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Friday, 03/31/2017

Landscaping for Water Quality in the Lakes Region
Friday, 03/31/2017 (08:45 AM - 03:45 AM)

 

Thanks to our local sponsors, this program will be conducted in the Lakes Region this spring. Participants will learn how to use ecological landscape practices including rain gardens, vegetative buffers, and other green infrastructure to infiltrate stormwater and absorb pollutants, protecting our lakes, rivers and streams.Instructors are faculty and specialists from UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Dept. of Environmental Services.

 

Who Should Attend?
• Landscape designers, contractors and maintenance professionals working within the watershed. If you hire a landscaper, encourage them to attend!
• Key members of watershed groups, conservation commissions and others who want to understand ecological approaches to landscaping for water quality protection
• Others involved in regional water quality protection programs and policy

 

Register online here.

Location

  • Moultonborough Public Safety Building, Rt. 25, Moultonborough, NH, 03254

Saturday, 04/01/2017

Pruning Tree Fruit
Saturday, 04/01/2017 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

 

Pruning demonstrations are held outside. Please be prepared for weather & snow!

 

See flyer for the complete list of all 2017 demonstrations.

Location

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

Blueberry Pruning Demonstration
Saturday, 04/01/2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

UNH Cooperative Extension Specialists, Becky Sideman and Amy Papineau, will lead this hands-on workshop where attendees will learn how to prune and care  for blueberry plants to keep plants healthy and productive. We’ll discuss when to prune, how to prune, and why to prune. We’ll also discuss fertilizer, pest control, and other topics that will help you successfully grow blueberries at home or on the farm. We will also prune some apple trees and discuss what it takes to successfully grow apples.

 

The event is outdoors, please dress accordingly. We will provide pruners and loppers for those who wish to try their hand at pruning, but please bring your own gloves.

 

Directions to the event are on the attached flyer. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP WILL NOT BE CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER! PLEASE DRESS APPROPRIATELY AND DRIVE SAFELY!

 

Click here to see the complete list of all the pruning demonstrations. 

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Location

  • Joe Downey, 1004 Lane Road, Epsom, NH, 03234

Pruning Apples and Blueberries
Saturday, 04/01/2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

 

Pruning demonstration are held outside. Please be prepared for weather & snow!

 

See flyer for the complete list of all 2017 demonstrations.

Location

  • Riverview Farm, River Road, Plainfield, NH, 03781

Pruning Blueberries
Saturday, 04/01/2017 (12:00 PM - 01:00 PM)

 

Pruning demonstration are held outside. Please be prepared for weather & snow!

 

See flyer for the complete list of all 2017 demonstrations.

 

Location

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

Monday, 04/03/2017

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
Monday, 04/03/2017 (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.

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

To be held at the Sunapee Middle High School, Sunapee, NH.

This event is not open to the public. If you’d like to have a SAFE workshop for your employees please contact Ann Hamilton at 603-447-3834 or email her at ann.hamilton@unh.edu.

Raising Piglets in Your Backyard
Monday, 04/03/2017 (06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Come and listen to Dot Perkins, Livestock Field Specialist for UNH Cooperative Extension, give all the facts and many practical tips pertaining to raising and caring for pigs in New Hampshire. You will learn about different breeds, how to get ready for the piglets, housing and space requirements, nutrition and health, and basic care of pigs. This talk is for anyone interested in raising pigs in their backyards.

 

This talk is free and open to the public.

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Location

  • Boscawen Municipal Complex, 116 North Main Street, 4th Floor, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Tuesday, 04/04/2017

Initial Pesticide Certification Training: Carroll Co.
Tuesday, 04/04/2017 (01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Initial Pesticide Certification Training: Carroll Co.

Conway Public Library: 15 East Main Street, Conway, NH 03818

Tuesdays - April 4, 11, and 18*, 2017

1:00 - 4:00 PM

 

Registration & Fees: $55 Register here!

 

Last Day to Register: March 26th 2017.

 

Description: The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, Pesticide Safety Education Program is offering this training to prepare prospective applicators for their private and commercial applicator certification exams. Please note that this training does not satisfy the requirements for applicators looking to get certified as Supervisory Registration Certification - General Use Applicators.

Attendance at an initial certification training is not required for certification at the operational level. However, it does help direct the studying. Instructors will provide a review of the information found in the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual, NH Code of Administrative Rules, and the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides. Private applicator testing will be held the last day of training at each location.

For more information on other topics offered in the same series, please visit this page.

 

*Note: Different sections of the training will be presented on April 4th and 11th; testing for private applicators will be held on April 18th.

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Location

  • Conway Public Library, 5 E. Main St, Conway, NH, 03818

Wednesday, 04/05/2017

Scale Clinic - Inspections and Certifications
Wednesday, 04/05/2017 (11:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

The NH Division of Weights and Measures will once again be holding their annual Scale Clinics. 

 

The Clinics are open to anyone who grows and sells their own agricultural products and who uses a scale commercially at farmers markets or a farm stand. Inspection and certification is free to growers who have 3 or fewer scales under 100 lb. capacity and no other commercial devices.

