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!

Building Healthy Soil Featuring the Yeoman’s Plow and Soil Aerator

The Hillsborough County Conservation District and Strafford County Conservation Districts are partnering to offer a workshop on Building Healthy Soil specifically looking at how it impacts pasture and grazing management techniques.  This is the third workshop in a series of three soil health educational opportunities for agricultural producers. (You don’t need to have attended the first two to attend this one!)  Please see attached flyer for complete details.  This event will be held on Wednesday, October 7th from 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM at Normanton Farm in Litchfield.  There is NO COST to attend, but pre-registration is required.  Please RSVP to Kerry by October 5th, 2015 – kerry.rickrode@nh.nacdnet.net or 673-2409 Ext 100.

Come learn more about how you can increase the efficiency, profitability and crop yields while building optimum soil health on your farm.

See the flyer for more details

Workshop: Keyline Soil Formation and Landscape Design, Featuring the Yeomans Plow, September 12th

September 12, 2015 from 12 pm to 4:30 pm in New Durham, NH

This upcoming hands-on workshop is an exciting opportunity to learn about the keyline strategy and how it might help your farm. Including Keyline subsoiling and landscape design in your whole-farm management can help to improve soil health, increase yields, improve water infiltration and increase the depth of carbon-rich topsoil on your farm. The workshop will be led by by Vermont-based Abe Collins of Collins Grazing, LLC.

SCCD will have a Yeomans plow available to rent, which is an implement that helps to break up deep soil compaction and improve soil  health. This workshop is your chance to learn how you might be able to use the plow on your property and see it in action.

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The annual Strafford County Conservation District meeting will be held after the workshop. Dinner will be provided, and Abe Collins will speak on growing working watersheds.

Come for the Keyline workshop, the annual meeting, or both!

Please RSVP if you’d like to attend the workshop and/or annual meeting. Get all of the details, agenda, and registration form here: Keyline Workshop and Annual Meeting

If you have any problems downloading the flyer and RSVP form, let us know and we will mail you one.

 

Annual Fall Bulb Sale

Strafford County Conservation District is having its annual fall bulb sale! We are selling a variety of colorful and interesting flowers. Brighten up your garden, help out native pollinators, and contribute to a good cause!

 

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Click on the links below for the order form, bulb descriptions, and color photos of the flowers.

Bulb Sale Order Form

Bulb Descriptions

Bulb Pictures

Orders are due on September 9, 2015 and the pick-up day will be October 5, 2015.

Composter and Rain Barrel Sale!

 

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Strafford County Conservation District is holding a fundraising sale, featuring rain barrels and composters! Orders are due by July 24th, and you can pick up your items August 3rd at the Rochester Fairgrounds (see details in the flyer).

Download the order form here: Sale Flyer and Order Form

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.