Seacoast Harvest 2014-2015 is here!

shcover2014Seacoast Harvest 2014-2015 has arrived!

We couldn’t be more pleased and proud and grateful. It’s a huge endeavor involving lots of volunteer hours, donations by sponsors, and many hours of work by our own Sarah Jacobson. We’re thrilled with the 8th edition (8th!) of this local food guide, and hope you discover some new farms, share it with people to introduce more of our community to all the seacoast farms have to offer, and revel along with us in how much our local food supply has grown and diversified since the first edition.

The honey featured in the cover photo is from The Hollister Family Farm and Riverside Farm.

Get yours (and one for a friend)

We’ve had it for just a day but already copies are spreading out throughout the seacoast. They are available (or will be shortly!) at:






Want copies for your office/friends/neighbors? Contact

Thank you Seacoast Harvest sponsors!

Join us in thanking this final round of Seacoast Harvest sponsors. Without the contributions of all of the sponsors [more sponsors here, here, and here], this project would not be possible! Thank you!


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Farm-a-Q at Emery Farm, June 29

Celebrate the arrival of summer at the third annual, on-farm barbeque extravaganza, Farm-a-Q! Sponsored by Slow Food Seacoast and the Heirloom Harvest Project, this year’s Farm-a-Q takes place at Emery Farm in Durham, NH, from 12 to 4 pm (with food served between 1–3 pm) — enjoy workshops, live music and activities all afternoon! For more information:


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Living Land Homestead Tour: Building Soil, Building Relationships, July 13

600_373283072Living Land Homestead Tour: Building Soil, Building Relationships
Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group
Amy & Steve’s Homestead, Barrington, NH
Sunday, July 13, 2014
3– 5pm

After over a decade of organic farming and gardening on other people’s land, taking workshops, reading and otherwise preparing, Amy Antonucci & Steve Diamond bought property in Barrington in Autumn 2008 with the intention of homesteading. It was a sloping, rocky, 7 acre woodlot with a house tucked among the trees. It would not have even been looked at by “real farmers,” but as permaculturists, we could see potential. With the hardscaping wrapping up and most paths mulched, we consider this a great time for you to see what we’ve done so far, and the potential we see and are working for. Come check out what’s working for us, for potential inspiration in your current or future plans!

This event is part of the Seacoast Permaculture’s Summer Garden/Homestead Tour series! Seeing what others are doing is a great way to get new ideas, learn new techniques and be inspired. The sites chosen are all in varied settings and different stages of development. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from each gardener about their original goals and plans, what has and hasn’t worked out for them, and what they are currently developing. Each tour will end with time for questions, conversations and sharing food. Feel free to sign up for just one or all of them.

The cost for this tour is on a sliding scale of $1–20, payable at the meetup.

For more information:

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2014 Northeast Permaculture Convergence, July 4 – 6

full_graphicMaine is hosting the regional 2014 Northeast Permaculture Convergence on July 4–6, at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity:

2014 Northeast Permaculture Convergence
The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture
MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity, ME
Friday, July 4, 2014, 9am – Sunday, July 6, 2:30pm

Permaculture Convergences happen all over the world (in fact the very first North American Convergence is happening later this year). However, the Northeast Permaculture Convergence is one of the longest continuously running (without interruption) gatherings that we know of in the permaculture world! We have been slowly and steadily building our network of designers, educators, practitioners, organizers, activists, farmers, homesteaders and entrepreneurs over the past years and we invite you to join together here in Maine for our annual gathering. Relax, enjoy, share, learn and connect with friends and peers. Bring your friends and families!

A few Convergence highlights:

• All meals provided, hand-made on site with fresh local ingredients (included in your ticket).
• Kids and youth activities all day Saturday and half-day Sunday.
• Designers’ Lounge returns during Saturday “happy hour” for sharing design work and getting inspired by each others’ efforts.
• Tons of great sessions (we’re still adding them all to the roster!).
• Evening music, dancing and fire circles.
• River and lake swimming nearby.
• Gorgeous woodland or field camping. “Camper camping” space. Dorm beds for those who prefer something else…
• Field trips (optional) on Friday to see some amazing places that are making permaculture, biodynamics, natural building and related techniques happen in our climate zone.
• Discounts for pulling a volunteer shift or two!
• Vendors and barter blankets on the Common.
• A chance to connect and get fired up by the connections and affinity we have for our work in the world!
• A chance to spread out in rural Maine of the expansive grounds of our host, Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA)!
• An exclusive opportunity to get one of the coolest Convergence pieces of apparel ever made:) You have to show up to get one…
• An official hand-off to the 2015 Convergence location team.
• And more!!!

Co-hosted by The Resilience Hub, Midcoast Permaculture and MOFGA. Full Convergence details, registration, volunteer, sponsorship and vendor details:

Carpooling available through the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group, North Shore Permaculture Group, and The Resiliance Hub/Portland Maine Permaculture.

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Brookford Farm Summer Solstice Celebration, June 21

1904201_906182219398670_6439852580578503258_n Brookford Farm Summer Solstice Celebration
250 West Road, Canterbury, NH
Saturday, June 21, 2014
4 – 7:30pm

Please join us for an evening of traditional dancing and dinner to celebrate the arrival of Summer — Hayride Tour, Fresh Brick Oven Pizza, Salad and Dessert, followed by a traditional dance lesson with fiddle music, and closing with a bonfire. A fun evening on the Farm for the entire family!

$14.00 per person for Dinner. RSVP requested: 603-742-4084,

For more information:

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Grow a Row for your local food pantry!


Have a green thumb and a little extra garden space?

New Roots Farm in partnership with Seacoast Eat Local is looking for garden partners to help increase fresh local produce available at our many local pantries. How can YOU help?

