Hillsborough County 2019 Highlights

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2019 Year in Review: Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County has it all: bustling cities and vibrant historic towns; working farms and forests; the Merrimack River and Pack Monadnock Mountain; colleges and universities; trails and mills; and employers big and small. In 2019, Extension’s staff supported community garden development and forest land management, conducted trainings on STEM, 4-H and nutrition education, and helped communities implement visions to better their towns. “Family farms like ours have relied on Extension for generations, and their staff remain a vital resource for the entire agricultural community to keep us on the cutting edge of production and sustainability,” said Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm.

65 Extension staff worked with Hillsborough County Residents

Hillsborough County Contributions: $435,135

UNH Total Contributions: $845,137

*In 2019, for every $1.00 Hillsborough County contributed, UNH provided $1.94 of statewide resources.

665 Volunteers

37,258 Volunteer Hours

$959,756 = 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


Extension Field Specialist, Community & Economic Development
Phone: (603) 678-4576
Office: Cooperative Extension, Nesmith Hall Room 204, Durham, NH 03824