Keeping Bees! Beginner & Advanced Classes

Hive Healthy 2015 Bee School

March 7 & 14
9:00– 4:00 pm
Jerimiah Smith Grange Hall
Lee Hook Rd. Lee NH

Course will cover everything you need to know to get started in Bees including

Honey Bee Biology – their fascinating life cycle and how they do it
Hive equipment – costs, what to buy and how to assemble it. Nucs vs. Packages, locating your hive
Installing your bees
Hive Management Spring thru Fall
Beyond basics – Swarming, requeening, inspections, what can go wrong
Pests and Diseases – bee friendly practices geared toward the small scale keepers
Demos: Using the smoker, Working the hive, Moving bees, Hive tools and tips, Assembling Frames

Taught by Wendy Booth, Beekeeper 13 yrs., 2008 NH Beekeeper of the Year, past NHBA President and EAS Dir., featured on NH Chronicle and NH Magazine, NHNPR Laura Kinoy Show and regular guest speaker at local garden clubs.

 Course Books: (not included with class)
Beekeeping for Dummies
Beekeepers Handbook by Diana Samataro

Cost: $100 per person for 2 day course   Space is limited
Send payment to: Wendy Booth, 37 Swan Drive, Nottingham NH 03290
Call 603-557-7468 or email to reserve a spot.

1/2 hour lunch break. We will show a movie during lunch if you want to BYO lunch

Also offering a Second Year Beekeeper Class on Advanced Management March 28, 2015 9AM-4PM



Hive Healthy 2015  Advanced Beekeeping Class

March 28th, 2015
9:00– 4:00 pm
Jerimiah Smith Grange Hall
Lee Hook Rd. Lee NH

Course will cover:
Laying workers
Finding the Queen
Feeding for flow & supering
Cells—to cut or not to cut
Drawing comb
Trapping Pollen and Propolis Swarming and preventing it
Catching & Making splits,
nucs and why
Tips and tricks

 Cost: $50 per person for one day course

Send payment to: Wendy Booth, 37 Swan Drive, Nottingham NH 03290
Call 603-557-7468 or email to reserve a spot.
1/2 hour lunch break. BYO lunch
Bring your Questions and Experiences…Good or Bad!

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Soil Health – Human Tilth: Exploring The Microbiome, February 5

Soil Health – Human Tilth: Exploring The Microbiome
Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group
Venue: Saint George’s Episcopal Church, 1 Park Court, Durham, NH
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 6 – 8 PM

Learn about the astounding similarities between soil health and human health. We will explore the human biome and its correlation to soil micro-biota. We will delve into the intersection between human health and agricultural practices that benefit our common soil as much as our personal health. Topics to be reviewed include presenting soil organisms, nutrient locking, DNA transfer from soil biota into the human biome – the good and bad scenarios. We will also discuss how nutrient dense food cannot come from depleted soils and will review agricultural practices that improve soil health and its ramifications.

For more information:

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Herb Society: Saving Seeds and Harvesting History, February 3

Saving Seeds and Harvesting History
Northeast Seacoast Herb Society
Venue: Strawbery Banke Visitor Center, 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 7pm
Fee: $8 ($5 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members)

A tremendous amount of information is held within the confines of a seed. Each individual seed contains a unique and rich story that continues to be written today. Not only its genetic makeup and characteristic traits make a tomato taste like a tomato, but also the plant’s natural and human-selected evolution play their parts. Why are only certain varieties available from the seed companies? Why are backyard gardeners enamored with heirloom vegetables? Olivia Saunders from UNH Cooperative Extension will answer these questions while telling the story of the American seed industry. She will also review seed harvesting basics so you can become a seed saver yourself.

This program takes place at 7pm at Strawbery Banke Museum’s Visitor Center (14 Hancock Street). Admission is $8 ($5 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members). Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Rie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or email

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Chicken Basics: How to Get the Most Out of Your Chicken, February 5

chicken-cropChicken Basics: How to Get the Most Out of Your Chicken
Featured Guest: Executive Chef, Ted McCormack, Blue Moon Evolution
With Kath Gallant and Tracey Miller, co-founders of Dig In
Venue: Blue Moon Evolution, 8 Clifford Street, Exeter, NH 03833 @ Dig In’s headquarters on the 2nd floor
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Fee: $50 per person

Join Dig In for a poultry cooking class and learn how to break down and debone a whole chicken and what to do with all the parts. Chef McCormack will demo chicken three ways: Whole Roast Chicken, Seared Boneless Chicken Breast and Braised Chicken and Rice. Also, meet a local farmer from Kellie Brook farm and learn some basics about raising healthy chickens.

You’ll learn:

- How maximize the value of a whole bird versus buying in parts.
– How to make your stocks more nutrient dense.
– Recipes for what to do with the legs and thighs.
– What you’re looking for in a healthy chicken.
– How to utilize the chicken from beak to feet.

Ted McCormack, Executive Chef of Blue Moon Evolution, enjoys bringing what’s in season to the dinner table. Whole animal butchery, whole grains and a whole lot of choppin’ going’ on. After working as Executive Chef at Flag Hill Winery in Lee where he developed New England Regional Cuisine and a short run of his own small bake shop in Hampton now Chef Ted calls Blue Moon Evolution home and refines the shared vision of locally sourced organic foods.