Step 1: Pick up free seedlings or seeds available at New Roots Farm in Newmarket this Friday, June 20th from 2-6pm.

Step 2: Plant out your container, row or beds dedicated for donation to a local pantry.

Step 3: Gather your harvest and bring it to a summer farmers’ market in Dover, Exeter or Portsmouth for collection and distribution to local pantries. Alternatively you can coordinate with your own nearby pantry for drop off times available.

Want to learn more? Email


During the Winter Market season we were able to collect and donate over 2000 pounds of food to local pantries. Help us continue and expand garentomatoesthese efforts by growing extra produce for donation. You can arrange to donate to a pantry in your neighborhood at your convenience or bring your home grown donations to the Seacoast Eat Local tent at the Dover, Exeter or Portsmouth Farmers’ Markets. We will add it to our gleaned food from the market that day and deliver it to a pantry right after market.

Looking for help with your garden? Be sure to utilize the UNH Cooperative Extension Information Line. You can peruse their online resources or give them a call at 1-877-EXT-GROW (1-877-398-4769).

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Anyone Can Grow Food: How to Plant an Herb Garden, June 21


Learn how to plant an herb garden at this month’s Growing Gardens Club workshop, a series at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire led by NH Master Gardener Leslie Stevens:

Anyone Can Grow Food Workshop: How to Plant an Herb Garden
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Washington Street, Dover, NH
Saturday, June 21, 2014
10:15 – 11 am

Flavorful herbs are easy to grow outside during the summer months in pots, window boxes or raised bed gardens. Under the guidance of NH Master Gardener Leslie Stevens, families can learn how to plant and nurture an herb garden on Saturday, June 21 at 10:15 am at the Children’s Museum of NH. This is a free workshop but reservations are requested to ensure that enough plant materials are available for all.

This workshop is part of the annual “Anyone Can Grow Food” program created by the Museum and sponsored by Stonyfield Farm. Children and adults will help plant an herb garden in the raised garden beds behind the museum, along the Cocheco River. Participants will be able to taste the fresh herbs and learn to identify them for harvesting later on. Everyone will get an herb seedling to take home and plant, and children can visit with a friendly small animal guest from Leslie Stevens’ farm.

In the fall, the gardening program will conclude on September 27 with a session on how to harvest ripe fruits and vegetables, and kids can dig up the potatoes that were planted in the spring. Using vegetables and herbs from the garden, families can help make salsa fresca and share other ideas for garden-fresh recipes. There is no charge to participate in this program.

To reserve a spot in the herb gardening workshop, please call the Children’s Museum at 603-742-2002

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Dairy Day at New Hampshire Farm Museum, June 21

cal3The New Hampshire Farm Museum is celebrating Dairy Day on Saturday, June 21st, from 10am to 4pm, with a day full of fun activities for the whole family:

New Hampshire Dairy Day
New Hampshire Farm Museum, Rte. 125/White Mountain Hwy, Milton, NH
Saturday, June 21, 2014
10 am – 4 pm

Learn all about cows, help make butter and cheese, take a dairy barn tour and enjoy delicious free ice cream donated by Lone Oak Ice Cream of Rochester. Hop on a horse-drawn wagon, ride around the farm and taste local New Hampshire cheese.

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the NH Farm Museum Country Store! Stop-in to buy our own farm grown produce available according to the season!

About the Farm Museum: Enjoy a visit to our historic working farm and museum. There is plenty to see from agricultural exhibits to heritage breed farm animals and fields of heirloom vegetables and gardens as well as displays of carriages and tractors and guided tours of the historic Jones Farmhouse. We have trails through the woods and fields and picnic tables. You can spend two hours or bring a picnic and spend the day.

Admission: $7 adult / $4 child ages 4–17 yrs / Museum members free.

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Field Trip: MEat

MEat opened on Friday, so as soon as we could  on Saturday (after a stop at the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market for strawberries and broccoli and escarole and garlic scapes) we headed over to buy some meat.

It’s a beautiful space in the Wallingsford Square building in Kittery, Maine, also home to Anju, Lil’s, RiverRun North, and Folk.

My own photos didn’t do the meat case justice, so I’m borrowing one from MEat themselves:



We love it when businesses who buy local name farm names.



We also love it when you can buy other local foods in the same place! In addition to kimchi and radishes, there were local eggs, milk, lettuce, beans, potatoes, and lots more great locally made products, too.




It was hard to decide on just a few things to try. We bought boneless chicken breasts because that’s not really a common local food and it’s pretty fun to see that. We also bought their house made and smoked kielbasa, smoked turkey (sliced for sandwiches! Also super fun!), and Sujuk (Turkish) sausages. We ended up eating a bit of these last three things in one day, because the first thing we tried was so great. Can’t recommend that kielbasa enough, unless the supply is limited, in which case, I’ll arm wrestle you for it.

MEat is open Tuesday through Friday 10 to 7, Saturday 9 to 7, Sunday 10 to 4 (closed Mondays)

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Meet Your Milk at UNH Open Barn, June 21

gsdp2The annual UNH Open Barn on Saturday, June 21st, promises to be a day of educational fun for the whole family — with free New Hampshire-made milk and ice cream, wagon rides, tours, and visits with the UNH milking cows and calves:

Meet Your Milk at UNH Open Barn
Fairchild Dairy Center, 36 O’Kane Road off Mast Road Ext, Durham, NH
Saturday, June 21, 2014
10am – 2pm
Free and open to the public

The NH Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) at the University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) and the Granite State Dairy Promotion invite the public to come “meet your milk” at the UNH Open Barn Saturday, June 21, 2014. The annual statewide event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the NHAES/COLSA 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.

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