 

Attendees should bring: (1) legal-for-trade scale(s) and any necessary accessories; (2) current scale license (if you have one); and (3) renewal forms and payments due (no credit cards accepted).

Scale Clinics Flyer

Location

  • Rockingham County UNHCE Office, 113 North Road, Brentwood, NH, 03833

Pruning Blueberries and Raspberries
Wednesday, 04/05/2017 (04:00 PM - 05:30 PM)

Pruning demonstration of blueberries and raspberries, including how, when, and why to prune your berries. We’ll talk about NH suitable varieties, as well as seasonal care of your plants, and pest management.

 

This is an outdoor event please dress accordingly.

 

For a complete listing of all pruning demonstrations, click here. 

 

 

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Location

  • Surowiec Farm, 53 Perley Hill Road, Sanbonrton, NH, 03239

Pruning Mature Apple Trees
Wednesday, 04/05/2017 (04:00 PM - 06:00 PM)

 

Pruning demonstrations are held outside. Please be prepared for weather & snow!

 

See flyer for the complete list of all 2017 demonstrations.

 

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Location

  • Maple Lane Orchard, 220 Gunn Road, Keene, NH, 03431

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
Wednesday, 04/05/2017 (04:00 PM - 06:00 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.

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

To be held at the Common Man Roadside, Northbound, Hooksett, NH.

This event is not open to the public. If you’d like to have a SAFE workshop for your employees please contact Ann Hamilton at 603-447-3834 or email her at ann.hamilton@unh.edu.

A Fungus Among Us
Wednesday, 04/05/2017 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

A Fungus Among Us

Grow Organic Vegetables & Fruits

Sixth Workshop of the 2017 Gardening Workshop Series

 

Registration & Fees: Registration required. We offer a discounted rate for two members of the same family: $20 per person or $25 for two members of the same family. No refund. Anyone can register! Register here!

 

Last Day to Register: April 2nd 2017.

 

Description: Do you have sickly plants or tons of gnarly weeds in your garden?  Let us provide you with strategies and solutions to reduce diseases and manage weed pressures in your garden.

 

This is the sixth workshop of the series "Grow Organic Vegetables & Fruits". These workshops are opened to anyone who would like to learn more about growing organic vegetables and fruits, whether they are beginner or experienced gardeners. For more information on other topics offered in the same series, please visit this page.

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Location

  • Hillsborough County Conference Room, 329 Mast Road, Room 100, Goffstown, NH, 03045

Friday, 04/07/2017

Pruning Mature Grapevines
Friday, 04/07/2017 (05:30 PM - 07:00 PM)

 

Pruning demonstrations are held outside. Please be prepared for weather & snow!

 

See flyer for the complete list of all 2017 demonstrations.

 

Location

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

Saturday, 04/08/2017

Planting and Pruning Grapes
Saturday, 04/08/2017 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

 

Jewell Towne Vineyards owner Peter Oldak will lead this workshop which will cover everything you need to know to grow grapes successfully. Starting with site evaluation, vine propagation, variety choices, vineyard design and continuing with planting and pruning principles, and disease control. The workshop will conclude with a pruning demonstration.

 

2 Pesticide credits are available.

 

To reserve a spot please contact Peter Oldak at Jewell Towne, 603-394-0600.

 

 

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Location

  • Jewell Towne Vineyards, 183 Whitehall Road, South Hampton, NH, 03827

Pruning Tree Fruit
Saturday, 04/08/2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

 

How, when, and why to prune your fruit trees, with a live pruning demonstration. We’ll talk about NH suitable varieties, as well as seasonal care of your trees.

 

To see a complete listing of all pruning demonstrations, click here.

 

 

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Location

  • Pine River Orchard, 314 Pine River Road, Ossipee, NH, 03864

Pruning Blueberries
Saturday, 04/08/2017 (12:00 PM - 01:00 PM)

 

Pruning demonstration including how, when, and why to prune your berries. We’ll talk about NH suitable varieties, as well as seasonal care of your plants, and pest management.

 

This is an outdoor event please dress accordingly.

 

To see a complete list of all pruning demonstrations, click here.

 

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Location

  • Pine River Orchard, 314 Pine River Road, Ossipee, NH, 03864

Monday, 04/10/2017

Pruning Older Apple Trees for Wildlife, and Peaches
Monday, 04/10/2017 (04:00 PM - 06:00 PM)

 

Pruning demonstrations are held outside. Please be prepared for weather & snow!

 

See flyer for the complete list of all 2017 demonstrations.

 

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Location

  • Shieling State Forest, Old Street Road, Peterborough, NH, 03458

Tuesday, 04/11/2017

Initial Pesticide Certification Training: Carroll Co.
Tuesday, 04/11/2017 (01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Initial Pesticide Certification Training: Carroll Co.

Conway Public Library: 15 East Main Street, Conway, NH 03818

Tuesdays - April 4, 11, and 18*, 2017

1:00 - 4:00 PM

 

Registration & Fees: $55 Register here!

 

Last Day to Register: March 26th 2017.

