Strafford County 2019 Highlights

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2019 Year in Review: Strafford County

Strafford County, set along Great Bay, is home to the picturesque University of New Hampshire Durham campus. This past year, Nutrition Connections staff provided free farmers markets with donated produce to hundreds of families, while 4-H presented gardening and cooking programs. Extension foresters participated in research projects to identify and enhance the economic contribution of forest products in the state. Resident Kathryn Busch said, “As a new homeowner and landowner this year, Extension has been my go-to for information. Extension has really helped me feel at home in a new area.”

58 Extension staff worked with Strafford County Residents

Strafford County Contributions: $162,314

UNH Total Contributions: $407,754

*In 2019, for every $1.00 Strafford County contributed, UNH provided $2.51 of statewide resources.

704 Volunteers

14,774 Volunteer Hours

$380,577 = Value of Volunteer Time

UNH student and 4-H members meet with UNH President Dean in Strafford County

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