Workshops being added regularly. Full schedule coming!
Room location and times may be adjusted. Please check the schedule when you arrive.
Masks are required during workshops. Seating will be limited so plan to arrive early.

Maintaining Your Old Barn
Friday, February 4, 11-11:45am – HALE
New Hampshire Preservation Alliance

Barn maintenance can be a daunting task if you let it get ahead of you! And as we all know, deferred maintenance, including insect damage, can lead to costly repairs. Join barn contractor Ian Blackman and UNH Extension’s Rachel Maccini to learn best practices and practical tips on old barn care. Blackman will provide advice on water management, structural issues and general maintenance concerns, and Maccini will offer tips on best approaches for keeping rodents, bats and wildlife out of your barn, as well as controlling bug infestations. This is a not-to-be-missed session for barn owners and stewards. And bring your question – there’ll be plenty of time for Q&A with our experts too!

Presenters: Ian Blackman, owner of Ian Blackman LLC, Restoration & Preservation and Rachel Maccini, Program Coordinator, UNH Extension, Pesticide Safety Education Program

CANCELLED – An agricultural employer’s guide to federal labor law compliance: An overview of the agricultural related Acts enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division.

Friday, February 4th from 2:30-4pm – STARK
USDOL/Wage and Hour Division (Northern New England District Office)

The presentation will focus on the various protections extended to different types of agricultural workers under the statutes administered by the Wage and Hour Division.  The Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage, overtime, child labor requirements will be discussed, as well as compliance principles under the H-2A Program and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act; including wages, transportation, housing, recordkeeping, and employee disclosure requirements.  The presentation will also cover the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s field sanitation provisions relating to toilets, hand-washing facilities, potable drinking water, and providing information regarding good hygiene practices.  A Q&A period will follow the PowerPoint presentation, time permitting.  Compliance assistance materials will be available.

Presenter: Brian Cleasby, Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist
USDOL/Wage & Hour Division
Northern New England District Office
Manchester, NH

Brian joined the Wage & Hour Division in 1995 after graduating from Bates College in Lewiston, ME with a BA in Political Science.  Prior to transitioning to his current position in September 2020, Brian was a Wage and Hour Investigator for 25 years.  During his time as an investigator, he was involved with enforcing the full range of federal labor laws enforced by the Division; including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Davis Bacon and Related Acts, the Service Contract Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act, and the “H” visa programs under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Brian has been the recipient of numerous awards during his career, including the Secretary’s Exceptional Service Impact Award, the Distinguished Career Service Award, and the Mark D. Falk Public Service Recognition Award.

New Hampshire Firewood Regulations – Protecting the Consumer and the Forests
Friday, February 4th from 3-4pm – WEBSTER
NH Dept. Agriculture, Markets & Food 
Firewood is locally-sourced energy that is widely available, affordable, and supports local economies – but unfamiliarity with firewood regulations can burn the consumer, producer, and forests. This session will cover the basics of Weights and Measures firewood regulations and the state’s exterior firewood quarantine. Learn about consumer protection and pest risks associated with firewood. Consumers and firewood producers will benefit from this introduction to firewood regulations. The session will be a joint presentation from Div. Weights and Measures and Div. Plant Industry personnel.

Presenters: Cheryl Ayer, Director Div. Weights and Measures and Piera Siegert, State Entomologist and Div. Plant Industry

Flowering Trees and Shrubs for Pollinators and Wildlife
Friday, February 4, 2:30pm – HALE
UNH Cooperative Extension

When gardeners think of designing a landscape for pollinators, they may imagine a colorful bed of herbaceous flowers. However, flowering trees and shrubs are essential parts of the habitat required to support a wide variety of pollinators and other wildlife species. Not only do they provide food, but they also offer year-round shelter and nesting places. In this presentation you’ll learn about blooming trees and shrubs that provide both beauty and important habitat in the garden.

Presenter: Emma Erler, Landscape Horticulture Field Specialist

NH Homestead Act Part 1: Selling Homemade Food in New Hampshire
Saturday, February 5 9am-9:45am – PIERCE
UNH Cooperative Extension

Starting a homestead food business is a dream of many home cooks. Beginning small, in your own kitchen, with shelf-stable baked goods and other allowed foods, is a practical way to try out this venture. Find out when you are exempt from requiring a NH Homestead license and when you are non-exempt and need a Homestead H license. This class is beneficial for anyone looking to sell food from their home kitchen, especially when selling at farmers markets and farm stands. The class will include an overview of the Homestead Act and will allow time for questions and answers. The UNH Extension fact sheet series “Selling Homemade Food Products in New Hampshire” will be available for participants.

Contact: Ann Hamilton & Mary Saucier Choate

Mary Saucier Choate and Ann Hamilton are UNH Extension Food Safety Field Specialists who work with farmers, food processors, and food service workers to help them to improve the food safety environment of their farm and facilities. Clients become more food safety competent, confident, and knowledgeable. Through Extension, they work with clients individually and via workshops and classes to assist them with understanding how food safety practices may affect the quality, consistency, and food safety of their products.

Winter Tree Identification
Saturday, February 5, 9am-10am – STARK
NH Division of Forests and Lands

Join the NH Division of Forests and Lands staff for an information presentation on How to Identify Trees in the Winter.  Our staff will have samples of trees for participants to view up close and really learn about the unique features on all trees.  If you have a favorite tree in your yard bring a few photos to the class and we can help you to identify the tree.  Try to capture the entire form of the tree, then the bark at the base and a few pictures of the small branches and buds.

Presenter: A.J. Dupere, Urban Forester

Hay! How to tell what’s it’s really offering your animals
Saturday, February 5th 9am – 9:45am – WEBSTER
Poulin Grain

Hay is hay, right? Wrong! Forage is the foundation of most livestock diets, but often goes underrated or misunderstood in terms of it’s influence on the overall diet. Dan Wright, Poulin Grain feed specialist dives into types of forage, the importance of analysis, how to read test results, and how that information should guide your management decisions. If you own or manage any animal that consumes forage (hay, haylage, pasture, etc) you won’t want to miss this deeper look into what it truly offers, and how you can use that information to maximize your animal’s health and performance!

Presenter: Dan Wright

Dan Wright has 30 years experience as the Director of Sales for the wholesale feeds division of Poulin Grain Inc., a Northeast based, family owned feed and nutrition company offering a complete line of premium equine and livestock feeds. Dan spends his days working directly with equine and livestock farms to take a closer look at nutritional strategies, management practices, forage quality, and other data to help animals achieve peak performance and health. With an on-site lab, Poulin Grain’s unique forage testing program allows a high level of precision when it comes to your animal’s diet, and provides the foundation for the thousands of precise recommendations delivered right to your home or farm. That means more complete nutrition, less guessing, healthier animals and happier owners.

NH Homestead Act Part 2: When is a Commercial Kitchen Food License Required?
Saturday, February 5, 10am-10:45am – PIERCE
UNH Cooperative Extension

Perhaps you have been thinking about selling acidified or fermented foods, such as salsa, pickles, relishes, or sauerkraut under the Homestead Act. To produce these foods, you will need to move up from a home kitchen to a commercial kitchen. With this comes the added responsibilities of obtaining a license and following additional rules & regulations. This class is beneficial for anyone looking to sell acidified, fermented, and refrigerated foods. We will include an overview of when you need a commercial license, important food safety guidelines, and time for questions and answers. The UNH Extension fact sheet series “Selling Homemade Food Products in New Hampshire” will be available for participants.

Presenters: Ann Hamilton & Mary Saucier Choate

Mary Saucier Choate and Ann Hamilton are UNH Extension Food Safety Field Specialists who work with farmers, food processors, and food service workers to help them to improve the food safety environment of their farm and facilities. Clients become more food safety competent, confident, and knowledgeable. Through Extension, they work with clients individually and via workshops and classes to assist them with understanding how food safety practices may affect the quality, consistency, and food safety of their products.

How to Live (reasonably well) with Coyotes
Saturday, February 5, 10:30-11:15am – WEBSTER
NH Wildlife Coalition

Coyote mating season is upon us and pups will soon need whole food. How can you anticipate problems and how will you address them? If you lamb in early spring or produce livestock of any kind, you’ll want some easy-to-do tips to keep the newly born safe. Coyotes are a fact if life now and knowing this animal is your best protection from problems.

Presenter: Chris Schadler, Chair of the Webster Conservation Commission; NH and VT Representative, Project Coyote; Co-Founder NH Wildlife Coalition

New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar- Fencing Options for Small Ruminants
Saturday, February 5, 11am-noon – STARK
UNH Cooperative Extension

Goats and sheep can be a challenge to keep fenced into a pasture. Traditional woven wire or electric fence can be adequate if properly installed. Dave Kennard, of Wellscroft Fence Systems, LLC, is a recognized expert and distributor of fencing materials, and he will cover proper grounding, post placement, wire types, etc. This will be of interest to small and large producers and provide the basic concepts for fence layout and rotational grazing.

Presenter: 10:30 AM- 11:00 AM- ADGA District #1 informational meeting with Phil Cassette, Cliff Parker, and Tom Cox

11:00 AM- Noon- Fencing Options for Small Ruminants- Dave Kennard, Wellscroft Fence Systems, Harrisville, NH

David Kennard of Wellscroft Fence Systems has helped thousands of farmers in the Northeast design fence systems for the protection of crops and livestock for over 40 years. He has field tested his fencing products on his own 300-acre farm, one of the largest working sheep farms in New England. David is a regular speaker at NOFA conferences and farm shows, and hosts popular educational workshops such as Lambing Clinics, Fence Clinics and Grazing Workshops. Along with his son, Colin, and their hard-working border collies, he also delights audiences with his informative and entertaining herding demonstrations at county fairs, sheep festivals, and farm days throughout New England.

Opportunities and Challenges in Agritourism
Saturday, February 5, 1pm-1:45pm – STARK
UNH Cooperative Extension

Are you interested in hosting visitors on your farm? Farm stays, events, and activities can be great ways to generate more income from your property, but there can be unexpected obstacles and requirements along the way. In this interactive session, we invite farmers, property owners, entrepreneurs, and others who are curious about agritourism or already engaged in it to share questions, concerns and suggestions and collectively workshop their ideas. We’ll discuss some agritourism trends and statistics and guide you to additional resources to help your business planning and development process.

Presenters: Jada Lindblom, Penelope Whitman & Gail McWilliam Jellie

Jada Lindblom, Ph.D., is a community & economic development field specialist with UNH Cooperative Extension based in Belknap County. Her interests include rural tourism development, heritage-based tourism, and outdoor recreation. She enjoys working with community members on projects that celebrate the state’s unique history, diverse natural resources, and rural way of life.

Penelope Whitman is a community & economic development field specialist with UNH Cooperative Extension based in Sullivan County. Her background includes responsible tourism policy and development in the Republic of Palau via Peace Corps Response. She is currently working on a regional destination development project in western New Hampshire.

Gail McWilliam Jellie is the Director of Agricultural Development for the NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food, a position she has held since 1993.  Prior to that, she worked for ten years as an Extension Educator in Agricultural Resources with the UNH Cooperative Extension in the Sullivan County office and has worked in farm retail store management.  In her current position she develops market opportunities for New Hampshire agricultural producers. McWilliam Jellie holds a BS Degree in Animal Science from the University of Vermont and a Master’s degree in Education from Keene State College in New Hampshire.

Calf Health and Management Begins at Birth
Saturday, February 5, 1pm – 1:45pm – WEBSTER
UNH Cooperative Extension

Profitable calf performance begins with how the calf is treated at birth. We will discuss colostrum management, how it should be fed and feeding the dam to optimize colostrum quality. We will also discuss how feeding calves after colostrum should be conducted including milk or milk replacer feeding and the conversion of the gut from a preruminant to a ruminant. The target audience for this presentation are people interested in raising calves and full-time and part-time cattle producers. This presentation can be of benefit to goat and sheep producers as well. This presentation will be in lecture format (powerpoint) with some demonstrations.

Presented by: Peter Erickson, UNH Extension Dairy Specialist and Professor of Dairy Management

Pollinator Garden Certification
Saturday, February 5, 1-2:30pm – PIERCE
UNH Cooperative Extension – Master Gardeners

New Hampshire is home to a diverse array of pollinators, however declines of insects, native bees, and birds are well documented. Habitat loss is a significant driver of those declines. UNH Extension staff and New Hampshire Master Gardener volunteers have been taking action to protect pollinators by planting pollinator-friendly gardens and providing education to the gardening public. Now, New Hampshire gardeners and landowners like you have the opportunity to certify your gardens or property as “pollinator-friendly.” This session will help to ensure you are providing for the needs of pollinators, and also to help spread the word about the importance of pollinators and how others can join this effort. In this interactive workshop members of the Pollinator Garden Certification Committee will walk you through the 4-step process to help you review and prepare your garden/property for the application requirements.
Presenters: Donna Miller and Ruth Droescher, Advanced Master Gardeners, UNH Cooperative Extension | Nate Bernitz, Extension Program Manager, UNH Cooperative Extension

Donna Miller: Donna has been a NH Master Gardener since 2010 and a Natural Resource Steward since 2011. Last year she was certified as an Advanced Master Gardener specializing in pollinators and native plants. She and her husband have a small farm, Petals in the Pines in Canterbury, specializing in cut-flowers and nature education programs for kids and adults. They have 2 pollinator meadows and the farm is certified as a Monarch Way Station with Monarch Watch, a Xerces Society certified pollinator habitat–and now they are “On the Map” with Homegrown National Park.

Ruth Droescher: Ruth Droescher is an Advanced Master Gardener with the University of New Hampshire Extension. She has also completed the Extension’s Natural Resources Stewards program and is also a presenter for their “Speaking for Wildlife” program. She has gardened in New England since childhood, and in New Hampshire for over 24 years. Her yard is registered with the National Wildlife Federation as Certified Wildlife Habitat, and also certified as a Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch. She works at her local garden center in Henniker, and as Landscape Designer and an Herbalist Education Advisor.

Nate Bernitz: After addressing thousands of inquiries to the UNH Extension Infoline, Nate Bernitz has become a trusted source for home horticulture and general Extension information in New Hampshire and beyond. He co-hosts the popular Granite State Gardening podcast, regularly hosts Facebook LIVE events, and has authored numerous gardening and homesteading Extension articles. In addition to his innovative outreach, Nate’s passion for top-quality customer service fuels his work as Extension’s public engagement manager, where he works with volunteers and staff to provide and promote the programs, services and expertise the pubic seeks to improve their lives and communities.

Orchid Replanting Demonstration
Saturday, February 5, 1pm – Garden Showcase Area
Join the NH Orchid Society for this informative demonstration inside the expo hall.
Chainsaw Safety and Routine Maintenance
Saturday, February 5, 2022, 2:15-3:15pm – WEBSTER
UNH Cooperative Extension

Chainsaw operation can be an enjoyable activity, but it is also dangerous one. During this presentation we will review basic chainsaw safety including safe starting procedures, body mechanics, personal protective equipment, safety features on modern saws, reactive forces when operating a saw, and good habits when working in the woods. During this session there will also be a demonstration of routine maintenance to make work safer and more efficient including proper chain tensioning, bar maintenance, chain sharpening, and depth gauge setting.

Presenter: Mike Gagnon, Natural Resources Field Specialist

Palmer CTE Center and Alvirne Farm and Forest
Where are we finding the next generation of natural resources employees?
Saturday, February 5th 2:15-3:45pm – STARK

The  Palmer CTE Center is co-located with the Alvirne Dairy Farm and Alvirne Forest in Hudson, NH. Students enrolled in classes are actively involved in the animal care and management of the 100 acre forest.
This presentation is for multiple audiences – student (and their parents) who would be interested in attending and farms who would be interested in student interns.
This session will be a brief lecture about the school and its operations followed by an interactive Q&A
Presented by: Eric Frauwirth, Director

Dr. Eric Frauwirth has spent over 20 years working in career & technical education at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. In his current role, Eric oversees the operation of the
Palmer CTE Center in Hudson, NH. With a background in culinary arts and a passion for the environment, having a working dairy farm and 100acre forest as part of the school campus makes going to work every day a pleasure.