Managing Habitat for Pollinators on Farms

When: Thursday, May 14, 2015.   9:00am –noon

Where : Salt Box Farm
321 Portsmouth Ave
Stratham, NH 03885

Pesticide Credits for Attendees: 3 

Saltbox farm is a 3 1/2 acre pick your own blueberry and raspberry operation, we will be using the operation to facilitate  discussion of pollinator friendly practices siting of a pollinator habitat plot for 2015

Please RSVP to RCCD:   603-679-2790 or natsci@rockinghamccd.org

See the Workshop Flyer  for more details

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Poultry and Rabbits Direct Sell to Restaurant Training

The passing of House Bill 608 allows producers to sell poultry and rabbits (up to 1000 each) directly to restaurants in New Hampshire without USDA inspection. The bill includes a training requirement that must be met by the producer pertaining to food safety.

UNH Cooperative Extension’s previous training workshop quickly filled to capacity. To accommodate everyone interested, an identical workshop for poultry and rabbit producers is being offered on Saturday, May 30 from 9 to 2:30 p.m. in Boscawen. “Food Safety for Poultry and Rabbit Producers” fulfills the HB 608 training requirement and will help producers develop a working plan for providing safe meat products for this new market. The cost of the workshop is $50 per person, including lunch, and $25 for an additional attendee from the same farm.

Workshop pre-registration is necessary and can be completed online by May 27 at bit.ly/FSPRPWorkshop. Directions to the workshop will be provided upon registration.

For more information, contact Daimon Meeh at daimon.meeh@unh.edu or (603) 679-5616.

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To Recognize and Celebrate the International Year of Soils:

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
and its partners are hosting a conference on soils to encourage and
welcome collaboration on a plan for soils work in New Hampshire

Durham, NH, March 5, 2015–The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, along with its partners: the U.S. Forest Service, The New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts, The New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists, The University of New Hampshire Agriculture Experiment Station, The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, and The Society of Soil Scientists of Northern New England is hosting a free soils conference on April 14th at the NH Audubon Society, 84 Silk Farm Rd., Concord NH from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

This conference will focus on working to improve recognition of the value and use of soils information in land use decision making.  With declining budgets and staff, it is critical to set priorities and strengthen partnerships to meet the soil health needs of New Hampshire.  This conference is a free opportunity to hear about soil activities from USDA NRCS and other agencies and organizations and to provide input on future directions and approaches.

More information: 2015 NH Soils Conf.


Space is limited, please RSVP to
cyndy.camp@nh.usda.gov by April 7, 2015.

 

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Globally Rare Plant Community Restoration at Odiorne Point State Park

Press Release
December 12, 2014

Globally Rare Plant Community Restoration at Odiorne Point State Park

Rye- Odiorne Point State park is a coastal favorite for both seacoast residents and visitors alike. The park is home to the Seacoast Science Center, extensive undeveloped coastline, beautiful trails, and a number of rare and uncommon plant community types. One of these important habitats is a six acre globally rare costal salt pond marsh plant community, which also provides habitat for three state listed rare plant species. This extraordinary habitat has been threatened by a rapidly expanding population of common reed, an invasive plant also known as phragmites. Common reed forms tall dense stands that competitively exclude other plant species, reduce wildlife habitat, and can change marsh hydrology through increased evaporation and elevation of the marsh floor.

The Rockingham County Conservation District began clearing the marsh of approximately one acre of common reed in the summer of 2012. Following that work, native seeds and cuttings were collected and grown out at the UNH Jackson Estuarine Lab for use in revegetation of the cleared areas. This revegetation phase was funded through the State Conservation Committee and the sale of Conservation Moose Plates. The native plants were transplanted into the marsh this past summer.

“This project has been a great success. A lot of folks were skeptical because phragmites is pretty aggressive and difficult to control, but we’ve cleared nearly all of it from the marsh. And now we have native vegetation growing where the phrag used to be, including some rare species” noted Lenny Lord, District Manager and ecologist.

For more information about the project or to learn how you can help, contact the Rockingham County Conservation District, 603-679-2790, natsci@rockinghamccd.org

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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 speaks 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.

Rain or Shine! RSVP at the door on the day of the event if you want to come but have’t signed up yet!

October 22, 2014 3:00pm – 5:30pm

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

Can’t make this workshop? Similar workshops are being held on other dates in other places in NH: Soil Health Workshops in NH

 

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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.

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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

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