3-6Annual NH Farm, Forest & Garden Expo Celebrates 40 Years!

Award Winners Recognized at Annual Ceremony

The 40th annual NH Farm, Forest & Garden Exposition was held on May 5-6 2023 at the Deerfield Fairgrounds.  The event featured a busy trade show showcasing the latest in agricultural and forest technology and educational workshops and demonstrations with something for everyone, from the hobbyist to the professional.

The annual industry awards reception, held on  May 5th, recognized individuals and businesses for outstanding contributions to their industry. The winners are as follows:

NH Farms of Distinction is a program of the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food that annually recognizes those New Hampshire Farms that go the extra mile to keep their busy farmsteads neat and attractive, thereby portraying a positive image for New Hampshire agriculture. The 2023 winners are:

Cold Springs Farm

Cold Springs Farm in Farmington, owned and operated by the Bartlett family raises award-winning milking shorthorns.

This farm features a state-of-the-art dairy operation with a herd of nationally recognized Milking Shorthorn cattle. The animals are milked with a robot and occupy an innovative barn designed for maximum cow comfort and efficient feeding and management.

 Adjacent buildings accommodate young stock and storage of feed and machinery and nearby is the farmhouse. The setting is a scenic location along a ridge and is surrounded by lush meadows and pasture. The premises is invariably neat and well-maintained and presents a positive view of New Hampshire agriculture.

Congratulations to Cold Springs Farm for being recognized as a New Hampshire Farm of Distinction.

Photo: Senator Maggie Hassan, NH Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper, Bill Bartlett, Courtney Gould, Congressman Chris Pappas.

MacGlaflin Farm

MacGlaflin Farm in Claremont, has been in operation in New Hampshire since 1996. Ed MacGlaflin, his son Jason and his wife Julie operate the farm with a group of talented employees milking 450 cows as members of AgriMark cooperative.

They raise their own replacement heifers and crops around 600 acres of owned and leased farmland. Their calves are raised in groups on free-choice milk. They began introducing polled genetics in 2015 with over 33% of the herd being polled today.

Conserving and properly managing resources is critical to the operation at MacGlaflin Farm. They are an active member of the Connecticut River Watershed Farmer Alliance.

MacGlaflin Farm was also honored as the 2022 New Hampshire Green Pastures Award winner at Eastern States Exposition recognizing them as New Hampshire’s dairy farm of the year.

Congratulations to MacGlaflin Farm.

Photo: Congressman Chris Pappas, Senator Maggie Hassan, NH Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper, Julie and Jason MacGlaflin.

Manning Hill Farm

Sarah Costa and Sam Canonica are 1st generation farmers that started Manning Hill Farm in Winchester, back in 2010 from scratch.  They are a small, diversified dairy farm with a state and federally inspected milk plant on site, along with a farm store. 

They milk a unique breed of heritage dairy cows, Dutch Belted, and gently vat pasteurize and bottle in returnable glass all the milk produced from their herd.  They also raise laying hens, broiler chickens, beef and pork all on pasture, along with 200 acres of managed woodlands and 2,500 tapped maples.  

They market and distribute all of their own products locally in a 30-mile radius from the farm.  The farm is located at the end of a dirt road with scenic views of the Connecticut River valley. 

Stephen H Taylor Agricultural Leadership Award. Named for former NH Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Taylor, the Farm, Forest & Garden Expo’s founding father. This award recognizes outstanding work by an individual who works professionally in the field of agriculture – Gail McWilliam Jellie.

Gail McWilliam Jellie has been a force for good in New Hampshire agriculture for over three decades, devoting her career to nurturing and advancing agriculture and farming in the state. Growing up on a dairy farm, Gail has brought that work ethic to her roles as a UNH Extension Educator and in leading the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food’s Division of Agricultural Development for nearly 30 years.

Gail’s impact on the health and vitality of New Hampshire agriculture stems from an ability to listen to the needs of and bring together farmers, producers, processors, markets and consumers to find new ways of working together. She was integral in the creation and success of organizations like NH Made, the NH Farm to Restaurant Connection and the development of New Hampshire’s Buy Local marketing campaigns. Her work in creating matchmaking events for wholesale buyers and NH farmers has been fundamental in increasing the amount of local food products gaining access to new markets. She has shepherded NH farms through changing industry dynamics supporting the economic success of farmers’ markets, agritourism and direct-to-consumer sales.

In working to promote the diversity and quality of New Hampshire farmers and producers, Gail has been a true champion guiding the efforts of the New Hampshire Building at the Eastern States Exposition, playing a key role in support of Harvest New England, and being a devoted board member for the Farm, Forest & Garden Expo, to name a few.

