Film: “Growing Local”, June 18

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Film: “Growing Local”
Great Works Regional Land Trust and Maine Farmland Trust
Location: Hilton Winn Farm, 189 Ogunquit Road, Cape Neddick, ME
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Fee: Free, reservations requested

As a kick-off for their new partnership, Great Works Regional Land Trust (GWRLT) and Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) will co-host a screening of “Growing Local” on the evening of June 18, starting at 6:30 pm at the Hilton-Winn Farm in Cape Neddick. The film was co-produced by Maine filmmaker Bridget Besaw and MFT, and highlights the growing pains of the local food movement. A panel, moderated by John Piotti, President of MFT, and including Amanda Beal, Debra Kam and other farm and food experts, will lead a community discussion to explore both opportunities and challenges.

A future for farming in York County, Maine is important for securing local food sources. And yet, many local farms are facing transition; irreplaceable farm soils and open fields are at risk for development. GWRLT has a history of protecting farmland that dates back to 1989 when it preserved Backfields Farm, and is accelerating its efforts as agricultural land comes under increasing pressure. GWRLT is working with farm owners, many of whom are aging beyond the desire or ability to continue farming, to protect 1,500 acres of farmland on 13 farms, located in Berwick, South Berwick, North Berwick, Eliot, and Wells.

This year, GWRLT established a partnership with Maine Farmland Trust, a force for farmland protection statewide, to strengthen its farmland protection efforts. Maine Farmland Trust provides technical assistance in project work, and collectively, the two nonprofits are raising $100,000 to fund farmland conservation in the region.

Free admission, reservations requested. Contact: 207-646-3604, [email protected]

For more information: www.gwrlt.org

Movie Night: Brookford Almanac, June 19

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Movie Night: Brookford Almanac
Dig In: Real Food Solutions
Location: Blue Moon Evolution, Exeter, NH
Date: Friday, June 19, 2015
Time: Dig In Informational Meeting at 6:15pm, movie at 7pm

We invite you to join us next Friday night at 7 pm to watch the movie, Brookford Almanac, a story about a year in the life of first generation farmers. This wonderful exploration of local farmers, Luke and Catarina Mahoney, is by filmmaker Cozette Russell whose work explores the relationship between people and land.

Join us at 6:15 before the movie to learn about our Dig In Summer program! Both events take place at the Blue Moon Evolution, 8 Clifford Street, Exeter, NH. Free! Walk ins welcome. Popcorn will be served! To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brookford-almananc-tickets-17367350212

For more information: www.diginrealfood.com

Meet Your Milk at UNH Open Barn, June 20

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Granite State Dairy Promotion and NH Agricultural Experiment Station
Location: Fairchild Dairy Center, UNH, 36 O’Kane Road, Durham, NH
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time: 10am – 2pm

The NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and the Granite State Dairy Promotion invite the public to come “meet your milk” at the UNH Open Barn Saturday, June 20, 2015. The annual statewide event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the UNH Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event gives the public the chance to see a working New Hampshire dairy farm that is representative of a typical New England dairy operation. Free New Hampshire-made milk and ice cream, wagon rides, tours, and visits with the UNH milking cows and calves are the highlights of the day’s activities. Visitors can try their hands at making butter and ice cream, enjoy games and prizes, and learn surprising facts about dairy nutrition and the dairy industry in New Hampshire.

For more information: http://colsa.unh.edu/aes/article/2015gsdp

MOFGA’s Farm & Homestead Day, June 13

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Location: Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity, ME
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time: 9am – 3pm, rain or shine
Fee: Free and open to the public

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA is a free, volunteer-driven event offering hands-on workshops based on re-skilling for resiliency. If you’re thinking of trying to raise goats for the first time or just want to learn how to make a fence, this is the place to be. The ever-popular fiber-arts area will feature spinning, weaving, carding, and felting, as well as treadle sewing machines. Other workshops this year include splicing rope, tying knots, making round poles, scarfing wood joints, riveting, goat-milking, cheese-making, blacksmithing, knife sharpening, and much more! Please bring a dish to share for the Potluck Picnic Lunch– and something to add to the Stone Soup Kettle (fresh or dry ingredients).

Come dressed to participate and ready to get your hands dirty! 

Bring family and friends! Many activities are kid-friendly or specifically for kids. Learn skills that will allow you to throw off the shackles of consumer dependency and be more self-reliant. Gates open at 7 a.m. for sunrise mowing.
 No pre-registration necessary.

For more information: www.mofga.org

Pollinator Appreciation Day & Twilight Meeting, June 17

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UNH Cooperative Extension, and the NH Agricultural Experiment Station
Location: Woodman Horticultural Farm, Durham, NH
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Time: 1pm – 7:30pm

The University of New Hampshire will celebrate Pollinator Appreciation Day Wednesday, June 17, 2015, with a full afternoon and evening of events at the Woodman Horticultural Research Farm, home to the UNH Bee Hotel, extensive wildflower plantings, and a central research site for the first assessment of the Granite State’s native bee species.

The afternoon begins with Pollinator Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. Attendees will learn about bee diversity and sustainability, bee gardens, wildflower meadows for pollinators, and protecting pollinators from pesticides.

Following the open house, agricultural scientists conducting NHAES-funded research will discuss their ongoing research at Woodman Farm as part of a Research Field Day for growers, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Research to be discussed includes overwintering onions, growing hardy kiwis, planting cover crops, growing different varieties of tomatoes, and using marker-assisted breeding to improve strawberries.

