Local Coop to Host Marketing Workshop

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension will be offering a Local Food: Innovative Direct Marketing Strategies for Success workshop to provide farmers and any other interested party with an overview of the latest trends in marketing local food and local products. During this session, innovative trends, as well as marketing strategies and risks to consider will be explored. Whether a business is new, or has been selling products for several years, this program offers the latest information for being successful.

The program will be offered in two locations on two dates:
- Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the  UNH Cooperative Extension Grafton County, 3855 Dartmouth College Highway North Haverhill, NH
- Tuesday, June 11, 2013, Charlestown Town Hall, 19 Summer Street,  Charlestown, NH.

Both programs will run from 3 to 7 PM and the following topics will be covered by UNH Extension Specialists and UNH faculty:

  • Market Managers and Consumers: Trends, Preferences, and Characteristics;
  • Local Woods for Local Food;
  • Marketing Risk or Marketing Wisdom;
  • Putting Your Business on the Digital Map;
  • Marketing with the Latest Social Media Tools;
  • Keeping Your Food Safe: What You Need to Know;
  • Fish Fits into Local Markets Too.

Growers will also join the workshops to share their marketing experience. Registrations is $10 per person. Registration and fliers can be obtained by visiting the Agriculture or Events section of their website.

If you have questions about this program, please contact: Nada Haddad (603) 679- 5616 or nada.haddad(at)unh.edu or Kelly McAdam (603) 527- 5475 or kelly.mcadam(at)unh.edu.

UNH Cooperative Extension thanks USDA Risk Management Agency for supporting the program. UNH Cooperative Extension provides New Hampshire citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources, and improve the economy.


Final Workshops Set for Gardening

No more cabbages, no more cukes, no more bounty for the cooks! Summer is coming to an end, and winter will be here sooner than we wish. Learn how to stretch your growing season into late fall, and even winter, at a hands-on workshop led by UNH Cooperative Extension’s Ron Christie on Tuesday, September 11 from 6:30 to 9 PM.

The workshop is $15 per person or family, payable at the door and will be held at the Rockingham County Nursing Home, 117 North Road in Brentwood. To register, contact Ron Christie, Rockingham County UNH Cooperative Extension office, at (603) 679-5616 or ron.christie(at)unh.edu. Because of limited space, registration is required.

The final workshop of this series is Wednesday, September 26: Closing Your Garden, Assessing Your Success, and Planning for Next Year. Learn the steps for putting your garden to bed for the winter, assessing this year’s success, and planning for next year’s garden.

UNH Cooperative Extension provides New Hampshire citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources, and improve the economy. For more information on programs in Rockingham County or the Master Gardener program, please call (603) 679-5616 or visit them online.


Local Organization Hosts Free Cooking and Nutrition Course

Gather in the kitchen to learn about healthy eating and the importance of family mealtime! Prepare and share meals together at Cooking Matters for Families, a free six-week cooking and nutrition series for school-age children and families being offered at The Upper Room in Derry on six consecutive Wednesdays, July 11 through August 15, from 10 AM to 12 PM.

The series will be led by Terri Schoppmeyer, Educational Program Coordinator at UNH Cooperative Extension. Cooking Matters for Families is sponsored by Operation Frontline, the New Hampshire Food Bank, UNH Cooperative Extension, Nutrition Connections, and The Upper Room.

If you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, free and reduced lunch, WIC, or other types of financial assistance, then you qualify for participation in this free program. To register, contact Sue Schick at The Upper Room, (603) 437-8477 extension 22.

On-site childcare will be provided for a maximum of 5 children (ages 0-4) with a $1 per class, per child fee.

UNH Cooperative Extension provides New Hampshire citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources, and improve the economy. For more information, or to learn about educational programs in Rockingham County, call (603) 679-5616 or visit their website.


Seeking Volunteers for Wildlife Garden

The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR) is creating a backyard wildlife garden demonstration area on a conservation property on the shores of Great Bay. Located in Stratham next to Chapman’s Landing on the Squamscott River, the wildlife garden will be established and maintained by community volunteers. It will be a place where people can come learn how to enjoy a beautiful, low-maintenance backyard, while providing shelter, food and water for wildlife. You’ll pick up other green tips here, too, such as using a rain barrel and creating “no mow lawns.” The property already hosts a wildlife viewing platform that overlooks the salt marsh and an osprey nest.

A volunteer group work day has been set for Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 9 AM to 3 PM, offering a chance for interested community members to get involved with the project. Volunteers are needed to help pull out invasive plants, build garden beds and construct paths. These “Work Day Wonder” volunteers will celebrate Earth Day by “wrenching” out invasive plants at the community garden site. Learn how to use specialized tools called “Weed Wrenches” to remove some of the invasive woody shrubs and clear the way for spring plantings.

