Local Everything – Sunday, October 11th

Learn how climate change and our agricultural system are inherently connected at the Local Everything event sponsored by NextGen Climate NH.  Following an hour of networking/tabling, there will be a panel discussion with local experts from the education, business, agriculture and policy sectors.  The discussion will focus on the connection between climate change and agriculture and address what we can do to lessen our impact through policy, education, and every day consumer decisions.

You won’t want to miss this event if you care about our local environment and economy!  Here are the details:

Date: Sunday, October 11, 1:00-2:00 tabling/networking, 2:00-3:00 panel discussion, 3:00-3:30 Q&A period, 3:30 onward tabling/networking.

Location: Throwback Brewery, 7 Hobbs Rd., North Hampton

Beer specials: A selection of 4 beers will be on special for 3$ for the duration of the event

Speakers: Commissioner Lorraine Merrill of the NH Department of Agriculture, John Carroll of UNH on agricultural education, Clay Mitchell on climate change science, Chuck Cox of Tuckaway Farm on sustainable agriculture, Representative David Borden of Newcastle to discuss policy, Nicole Carrier and Annette Lee, co-founders of Throwback Brewery on sustainable/local business, and Griffin Sinclair-Wingate of UNH representing the millennial voice.

Free admission, but please RSVP here.

NextGen Climate NH            Throwback Brewery

Slow Food Seacoast: Fat Peach Farm Potluck Supper & Tour, August 8

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Slow Food Seacoast: Fat Peach Farm Potluck Supper & Tour
Location: Fat Peach Farm, Madbury NH
Date: Saturday August 8,
Time: 4 – 7pm

Join Slow Food Seacoast for a Potluck Supper hosted by Fat Peach Farm in Madbury on Saturday August 8, 4 – 7pm. At 4:00, farm owners Jennifer Wilhelm and Micum Davis will lead us on a farm tour. In addition to their gardens, the property features some unique attributes such as a geodesic dome greenhouse and custom lumber products.

The potluck will begin at 5:30. Please a bring your own dining kit, camp chairs or picnic blanket and a dish to share. Your dish should feed 8 – 10 people and have at least 1 locally grown ingredient, although this time of year you could probably do much better than 1!

Fat Peach Farm is a small-scale, mixed production farm growing over 100 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers. The farm practices organic production methods, without the use of synthetic chemicals. Their aim is to promote ecological balance through healthy soils and resource conservation. They sell directly from their farm stand or by special order. Fat Peach Farm is located at 181 Drew Road, Madbury, NH. Please park along Drew Road

For more information: http://slowfoodseacoast.com/fat-peach-farm-potluck/

4th Annual Farm-a-Q at Coppal House Farm, June 28

Farm-A-Q-2014-5045-696x280It’s that time of year again — the days are longer, the crops are growing and the smell of outdoor cooking lingers in the air. Join Slow Food Seacoast and the Heirloom Harvest Project on Sunday, June 28th for the annual celebration of all things summer, Farm-a-Q 2015 at Coppal House Farm in Lee, New Hampshire.

4th Annual Farm-a-Q
Slow Food Seacoast
Location: Coppal House Farm, 118 North River Road/Rte 155, Lee, NH
Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Time: 12 – 4pm

This year we look forward to the culinary creations of our old favorites and some new comers as well. Here’s a short list of who will be grillin’ and baking for you on the 28th: Anju, Anneke Jans, Applecrest, Black Trumpet, Block 6, Casco Bay Butter, Fig Tree Bakery, Franklin Oyster House, Grill 28, Hayseed, Joinery, Louie’s, Moxy, Portsmouth Brewery, Roberts Maine Grill, Row 34, Vida Cantina and Wolf Meadow Farm.

The day will feature tastings, demonstrations of oil-seed pressing, a Slow Fish under-loved fish throw-down, children’s nature-based activities by Community Roots, tabling by numerous local community organizations, a wild walk led by White Pine Programs, and best of all, the amazing locally grown, picnic-style meal prepared by our even more amazing local chefs!

Farm-a-Q 2015 is hosted by John and Carol Hutton at Coppal House Farm, a 78 acre mixed power farm best known for their Corn Maze and fall harvest crops. Carol and John also raise grass-fed, hormone free animals and an assortment of vegetables on their beautiful property.

