NH Farm Network Open Forum

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The NH Farm Network is a collaboration of agriculture service providers who work to support and provide resources to NH farms and aspiring farmers. Members of the network gather quarterly to share news and learn about each other's organizations and programmatic offerings. The meetings are open to anyone, including growers. You can learn more about the network on our webpage: https://extension.unh.edu/resource/nh-farm-network

This year there will be a series of four meetings.  Participants are invited to attend any number of these meetings.  There is one registration for all four sessions. 

Meeting dates:

  • January 8, 2024 at 1:00 PM - Topic: How do we define a farm (description below)
  • April 1, 2024 at 1:00 PM - Topic: TBA
  • July 8, 2024 at 1:00 PM - Topic: TBA
  • September- Agricultural Professionals Day

Register in advance for these meetings hereAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meetings.

January 8th  2024, 1:00-2:30 pm

How we define a farm – What makes a farm or even a farmer? While the old adage of ‘Old McDonald’ may be how some think of a farm, in our modern day the reality of a farmer may be quite different. Some farmers may be hired out as special contractors, never owning their own land, others may derive their farm income from agritourism or energy production. Others may farm for their own subsistence, never selling a crop. In recent years, many organizations have revisited and revised who they serve in recognition of the barriers presented by such definitions. These definitions may influence who does or does not get access to programs, grants, networks, and knowledge. In today’s call we intend to better understand who we each serve and how that might be different across organizations. We’ll talk about how the definition of a farm or a farmer can both create opportunities and present barriers to entry. We’ll leave being better able to serve and connect our clients across NH. We will hear from UNH Extension, USDA-NRCS, Northeast SARE, and more being added. Please contact us if you or your organization is interested in contributing.

Following our discussion, we will have open time to share community updates.  

Register for this meeting hereAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Two faceless women stand in a field of grass, one holds a basket of apples.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under sub-award number SNE21-008-NH.