Gail leads by example, working quietly, thoughtfully and creatively always giving appreciation and credit to the contributions of collaborators. Her efforts have garnered her recognition and appreciation from countless NH farm organizations and from outside of the agricultural industry being named a New Hampshire Game Changer in 2014 by New Hampshire Magazine.

Gail McWilliam Jellie embodies the spirit of the Stephen H. Taylor Leadership Award through her dedication to the success and well-being of farm families and the flourishing of local agriculture in New Hampshire.

Photo: Senator Maggie Hassan, Gail McWilliam Jellie, Steve Taylor – past NH Commissioner of Agriculture.

Andrew L. Felker Memorial Award for leadership in promoting the growth and prosperity of New Hampshire agriculture – Keith Sarasin.

Chef Keith Sarasin is an author, chef, speaker and restauranteur who began his culinary career at the age of 15, working at a locally owned sub shop washing dishes and making subs. As he developed his craft, he went on to work with a variety of restaurants working his way up from Sous Chef to Executive Chef.

Keith worked as a private chef before founding The Farmers Dinner in 2012. The Farmers Dinner hosts upscale dinners on local New England Farms. Since 2012, it has hosted over 87 farm-to-table events across New England and fed more than 17,000 customers raising over $125,000 for local farms.

Keith’s work has been integral in encouraging local restaurants and their suppliers to adopt buying local as a practice and to develop locally grown foods as a commonplace feature on their menus. His passion for integrating farmers and their products into the world of fine dining has helped shift trends in wholesale suppliers and distributors to feature local foods more often and through the same access points as regional, national, and imported foods.

Using his experiences, Keith has been a mentor and inspiration to many professional Chefs creating a culture of businesses supporting businesses. Joining in on the trend of “Pop Up” restaurants, where Chefs show up to run a different menu in someone else’s space, Keith has spread the good word of local food to the restaurant world and been a true advocate for farmers and local food.

This work has demonstrated significant contributions to the health and vitality of NH agriculture making Keith Sarasin a worthy recipient of the Andrew L. Felker Memorial Award.

Photo: Jayson McCarter – Expo President, Keith Sarasin, Senator Maggie Hassan.

Fred E. Beane Memorial Award for fair, accurate and effective reporting of news and issues impacting farming and forestry in the state – Carole Soule (not pictured).

Carole Soule and her husband Bruce Dawson operate the Miles Smith Farm in Loudon, New Hampshire. They both came from professional occupations and embraced the farm lifestyle as a change of pace. They are known for their grass-fed Scottish Highlander beef cows, Elspeth’s Place Learning Barn, Farm Camp, and the Farm House Inn. The beef, lamb and pork products are sold at the farm store, which brings many people to their place for a farm experience. All these activities create the backdrop and material for the human-interest stories she writes about the farm.

Every Sunday Carole has a feature in the “Your Life” section of the Concord Monitor entitled “Carole’s Corner, as well as published by the Laconia Daily Sun and online publications.  Here she educates the public about real life on the farm. It is not all romantic, as she tells of the heartbreak of a calf being still-born, losing a prize bull to an injury, or dealing with frozen water pipes in the winter. She tells her true stories in a very folksy way that draws people into experiences that used to be common when people had the memory of visiting grandfather’s farm. Each article is usually accompanied by a profile shot of herself with a cow and colored pictures of the animal or incident covered in the story.

Carole embodies the spirit of the Fred Beane Award. Fred was known for having a nose for agricultural news and getting it into a prominent place in the newspaper, and Carol is telling the joys, heart aches and rewards of rural life to many urban readers in the greater Concord area and beyond.

The Joseph Battles Memorial Award:

The Joseph Battles Memorial Exhibitor award is presented each year by the NH Farm & Forest Expo Board of Directors to recognize those exhibitors that make an extra effort with their booth design and appearance. Exhibits are judged on a variety of criteria including message clarity, overall design, and use of Expo theme. The 2023 winner is New Hampshire Grange.

Congressman Chris Pappas, Senator Maggie Hassan, Gloria Davis – NH Grange, Rachel Maccini – Expo Vice President.

For more information about the NH Farm & Forest Expo, visit www.nhfarmadforestexpo.org.

Andrew L. Felker Award

The Andrew L. Felker Award recognizes distinguished achievement in fostering the economic advancement of agriculture in New Hampshire.

