Sullivan County 2019 Highlights

Covered Bridge in Sullivan County

2019 Year in Review: Sullivan County

Sullivan County has the largest proportion of farm and forest open-space land in current use in New Hampshire. This past year, Extension forestry staff provided forest management consultation to 185 landowners during woodlot visits, and agriculture staff worked with farmers on financial analysis, benchmarking, labor management, succession planning and record keeping. Staff also supported planning to improve economic vibrancy and engaged youth through 4-H. Jacqui Baker, of the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, said, “Our community is rural, but the Youth and Family program maintains partnerships and plays an important role in the great work going on here, providing resources and guidance that better the wellness of our community.”

54 Extension staff worked with Sullivan County Residents

Sullivan County Contributions: $277,328

UNH Total Contributions: $506,447

*In 2019, for every $1.00 Sullivan County contributed, UNH provided $1.83 of statewide resources.

225 Volunteers

9,667 Volunteer Hours

$249,022 = Value of Volunteer Time

Rockingham County 4-H member holds a goat

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