Schedule of Events

The 2015 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, February 6th

Listen live from 6 to 9 a.m. as Peter St. James & Jim Fronk from WTPL107.7FM kick-off our 2015 Expo! Interesting interviews, commentary and fun for all!
8 to 10 a.m. Record Keeping for Management Decisions & Income Tax Implications
Location: Hale
Did you know that your farm records are a great tool for making overall farm decisions? Learn how your records can beused for making profitable management decisions instead of just providing a record of “cash in and cash out.” We will discuss how well-kept records show you when you can afford to hire an additional employee, expand your operation or purchase a piece of equipment. We will also discuss the income tax ramifications of management-based decisions. This session is designed for the experienced and established farmer. Presented by Carol Starkie, Farm Business Advisor, and Mary Welles  Farm Accounting Representative, from Farm Credit East ACA.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winter Farmers Market, hosted by NH Farmers Market Association
Location: Expo Concourse
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Play FARMO, our Bingo-style game, to learn about our exhibitors and win great prizes! Thanks to our friends at NH Agriculture in the Classroom and Granite State Future Farmers of America for organizing this fun game!
Location: Booth #100
9:30 to 11 a.m. Achievable and Scalable Social Marketing
Location: Pierce
It’s a fresh growing season and the perfect time to strengthen your plans to successfully sell your farm products! Social Marketing is achievable, scalable, and best of all, pays back what you bring to it. We’ll be making real plans to make a real difference in your sales.Presented by Sara-Zoe Patterson, Seacoast Eat Local Coordinator.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. USDA – Farm Services Agency Overview
Location: Dartmouth

An overview and Q & A session, explaining many USDA farm programs and farm loan program.  New Hampshire’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Rural Development  employees will provide an informative workshop and hands-on assistance to beginning and existing farmers and ranchers on programs, loans, and  resources available for participation in USDA Programs..  This session will be presented by Linda Grames, Executive Officer, County Executive Directors, District Director with USDA-Farm Service Agency.

Emerald Ash Borer Identification and Management
Location: Stark
Emerald ash borer (EAB), the most destructive non-native insect in North America, is now in New Hampshire. EAB infects and kills ash trees within three to five years.  Join Molly Heuss, Forest Health Specialist with the NH Division of Forest & Lands, and Karen Bennett, Extension Forester with UNH Cooperative Extension, to learn:

