM) Techniques
- Food Safety
UNHCE Publications Library
In addition to direct support, educational programs and workshops, UNH Cooperative Extension provides extensive agricultural resources though it's online publications library.
Strafford County Ag Update e-newsletter
Strafford County UNH Cooperative Extension publishes a periodic e-newsletter listing of all upcoming UNHCE events and other important agriculture news. During the growing season, the Ag Update will be providing important updates from agricultural specialists on the progression of key pests of interest. To view the latest edition of the Ag Update click here. If you would like to receive future editions of the Strafford County Ag Update e-newsletter please email your request to email@example.com, or call our Strafford County office at 749-4445 and select menu option #2.
Agricultural workshops and events
Workshops and events are scheduled throughout New Hampshire. Visit the UNH Cooperative Extension Agriculture Calendar of Events to find upcoming events in your county.
Education Center & Info Line
The Education Center & Info Line provides practical solutions to everyday questions for the citizens of New Hampshire. It is staffed by professional and intensively trained volunteers who can answer questions and e-mails about gardens, lawns and landscapes, household food safety and food preservation, integrated pest management, water quality, tree planting and care, backyard livestock and more. Volunteers provide written information, programs or referrals on family finances, nutrition, parenting and child development, and 4-H Youth Development.
In addition to the Info Line, the Education Center has a comprehensive web page, provides access to public speakers, has volunteers who work on many community projects and distributes information advertised on UNHCE's weekly "Grow It Green" TV spot on WMUR. The UNHCE Education Center & Info Line is toll-free and may be reached M-F from 9 am to 2 pm at 1-877-398-4769.
The above Education Center resources combined with other UNH Cooperative Extension services such as the Soil Testing Program and the Plant Diagnostic Lab/Plant Health Program help people in Strafford County to farm and garden in a way that favors both efficient production and a healthy environment.
UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners: Extending Knowledge and Solving Problems
Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by UNH Cooperative Extension staff. Master Gardeners provide practical home and garden education to help people and communities solve problems, develop skills and develop a better future. They answer questions at the Education Center & Info Line, horticultural events, county fairs and farmers markets as well as help create and manage school gardens, community gardens and demonstration gardens. Master Gardners provide gardening information through news and social media and host workshops, tours, classes and clinics in their communities.
Visit the Strafford County Master Gardeners Association website to learn about our Master Gardeners, their projects, upcoming and past events, community projects and much more.
Agricultural Quick Links:
- Plant Diagnostic Lab Submission Instructions and Form
- Soil Testing Program - Sampling Instructions and Forms
- Strafford County Master Gardeners Association
- Strafford County Conservation District
- NH Department of Agriculture
- NH Department of Agriculture Weekly Market Bulletin
- NH USDA - Farm Service Agency
- NH Farmers Market Association
- Seacoast Harvest - Local Food Guide
- Seacoast Growers Association
- The Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH (NOFA-NH)
- Who's Who in NH Agriculture Guide
- Natural Resource Conservation Service
- NH Farm Bureau Federation
- NH Plant Growers Association
- NH Fruit Grower's Association
- NH Vegetable & Berry Growers' Association
- Small and Beginner Farmers of NH
- NH Pork Producers Council
For more information on Strafford County Agriculture, contact Kelly McAdam, Extension Field Specialist, Food and Agriculture:
Phone: (603) 393.0675