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Slow Food Seacoast Sunday Supper Potluck, February 1

mushroom-stewSlow Food Seacoast Sunday Supper Potluck
Venue: The Portsmouth Women’s City Club, 375 Middle St, Portsmouth, NH
Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Time: 5:30pm

Join Slow Food Seacoast for our first gathering of 2015 — Bring a Souper-Bowl to a Sunday Supper Potluck! This month’s theme is in honor of that game you might be skipping to share a meal with us. So simmer up a pot of your favorite super soup or stew, as many of us have these as a staple this time of year. Your dish should be enough to serve 8-10 people.

Slow Food Seacoast invites anyone and everyone interested in Slow Food to attend our open public potlucks. Just bring a dish or beverage to share. Our potluck suppers focus on enjoying a relaxing meal, discussing upcoming projects and events, and getting to know one another. You do not need to be a member of Slow Food to attend.

For more information:

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Give & Take: Seacoast Permaculture Seed Swap, February 1

Give & Take: Seed Swap
Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group
Venue: Saint George Episcopal Church, 1 Park Court, Durham, NH
Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Time: 1 – 2:30 pm

Let’s share our dreams and plans for the coming growing season in the form of seeds! Do you have more of something than you need? Are you interested in learning about new and unusual varieties and trying them out? This is a great opportunity for you to do both. Bring your over-large packets that you purchased, and seeds you saved from your own gardens and let’s spread the wealth.

The event is free and open to all, though donations to the meetup group will be gratefully accepted. Please be on time so you won’t miss the introductions when everyone gets to explain what they brought. This is an important part of the process so that we all know what is available and can figure out what we would like to swap. No one goes home empty handed and everyone usually leaves with more than they came with!

You can also bring items other than seeds – especially home/homestead made treasures like your own canned goods, eggs, honey, wool, etc.

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2015 Cheshire County Conservation Plant Sale


The 2015 Conservation Plant Sale featuring native species is now accepting orders (deadline March 16th). From the Cheshire County Conservation District:

Many of the species we offer are native. For this reason they are healthy, hardy plants adapted to our local growing conditions. Once established they require less watering, fertilizers, and pesticide. Plants are selected for environmental benefits such as, reforestation, wind protection, shade, bank stabilization, and wildlife food and cover. This year we are working with Fedco to bring you top quality plants and Wichland Woods to bring you mushrooms for your backyard.

We are offering a variety of top quality
-Evergreen and deciduous trees
– Mushrooms
– Fruiting trees and shrubs
-Wildlife and landscaping shrubs
– Perennials
– Medicinals
-Plant markers (New!)
-Pollinator Seed Mix (New!)

All of the proceeds from the sale will benefit conservation efforts in Cheshire County. Thus, in addition to improving your landscape you are helping fund conservation projects in your local community.

Click here for Plant Descriptions & Order form:

Please submit by March 16th to: 11 Industrial Park Dr, Walpole, NH 03608 or email to

For more information:

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Master Gardener Training Begins February 2015

unnamedApplication deadline for this year’s Master Gardener Training has been extended through January. From the UNH Cooperative Extension:

Become a UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardener

UNH Extension Master Gardeners provide research-based information about home horticulture, pest management, and more to the citizens of New Hampshire. In exchange for all of the volunteer work Master Gardeners perform, UNH Extension provides comprehensive training and materials. Here are some of the things Master Gardeners do:

Answer questions:
– at our phone center
– horticultural events
– county fairs and farmers markets

Provide gardening information:
– through news and social media
– host workshops, tours, classes and clinics in their communities

Help create, manage, and write about:
– school gardens, community gardens, demonstration gardens

Spring Classes begin in February! Mondays from 9:00 to 4:00, February 2 through April 27.

UNH Cooperative Extension, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH

Cost: $250 plus $25 for the optional Master Gardener Handbook

Primary requirement is willingness and availability to volunteer 55 hours. Master Gardener status attained upon completion of training and 55 volunteer hours.


Click here for more information and an application or call (603) 679-5616.

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Yoga Mala 2015

Seacoast Yoga Community’s 10 week drive to Raise Money for Food and Fuel Assistance, Yoga Outreach to culminate in a 3 hour yoga celebration!


The Seacoast’s yoga community is organizing the seventh annual Yoga Mala fundraiser. This event, a three hour yoga class, will be held at Rivermill in Dover, NH on Sunday, March 1 from 9-Noon.

“Last year’s Yoga Mala showed how strongly our yoga community will work for the benefit of others. We raised $57,000, far exceeding our goal, and celebrated with sweat and laughter. We are so looking forward to creating another event to support the underserved,” said Erin Ehlers 2014 event organizer.

“We’re aiming for a big fundraising goal of $60,000,” said 2015 event coordinator, Toni Rose. “Last year we exceeded our expectations because our students were so enthusiastic about supporting charitable work in the Seacoast.” Funds raised at the Yoga Mala support three vital Seacoast non-profits.

