Schedule of Events

The 2016 NH Farm & Forest Expo will offer something for everyone!  Please note some of our workshops may request pre-registration or have registration fees, which should be noted below.


Friday, January 22 -Show Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Play FARMO, our Bingo-style game, to learn about our exhibitors and win great prizes!
Location: Booth #100
9 a.m. to 12 noon Forest Stewardship Committee Annual Meeting
The annual meeting o the Forest Stewardship Committee. The commitment advises the State Forester and UNH Cooperative Extension on programs for woodlot owners. This is an opportunity for them to review the year’s activities and plan for the upcoming year.
Location: Dartmouth
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Master Gardener Training on Working With School & Youth Gardens
This is a continuing ed training for UNH Master Gardeners interested in learning how to work with and be mentors for school and youth garden programs.  Training will include how to work with school administration, helping schools create a garden sustainability plan, helping schools access information about pest control or soil health, etc.  This training is led by Ron Christie of UNH Cooperative Extension and Lorrie O’Connor, a Rockingham County Master Gardener.
Location: Stark
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Is Tree Farming for You?
Join Wendy Scribner and Andy Fast,, Foresters with UNH Cooperative Extension, to find out what the New Hampshire Tree Farm Program is all about. Learn how tree farmers use their property for wood, water, wildlife, and recreation. We will also discuss what is required to be a tree farm and what it means to be green certified under the national program. Questions? Please contact presenter Andrew Fast at
Location: Pierce
10 a.m. to 12 noon Getting Agritourism Right
In a July 2015 decision, the NH Supreme Court determined that “agritourism” was not included in the definition of agriculture and was not a permitted “agricultural use” in an agricultural zone.  How does this decision affect the wide diversity of farm activities that fall under the broad concept of ‘agritourism’?  What local regulations may apply to farmers wanting to diversify into agritourism?  How can farmers and communities come together in agriculture and community friendly ways so that the agritourism enterprise adds economic value to the farm and earns good community/public relations! The workshop covers the NH Supreme Court decision and its implications, an update on the legislative response, and an overview of NH’s Right to Farm regulatory framework. A panel of farmers will discuss how agritourism strategies enhance their farm businesses. Sponsored by NH Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture.
Location: Webster
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. New Life for Older Barns:: Creative Re-use Strategies
If you or a friend has an older barn which needs a new or expanded purpose, this session is for you. Workshop panelists will share creative and practical ideas that bring new activity, life and revenue to agricultural structures.  New Hampshire’s historic barns are a beloved feature of our scenic landscape and are a link to our agricultural past. However, they need a purpose to survive. UNH Cooperative Extension Professor/Specialist Emeritus John Porter will provide an introductory overview of how to assess your barn and make decisions as to how to best re-use it.  Beverly Thomas of NH’s Preservation Alliance will moderate. Bring your questions and ideas.
Location: Frost/Hawthorne
12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Women in Agriculture:  Managing The Health & Well-Being of You & Your Farm
Join us for an afternoon of focus on the well-being of you and your business.  Speakers will share tips on a variety of topics including managing credit and finances, personal safety on the farm and how to take the best care of yourself to ensure your farm flourishes.  Registration is $10 per person.  Those registering by January 15, will receive a ticket to the NH Farm & Forest Expo that can be used either Friday or Saturday. Door prizes include massage gift certificates! To register, click here.  Questions? Contact or
Location: Frost/Hawthorne
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Got A GREAT Recipe? Check out NH’s Shared Use Commercial Kitchens
Looking for commercial kitchen to ramp up a home-made food business? Learn about NH’s shared use kitchens, their services and costs, as well as places where services may be offered in the not-to-distant future.  Get information about food business planning, zoning, licensing, recipe formulation and much more.  Charlene Anderson, Kamingo Marketing, reports on a new shared use kitchen study and kitchen operators share what they have learned.  Bring your questions about getting your recipe made and your food business launched. Sponsored by NH Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture and the Boscawen Agriculture Commission.
Location: Pierce

Support for Small and Beginner Farmers
This workshop describes the Small and Beginner Farmers of NH’s offerings and projects to anyone interested in farming. Activities include an active and growing hay field project selling hay at below-market prices to members, a shared equipment pool – renting tools and equipment at affordable prices, a livestock pass-on project tailored to the needs of NH farmers, information on raising pastured poultry, free educational county meetings, a lively email discussion list and an opportunity to participate in NH’s oldest network devoted solely to the interests of small and beginner farmers.
Location: Webster

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a Winter Farmer’s Market with NH Farmers Market Association members!
Location: Expo ConcourseExpected vendors include (as of 12/20/15):

Work Song Farm, Certified Organic vegetables – squash, onions, root vegetables and possibly greens.

