Farm-Scale Permaculture– Long-Term Design for Cooperation with Ecology and Community

‘Permaculture’- or ‘permanent agriculture’- is a holistic design system making human landscapes more connected, productive, and ecologically regenerative.  While practiced at scales varying from balconies to broad regions- its origins are in its application to small farms, homesteads, and land-based community-oriented micro-enterpirses.  Join with grower, builder, and professional farm designer Keith Morris to explore how permaculture design can be used by market growers to better cooperate with the ecosystems and communities they depend on to be more profitable and resilient in the face of change.  We’ll introduce a process for thorough site analysis and long-term (even intergenerational) farm design and planning, share a few case studies, and explore some specific techniques best applied in production-scale systems.

This webinar is free and requires no preregistration.  A recording for the webinar will be available within a week of the presentation date in our online archive. Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through. To participate, please go to http://go.uvm.edu/aemon at about 11:45 a.m EST on January 16, 2014 and click on the webinar title.  For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389×203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jessie Schmidt know by January 9, 2014 at 802-223-2389or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in VT) or newfarmer@uvm.edu so we may assist you. If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled athttp://tiny.cc/UVMWebinarCheck.

Strafford County Conservation District Annual Meeting

Save the Date!

The Strafford County Conservation District will hold their annual meeting on Wednesday August 14th in Rollinsford, NH

More details to come!

If you would like to be on the mailing list for this event and other events to come, please send an e-mail to:  info@straffordccd.org

Coastal Weed Watchers Perennial Pepperweed Pull Volunteer Event

Perennial Pepperweed Pull on Monday, July 1.

There are two pepperweed sites in Hampton and one site in Seabrook with moderate infestations that require hand-pulling.  The plan is to rendezvous at the NHDOTPark and Ride in Hampton and caravan to each site.  This is a great opportunity to get familiar with this troublesome plant while working to protect our estuaries from infestation!

What: Pepperweed Pull

When: Monday, July 1, 2013, 9am -12pm

Approximate Schedule:

9:00 Meet at the Park and Ride on Timber Swamp Road, Hampton, NH.  Please see directions at the following link:http://www.nh.gov/dot/programs/rideshare/lots/hampton.htm

9:20 Hampton Transfer Station- Tide Mill Road, Hampton.

10:15 Route 101, Hampton (~1 mile east of Landing Road)

11:15 end of Lower Collins Road- Seabrook

Please RSVP to Kevin.Lucey@des.nh.gov so that he may contact you in the event of a weather related cancellation.  Please be prepared for conditions (bug spray, sun screen, swamp boots, water, etc).

Participate in Rivers 101 and Mad River Restoration Workshop on June 19!

What: Rivers 101: How a River Works & the Mad River Restoration Project; Learn more by viewing the Rivers 101 Workshop flyer!
When:
 June 19, 7-9pm
Where: Farmington Town Offices
356 Main Street, Farmington, N.H.
Please RSVP by calling (603) 994-3500 or email kpimental@strafford.org

As communities work to effectively protect citizens and their property from the results of river flooding and bank erosion, it is valuable to understand how rivers work, and how the history of rivers has led to their form today. Collaboration between the
Cocheco River Local Advisory Committee and the Strafford Regional Planning Commission has brought together a panel of N.H. Department of Enviromental Services water resource specialists to discuss river basics and the upcoming Mad River restoration project. This workshop is intended for anyone interested in learning more about why rivers do what they do and how to support the continued river work in Farmington.

Great Bay Nitrogen Non-Point Source Study Information Meeting

Great Bay Nitrogen Non-Point Source Study Information Meeting

Held by NHDES and Co-hosted by the Strafford, Rockingham & Carroll County Farm Bureaus

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Grange Hall, 1 Lee Hook Road, Lee

Philip Trowbridge, Water Quality Standards Program Manager and Matt Wood, Water Quality Specialist with the NH Department of Environmental Services will present an overview of the Great Bay Nitrogen Non-Point Source Study and then focus in detail on the non-point agricultural sources of nitrogen in Great Bay. They will present for about 30 minutes and then open the meeting for questions.

More details: Great Bay Nitrogen Non-Point Source Study Information Meeting

NOFA-NH Summer Series: No-Till Cover Cropping Systems: Crop Discussion and Equipment Demo

Event Time & Price

Date Jun 5, 2013 to Jun 5, 2013
Time 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Price Free

Event Location

Tuckaway Farm
89 Randall Road
Lee New Hampshire 03861

Free Cover Crop and Roller Crimper Demo at Tuckaway Farm. During this workshop, Dorn Cox will discuss and demonstrate the use of no-till planters, seed drills, and the roller crimper, as well as discuss cover crop selection specific for New Hampshire. Participants will receive tip sheets on roller crimper use and cover crop selection, and can ask questions specific to their needs. After the demonstration, participants are encouraged to stay for a potluck dinner. Bring your own blanket, flatware, silverware and a dish to share.

Please R.S.V.P. to Ray Conner, bof@nofanh.org

** The Strafford and Rockingham County Conservation Districts are getting a no-till drill to rent to farmers starting later in 2013! Vicki Strafford, from the districts, will be present to discuss how farmers can access this new tool! **

Presenter Bio: Dorn Cox lives and works with his family in Lee, N.H., on a 250-acre fourth-generation diversified organic farm. He has designed and constructed systems for small-scale grain processing, oilseed processing and biofuel production. He has also worked to select effective cover crops, grains and oilseed for food and energy production, and developed no-till and low-till equipment to reduce energy use and increase soil health in New Hampshire conditions. Dorn is the director of GreenStart, a New Hampshire nonprofit, and chairs the town of Lee’s Energy Committee. He is a founding member of the Great Bay Grain Cooperative, the Oyster River Biofuel Initiative and New England Farmers Union. He currently serves as a vice president of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts; has served on the New Hampshire Biodiesel Commission; and was the 2007 winner of New Hampshire Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Achievement Award. He has a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and is a Ph.D. student at the University of New Hampshire, developing biologically based local-food and local-energy systems designed to return carbon to the soil.

Funding for this workshop is provided by  the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food through a Specialty Crop Block Grant, in partnership with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).