 

Description: The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, Pesticide Safety Education Program is offering this training to prepare prospective applicators for their private and commercial applicator certification exams. Please note that this training does not satisfy the requirements for applicators looking to get certified as Supervisory Registration Certification - General Use Applicators.

Attendance at an initial certification training is not required for certification at the operational level. However, it does help direct the studying. Instructors will provide a review of the information found in the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual, NH Code of Administrative Rules, and the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides. Private applicator testing will be held the last day of training at each location.

For more information on other topics offered in the same series, please visit this page.

 

*Note: Different sections of the training will be presented on April 4th and 11th; testing for private applicators will be held on April 18th.

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Location

  • Conway Public Library, 5 E. Main St, Conway, NH, 03818

Wednesday, 04/12/2017

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Wednesday, 04/12/2017 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Grow Organic Vegetables & Fruits

Seventh Workshop of the 2017 Gardening Workshop Series

 

Registration & Fees: Registration required. We offer a discounted rate for two members of the same family: $20 per person or $25 for two members of the same family. No refund. Anyone can register! Register here!

 

Last Day to Register: April 9th 2017.

 

Description: Squash bugs and potato beetles. Mice and ground hogs. Deer, bear, and DRAGONS! They’re all in my garden! Learn how to attract and keep the good guys around while scaring the bad guys away.

 

This is the seventh workshop of the series "Grow Organic Vegetables & Fruits". These workshops are opened to anyone who would like to learn more about growing organic vegetables and fruits, whether they are beginner or experienced gardeners. For more information on other topics offered in the same series, please visit this page.

 

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Location

  • Hillsborough County Conference Room, 329 Mast Road, Room 100, Goffstown, NH, 03045

Saturday, 04/15/2017

Pruning Blueberries
Saturday, 04/15/2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

 

Pruning demonstrations are held outside. Please be prepared for weather & snow!

 

See flyer for the complete list of all 2017 demonstrations.

Location

  • Haynes Homestead, 172 Harvey Swell Road, Colebrook, NH, 03576

Monday, 04/17/2017

Pruning Blueberries
Monday, 04/17/2017 (03:30 PM - 05:30 PM)

 

Pruning demonstrations are held outside. Please be prepared for weather & snow!

 

See flyer for the complete list of all 2017 demonstrations.

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Location

  • Inkwell Farm, 106 Hedding Road, Epping, NH, 03042

Wednesday, 04/19/2017

Worker Protection Standard (WPS):
Wednesday, 04/19/2017 (08:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

UNH Cooperative Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program:

WPS "Train the Trainer" Workshop

UNH School of Law, 2 White St, Concord, NH

Pesticide license recertification credits: to be announced

 

 

Registration & Fees: $50 (includes lunch) Register here!

 

Last Day to Register: April 16th 2017.

 

Description: Under the new requirements of the federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS), farm workers and pesticide handlers must receive annual mandatory pesticide safety training from a qualified trainer before they begin work. In New Hampshire (NH), a qualified pesticide safety trainer means a certified pesticide applicator who has been designated by the division, pursuant to Pes 1103.04, as being knowledgeable in the “Worker Protection Standard” and competent to train workers and handlers in safe working practices involving pesticides. Attending this Train-The-Trainer course for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers will meet NH’s standard of training for the train the trainer course, which is a higher standard than that of EPA’s. This training will also provide an update for those who are already considered WPS trainers in New Hampshire.  Information presented will focus on the expanded training requirements of the WPS, which includes information about pesticide residues, the potential health effects of pesticide exposure, and how to avoid bringing pesticide residues home. Participants will be provided access to additional training materials that have been EPA approved for training workers and handlers.

Who should attend? Those individuals who already have a WPS Certification on their license (Commercial and or Private applicators), individuals who would like a refresher on WPS and those individuals who might be considering testing to become either a Private or Commercial Applicator in a WPS related category.

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Location

  • UNH School of Law (Rich Room - 204), 2 White St, Concord, NH, 03301

Farm Scale Certification Clinic
Wednesday, 04/19/2017 (11:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

The Clinic is open to anyone who grows and sells their own agricultural products and who uses a scale commercially at farmers markets or a farm stand. Inspection and certification is free to growers who have 3 or fewer scales under 100 lb. capacity and no other commercial devices.

 

Attendees should bring: (1) legal-for-trade scale(s) and any necessary accessories; (2) current scale license (if you have one); and (3) renewal forms and payments due (no credit cards accepted).

 

If you are unable to make it to the clinic or you have questions, please call the NH Division of Weights & Measures at 603-271-2894 or go to: www.agriculture.nh.gov and click on Division of Weights & Measures.

Location

  • Keene Recreation Center, 312 Washington St, Keene, NH, 03431

Tree Fruit Twilight Meeting - Hazelton Orchards
Wednesday, 04/19/2017 (05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

 

PAT Credits are pending. Individuals requiring special accommodations to attend should contact George Hamilton at least one week prior to the meeting. Details forthcoming.

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Location

  • Hazelton Orchards, 20 Harantis Lake Road, Chester, NH, 03036


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