NH Mushroom Company – Fresh organically grown gourmet exotic mushrooms, dried mushrooms (including chaga and reishi), tee shirts, hats, sweatshirts, calendars.

The Fresh Plate – Yeast breads, jams, jellies, mustard, and baking/cooking mixes all made from certified organic ingredients.

El Camino Foods, LLC – Packaged Frozen Foods: Two types of rice dishes: Veggie rice made with organic vegetables; kale, baby spinach, carrots, peas, corn, green beans and navy beans. Rice with chicken, ham and pigeon peas. The meat in the rice is antibiotic, nitrites and hormone free. Empanadas (Pastry Turnover): Chicken Beef and Cheese Vegetarian.

Hickory Nut Farm – Cave aged goat milk cheeses, yogoatgurt, fudge and waddles and goat milk soap.

Groovin’ Granola – Granola made with gluten free oats.

Chantenay Patisserie & Bakery – Cookies and Bars, Quick Breads, Pastries (non-refrigerated types), Fruit Pies.

NH Women Farmers, Pioneers of the Local Food Movement (book signing)

Bee Fields Farm – Herbal tea blends/herbal salves/cream extracts and elixir. Herb infused in honey vinegar and oil. Food slabs made from field stones.

Gunther’s Goodies – Dog treats made with local spent beer grains, registered with the department of agriculture. And hand made cat toys.

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“Kiwi and Sausage and Cheese, Oh My!”

Rural Development Business Programs can help your farm diversify, save money, and realize more profits. You have an idea for building your farm business…can we help you make it work? Hear from University of New Hampshire’s Lago Hale, who is researching whether growing kiwis here in New Hampshire might help your farm diversify. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. And hear from Carol Soule of Miles Smith Farm about why using Rural Development grant funds to help her make delicious sausage wasn’t as hard as you might think. And finish with Sarah Laeng-Gilliatt of Main Street Cheese, a woman-owned goat dairy that makes incredible cheeses, who will tell you about the new products they are considering thanks to USDA Rural Development funding. You’ll be able to do more than hear about their stories, you will be able to taste kiwi, sausage and cheese. Wherever you are in your farm product development process, come to USDA Rural Development’s open session to ask questions to program staff and grant recipients, and hear how your business can replicate their successes.

Location: Pierce

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Got Farm?
Designed for the person who has always wanted to try their hand at raising their own eggs, meat, milk or pet farm animals, this educational workshop explores the general housing, feeding, space and care requirements for common small-scale production animals.  Animals include egg and meat chickens, dairy and pet goats, turkey, rabbit and duck. Handouts will be provided that list NH resources for feed, housing, fencing, and area meat processors.  We will discuss the farm-to-freezer process or eggs and dairy.  Led by Dr. Amanda Eason, this presentation is based on both personal experience and careful research.
Location: Stark
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join New Hampshire’s very own Folk Singer, Balladeer, Irish Troubadour and Storyteller Jim Barnes as he tells the rich story of life in New Hampshire:  its history, rural setting, politics, weather and the tourist trade.
Location: Webster
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Putting a fresh spin on traditional Irish music, the Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio serves up a high-energy show full of foot-stompin’ fiddle tunes and classic sing-alongs. Fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki is joined by fellow New Hampshire natives Matt Jensen on guitar and Chris Noyes on upright bass.
Location: Kidzone Stage (Expo Floor)
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Chain Saw Operation & Maintenance
Learn the basics of tree cutting and saw handling. We’ll feature a special emphasis on cutting your own firewood.
Location: Dartmouth
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join New Hampshire’s very own Folk Singer, Balladeer, Irish Troubadour and Storyteller Jim Barnes as he tells the rich story of life in New Hampshire:  its history, rural setting, politics, weather and the tourist trade.
Location: Webster
 Saturday, January 23 – Show Hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
9 a.m. to  4 p.m. New Hampshire Vegetable & Berry Growers’ Association  Annual Meeting.
Please join us for this educational meeting covering topics relating to commercial
vegetable and berry production. This years¹ topics will include vegetable and berry
crop disease management, results of new regional research, farm profiles, and more!
The meeting is open to all, and will offer pesticide re-certification credits.

