UNH Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce that Stephen Meno joined the Community and Economic Development team as a field specialist in Hillsborough County in January. Meno will focus his efforts on stakeholder engagement around a variety of economic development topics, including sustainable tourism, downtown revitalization, the nature economy, business retention and the role of education in workforce development.
It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Dorothy (Dot) Perkins, a member of the UNH Extension family. Dot was a dedicated educator and a genuine, honest and kind person. Dot brought two key elements to her work as a Field Specialist with the Food and Agriculture team: practical knowledge from her generational farming background and a formal education in plant biology and animal sciences. Her foundational knowledge, unforgettable personality and earnest passion for agriculture made her an invaluable asset to New Hampshire's farming community.
Starting on July 1, UNH Cooperative Extension will have a new Area of Expertise focused on Nature Economies, leveraging communities’ natural resource base to foster vibrant economies and high quality of life. Shannon Rogers, UNH Extension state specialist, is forming and will chair the Nature Economies Area of Expertise, which will assist communities in identifying and utilizing their natural capital, such as connecting their downtowns with trails and leveraging green infrastructure to reduce or maintain costs of community services.
On Aug. 25, UNH Cooperative Extension staff gathered for its yearly picnic, held this year at Ellacoya State Park on Lake Winnipesaukee. More than 100 staff and retirees attended the event, which included recognition of several staff and the presentation of the Maynard and Audrey Heckel award.
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.