Winter Gardening at Traip Academy Greenhouse, March 7

Winter Gardening at Traip Academy Greenhouse
With Maury Hepner, Master Gardener
Kittery Adult Education
Traip Academy, 12 Williams Ave, Kittery, ME
Thursday, March 7, 2013
7 – 8 pm
Fee: $8.

Traip Academy’s new greenhouse is a key element in the school’s design for experiential learning and sustainability. Come learn about the surprises, challenges and rewards of growing greens in the middle of winter at the new

Maury Hepner is a Master Gardener who taught high school math and science. In addition to a life-long interest in gardening, he raises bees and worms. Cameron DeFelice is Traip Academy freshman with a strong interest in gardening, sports and horses.

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Creating Children’s Gardens Workshop, February 9

A free workshop for 4-H volunteer leaders, teachers, Master Gardeners and others interested in promoting youth gardens:

Creating Children’s Gardens
Farm and Forest Exposition, Salon B, Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester NH
Saturday, February 9, 2013
12:30 – 2:30 pm

Led by Ron Christie, UNH Cooperative Extension Program Coordinator, the “go to guy” for school garden development.

This educational workshop features three segments:
• How to establish a successful, sustainable youth garden at your school or facility.
• How to design and build a child-friendly garden.
• How to use the garden as a learning center.

Led by Ron Christie, UNH Cooperative Extension Program Coordinator, the “go to guy” for school garden development.

No cost for workshop participation, parking fees may apply. No registration necessary,

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Local Food Matchmaker and Tradeshow Event, January 28

Local Food Matchmaker and Tradeshow Event
Seacoast Local
Oyster River High School, 55 Coe Drive, Durham, NH
Monday, January 28, 2013
3 – 6 pm

Don’t miss out! If you have a local food related business, spaces are filling up fast for the Local Food Matchmaker and Tradeshow Event taking place on January 28th from 3-6pm at Oyster River High School.  Join other area food producers and interested local food buyers in networking, developing business connections, and brainstorming ways to collaborate to strengthen the food system here on the Seacoast including….

The Kittery School District, Portsmouth High School Culinary Arts, Oyster River High School, UNH Dining Services, Favorite Foods, Acorn Kitchen, Durham Marketplace, The Natural Grocer, Moxy, The 100 Club, Enzo Restaurant and Bar, The Stone Church Music Club, Me and Ollies,Dos Amigos Burritos, Jumpin Jays Fish Cafe, Beach Pea Baking Company, Flatbread Company, Heron Pond Farm

Seaport Fish, Stout Oak Farm, Heron Pond Farm, Miles Smith Farm, Piper Ranch, Fresh Start Farms Karimah’s Kitchen, White Heron Tea, The Soup Guy, LLC, Good Bread Company (Craquelins), Hubba Hubba Foods,
Jumpin Jays Famous Fish Sauce, Sweet Melissa’s Kitchen, Sharon’s Granola

…and additional registrations rolling in daily!

Registration is $15, $5 for Seacoast Local Members.  Fill out your online registration at or contact Jessica Boynton for a physical copy,food@seacoastlocal.org603.465.8255.

Benefits to attending:
– Time to network face-to-face with potential business customers
– A list of all participants including the products they’re selling or looking to source
– Workshop space to learn more about local food sourcing on the Seacoast of New Hampshire
– Re-charge your battery by tasting good food and mingling with great people!

Spread the word!  Don’t see a business on this list that you think may benefit from this opportunity?  Send them this information or connect them to our website.

For additional event details, visit our website or contact Jessica Boynton at food@seacoastlocal.org603.465.8255.

We look forward to helping you grow your business through local food connections!

NH Agriculture in the Classroom Focuses on Dairy

The NH Farm Bureau’s program Agriculture in the Classroom (NHAIC) has a chosen a dairy theme for 2013, and will use the book Mini Milk Maids on the Mooove by Rianna and Sheridan Chaney in the classroom. This book is written from the perspective of twin sisters who visit a dairy farm and learn the process of how we get milk from cows. The program will be engaging members of the dairy industry and other agricultural enthusiasts as it uses literature to bring another farming theme into schools across the state.

As in the past, they are seeking volunteers to visit schools to read this book and share information about cows and the dairy industry. They’ll provide resources for folks who aren’t seasoned dairy farmers. They’re also are looking for teachers or school librarians who would like to host this enrichment program at your school. The Ag Literacy program begins in March but it’s not too early to contact us. If you would like to help deliver or be a receiver of this program, please contact Ruth A. Smith, 603-224-1934.

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6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Burlington, VT, August 2–5

6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Burlington, VT
August 2–5, 2012

Join us August 2-5 in Burlington, Vermont for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In!

Whether you are new to the movement or have years of wisdom to share, the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! is a great opportunity to network, build skills and get energized!