Farm-a-Q runs from 12:00 – 4:00 pm with food served between 1:00 – 3:00. Enjoy workshops, live music and activities all afternoon. Tickets are $25 or $20 for Slow Food members. Youth pay $15 (ages 13 – 20) and children under 12 are $5 (children under 3 are free).

Volunteers get in free! If interested, please contact us at slowfoodseacoast@gmail.com or sign up at our volunteer page.

For more information: www.slowfoodseacoast.org

High Tunnel Greenhouse Raising, June 27

High Tunnel Greenhouse Raising
Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group
Location: Goss Farm, 251 Harbor Rd, Rye, NH
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Time: 8am – 4pm

Learn how to install a high tunnel greenhouse! High tunnels are used to extend the growing season by providing protection for early or late season production, or they may be used for year-round growing. In this workshop we will install a 20 ft by 48 ft Rimol High Tunnel in one day.

Chris Robarge, former greenhouse manager from UNH, and AJ Dupere from the Urban Forestry Center will guide participants through the steps required to put together a high tunnel from beginning to end.

Please note that this is a hands on workshop and we are looking for participants who feel comfortable using tools, who can help carry and lift, and who are interested in learning this process. Jobs during installation will include hammering posts into the ground, putting together the bows, building the end doors, installing purlins, and finally helping to install the greenhouse plastic over the entire structure once it is all put together.

No prior knowledge of high tunnel installation is necessary. We expect this project will take the majority of the day so hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided for lunch. There is no charge for this workshop but donations toward lunch (both financial and food to share) are gladly accepted.

This event is a joint event between Sidewalk Farms, the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, Rye Conservation Commission, and the Seacoast Permaculture Meetup.

For more information: www.meetup.com/GreaterSeacoastPermaculture/events/223001913/

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, info@gwrlt.org.

For more information: www.gwrlt.org

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

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/

Community Roots Summer Farm Camp 2015

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Farm Camp 2015
Community Roots
Coppal House Farm, Lee, NH
Tuesday – Thursday 9am – 1pm
Cost per session: $110 ($100 per child if you are registering siblings for the same session)

Discover the wonders of a working farm, through daily outdoor sensory explorations, imaginative play, creative art, and hands-on experiences. The farm is our classroom, and our days will be spent outside! We will explore the forest, field, pond, barns, pastures, and gardens while making connections to our food, the animals, the natural world, and each other. Each week will have a different farm-based theme, but every week will include the same amount of outdoor adventure and fun. This year we have expanded our camp to 3-day weeks. Register by April 1 and receive a special invitation for a spring gathering at the farm!

Community Roots is an organization dedicated to reconnecting children and their families to their community, their food, and the environment. We offer fun, educational, farm-based programs for children as well as programs for the whole family. Community Roots programs take place at Coppal House Farm in Lee, NH.

For more information: www.communityrootsnh.org

Orange Circle Farm at Pecha Kucha Night, March 26

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Farmer Jeff Benton of Orange Circle Farm in Stratham, NH, will be participating in the upcoming
PechaKucha Night on Thursday, March 26th, at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH:

PechaKucha Night is an internationally recognized event based on a unique presentation style in which artists, designers and other creative individuals have six minutes and 40 seconds to share their presentations in the traditional PechaKucha format – twenty images, with twenty seconds to talk about each image.

3S Artspace is located at 319 Vaughan Street in Portsmouth, NH. Doors will open at 7:00pm for drinks and chitchat and presentations will begin at 7:30pm. The gathering is free and open to the public and donations will be accepted.

Come, bring your friends and get ready to be inspired by the creative people in our local area who are coming to share images and stories of their work, their process and what inspires them to live and work as creative individuals amongst us.

Doors will open at 7:00pm for drinks and chitchat and presentations will begin at 7:30pm.

The gathering is free and open to the public and donations will be accepted.

For more information: www.3sarts.org

Apple Tree Pruning Demo at Hackleboro Orchards, March 22

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UNH Cooperative Extension
Location: Hackleboro Orchards, 61 Orchard Road, Canterbury, NH
Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Free and open to the public

Harry Weiser will be using over 30 years of pruning expertise to demonstrate on standard, semi dwarf, and dwarf apple trees. The event is free and open to anyone. The event is outdoors so please dress appropriately. Free hot coffee and cider donuts/apples

Questions? Contact Hackleboro at hackleboro@hotmail.com.

For more information: www.hackleboroorchards.com