2021 Experience: A fresh, new approach
This year UNH Extension Ag Specialists Heather Bryant, Nick Rowley and Olivia Saunders hit the road to interview six leaders in New Hampshire's agricultural community to better understand what it takes to succeed as a North County Farmer. Each interview is featured in an episode of the North Country Fruit & Vegetable Farmer podcast. To enhance the educational value of these episodes, in the fall the hosts and guest join a live lunch time panel to answer listener questions about what they grow, their business model and their approach to farming.
To get more from this year's episodes, hosts and guests join live lunch time panels to answer listener questions about what they grow, their business model and their approach to farming.
- Oct 20, noon – 1p.m. : Beekeeping
- Oct 21, noon – 1p.m. : On-Farm Alternative Energy
- Oct 26, noon – 1p.m. : A Journey to Build a Farm
- Oct 27, noon – 1p.m. : Alternative Berry Crops [Canceled due to scheduling conflict. Contact Nick Rowley with questions on this topic.]
- Oct 28, noon – 1p.m.: Mushrooms!
Beekeeping with Janice Mercieri of White Mountain Apiary
Beekeeping has become a popular hobby for the backyard gardener, as well as an opportunity for commercial farms to diversify their business. Janice Mercieri of White Mountain Apiary has been successfully caring for bees and selling bee products, nucs and packages in Grafton and Coos Counties for many years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about raising and caring for bees, as well as skill in running a business in New Hampshire’s North Country. Listen Transcript
Mushrooms with Eliah and Louis of Northspore
Northspore is a rising mycology company in Southern Maine. Originally created by three friends as a mushroom farm they have grown to offer mushroom spawn, inoculation supplies, mycological education and more. The crew at Northspore loves mushrooms and they want you to love them too! Join us as we talk about mushroom terminology, growing practices and marketing mushrooms on small farms. Listen Transcript
Growing an agricultural business with Bridget McKee of Bent Fork Farm
Bridget McKee and her husband Ben set out to start a vegetable farm that would fit in with their professional interests and the family life they want, in the place where they want to live. Join us to hear about the journey which had them starting their farm in Lancaster and then relocating it to Bethlehem. We’ll talk about how the farm chooses their markets and crops and some of their favorite tips for other farms. Listen Transcript
Alternative berry crops with Ben Shambaugh of Wayside Farm and Great Northern Berries
Ben Shambaugh founded Wayside Farm in Sandwich, NH over 30 years ago. Since 2013 he has been trying a variety of alternative fruit crops under the Great Northern Berries name. Through trial and error he has found what works and what doesn’t for his business. Come join us and learn about their journey into producing honey berry and other unique small fruit crops. Listen Transcript
Solar Power with retired Extension specialist John Porter and poultry farmer Tom Giovagnoli
Integrating solar power in and around farms can reduce energy costs, improve sustainability goals, and transform a farms economic status. In this episode, we hear from Tom Giovagnoli, an egg producer with Pete and Jerry’s in Boscawen who shares that adding solar to the roof of his barn made his operation more economically viable. We also chat with John Porter, Retired UNH Extension specialist who continues to consult on infrastructure and barn projects in New Hampshire. John has added solar to his small farm homestead and has consulted with farms across the state on how to successfully reduce energy costs. Listen