Registration fee: $5 members, $10 non-members of the NHVBGA. To pre-register or see
a detailed program, check UNH Extension Events Listings here.  Discounted Expo passes will be sold at the event for $3 each.
Location: Salon A

9:30 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. Play FARMO, our Bingo-style game, to learn about our exhibitors and win great prizes!
Location: Booth #100
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Backyard Crop Tree Management: Making Your Trees Work for You
There are many reasons New Hampshire landowners choose to own and manage their woodlands. Many enjoy using their land to go hiking, birdwatching or hunting. Some appreciate the yields of working their land and choose to use their woodlot in the production of timber, firewood or maple syrup. Still others enjoy the simple beauty of nature and see their land as a quiet woodland retreat. All of these goals in some way involve the growth and performance of individual trees. Crop tree management is a useful tool which can be applied to help landowners achieve the goals they have for their trees and their properties as a whole. It’s also a great way for landowners to take a hands-on approach and become actively involved in management of their land. In this seminar, we will discuss details of what crop tree management is, what benefits it can provide to landowners and how to implement it on small- to medium-sized woodlots (2-50 acres). Specific topics will include:
·         What is a crop tree?
·         How to select crop trees to meet your specific goals.
·         How to provide optimal conditions for crop trees to thrive
.·        What can you expect once you implement crop tree management?
·         Examples of successfully applied crop tree management
.·        Additional resources available to help landowners.
Location: Stark
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Building the Woodland Homestead
This presentation documents Paul Smith College Professor Brett McLeod’s journey to create a self-sustaining 25-acre woodland homestead in the ruggedest Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. Beginning with a homestead plan literally scratched in the mud, learn how the author transformed an overgrown plot o marginal land into a sustainable lumberyard, grocery store, and hardware store, using novel ecologically-based techniques. Along the way, enjoy stories of homesteading trials and tribulations that will both entertain and inform through the combination of practical experience with ecological insights from the presenter’s career as a forestry and natural resource sustainability professor.
Location: Pierce

The Quack on Ducks
This workshop will cover all things on raising and breeding ducks. Topics included are breeds  for meat, eggs, pets/show, selling your duck products, incubation and brooding, maintaining a healthy flock, predator issues, first aid, and more.  Questions from audience will be taken during the presentation, so that we can make sure we cover everyone’s interests. Live ducks as well as fertile and edible eggs will be on-hand.   This workshop is brought to you by Greentwist Acres and Lone Wolf Farm.
Location: Webster

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Starting a Goat Dairy – NH Dairy Goat Seminar
Many dairy goat owners have the goal of starting a dairy at some point.  This involves complying with public health regulations and having the proper facilities. A special milk room, concrete floors, drains, etc. are all part of the components of a licensed dairy.  This session will have the resource people present who can outline the requirements and answer questions.
Location: Frost/Hawthorne
11 a.m. to 12 noon Growing Fresh Food in Small Spaces 
If you have a patio or very small back yard and want to grow some outstanding fresh produce, this talk is for you. Come learn how you can adapt just about any space or container to grow fresh, luscious vegetables or your summer table. We’ll look at growing systems, container types, soil mixes, growing techniques, varieties for small spaces and resources for more information. Best of all, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Location: Stark
12 noon to 1 p.m. Backyard Maple Sugaring for Beginners
The sap will be running soon! Have you thought about making your own maple syrup?  Do you know what is needed? Attend this workshop if you want to learn the steps, from tree to the table plus the equipment needed. This special workshop is geared to first-timers and beginner maplers having less than 75 taps. All aspects of maple sugaring will be covered, including tree identification and tapping, collecting and boiling sap, finishing, filtering and packing syrup. Equipment and supplies needed, especially sizing and operating small evaporators, homemade and commercial, will also be discussed.
Location: Webster

How do Women Farmers Contribute to New Hampshire Agriculture?
Together author Helen Brody and Photographer Leslie Tuttle visited over 100 farms to discover the important ways that today’s women farmers contribute to making a modern farm prosper. The result is their newly published book, New Hampshire Women Farmers: Pioneers of the Local Food Movement. In their presentation, Helen, president and founder of the New Hampshire Farms Network (NHFN) (Expo Floor Booth 510) speaks of what she learned in getting to know these women and photojournalist, Leslie Tuttle, tells about her experiences photographing for the book. They hope the audience will ask questions and suggest other women farmers who have helped to build their farm and who can be profiled for the NHFN website by one of its writers. Author and photographer book signing after the program.
Location: Pierce

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The NH Food Alliance’s Farm, Fish & Food Enterprise Viability Initiative
Learn more about the vision and goals of the NH Food Alliance and their Farm, Fish and Food Enterprise Viability Initiative.  The Viability Initiative aims to create positive change leading to enhanced profitability for food producers, while also improving the health of our communities and sustaining our vibrant networking landscapes.In this informative and interactive workshop, participants will  develop an understanding of the NH Food Alliance’s vision and goals, learn how the Farm, Fish and Food Enterprise Viability Initiative can help farmers, fishers, and food entrepreneurs in the Granite State, ·discover ways to align their work with the Viability Initiative, develop connections to other producers and organizations to foster collaborations; and·   understand how the NH Food Alliance network can support their work.For more information about this session, email
Location: Stark