Seacoast Farmland Access Info Night & Farmer Mixer March 28, 2014

If you’re interested in buying or leasing farmland, have questions, feel stuck in the process, or want to meet and make connections with other farmers and farm advisors in your area, this gathering is for you!

You will learn about:
  • Finding and evaluating farmland
  • Purchase, lease and financing options
  • Leasing or taking over a retiring farmer’s operation
  • Expanding your network for increased knowledge, connection and profit

Following the Land Access Info Session is a Seacoast Farmer Mixer at the brewery, featuring locally catered food, live music, and of course, fresh-brewed Smuttynose beer. Let’s get together, talk shop, network, share ideas, and dance!

To learn more and register:

Soil Health Workshop and Equipment Demonstration

Save the Date!  April 25th 2014, Branch Hill Farm in Milton Mills. See the NEW larger Soil Aerator, Ash Spreader and No-till See in action! Learn about ways to improve soil health and productivity! Also learn about the Yeomans Plow coming soon to the district which will be available for rent,and how using this subsoil plow will help your soil!

New Hampshire Cover Crop and Soil Health Forum

NHACD is partnering with NRCS and UNH Cooperative Extension to host the New Hampshire Cover Crop and Soil Health Forum at the NH Audubon Center in Concord on February 18th.  Similar Forums will be happening concurrently at  approximately. 200 locations across the country.  All of the forums will include a live video stream from the opening session of the National Cover Crops and Soil Health Conference taking place in Nebraska, as well as in-person presentations and locally-led group discussions. The New Hampshire Forum promises to be an excellent event, with good presenters, a free hot Italian lunch, and a farmer panel discussion featuring Pooh Sprague (west), Dorn Cox (east), Bruce Wooster (south), and Steve Turaj (north).

Attendance is FREE but RSVP is required. To learn more about the event and how to register please see the flyer: NH Cover Cropping and Soil Health Forum 2014 

NOFA Winter Conference

NOFA-NH 2014 Winter Conference

12th Annual NOFA-NH Winter Conference
We Are All Farmers: Seeding a Common Soil

February 1 & 2, 2014
Rundlett Middle School, 144 South Street, Concord, NH

Learn more at:


Farm Tax Workshop

The newly formed Hillsborough County Small & Beginner Farmers of NH group is hosting the same free workshop on farm taxation Wednesday January 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Life! Church, 377 South Willow Street, Manchester Commons in Manchester (Shaws Plaza; upstairs by the DMV) . David Boughton, CPA is the presenter at both workshops.

Boughton is experienced with farm, individual and small business taxation. RSVP necessary to Christine St. Claire (603-325-3052) by Monday January 13 so we’ll have enough IRS Publication 225 farm tax booklets.

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 at about 11:45 a.m EST on January 16, 2014 and click on the webinar title.  For more information, contact 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 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 at

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:

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:

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 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!
 June 19, 7-9pm
Where: Farmington Town Offices
356 Main Street, Farmington, N.H.
Please RSVP by calling (603) 994-3500 or email

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.