2016 Annual Meeting and Dinner

Learn about oyster restoration and farming in the Great Bay with Ray Grizzle, local oyster aquaculture expert. We’ll also discuss the on-going efforts to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution into the Bay, and demonstrate some of our conservation rental equipment.

Find out how you can help protect our rivers, lakes and estuaries!

Date & Time: August 25, 2016, 5-7:30pm

Food: This event is free! We will supply catered barbecue, and you are encouraged to bring a potluck appetizer, side dish, or dessert.

Location: Park at the William Grimes Justice Admin Building (the courthouse) at 259 County Farm Road, Dover NH. The meeting will be across the street on the lawn.

RSVP by filling out the form below, or by contacting us at alena@straffordccd.org or (603) 749-3037.


Keyline Plowing Demo: August 11, 2016

See our Yeomans plow in action and learn how to use it for improving water distribution, soil aeration and soil building with the Keyline plowing concept. 

Mark Krawczyk from Keyline Vermont will introduce the fundamental principles and practices of Keyline plowing, including an onsite land survey and layout.  This will be followed by a plowing demonstration resulting in the establishment of a 1-2 acre demonstration study site. Some time will also be spent looking at the existing soil to discuss how soil types and textures relate to Keyline plowing techniques.

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Hickory Hill Farm, 245 Back Road, Dover, NH

Please register by contacting the Strafford County Conservation District at alena@straffordccd.org or (603)749-3037.

Keyline Plowing Workshop Flyer

Erosion Control Field Day

SCCD is pleased to be offering a Soil Erosion Control Field Day on June 28th at the Rochester Fairgrounds. This is a valuable training opportunity for professionals working in soils, erosion control, water quality, public works, engineering and consulting. Presenters from EJ Prescott, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Infiltrator Systems, Filtrexx, Bowmen Supply and others will cover a variety of topics.


List of tentative field stations

  1. Septic system chambers
  2. Rolled erosion control products
  3. Hydro-seeding and hydro-mulching
  4. Hay mulch, compost, wood by-products
  5. Soil types
  6. Runoff controls– check dams, lined swales
  7. Inlet protection
  8. Sediment traps and basins
  9. Construction entrances
  10. Cellular confinement


8:00-8:30: Registration and vendor exhibits

8:30-10:30: Classroom session

10:30-12:00: Station rotation

12:00-1:00: Lunch and vendor exhibits

1:00-3:30: Continue station rotation


The registration fee is $50.

Lunch provided.

Attendees will receive 6 professional development credit hours.


Registration and payment options:


Registration is now closed.

Please call or email if you have any questions!


(603) 749-3037

Local Workgroup Meeting: June 23rd

You are invited to our Local Workgroup Meeting on Thursday, June 23rd, at 6pm at the Strafford Farms Restaurant in Dover.

This will be informal discussion. We will present the conservation priorities survey results, and discuss what they mean and how they can inform conservation activities in the County. We will also discuss the services and programs available through the Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and ask you for feedback about what projects and services would be useful to you and the rest of the County. This is a great opportunity for farmers, landowners, natural resources professionals and others in Strafford County to share ideas with one another and learn about all of the great conservation work happening here.

Dinner will be provided by SCCD. Please RSVP so that we know how much food to get, and let me know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Please RSVP to alena@straffordccd.org or call us at (603) 749-3037.

Take Our Quick Conservation Priorities Survey

And be entered in a raffle to win a gallon of NH maple syrup!

The Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service work hard to provide assistance to farmers, forest landowners, and others in Strafford County in order to conserve natural resources. We need to know what kinds of conservation projects you would like to see happen!

Take a few minutes to fill out our brief survey about conservation priorities, and you’ll have the chance to enter a raffle for a gallon of maple syrup. You’ll also be helping local conservation groups do meaningful work in Strafford County!

We will also be hosting a Local Workgroup Meeting, where the results of this survey will be discussed. The meeting is open to the public and will be held on June 2, 2016 at 6pm, location to be determined. The meeting will also include an informal discussion about the programs and services of the District and the NRCS, and how project funding is prioritized. If you are interested in attending, please indicate this in the survey or RSVP to the Strafford County Conservation District.
Complete the survey by May 30th to be entered in the raffle, and for your answers to be included in our Local Workgroup Meeting!

Click here to go to the survey

Pasture and Hayfield Rejuvenation Workshop: April 22nd

Please join us for a hands-on workshop on improving hayfields and pastures! We will discuss challenges and solutions to common hayfield and pasture issues, demonstrate the use of specialty equipment, and more.

Date, Time and Place:

April 22nd, 2016, from 2pm-4pm, at the Clarke Farm, 134 Camp Lee Road, Epping NH.


  • Strategies for hayfield and pasture rejuvenation
  • Equipment that can be used to improve hayfields and pastures (including demonstrations)
  • Weed Management
  • Using the Yeoman’s Plow – The Keyline Strategy,
  • RCPP – Financial Assistance for soil health and nutrient management practices
  • Farmer Questions and Discussion


  • Daimon Meeh, Food & Agriculture Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Dorn Cox, PhD, Local Farmer, GreenStart, NHACD, SCCD
  • NRCS and Rockingham/Strafford County District Staff

NH Pesticide Credits: 1
Light refreshments provided.

Click here for the flyer

Free! Please Register:
RSVP to the Strafford County Conservation District –
alena@straffordccd.org or 603-749-3037

Our office has moved!

Strafford County Conservation District is now located with the UNH Cooperative Extension at the Strafford County Complex. It’s right around the corner from our previous location. It is in a brick building to the right of the Department of Corrections and left of the Riverside Rest Home- you’ll see the blue UNH sign, and that is where we are, we don’t have a sign up yet!