  • The life cycle and damage it causes
  • Recognizing signs and symptoms of infestation
  • Identifying ash trees
  • Suggestions for what to do if your trees are infested
  • Questions, answers, and discussion
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Developments in Forest Resource Management and Innovations in NH Agriculture
Location: Webster
The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) carries out research with timely impacts on the bottom line for Granite State stakeholders. This year’s NHAES presentations will focus on both forest and farm.In the Developments in Forest Resource Management session, hear about the near future of lasers in tracking forest inventories; aliens in the woods – managing invasive shrubs in NH forests; opportunities and challenges for adaptive strategies for forests in the face of climate variability; and the impact of forest fragmentation on cottontails. This session is ideal for foresters, wildlife managers, and those that enjoy the Great North Woods.In the Innovations in NH Agriculture session, researchers will discuss: breeding squash for health benefits and good eating; the bees’ needs: diversity and sustainability of native pollinators; new strategies for increasing forage productivity and causes of disease in ryegrass. This session will be of interest to farmers and producers, agricultural land managers and enthusiasts of local food.For more information, please click here.
10 a.m. to 12 noon NH’s Right to Farm: Live It or Lose It
Location: Frost/Hawthorne
State laws give NH farmers the ‘right to farm.’…but what does that mean? What are your farming rights and responsibilities? While farms preserve rural character and open space, support local economies and provide access to food, fiber, forest products, agri-tourism and other benefits, farming practices can also bring municipal challenges to a farmer’s right to farm: zoning, signage, parking, traffic, neighborhood conflicts and more.    Join a discussion about NH’s farming laws and strategies to promote farm friendly communities and community friendly farms.This session is coordinated by UNH Cooperative Extension’s Nada Haddad, Extension Field Specialist, Food & Agriculture.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Food Export USA – Northeast Programs & Services
Location: Hale
Food Export USA-Northeast is a private, non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping Northeastern food and agricultural producers export their products. We offer a wide portfolio of programs and services to help companies educate themselves, connect with foreign buyers in new markets, and then continue to expand their sales overseas. We even offer a program that can provide 50% reimbursement for a variety of export-related expenses!Presented by Adrienne Messe, Food Export Liaison, Food Export USA-Northeast.
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interesting Features of Old Barns
Location: Dartmouth
This illustrated presentation will show various features of old New England barns, including many things we take for granted when describing old barns. We’ll talk cupolas, cow stables, hay forks, barn bridges, built-in accessories, and scuttle holes. Attendees are encouraged to bring and share photos of interesting features of their barns.This session is presented by UNH Cooperative Extension’s John Porter and sponsored by NH Preservation Alliance.
12 noon to 2 p.m. The Nuts & Bolts of Organic Certification in New Hampshire
Location: Pierce
Join representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the UNH Cooperative Extension, the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH, as well as a handful of NH’s finest organic growers, to learn about organic certification requirements specific to your operation, how to access technical assistance, and what local and federal programs are available to organic producers in NH.This workshop is well-suited to beginning farmers, experienced farmers interested in exploring organic transition, and aspiring farmers interested in being certified organic. Come prepared with your certification paperwork, records, and questions, as representatives will be available to work with you one-on-one. If you’re just starting out, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your local resources and pick up applications and examples.NOFA-NH’s Ray Conner, Beginning Farmer Program Coordinator, coordinates this session. 
12:30 to 4 p.m. Innovative Marketing Options for Small Farms
Location: Stark
In today’s competitive business world, marketing both your products and your business is a critical component to your success and helping you stand out from the competition. This workshop will explore marketing options for small (and growing!) agricultural businesses.Topics will include value of marketing plans, finding and utilizing “free” marketing, partnering with other regional businesses to extend your marketing dollar, and more.This workshop requires pre-registration. Registration includes a ticket to the Farm and Forest Expo Trade Show and a copy of “Guide to Marketing Channel Selection: How to Sell through Wholesale & Direct Marketing Channels.”For more information, contact session organizer Field Specialist, Food & Agriculture Nada Haddad with UNH Cooperative Extension.
1 to 2 p.m. Renting Equipment – The Affordable Way to Run a Small Farm
Location: Hale
What equipment can small and beginning farmers rent to help boost productivity without incurring major capital expenses? Kate Kerman, Secretary from the Small and Beginner Farmers of NH, will explain our equipment rental program. Session includes Powerpoint pictures and a goal-setting exercise.
1 to 3 p.m. Why “Wood is Good” For New Hampshire
Location: Webster
During this session, we’ll review research recently completed by Plymouth State University looks at the economic impact timber harvesting has to New Hampshire’s rural economy. Special emphasis will be put on examining a “typical” load of logs and how it translates into dollars and cents.Presented by Jasen Stock, Executive Director, New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA) and Steve Patten, Program Director, NHTOA.
1 to 4 p.m. Forest Stewardship Annual Meeting
Location: Dartmouth
The annual meeting of the Forest Stewardship Committee. This advisory committee meets annually to review the year’s accomplishments and to plan for future projects. This committee advises UNH Cooperative Extension’s Forestry and Wildlife Program and the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands. Please contact Karen Bennett, UNH Cooperative Extension Forester, with questions.

Extending the Season by Preserving Summer Crops
Location: Frost/Hawthorne
Enterprising growers have found a lucrative market preserving excess summer crops for winter sales to restaurants, schools and institutions. It is common practice to “over plant” popular crops to ensure adequate early season quantities, resulting in excess high quality product in mid season.

Andy Howe of Beans and Greens Farm, Gilford, will present his experience selling frozen vegetables to local schools. Stacy Luke, UNH Cooperative Extension, will explain the state’s program providing mobile flash freezers, and Neelima Gogumalla, owner of Creative Chef’s Kitchens, will explore the advantages of renting time in a commercial kitchen for preservation or creating value added products, while Kevin Halligan, owner/chef of Local eatery will give the chef’s perspective on using preserved and frozen local fruits and vegetables. Additionally, Colby-Sawyer Colleges unique “Feed the Freezer” program will be described by Sandi Brownell, Unit Marketing Coordinator and Supervisor for Sodexo Dining at Colby-Sawyer.This session is of interest to farmers wishing to increase income by capturing excess summer crops and to chefs, institutions, and the general public desiring to have access to preserved local products.This session is coordinated by Rachelle Lyons, Agriculture & Environment Coordinator, Center for Rural Partnerships, Plymouth State University.

3 to 5 p.m.
Developing a New Hampshire Food Strategy and Food System Network
Location: Pierce
Come join this exciting, statewide effort to build a strong, connected network of producers, consumers, businesses, initiatives, and organizations that contribute to the NH food system from farm (or sea) to plate. Together we are working to develop a Food Strategy for NH that will help to revitalize our economy, responsibly steward our cultural and natural resources, and contribute to the health and well being of all NH citizens.If you spend your professional or civic life focused on food or the food system, please attend to connect with others and shape our network and strategy. Your voice is important to this process and all are welcome! Participants at our 2014 Regional Gatherings have included fishermen, farmers and other small businesses, regional planners, community gardeners, food assistance providers, market managers, politicians, local food advocates and many more.This session will include a brief presentation and small group discussions to share your experiences, your stories, and help us to identify solutions and strategies for strengthening our food system.

Presented by UNH Sustainability Institute’s Jennifer Wilhelm, Research and Planning Associate, NH Food Strategy.
 4 to 6 p.m. Chain Saw Operation & Maintenance
Location: Hale
You will learn the basics of tree cutting and saw handling. Presented by Jonathan Nute from UNH Cooperative Extension/Hillsborough County.
6 to 8 p.m. Annual Awards Ceremony Location: Salon A

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY 1/28/15.  We invite our exhibitors and honored guests to join us for this annual event.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. for networking, and the evening’s program begins at 6:30 p.m.  Light hors d’oevres will be served.  This year’s sponsors are Granite State Dairy Promotion and NH Agricultural Experiment Station.

For a list of previous award winners, please click here.

To RSVP, please call 603.231.1396 or email by 1/28/15.

 Saturday, February 7th
9 a.m. to  4 p.m. New Hampshire Vegetable & Berry Growers’ Association  Annual Meeting.  For more information, contact Chip Hardy at (603)769-9492.
Location: Salon A
9 a.m. to  4 p.m. Play FARMO, our Bingo-style game, to learn about our exhibitors and win great prizes! Thanks to our friends at NH Agriculture in the Classroom and Granite State Future Farmers of America for organizing this fun game!
Location: Booth #100
9 to 10 a.m. NH Gleans: Helping To Feed Those in Need with Fresh NH Produce
Location: Dartmouth
NH Gleans is a network of 6 gleaning coordinators working in many areas of the state. The purpose is to glean or harvest food from farms that might normally not be picked due to overproduction or not enough time to harvest. The food goes to food pantries, soup kitchens or schools.During this session we will share our two years of experience with photos and stories. This session is for farmers who want to learn more about the program to see if gleaning is right for their farm and for anyone interested in being a volunteer gleaner and what that entails.Questions? Please contact Stacey Purslow, NH Farm to School Program Coordinator.
9 to 10:30 a.m Income Tax Information for Beginners
Location: Hale
Are you interested in learning how your management decisions will impact your farm tax return? During this session,you will learn how to set up your farming entity and record keeping system to best benefit you as a taxpayer while maintaining federal and state compliance. This is a great opportunity to learn more about filing requirements and basic record keeping skills. Part-time and beginner farmers will most benefit from this session. Presented by Carol Starkie, Farm Business Advisor, and Mary Welles, Farm Accounting Representative, from Farm Credit East ACA.

What’s the Buzz All About? Growing Pollinator Gardens!
Location: Stark
Pollinators (bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc.) are essential to food production and our environment, yet they are on the decline. Learn the simple steps to help them while beautifying your landscape—by planting a pollinator garden orenhancing your existing property.We’ll discuss the best plants to help pollinators, plants to avoid, and how to provide proper habitat. Gardeners can make an impact in their yards, while landscapers, teachers,   garden clubs, farmers, municipalities, and conservation/agriculture commissions can all play a vital role at the community level.
Presented by Donna Miller, Master Gardener, UNH Cooperative Extension.

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – Goat Nutrition  
Location: Webster
Feeding goats is more than offering them a lot of feedstuffs, but it is giving them the balance of proper nutrients for maintenance, growth, reproduction, and milk or meat production. This session will cover the basics of how a goat’s digestive system works, nutrient requirements, understanding feed composition and how to balance and ration.This information will be of help to the small producer up through large operations, because proper feeding is the key to successful goat management.SCHEDULE:             9:30 a.m.        ADGA District #1 Meeting                    Phil Cassette, First Vice President, American Dairy Goat Association; and
District #1 Directors, Cliff Parker and Tom Cox
10:00 a.m.       “Goat Nutrition and Balancing Rations”                     Peter Erickson, UNH Dairy Specialist and Professor        
11:30 a.m.      Panel and Questions: “Practical Feeding Applications”
Peter Erickson, UNH Dairy Specialist and Professor; and Dorothy Perkins,
UNH Cooperative Extension Educational Program Coordinator,
Food &

12:30 p.m.       Adjourn

Registration, at the door, is $5.00 per family and anyone 4-H age is free. The proceeds go toward the conference and 4-H dairy goat activities. Dairy Goat publications will also be for sale.

For more information, contact presenter Peter Erickson, UNH Dairy Specialist and Associate Professor.

10 to 11 a.m. The Art of Raising Ducks
Location: Pierce
The happiest animal of the barnyard,ducks are low maintenance birds that provide fresh eggs, homegrown meat, weed and pest control, and entertainment. In this workshop we will discuss conventional and heritage breed ducks, proper care, troubleshooting, predators, breeding, profitability, and more, from egg to adult. Whether you are just starting out, or have been dabbling in ducks for some time, this comprehensive workshop has something for you. There will be live ducks, eggs, books, posters, and a question and answer time. Presented by Greentwist Acres:Farm & Learning Center of New Boston’s Karina Bertrand.
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon Understanding the Institutional Market
Location: Dartmouth
NH institutions prepare millions of meals every year and can be large buyers of locally produced food. Many of them have purchasing requirements that make it difficult for farmers to directly access the institutions. If you are interested in getting your products into institutions this is the place to learn how.

We will cover food service management companies, healthcare, public schools, colleges and universities, produce distributors, and USDA procurement.
Questions? Please contact Stacey Purslow, NH Farm to School Program Coordinator. 
11 a.m. to 12 noon Maple Sugaring From Tree to Table
Location: Stark
The sap will be running soon! Have you thought about making your own maple syrup? Do you want to 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.Presented by UNH Cooperative Extension Forester Steve Roberge.

IPM Around the Home
Location: Hale
Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process you can use to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to yourself and the environment. It reduces exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. In this session, you learn about common pests and pick the best methods to control them with the least effect to yourself, pets and the environment.Presented by UNH Cooperative Extension Pesticide Safety Education & Urban IPM Coordinator Rachel Maccini.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Restoration of the American Chestnut Tree
Location: Dartmouth
Less than 100 years ago, eastern U.S. forests were dominated by large American chestnut trees. By the 1950s, this population was reduced to short-lived stump sprouts. These trees reined over 200 million acres of eastern woodlands from Maine to Florida, and from the Piedmont west to the Ohio Valley, until succumbing to a lethal fungus disease, chestnut blight. An estimated 4 billion American chestnuts, one quarter of the hardwood tree population, grew within this range prior to the blight. The blight, imported to the US on Asian chestnut trees, is a fungus and its spores are easily dispersed via air, raindrops or animals. It is a wound pathogen, entering through injuries to the tree’s bark. It spreads to the underlying vascular cambium and wood, killing these tissues as it advances. The flow of nutrients is eventually choked off to and from sections of the tree above the infection.Join Wildlife Biologist  Curt Laffin as he discusses the history and demise of this tree and efforts by the American Chestnut Foundation to restore it locally and throughout its historic range.

Vegetable & Fruit Garden Planning
Location: Stark
Learn how to better plan for success in your vegetable garden or fruit orchard so that you can improve quality and increase yields, work smarter not harder and become more environmentally friendly.
In this workshop we will cover the following: define your goals; how to start; garden location; soil testing; garden layout; seeds, plants, equipment and supplies; weeds, diseases and pests; harvest and storage.Presented by Ron Christie, Master Gardener Program Coordinator, UNH Cooperative Extension.

Creating a Community-Wide Open-Farm Day

Location: Pierce

The Open Farm Day concept is a day in which local farms open to the public for tours and demonstrations. This event raises awareness in the local community of the products available to them. It also promotes the farms involved and New Hampshire agriculture. We will talk about the nuts and bolts of how that happens.

Presented by Don Walker and Robin Donovan, Co-Founders of The Barnstead Farmers and Gardeners Network.                

1 to 2 p.m. Introduction to Raising Beef
Location: Hale

This talk begins with sourcing calves and getting them off on the right start. We will also cover balancing rations for most economical gain and how to make use of the hay or forages that are available.For more information, please contact Heather Holloway.
1 to 3 p.m. The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human
Location: Webster
A favorite 2014 Expo session returns!  Noted NH black bear expert Ben Kilham discusses black bear social interactions, communication, judicial systems, and mating. He will also sign copies of his new book, Out On a Limb and have various DVDs for sale.