Strafford County Programs
The major program areas represented by Extension Field Specialists in Strafford County include:
For more information on each program please click on the program title link.
Managing and protecting New Hampshire's natural resources is critical to a healthy environment, our quality of life and the tourism industry, as well as for current and future economic opportunities. UNHCE provides research, education and stewardship throughout the state with a “boots on the ground” approach in extending state-wide programs in forestry and wildlife, natural resource development, land and water conservation and marine fisheries. Examples include promoting “Good Forestry in the Granite State” in partnership with the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands; the “Wildlife Action Plan,” a collaboration with N.H. Fish and Game; the Natural Resource Outreach Coalition, which focuses on communities within N.H.’s coastal watershed; and the Lakes Lay Monitoring Program, which is dedicated to the preservation and sound management of lakes through citizen-based monitoring and research. In addition, the long-standing partnership with the N.H. Sea Grant College Program enhances the capacity of both organizations to meet the needs of coastal communities, marine resource managers and businesses, as well as address hazard resiliency and adaptation to a changing climate.
Preparing youth to become caring and productive citizens is critical to New Hampshire's future. The 4-H Youth Development program pursues this goal through community-based positive youth development, utilizing the 4-H program as a primary vehicle.
Nutrition Connections staff work with limited-income seniors and families with children through in-home visits, group sessions, and home-study lessons. We help people become more physically active, eat healthier, save money at the grocery store, understand food labels, prevent foodborne illness, and prepare nutritious, low-cost meals.
UNHCE is uniquely positioned as part of the state’s Land Grant University to provide educational programs and applied research to promote safe and local food production, as well as support the state’s large and diverse ornamental horticulture industry. State-wide and regional efforts address sustainable and organic agriculture production systems and support and promote local markets for N.H. products. In addition, home horticulture programming is conducted mainly through the UNHCE Education Center and Master Gardener Program. Food safety programming is available to not only agricultural producers and markets, but also to restaurants and food service industries. The Plant Diagnostic Lab and Soil Testing service provides important analytical services to both commercial producers and home gardeners.
Community Development staff work with local communities to enhance the skills of leaders, improve local decision-making, engage the public in pursuing a common vision, and improve the economy. The following is a list of program offerings: