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2017 Upcoming Events
October 17, 2017 – Farm Productivity Workshop. Are you wondering what type of livestock you should raise? Are heritage breeds worth their hype? Are there new and emerging markets you should look into? Are there things you could be doing with your current livestock that would provide more income? Elaina Enzien from the UNH Cooperative Extension will present a workshop on how to get the most production from your livestock operations. Come join us at the Farm Bureau in Concord, NH on Tuesday, October 17th at 6pm to learn about increasing productivity from your livestock operation and learn about what livestock options might be right for you. Seating is limited so RSVP early to Cindy Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 4, 2017 – Sausage Making Workshop. Curious how to make your own sausage and control what goes into it? Join us for a sausage making workshop with Carol and Clay Young at Wild Trillium Acres in Wentworth. On Saturday, November 4th from 11 am to 1 pm, Clay and Carol will share recipes and insight into how they have made their own sausage for 20 plus years. They will cover how to make several types of pork sausage(breakfast, italian, chorizo) and turkey sausage, too. They will make both bulk sausage and demonstrate how to put sausage into casings. Space is limited to 12 people. Please bring a bag lunch. RSVP to Carol Young at email@example.com or 603-786-9764.
2017 Past Events
February 25, 2017 – Tri-Country Seed Swap and More. It’s time to share some of our favorite leftover seeds and our gardening experiences for our second annual seed swap! Topics for discussion include (but are not limited to) starting seeds indoors, testing soil, rotating crops and other gardening techniques. Some SBFNH planting equipment (available for members to rent) will be on display and demonstrated. Plus, we’ll discuss bulk buys for members. Meeting will be held from 1 PM to 3 PM at Purely Wholesome Farm, 557 Lower Ridge Rd. Loudon, NH. Please email Cindy Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
March 25, 2017 – Introduction to the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer. The Tri-County group recently purchased a Harvest Right freeze dryer. This workshop will provide instruction on the use and care of this piece of equipment. The freeze dry unit will be available for rent by SBFNH members. Meeting will be held from 10 AM to Noon at Twillingate Farm in Gilmanton NH. More information to follow. In order to properly prepare for attendees, please RSVP to Janice Mistler either by phone 267-1115 or email email@example.com.
April 15, 2017 – Mushroom Growing. Melanie and Peter Blake of Evergrace Farm in New Hampton will host a mushroom growing workshop. The workshop will be from 9 AM to Noon. There will be a $5 charge associated with this workshop which will cover the cost of a log to bring home (plugged & waxed). In addition, seasoned logs will be available to SBFNH members (only) attending the workshop at a cost of $15 per log. Please RSVP to Melanie Blake at 744-0038.
May 6th, 2017 – Milking Equipment Workshop.
This workshop will be held from 10 AM to Noon and hosted by Christine St. Clair of Two Mountain Farm in Andover, NH. Do you raise dairy goats? Have you looked at the prices of milking equipment? Ever wonder if there was a cheaper way? Allan Mistler will present how to make your own milking machine from parts you can buy online. If you are interested and for directions, please RSVP to Janice Mistler either by phone 267-1115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is one workshop you won’t want to miss!
May 20, 2017 – Food Safety and Licensing. The workshop will be conducted by Royann Bossidy (Food Safety and Defense Specialist) and Valerie Drown (Milk Safety Coordinator) from the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Rules and regulations for selling foods and dairy products will be discussed, with time for any questions you may have. Join us from 10 AM to Noon at Carter Hill Orchard, Concord, NH for this informative workshop!
June 10, 2017 – Garlic Growing and Farmer Helping Farmer Event. Please join us from 10 AM to Noon at Lindon Garlic Farm in Gilmanton, NH. We’ll help this family harvest garlic scapes and, in return, learn about growing garlic. We would like to have at least a dozen people sign up. Please email Cindy Shea at email@example.com to RSVP.
June 17, 2017 – MPU Equipment Training. The SBFNH Tri-County group is hosting its annual MPU training from 9 AM to Noon at Purely Wholesome Farm in Loudon. Pete Blake will be demonstrating the MPU equipment and how to use and clean it. This is a requirement for anyone who wishes to rent the MPU equipment. We will also be processing 12 broilers that you can assist with. Please bring your own knives if you wish to process a bird. Cost is free to SBFNH members, $30 for non-members which includes a 2017 membership to Small and Beginner Farmers. You MUST be a member in order to rent the MPU equipment. Please RSVP to Cindy Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 22, 2017 – Tri-County Group Meeting and Potluck. The SBFNH Tri-County group will hold a meeting and potluck in Canterbury from 10 AM to Noon. If you are a member of SBFNH in the Grafton, Belknap, Merrimack county area and would like to learn more about what we do and get involved, please contact Sharon Decarolis at 603-809-6393 to RSVP.
August 19, 2017 – Wild Edibles Workshop. Dr. Kathryn Cranford of Centre Downe Health in Laconia will be walking us through her gardens and showing us how to infuse and tincture different herbs and flowers… some of which could be growing right in your own back yard. The workshop will begin at 10 AM and run until 1 PM. Space is limited to the first 12 to register. There will be a charge of $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Folks should wear comfortable clothing and bring a handful of mason jars with covers (quart size and smaller). Please contact Janice Mistler at email@example.com to reserve your spot. (For more information on Dr. Cranford, please visit her website at CentreDownHealth.com.)
September 26, 2017 – Fermentation Workshop. Fermenting food is the new healthy choice for many people. But what is it and how do you do it? Karen Barker of Minglewood Farm in Laconia will be hosting a small group in her kitchen from 6-8 PM to show you how fermenting works. This class is limited in size so please sign up early. Please contact Karen Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
For more information on the Tri-County group
Contact Patricia Rutko at 603-783-5300
We maintain and harvest hay on various fields in Belknap County.
Seasonally we have hay for sale.
We also need volunteers to help with this project.
Contact Allan Mistler at 603-267-1115