The Reserve is particularly looking for some dedicated volunteers to help with this project by participating in planting, care, and demonstrations. As a “Wild Side Gardener” you can adopt a plot, such as a butterfly or “xeroscape” garden composed of a selection of plants that need little to no extra watering, and show off your green thumbs by helping it thrive, just as if it were your own backyard. This committed group will establish their roots this spring and help choose the design of the garden.

If you’re interested in volunteering as a “Work Day Wonder” and/or “Wild Side Gardener,” please contact Shannon O’Brien at Shannon.obrien(at)wildlife.nh.gov or call (603) 778-0015. For questions regarding this project, please contact Rachel Stevens at rachel.stevens(at)wildlife.nh.gov or call (603) 778-0015.

Partner groups such as the University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension and Thompson School, along with Woodburn & Company Landscape Architecture, LLC, have been integrally involved in the planning and preparation for the wildlife garden project. Funding is being acquired from various organizations, including the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Learn more about the project here.


Local Youth Plans Trip to Dominica Next Year

As part of the Global 4-H network, the Rockingham County Next Step Teen Club is planning a trip to Dominica during the April school vacation in 2013. The group has been in contact with Dominica youth and Peace Corp volunteers in the past year and has begun planning their service learning trip. Projects will include beach cleanup, sea turtle monitoring, and school garden improvement. Club members are currently working on raising money to finance their trip, such as their February 19, 2012 Polar Plunge Fundraiser.

The club is welcoming additional teens, both 4-H members and non-members, ages 14 and up, who are interested in this type of service work and leadership development. An informational meeting for youth and their parents or guardians will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM at the UNH Cooperative Extension office in Rockingham County, 113 North Road, Brentwood. For more questions or to RSVP, contact Michael Young, Extension Educator, at 603-679-9445 or michael.young(at)unh.edu.

The 4-H Next Step Teen Club has been learning about the people of Dominica, and trading letters with pen pals. They want to take the next step by going to Dominica, work with the youth there, and to help with community and environmental projects.

4-H, with its positive youth development experience, is uniquely positioned to meet urgent global needs. Young people are the drivers of change, and the Global 4-H network strives to double the number of young innovators reached outside the U.S. by 2015. To learn more about Globe 4-H, visit their website.

4-H is one of the world’s largest youth development organizations, found in more than 70 countries in North America, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa. In the United States, 4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. For more information on UNH Cooperative Extension or 4-H Youth Development in Rockingham County, call (603) 679-5616 or visit the extension’s website.


Local 4-H Volunteer Recognized with Award

4-H Leader Diane Post of Raymond displays her Volunteer Service Award at the Volunteer NH Spirit of New Hampshire awards in Concord.

4-H Leader Diane Post of Raymond was recently honored for her volunteer work at the Volunteer NH Spirit of New Hampshire awards celebration in Concord. Through 4-H, Post has been a volunteer and leader for 25 years. She currently serves as president of the Rockingham County 4-H Horse Leaders Association, trustee for the Rockingham County 4-H Foundation, and leader of the Raymond Silver Saddles Horse Club. She also has organized numerous circuit horse shows and served as coordinator of the 4-H Craft Funshop.

Kathy Shultz of the Salem-based Rockingham Riders 4-H Club received this year’s Rockingham County Volunteer Excellence award for her tireless volunteer efforts. 4-H Extension Educator Michael Young commented, “Kathy does so much and yet never seeks praise. She actually said she would not have come to our annual awards and recognition night if she knew she was this year’s winner. However, the rest of us at 4-H are so glad to see her get at least a small amount of the recognition she deserves.” Shultz received her award at the Rockingham County 4-H Recognition Night held at Raymond High School.

Post was nominated for her Volunteer NH award by Jessica Martin, who as a youth was member of Post’s Silver Saddles Club.  This past year, Martin went through the training process to become a 4-H volunteer leader. She now helps Post with the club where her daughter, Carissa Martin, is a member.

Carissa Martin of the Raymond Silver Saddles 4-H Club participates in a 4-H project with her horse, Winnie. Martin’s mother now helps lead this same club in which she was once a member.

By becoming a volunteer leader for 4-H in Rockingham County this past year, Martin joined Post as one of the close to 150 active 4-H volunteer leaders in Rockingham County. She is one of over 30 local Rockingham County parents and adults went through the screening and orientation required to volunteer for 4-H in 2011.

The following have become volunteers in the last two months alone: Melody Lamore of Newmarket, Sarah Siudut of Brentwood, Heather Bennett of Chester, Jennifer Gagnon of Derry, Brian Johnson of Candia, Anne Berni of Salem, and Suzette St. Pierre of Lee.

UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development depends on the hard work and service oriented nature of NH citizens. In 2010, the 4-H program coordinated the help of over 3,300 volunteers statewide. For more information about 4-H in Rockingham County, including how to become a valued volunteer leader, visit the web site or call the UNH Cooperative Extension office at 603-679-5616.