Grafton County 2019 Highlights

Foresters meet in the woods in Grafton County

2019 Year in Review: Grafton County

Grafton County, spanning from the Connecticut River east to the White Mountains, is known for its river bottom farmland and scenic mountain views. This past year, Extension economic development staff consulted with towns across the region, agricultural producers learned about food safety, forestry staff met with landowners and 4-H clubs welcomed new and returning members. Nutrition lessons were held at senior housing locations, shelters, elementary schools and Head Start programs. One community member observed, “4-H is such a wonderful program. Everyone learns so much and lifelong friendships are made.”

59 Extension staff worked with Grafton County Residents

Grafton County Contributions: $208,953

UNH Total Contributions: $434,858

*In 2019, for every $1.00 Grafton County contributed, UNH provided $1.61 of statewide resources.

394 Volunteers

25,502 Volunteer Hours

$656,943 = Value of Volunteer Time

Grafton County volunteers pose in the garden

Statewide Highlights

Helping Families

Teacher pointing to student raising handThe Youth and Family program offers education in youth development, healthy living, youth and family resiliency and STEM. In 2019, Extension’s Youth and Family program:

• Engaged 27,000+ participants

• Supported 1,500 educators and volunteers

• Provided technical assistance to 250 people and organizations

• Helped 12 schools improve their wellness policies, affecting 3,037 students

 

Flower in front of Open signSupporting Businesses

The Community and Economic Development program helps cultivate civic leaders, revitalize downtowns and grow the local and regional economy. With Extension’s support, in 2019:

• 5 communities worked with over 150 businesses

• 51 community leaders graduated from Main Street Academy

• 5 towns and one county launched efforts to strengthen their economies

• 200 entrepreneurs convened at business networking events in Concord

 

Hands with peas at farmer's marketGrowing Food

The Food and Agriculture program delivers education and technical assistance to residents, agricultural businesses and the food system. In 2019:

• 4,056 people attended programs and staff made 844 onsite visits to farms

• 45 farms participated in pest monitoring programs; 506 individuals earned professional credits

• Volunteers answered 4,170 home and garden questions through Extension’s Infoline

• 173 individuals obtained ServSafe® certification

 

Two people walking in the forestStewarding Environment

Natural Resources staff and volunteers work closely with public and private partners to safeguard the state’s land, water, air and living communities. In 2019:

• Forester recommendations resulted in $1.7 million in additional total production value and nearly $61,000 in additional tax revenue for municipalities

• Staff advised 1,171 landowners who manage over 150,000 acres

• 234 communities received technical assistance; 500+ natural resources professionals were trained

 

2019 Volunteer Impact

4,892 volunteers worked statewide on behalf of Extension

199,652 hours were contributed by volunteers

$5.1 M was the estimated value of volunteer time

95% of NH cities and towns were served directly by Extension volunteers

"The learning experience provided by the Natural Resources Steward program has allowed me to be a knowledgeable advocate as an everyday citizen. I hope by enthusiastically sharing knowledge and ‘best practices’ information I can get others to be natural resources advocates too.” -Deborah Munson, Volunteer