The conference will bring together food service professionals, farmers, educators, policy makers, representatives from government agencies and nonprofits, entrepreneurs, students and others who are breaking down barriers and expanding the impact of Farm to Cafeteria. There will be skill building short courses, field trips, a diverse workshop program and plenty of opportunities to network with inspiring indivuduals from across the country. Early Bird Registration has been extended until June 15th!

For those attending from the northeast there will be a reception on the evening of August 2 that will feature local foods and music. On the morning of August 3 is a northeast networking session that includes breakfast. Conference registration includes all meals except the northeast reception and Saturday night dinner. Single day registrations are also available. Registration closes on July 13.

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Volunteers Needed for Farm Day, May 18

From Slow Food Seacoast:

Join Slow Food Seacoast and the Black Trumpet Bistro in getting children from Vivian E. Hussey Elementary School out of the classroom and into the field at Riverside Farm in North Berwick.  Children will do some spring planting and receive seeds to plant at home. The students will then return  to school to have a local meal in the cafeteria.

We are in need of people to help with the following:

Friday May 18,  8:30 – 11:30: Assist with logistics of children arriving and departing from Riverside farm on buses and guiding groups where they need to go.

Friday May 18, 10:30 – 1:30: Help Black Trumpet Chef Evan Mallett plate and serve a Taco Salad made from local ingredients in the cafeteria at Vivian E. Hussey School in North Berwick.

Please email  or call Evan at  207-752-1389 to volunteer. It is going to be a great day and a wonderful opportunity to give children a hands-on learning experience!

York County Farm-to-School Meet & Greet, May 11

Partners for a Hunger-Free York County are hosting an informal “meet and greet” for those interested in Farm to School initiatives in York Country, in North Berwick on Friday, May 11th, from 1 to 3 p.m. Via the York County Farmers’ Network:

Please join us in North Berwick, this Friday, May 11th from 1-3pm for an informal “meet and greet” with school folks from York County who are interested in making connections with local farms. Farm to School inititiatives can take on many shapes and sizes – but the important thing is getting kids exposed to as much fresh, local food as possible – in as many ways as possible.

Friday, May 11th, 1-3pm, 2nd floor, North Berwick Town Hall, 21 Main Street (parking on the street)

We’ll share some refreshments, make connections and exchange ideas. Some items to discuss include:

-USDA funding for farm to school initiatives
-Successful models for cooperation
-Harvest days and other events
-Building a database of available produce and school wish-list
-Possibility of using the Cumberland/York County Co-op (for school food services) to make contracts for local food purchases
-Update on funding for additional Senior FarmShares for York County
-Hear about the May 12th statewide Farm to School conference in Thorndike
-Visit and shop at the North Berwick Farmers’ Market which starts at 3 in the parking lot of the Town Hall

and more…..

Erin MacGuire from Chellie Pingree’s office will join us, as well as some school folks from Cumberland County too who would like to connect with farms and farmers.

We’ve had a good response from Food Service Directors – and I hope some farms will be able to be represented too!

Please contact Kristine Jenkins, Partners for a Hunger-Free York County at (207) 409-9193, for more details.

Maine Farm to School Network Conference, May 12

Farm to School activists from all over Maine will be coming together at the Maine Farm to School Network Conference on Saturday, May 12th, in Thorndike, ME. Workshop tracks include School Gardens, Food & Farm Curricula, Food Service – Local Purchases, Community Supports, and Policy:

Maine Farm to School Network Conference
Mt. View High School, Thorndike, ME
Saturday, May 12, 2012
8:30am to 4pm

This is the first statewide conference organized by the Maine Farm to School Network, since it was organized last year. It will be held at Mt View High School in Thorndike, in the heart of Maine’s local foods country. Mt. View serves 40% local and along with about 20 workshops and panels, we’ll enjoy a wonderful local foods lunch.

The conference will offer a variety of panels and workshops, as well as a local foods lunch and opportunities to network with others who are working on school gardens, farm and food education, and school nutrition and local procurement.

Details and registration >

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Join Maine’s Chefs to Schools Program

Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a long-time advocate for local food and sustainable agriculture, includes a special section on the issue of “Local Food and Farms” on her website. Of particular interest is the section on Chefs to Schools, featuring another hard-working advocate, Kathy Gunst:

First Lady Michelle Obama has started a great initiative to connect chefs with schools across the country to address childhood obesity. By training food service workers, starting wellness programs, teaching cooking classes and more, these chefs have become a powerful tool in teaching kids healthy eating habits. I was able to see what a successful relationship this could be while visiting schools in South Berwick. Chef Kathy Gunst has taken the students under her wing, showing kids how to make healthy food and helping them build a greenhouse where students grow vegetables that they can eat.

Maine schools have been doing great work in starting programs to get real, healthy food to students. At the same time, we are getting to be known nationally for the caliber of our Chefs and restaurants. Let’s put these two great trends together. Below is a list of Maine schools looking for chefs, and Maine chefs looking for schools. For more information, click on the resource links below or call my Portland office at (207) 774-5019.

Best, Chellie

If you’re a Maine school looking for chefs, or a chef looking for a school, here’s a way to find your match! For more information: