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2019 Upcoming Events
October 2019 – Cheese Making Workshop
The Tri-County group will hold a Cheese Making Workshop in October at Purely Wholesome Farm in Loudon, NH. Space will be limited for this workshop so you will need to sign up early. We will post more details on the exact day, time and cost for this workshop as it becomes available.
September 15, 2019 – Dairy Goat Workshop
The Tri-County group will hold a Dairy Goat Workshop Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 from 1-3 PM at Purely Wholesome Farm in Loudon, NH. If you are thinking about raising dairy goats SBFNH has many members who can help you with information and advice. This workshop will provide an opportunity to visit a working dairy goat farm, learn about nutrition, health concerns, housing and milking. This is an “on the farm” workshop so we ask that you dress accordingly. Please RSVP to Cindy Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
July 28, 2019 – Meet and Greet
The Tri-County group will hold a “Meet and Greet” Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 11:30 at Crystal Lake in Gilmanton, NH. Whether you are a member or not, this is a great way to meet farmers, talk farming and find out what is going on with SBFNH. Please RSVP to Cindy Shea at email@example.com so we know to look for you.
June 9, 2019 – Tri-County Monthly Meeting
The Tri-County group will meet Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 10:30AM in Canterbury. All are welcome! Please RSVP to Trish Rutko at firstname.lastname@example.org for directions and confirmation if you plan to attend.
April 7, 2019 – Tri-County Monthly Meeting
The Tri-County group will meet Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 10:30AM in Loudon. All are welcome! Please RSVP to Cindy Shea at email@example.com for directions and confirmation if you plan to attend.
March 3, 2019 – Tri-County Monthly Meeting
The Tri-County group will meet Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 10:30AM in New Hampton. Agenda topics include establishing workshops for 2019, communication, updates from the hay field subcommittee, discussions on what a small-scale cooperative would look like and equipment ideas. Please RSVP to Jess Storey at firstname.lastname@example.org for directions and confirmation if you plan to attend.
January 19, 2019 – Tri-County Monthly Meeting
The Tri-County group welcomes 2019 with its first monthly meeting on January 19th at 10:30 AM in Canterbury at Briar Bush Farm. We welcome anyone interested in Small and Beginner Farmers to attend. This group serves the Merrimack/Belknap/Grafton counties, but is open to anyone interested in wanting to learn more about what we do. Please bring your ideas for workshops you’d like to have the group sponsor this year as well as any comments and suggestions that would make this group more valuable to YOU. Please RSVP to Sharon Jarry at email@example.com (or 603-809-6393) for directions and confirmation if you plan to attend.
November 17, 2018 – Tri-County Semi-annual meeting
The Tri-County group is holding its semi-annual meeting on November 17th at 10:30 AM in Loudon. If you live in the Merrimack/Belknap/Grafton counties and are interested in being more involved and want to learn more about what we do, please RSVP to Cynthea Shea.
The Tri-County group is one of the more active groups, holding several workshops throughout the year. However, we have seen a decline in workshop attendance. We want to provide workshops and information that are relevant to the Tri-County area and throughout the state. If you cannot make the meeting but would like to provide input or would like to help host a workshop, please contact Cindy Shea, firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 25, 2018 – Tri-County Garden Planning & Seed Exchange .
!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED !!!
Are you itching to get back out in your garden? Ready to start planning your new garden for this year? It’s time for our third annual seed swap and more! We are expecting a good group of gardeners who have had both successful and not-so successful gardens to share their advice and experience with others. If you have seeds you would like to bring and share/swap, please bring them along. Additional donated seeds will be available as part of a fundraiser. We’ll have garden related handouts and some of our equipment (available for members to rent) for you to check out. Have a good book you would recommend? Bring it along and tell us about it. The meeting will be held from 1 PM to 3 PM at Purely Wholesome Farm in Loudon, NH. Please RSVP to Cindy Shea at email@example.com.
March 17, 2018 – Small Livestock Health Care. Dr. Christina Murdock of LAVender Veterinary Service will meet with the group to discuss routine health for livestock such as goats and sheep. The workshop will be held from 10 AM – Noon at Twillingate Farm in Gilmanton. Cost of the workshop is $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Folks should bring notepads and pens to take notes. Please RSVP to Janice Mistler either by phone 267-1115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this workshop.
April 29, 2018 – Combating Parasites in Sheep and Goats Workshop.
!!! SORRY — THIS EVENT IS FULL!!!
Internal parasites are a major health problem for sheep and goats in the Northeast and can be economically devastating for small and large herds. FAMACHA and fecal egg counts are diagnostic tools used to help identify parasite infection in small ruminants. These tools help producers make better deworming decisions to maximize efficacy and combat resistance. Join UNH Extension Field Specialists Dot Perkins and Elaina Enzien for a hands-on workshop in learning how to use and implement FAMACHA and fecal egg counts within your own herd or flock. Space is limited to 15. The workshop will be held from 9 AM – 1 PM at Briar Bush Farm in Canterbury. Cost of the workshop is $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Please RSVP to Sharon Decarolis at email@example.com to register for this workshop.
May 20, 2018 – Soil Workshop.
!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE — DATE & TIME TBD !!!
SBFNH, in conjunction with the UNH Cooperative Extension is hosting a soil workshop. Olivia Saunders and Jeremy Delisle, Field Specialists for the UNH Coop Extension, will be covering topics such as soil health, fertilizer recommendations, compost, soil testing, irrigation and cover crops. This will be a hands-on workshop working with the various soils found on the farm. This is a working farm and workshop will be hosted rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. The workshop will be held on May 20th from 11 am to 1pm at Purely Wholesome Farm in Loudon. Please RSVP to Christine St. Clair at leader@SBFNH.org.
June 9, 2018 – Tri-County Business Meeting and Pot Luck. Time to conduct some business for this active group while enjoying fellowship and some good food! The event will be held in Canterbury at New Hope Farm from Noon to 2 PM. Please RSVP to Trish Rutko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 24, 2018 – Culinary Herb Workshop. Culinary herbs are fun to grow and add so much interest to the foods we prepare! If you’ve ever thought about growing some of your favorite herbs, why not join us for a fun and informational workshop. Karen Barker of Minglewood Farm in Laconia will be hosting a small group from 6 – 7:30 PM to walk us through her garden and give guidance on growing, managing, harvesting and drying culinary herbs. Guests are invited to bring a beverage or an herb-based appetizer to share. This class is limited in size so please sign up early. Cost of the workshop is $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Please RSVP to Karen Barker at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
November 17, 2018 – Tri-County Business Meeting. The Tri-County group is holding it’s semi-annual meeting on November 17th at 10:30 AM in Loudon. If you live in the Merrimack/Belknap/Grafton counties and are interested in being more involved and want to learn more about what we do, please RSVP to Cindy Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be served.
February 25, 2017 – Tri-County 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to reserve your spot.
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.
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 Christine St. Clair at firstname.lastname@example.org.