Monthly Archives: September 2007

Blueberry School

Blueberries: From Planting To Harvest & Processing: What Can Go wrong?

UNH Cooperative Extension will be presenting a workshop on Monday, October 29, 2007 evening from 5:30 to 9:00 on Blueberries: From Planting To Harvest & Processing. Topics to be covered are: site and plant selection, management, prevention and control of diseases, insects and birds; organic and alternative control options; blueberry budget enterprise; marketing, value – added products and homestead food licensing. Presenters are: UNH Cooperative Extension Specialists Mike Sciabarrasi, Becky Grube, Cheryl Smith, Alan Eaton, Extension Educator Nada Haddad, and Rupa Laverdiere, Supervisor with the Food Protection Section with the NH Department of Health and Human Services. Pesticide recertification credits will be offered (2.5 for private and commercial applicators). The workshop will be held at the Rokingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood on North Road. The auditorium is fully handicap accessible. The workshop is free. To reserve a spot call UNH Cooperative Extension at 679-5616. For more information visit:

Year of the Goat Night

Karl Schatz of SF Portland writes:

I wanted to let everyone know that Margaret and I will be taking part
in the Food Journey series at Frontier Cinema & Cafe in Brunswick next
Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Margaret will be reading from her book, The Year of the Goat: 40,000
Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese
. We’ll be screening our
documentary short “Goat Love”, with a discussion, book signing and
cheese tasting of local maine goat cheeses to follow.

The event is free and starts at 6:30pm

There’s more information and directions on the Frontier website:

Peak Soil

Slow Food Portland alerts us to this event tomorrow:

Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International to Speak at Frontier Café Tuesday, September 25th at 7pm

Gardening and local foods advocate, Roger Doiron, will speak at Frontier Café on September 25th at 7pm. His multimedia presentation, Dig In: Enjoying Peak Flavors and Peak Health in a Time of Peak Oil and Peak Anxiety offers an informative and entertaining look at our food system including the challenges we face and the opportunities and resources we have for meeting them. Whether you are a gardener, cook, or eater, you will find much food-for-thought in this talk.

A Budding Home-grown Revival

Concerns about the environment, food safety, and health are leading a new generation of people to discover the “localest” foods of all: the foods they grow themselves. Small-scale food production and processing, both at home and on the farm, played an important role in our past and will be even more critical in the future as communities work to build vibrant and healthy local economies.

About Roger Doiron and Kitchen Gardeners International

Roger has been called the “Al Gore of the garden” for his work in making the connection between little picture issues like home gardens and big ones like global warming, food security, and social justice. He is the founding director of the nonprofit group Kitchen Gardeners International, a network of over 4600 gardeners and home cooks from 80 countries. KGI’s mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve greater levels of food self-reliance through the promotion of kitchen gardening, home-cooking, and sustainable local food systems. In doing so, KGI seeks to connect, serve, and expand the global community of people who grow some of their own food.

When Roger’s not working in his own garden or talking about gardens, he’s writing about them. His articles and op-eds on food and gardening have appeared in many places including Saveur, Organic Gardening, Mother Earth News, the Chicago Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor.

Visit Kitchen Gardeners International on the web at


S.O.S.: Save The Chickens!
Trouble In The Barnyard
A program of Kittery Adult Education

Come learn all about chickens from Joe Marquette, Italian teacher/ poultry
farmer, and Barnyard historian and entrepreneur! You will learn about the
variety of breeds of poultry (endangered and common), their ancient history
and characteristics, the “slow food” movement, the American Livestock
Breeds Conservation group (ALBC) and the Society of Preservation of
Poultry Antiquities (SPPA). He will also discuss old fashioned farming
methods vs. modern technology. You’ll learn everything you need to know
for the upcoming country fairs and what to consider when buying your next
chicken at the market!

Joe Marquette, when he is not teaching Italian, co-runs “Yellow House
Farm”. On his farm he made a conscious effort to preserve some of the more
endangered breeds of poultry. Presently he has 9 varieties of “Heritage”
chickens, along with turkey, guinea fowl and goats.

Kittery Resident Fee: $10, $12 Nonresident
Oct. 1, Mon., 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information, call 207-439-5896 or

Dover Digs

Slow Food Seacoast received this notice recently:

“A few citizens of Dover are in the beginning stages of creating a community vegetable garden. We are having an organizational meeting on Wednesday, September 26th. All are welcome to participate and we are asking for help in spreading the word.


Greetings Local Food Advocates,

The City of Dover has granted the authority to build and maintain a community garden off of Sixth St. next to Beckwith Park. The garden site has been mowed, and the soil can now be prepared for next year’s growing season. Several people have expressed interest in becoming stewards of the garden. Now it is time to gather these volunteers to create a design and plan of action.

The first organizational meeting will be held Wednesday, September 26th, at 6:00pm. Anyone and everyone are invited and welcome. Even the most experienced gardener learns something new each year, so by no means should anyone feel embarrassed about their lack of a green thumb.

We will first meet in the parking lot of Beckwith Park to observe the future garden grounds, and we recommend dressing accordingly. After the tour of the site, we will go to the McConnell Center cafeteria for the rest of the meeting. We will have the expertise and assistance of Garen Heller (Back River Farm, Dover) and Lauren Chase-Rowell (Northeast Organic Farmers Association, NH Chapter). Beckwith Park is off of Hillside Dr., just .5 miles down Sixth St from Central Ave., on the left. If you’re still not sure how to get there or if you need a ride, please e-mail us.

Again, everyone is welcome and we encourage you to share this notice with anyone you feel may be interested. We want the Dover Community Garden to be inviting for all! :-)

Please e-mail Eric Kelsey or Matt Polzin if you plan to come so we know who to expect. Additionally, please fee free to contact us if you have any questions, comments, or ideas you would like to share with the group.

Thanks, and we hope to see you on September 26th!

Eric Kelsey

Matt Polzin