Monthly Archives: August 2008

Book Party at Beach Pea Bakery

Those of you who have fallen in love with the rosemary fougasse, lavender shortbread, cowgirl cookies, and other delectable breads and pastries will want to join Thomas and Mariah Roberts, Brian Smestad, and James Haller for the opening reception of their new book Artisan Breads, Pastries, Cookies, and Desserts: Techniques and Recipes from the Beach Pea Baking Co., published by Blue Tree. The event is Saturday, August 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Beach Pea Baking Co.—located at 53 State Road, Rt. 1, Kittery, Maine. Here’s a recent story about the book from The Wire. Beach Pea is also a local leader in sustainable practices for businesses and a member of Seacoast Local. We wish them every success with the book!

Slow Food Seacoast at Green Drinks

Join us tomorrow night, Thursday August 21st, for a refreshing drink after work! Slow Food Seacoast is the guest for Portsmouth Green Drinks, a casual conversation group dedicated to meeting people and sharing information about ways to live well on the earth. By all accounts it’s a fun, relaxed, and social thing to do! Green Drinks is from 6:00-9:00. There will be a brief talk on Slow Food Seacoast, followed by a fun cocktail hour. The location is the new 2 Ceres Street bar, just beneath Izzy’s Ice Cream at the corner of Ceres and Bow Streets in Portsmouth. Hope to see you there!

NH Farm History at the Farm Museum Saturday

“Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn”~ A lecture on the connected farm buildings of Northern New England by architectural historian, Professor Thomas Hubka will be held at the NH Farm Museum Saturday August 16, 4 pm in the Big Yellow Barn as part of the Museum’s Old Time Farm Days celebration. Included in Museum admission of $6 adult, free to museum members. NH Farm Museum is open Wed-Sunday 10 am to 4pm.

“Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn”~this nineteenth-century children’s rhyme describes the connected farm buildings so prevalent throughout much of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. The New Hampshire Farm Museum’s Jones and Plummer farmsteads are two of the best New Hampshire examples of this agricultural architecture. Thomas Hubka, Professor of Architecture at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and author of the classic book on the subject: Big House, House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England will speak at the NH Farm Museum in Milton on Saturday August 16th at 4 pm as part of Old Time Farm Days events. Guests are invited to particpate in the days events and tour the Jones Farmhouse at 3 pm before the talk. Tour and Talk included with Museum admission: $6 adult, free to museum members.

Fresh Chicken Delayed…but on the way!

From Seacoast Eat Local:

Due to the inclement weather on Wednesday, the mobile poultry processing unit was unable to be at Kellie Brook Farm on Wednesday, but will come on Friday. Fresh Chickens will be available at Kellie Brook Farm Saturday, August 9, Sunday, August 10, and Monday, August 11, any time of day at the farm stand in Greenland.

To the many who came to Exeter Market today for fresh chickens – you are great and we are sorry you were disappointed! It was very gratifying to see so much interest in this fantastic product. I hope the trip was worth your while as the Exeter Farmers’ Market has a lot to offer, and my apologies that we weren’t able to spread the word about the delay sooner – these are the challenges small farmers face and your support despite the setbacks and obstacles means a lot in terms of keeping small farms in business, ensuring our access to a healthy, safe, and available food supply in years to come. And the chicken will be worth it as it amazingly delicious!

Feel free to call ahead to check specific product availability, (603) 702-0342

spread the word!

Natural Resource Business institute

UNH Cooperative Extension Launches Natural Resource Business Institute
13-week course will help natural resource entrepreneurs plan for success

Perhaps you’ve thought of putting your open fields to better use by raising beef cattle for the local market. Or, for some extra summer income, adding Pick-Your Own raspberries to your Christmas tree operation. Maybe you’ve wondered about the feasibility of producing shitake mushrooms on your woodlot, boarding horses or starting a campground. Should you diversify a multi-generation dairy operation to increase income opportunities that will encourage your children to keep farming after you retire?

People who earn all or part of their living from agricultural, horticultural, or forest-based enterprises have unique needs for information and support. To meet those needs, an interdisciplinary team of UNH Cooperative Extension staff has teamed with outside experts to offer a 13-week Natural Resource Business Institute (NRBI) this Fall at UNH Thompson School of Applied Sciences in Durham.

This first-of-its-kind course will provide individuals and families who want to start or expand a natural resource-based business with the essential information and preparation they need to be successful.

“New Hampshire has been the fastest growing state in New England for the last four decades,” says Extension agricultural business management specialist Mike Sciabarrasi. “One major consequence of this growth is that the state is losing approximately 20,000 acres of open space to development every year. These agricultural and forest lands being lost to other land uses provide essential ecological services such as clean water and air, groundwater recharge, and wildlife habitat. They provide the scenic backdrop that draws people here to live and visit.”

“Sustainable profitable farms and forestry enterprises” working landscapes” are essential for preserving these natural resources for future generations,” says Sciabarrasi. “We believe outreach education is the best way to strengthen the economic viability of the state’s natural resource businesses.”

NRBI participants will develop an operating plan for a farming or forestry business as they learn about biological systems, soils, and natural resource inventories, product and service marketing, enterprise profitability and legal matters particular to natural resource businesses. They’ll explore the human dynamics of running a family business (e.g., defining roles and responsibilities, handling conflict, managing time, and hiring outside labor). NRBI participants will also learn how government agencies and financial institutions work with farm and forestry ventures, and they’ll leave well-connected to a wide variety of advisors and technical experts. They’ll receive valuable feedback from a peer support network of other natural-resources entrepreneurs.

“From decades of advising people who make their living from the land, Cooperative Extension educators understand the importance of helping natural resources entrepreneurs evaluate their business ideas carefully and learn to identify both opportunities and potential pitfalls,” says Sciabarrasi. “Participants will end up with a realistic operating plan, saving themselves money, time and anguish by discovering fatal flaws in their original ideas.”

Target audiences include individuals and families starting or planning a natural-resource business, current land-based business owners considering changes or expansions to their operations, families looking for ways to pass viable operations on to the next generation, high school and college students exploring career options, and landowners looking to earn retirement income from their land.

The course meets all USDA Farm Service Agency borrower certification requirements. Participants can also earn 4 continuing education credits through the UNH Professional Development and Training program.

Natural Resources Business Institute

Dates and times: Wednesday evenings, September 10 through December 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: UNH Thompson School, Durham, NH
For more information or to register call UNH Cooperative Extension Nada Haddad at 603-679-5616 or Geoffrey Njue 603-749-4445.
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