The first is SATYA (Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action), a non-profit in its third year with the mission to provide resources which link qualified teachers to aspiring yogis in a variety of settings and with unique considerations.

“In 2014, yoga teachers affiliated with SATYA provided yoga sessions to the incarcerated, cancer survivors, veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities and at risk youth.” Said SATYA founder and President Rochelle Jewell.  “In January 2015, SATYA will expand currently funded programs to include nine weekly yoga classes.  In a partnership with SASS (Sexual Assault Support Services), SATYA will provide trauma sensitive yoga to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.  The Yoga for Women with Cancer program is expanding to reach more cancer survivors. The successful program for Teens At Risk at Sweetser School in Wells, ME will extend beyond its pilot period to continue to deliver the benefits of yoga to teen girls in challenging situations.”

Yoga Mala from Tom Vatistas on Vimeo.

Secondly, the Yoga Mala supports Seacoast Eat Local, a local non-profit that runs year round farmers’ markets. They have created a program that allows SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients to use their benefits at markets. “The Market Match Program matches SNAP payments up to $10. For example, a SNAP recipient can redeem their benefits for $5, and the market will give them an additional $5,” explained Seacoast Eat Local president Sara Zoe Patterson.

“The Yoga Mala fundraiser by SATYA is the single largest contributor to Seacoast Eat Local’s SNAP/EBT farmers’ market program.” says Patterson. “The donation made by this event allows our program coordinator to do the actual work of providing access to SNAP recipients to the locally grown foods at Seacoast area farmers’ markets, including working to improve the health of our community members living in poverty through nutrition outreach.”

Lastly, funds will support fuel assistance programs in Rockingham and Strafford counties in NH, and York county in Maine. These fuel assistance programs, run through Southern NH Services, Community Action Partnership of Strafford County and York County Community Action Corporation respectively, provide assistance toward payment of heating or electric bills, credit with electric or heating companies and assistance with rent costs when heat is included in the rent.

Patte Ardizzoni, Administrator in Rockingham County, looks to donations from groups like Yoga Mala to be able to offer help to those individuals and families facing crisis. Ardizzoni explains, ‘Fuel assistance is exactly that…assistance. It’s not meant to cover the entire cost of heating a home for the winter. Many times we see people who are just over eligibility, or who have already expended their benefit. Without the donations given by Yoga Mala we wouldn’t be able to offer the level of help that we’re able to offer.’

Yoga Mala organizer Toni Rose explained, “All of our fundraising is done by participants reaching out to family and friends to support them with a donation.  Join your friends for a morning of yoga fun and support your community. Help us reach our goal and be a part of this amazing event.”

Over 20 area yoga studios support the event, which is run entirely by volunteers. The event space is donated by Rivermill (Dover, NH), and posters are donated by New England Copying and Printing (Portsmouth, NH).

Registration opened December 15 and is ongoing. Register through the Yoga Mala website.

For more information contact event organizer Toni Rose

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Pledge your support to the local food system, lend a hand in 2015!

We had an amazing year in 2014 with increased SNAP access at local farmers’ markets, new farms added to our network, actual tons of food grown, collected, gleaned, and donated to area food pantries, and to top it off some stellar Winter Farmers’ Markets! It is with your help we continue to succeed in our efforts to make local food access a reality for all people in the Seacoast and beyond! We’ve got a number of great efforts underway and more to come in the year ahead. Please sign up to help with one of our projects below and stay tuned for future updates. Much like our favorite foods, volunteer options change with the seasons.  Thank you for your continued support!

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Winter Farmers Market Volunteering Options

Our markets are community events that need community participation and support to run smoothly. We look for a morning crew of at least 10 volunteers to help with market set-up (assist with vendor parking, helping unload vendor vehicles, and moving tables). We also need 8-9 friendly and outgoing foodies to help at our information booth and around the market. In addition we are looking for a couple smiling greeters/counters. Our upcoming market on January 24th still needs volunteer support. Make a farmers’ day and help them unload their goods. You get a first glimpse of all the great options at market and are first in line when the market starts.

You can sign up to volunteer for any or all dates in the rest of the season right now, you’ll get a reminder the week of each market!

We also have a number of special events, veggie tastings and kids’ activities occurring throughout the season. If you are interested in helping with one of these upcoming activities email for more information.

SH image 15Join The Seacoast Harvest Team!

Each year Seacoast Eat Local relies on the dedication and talents of volunteers to help update and create the newest version of Seacoast Harvest. Our local food guide is a valuable resource for customers and farmers alike. Each year the guide shines a spotlight on farms, farm stands, CSA’s, fisheries, farmers’ markets, and food pantries within Strafford, Rockingham, and York counties.

Seacoast Harvest volunteers will need to be available between the last week in January through the end of February. There will be one mandatory in-person meeting/training (Date TBD), while the rest of the work can be done from home. Volunteers must have access to a computer/internet, phone, and be comfortable emailing and calling farmers. This is a great way to learn more about the farms and agricultural resources in the Seacoast. If you are interested please contact Sarah, at
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