Silvopasture Workshop May 27th

silvopastureThe second workshop of a silvopasture workshop series will be held on May 27th, 4pm, at Steve Normanton’s grass-fed beef farm in Litchfield. The topic of the workshop is the use of pigs to clear understories and establish forage.

For all of the details, Check out the flyer!

If attending, please RSVP to info@straffordccd.org.

Cover Cropping and No-till Roundtable Workshop April 28, 2015

Brentwood, NH— Do you have experience with no-till and cover crop practices, or do you have an interest in implementing them on your farm? The Conservation Districts are hosting a roundtable workshop to discuss cover cropping and no-till seeding. Topics of discussion will be driven by participants’ interests and could include equipment and management questions and challenges, successes, and ideas for future research and projects. Experienced farmers, UNH cooperative extension representatives and other professionals will attend.
The event will take place at The Rockingham County Conservation District office at 110 North Road, Brentwood NH, 12:30 pm – 2pm on April 28th, 2015. Lunch provided. To RSVP or for more information contact Vicky Stafford at the Strafford County Conservation District: info@straffordccd.org or 603-749-3037.

For the event flyer, click here: No-Till Roundtable Flyer

 

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Purchased with funds from the sale of NH Conservation Plates (Moose Plates), the no-till seeder is available to help producers manage land in ways that protect important soil structure, organic matter and reduce compaction. No-till practices also help reduce soil erosion and reduce storm water runoff.

This workshop and equipment rental program is part of the Rockingham and Strafford County Great Bay Nutrient Management Initiative. The primary goal is to demonstrate ways to increase soil productivity while decreasing soil erosion and the use of fertilizers. Excess nitrogen in surface waters has been identified as the leading cause of the declining environmental health of Great Bay.

Native Pollinator Workshop on April 22nd

We are happy to be hosting a workshop on native pollinators on beeApril 22nd, 6:30 pm, at the Durham Town Library. If you are interested in learning about native pollinators and what you can do to attract them to your fruit and vegetable crops or gardens, we hope you can come join us.

Please RSVP if possible to info@straffordccd.org

Click here for the flyer with all the details! Pollinator Info Flyer

Spring Plant Sale Deadline March 30th

We are extending the deadline for our annual spring plant sale to
Monday March 30th!

 

We are offering trees, shrubs, bulbs, plants, composters and more.

 

Please the plant sale tab for the order form and plant descriptions.

 

To guarantee your order, please submit your order form by March 30th. We will fulfill orders received after that date only while supplies last.

 

Plants will be available for pick-up at the Rochester Fair Grounds on May 1st, 4-7pm, and May 2nd, 9am-12pm.

 

Questions?  Please contact the Conservation District!

Cover Cropping and No-Till Workshop October 22, 2014 – Rockingham County Farm

Joel Myers: A lifetime farmer, no-till specialist and retired PA NRCS State Agronomist will speak on soil health

This workshop will present soil health  principals which will help farmers improve productivity through cover crops.  For farmers interested trying no-till practices this workshop can help you determine whether this transition is appropriate for you.  This is an opportunity for farmers to ask questions and share concerns about all aspects of soil health. These workshops will have indoor and hands –on (field) components.  Joel     Myers is experienced in assisting farmers in this transition and will provide valuable insight and encouragement through this  process.

October 22, 2014 3:00pm – 5:30pm. Rockingham County Farm, Brentwood, NH

Rain or Shine! Register at the door on the day of the event if you want to attend but haven’t already signed up!

See the attached flyer for more details: Oct 22 Workshop Flyer

Suggested donation: $10.00, no one will be turned away for lack of funds

August 7th Seminar on Farm Accounting and Taxes presented by a CPA

The Small and Beginner Farmers of Strafford and Rockingham Counties are hosting a FREE Farm Accounting Seminar  at 6pm on  August 7th, 2014 at the Strafford County Conservation District Office in Dover.

August 7 2014 Meeting Notice SBFNH for more information.

Please RSVP to  Damon Burt: dburt@fragglerockfarm.net. Please include any questions you may have for the CPA so he can prepare for them.

Pizza is provided but please bring your own water/soda/tea.

Soil Health Trip to the Dakotas

Soil Health Trip to the Dakotas  to see new information about  advances soil quality, crop production and ways to  minimize soil and water pollution from agriculture.

Click here for more information: Dakota brochure

2014 Annual Meeting

Save the Date!

The Strafford County Conservation District will hold our 2014 Annual Meeting in the evening on Wednesday August 20, 2014. The meeting will be held outside at the Strafford County Complex.

 

Topics include:

Soil Health/Cover Cropping

Composting

A District Equipment Demonstration

 

A BBQ dinner will be provided. There will also be a potluck portion for side dishes and desserts.

 

More details and a registration will follow soon!

The National Young Farmers Coalition

The National Young Farmers Coalition is a coalition of farmers and food advocates working to support young and beginning farmers. If you are a young and beginning farmer, or want to be a part of a coalition working at the national level to support this demographic, please join us on April 26th in Barrington, NH for a potluck gathering at Brazen Hill Farm to learn about NYFC and discuss next steps in forming a NH chapter!
 
For more information, go to:
 

Meeting March 13, 2014! Small and Beginner Farmer NH, Strafford and Rockingham Counties

Rockingham/Strafford Small and Beginner Farmers  will meet at 6:00 pm March 13, 2014(Thursday) at the Strafford Conservation District office in Dover 264 County Farm Road(back of building).

 

SBFNH Rockingham/Strafford Meeting Agenda – March 13, 2014.
 
6PM – EAT and Greet! Pizza provided, sign in, networking
 
Workshop – Raising Chickens and Poultry
 
Kim and Amelia from “Our Forever Farm” of SBFNH will lead a discussion about raising chickens and poultry. Presentation and discussion will provide details on types of breeds, diseases, eggs, feeds, cost saving/profitability and much more! Come with you questions.