 Year Awarded
 Recipient  Organization
2023 Keith Sarasin
2021 Steve Taylor Former Commissioner of Agriculture
2020 Tyler Hardy Brookdale Fruit Farm
2019 Pooh Sprague Edgewater Farm
2018 Tara Sad Former NH State Legislator
2017 Robert Haefner Former NH State Legislator
2016 John Moulton Moulton Farms
2015 Helen Brody NH Farms Network
2014 David Kennard Wellscroft Fence
2013 Chip Hardy Brookdale Farms
2012  Helen Costello NH Food Bank
2011 Charlie Burke NH Farm-to-Restaurant
2010 Diane Souther Apple Hill Farm
2009 Sarah Zoe Patterson Seacoast Eat Local
2008 Dr. Edwin Blaisdell Veterinarian
2007 Jeannie McIntyre Upper Valley Land Trust
2006 Carl Schmidt
(Mike Speltz – Honorable Mention)
NH Preservation Committee
2005 Webb Palmer Alvirne High School
2004 Eero Ruutilla  
 2003  Hanover Consumer Cooperative  
 2002 Erick Leadbetter Gould Hill Farm
 2001 Lorraine Merrill Freelance Writer
 2000 Phil Ferdinando J & F Farms
 1999 Carl Adams Adams Farm
 1998 Gary & Sabrina Mattson New England Anenomes
 1997 Frank & Pauline Scruton Scruton Dairy
 1996 Huntington Family Pleasant View Gardens
 1995 Dr. Gene Hussey Veterinarian
 1994 Gordon Anderson  
 1993 Dave & Edwina Morrill  Morrill Farm
 1992 John York  
 1991 Elizabeth Greene  
 1990 Eleanor & Frank Whittemore
Elwin & Betty Hardy
Brookdale Farms
 1989 Stacey Cole  
 1988 Frank & Maggie Hall Dairy Farmers, Unity, NH
 1987 Jack Weeks Weeks Dairy
 1986  RN “Jack” Johnson RN Johnson, Walpole, NH
 1985 Betsy Booth NH Llama
 1984 Marilyn Campbell Dairy Farmer/Legislator

Fred E. Beane Award

The Fred E. Beane Award recognizes an individual or organization in the communications field for effective coverage or agriculture and public issues affecting agriculture in New Hampshire, including forestry.

 Year Awarded
2023 Carole Soule Miles Smith Farm
2020 Jasen Stock NH Timberland Owners Association
2019 Josh Marshall NH Farm Bureau
2018 Ray Brewer WMUR-TV
2017 Elodie Reed Concord Monitor
2016 Paula Tracy Union Leader & WMUR-TV
2015 Roger B. Swain Victory Garden & Noted Author
2014 David Anderson Society for the Protection of NH Forests
2013 Nancy Bean Foster Union Leader/NH Sunday News
2012 Angel Roy Hippo Press
2011 David Brooks Nashua Telegraph
2010 Peter St. James WTPL 107.7 FM
2009 Dan Gorenstein
(Honorable Mention – Sabrina Matteson)
NH Public Radio
(NH Farm Bureau)
2008  Roger Amsden Union Leader
2007  Nate Pardue  
2006  Jason Hirsch Associated Press
2005  Ronald Jager Book Author
2004  Amanda Perry Union Leader
2003 Patrick O’Grady Eagle Times
2002  WMUR-TV  
2001  Edith Tucker Coos County Democrat
2000  Jim Graham Concord Monitor
1999  Hilary Nelson Concord Monitor
1998  Nancy Gray Coos County Democrat
1997  Jessie Salsibury Milford Cabinet
1996  Erich Aldrich Keene Sentinel
1995  Peter St. James WNNH Radio
1994  Brian Roarke Keene Sentinel
 1993  Al Nettel Union Leader
 1992  Andrea Heil Valley News
 1991  John Harrigan Coos County Democrat
 1990 John Milne Boston Globe
 1989  Lorraine Merrill Freelance Writer
1988  Concord Monitor  
 1987  Adolphe Bernotas Associated Press
 1986  WKXL Radio  
 1985  Peg Boyles NH Times
 1984  Terry Lochhead & John Rudolph WEVO Radio 

Stephen H. Taylor Leadership Award For Agriculture Professionals

The Stephen H. Taylor Leadership Award recognizes an individual or business/organization currently working in the field of agriculture exemplifying leadership in the field of agriculture and consumer awareness and education regarding agriculture and agricultural issues.

 Year Awarded
2023 Gail McWilliam-Jellie Former Director NH Department of Agriculture
2022 Seth Wilner UNH Cooperative Extension
2020 Mike Lynch National Resource Conservation Services (NRCS)
2019 Stacy Luke Merrimack County Conservation District
2018 Alan Eaton UNH Cooperative Extension
2017 Catherine Violette UNH Cooperative Extension
2016 Mike Sciabarrasi UNH Cooperative Extension
2015 Amanda Costello Littleton Cheshire County Conservation District
2014 George Hamilton UNH Cooperative Extension
2013 John C. Porter UNH Cooperative Extension