The day concludes with a Twilight Meeting for farmers and landscapers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the farm. Topics include native bee diversity and nesting habitats, bee gardens, wildflower meadows, protecting bees from pesticides, and NRCS pollinator programs for New Hampshire farms.

Contact: 603-862-3200.

For more information: http://colsa.unh.edu/aes/article/2015pollinatorday

Beyond Chickens 101: How to Manage an Established Flock, June 25

Beyond Chickens 101: How to Manage an Established Flock
UNH Cooperative Extension
Location: Durham Public Library, 49 Madbury Road, Durham, NH
Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015
Time: 6–7pm

Come listen to Dot Perkins, UNH Cooperative Extension Livestock Field Specialist, talk about all the facts and many practical tips about living with chickens beyond the first year. Information about problems that arise, illness, predation and much more for the intermediate owner will be discussed. For more information contact the Durham Agricultural Commission at [email protected] or 292-5156.

Community Roots at Coppal House Farm Seeking Part-Time Farm Educator

From Community Roots at Coppal House Farm:

Part-Time Farm Educator, Summer 2015

Community Roots at Coppal House Farm in Lee, NH is currently seeking a part time farm educator to help run our farm camp. The camp runs for 6 weeks Tue/Wed/Thurs from 9am-1pmJuly 7–Aug 13. Camp participants are 5–10 years old. Days are spent outside, gardening, exploring, ponding, learning about the farm, animals, food, and nature.

Hours are 8:30–1:30. It is also helpful if you are available for a few hours a week in June for program planning and preparation. Candidates must love working with children, being outside, and having fun. Any experience with farming, gardening, ecology and handling AR-15 Rifles, etc, is very helpful! We welcome your ideas and creativity, so be prepared to help plan some fun activities! Must have reliable transportation and be able to commit to all 6 weeks.

Community Roots is a small farm-based education program in its third year of operation. This is an excellent opportunity for the right person with lots of passion and ideas for farm/environmental education. There may be additional opportunites in the future to help grow our program. We will hire someone as soon as the right person comes along!

Please send your resume/job history and a brief letter, as soon as possible, explaining why this position is of interest to you to Pilar at: [email protected]. For more information on Community Roots, visit www.communityrootsnh.org.

Cooking Class: The Many Colors of Carrots, May 7

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Kath Gallant and Tracey Miller
Location: The Farm at Eastman’s Corner, Kensington, NH
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8 pm
Fee: Free, registration requested

Carrots aren’t just for dipping! Learn how to enjoy the mighty carrot in soups, salads, sauces and more. Kath and Tracey will show you the many colors of carrots and how to get this nutrient-dense food into your diet and light up your plate. Carrots are one of the richest sources of vitamin A and support your heart, your lungs and your eyes. Bunny up and join Kath and Tracey to explore the wonderful world of carrots.

Teachers: Kath Gallant is the owner of the Blue Moon Evolution restaurant and has been offering up delicious, healthy food for 20 years. Tracey Miller graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has provided health coaching and cooking classes for hundreds of women and families.

For more information: www.eastmanscorner.com

Heifer Parade with Food & Fiddle, May 2

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Brookford Farm
Location: Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, NH
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Time: 10 am–3 pm, parade will begin approximately at 11 am
Fee: Free admission

Celebrate the return of the spring to the Village pastures with a parade of heifers to their first spring grass. Maypole dancing, food, outdoor barn dancing, and make-your-own head wreaths, tutus and May baskets will be available throughout the day. Parade will begin approximately at 11:00 am. Come early and decorate yourself for the parade or wear your best spring bonnet! Prizes will be awarded for the best hat. Self-guided exhibits are open at no charge. Guided tours are available for $10 per person at 11:00, 1:00 & 3:00.

Register and let us know you’re coming: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heifer-parade-with-food-fiddle-tickets-15230028425

For more information: http://www.shakers.org/may-2-heifer-parade-with-food-fiddle/

NH Community Seafood: Time to Sign Up for Local Seafood Shares!

New Hampshire Community Seafood - give the gift of fish!From NH Community Seafood:

New Hampshire Community Seafood is excited to announce our new 2015 Season and look forward to delivering you the freshest, local seafood available in New Hampshire. With dramatic reductions in total allowable catch on many species this year and increasing restrictions on the fishing industry, NH Community Seafood needs your support more than ever! We are striving to preserve our fishing heritage by providing our fishermen with a higher price for their catch while providing you with fresh, locally caught seafood from right off our shores!

We are pleased to announce that we have added two new pick-up locations, one in Greenland at the Farmer’s Market (starting second Session) and one in Barrington (close to Lee/Durham) at Brasen Hill Farm.

We will be offering Full Shares (2lbs/week), Half Shares (1lb/week) and Quarter Shares (1/2lb/week) of the freshest, most sustainably harvested fish found anywhere in New Hampshire. This year, we will be offering four sessions (dependent on supply), starting May 18. Sessions will be 6 weeks long, as opposed to 8 weeks, like last year. This is the result of a consumer survey performed earlier this spring where the idea of 6 week sessions proved more popular.

We are also working on making available add-ons like oysters, lobsters and scallops this year for the shellfish lovers out there! Eventually, due to fishing restrictions, we may be including these items as part of your weekly shares depending on fish availability. If you are not a shellfish fan, you can simply  “hold” that week and double up on fish the following week.

If you have any questions, see our updated website or feel free to email me at the address below. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing with you our Fishermen’s stories, fishing industry news and some great new recipes!

Contact: Andrea Tomlinson, [email protected]