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Farmers’ Markets: As Winter Turns

It’s less than 2 months until the the first Seacoast Growers Association summer farmers’ market opens in Portsmouth, and the winter farmers’ markets in Newburyport, MA, and Northwood, NH, have finished for the season. But thanks to the efforts of local consumers, craftspeople, food producers—bakers, beekeepers, farmers, ranchers, vintners, and more—and the fabulous local organizations that bring us all together, we in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire are fortunate to have several more winter markets to get us there.

Final Winter Markets

Come check out what the vendors have to offer at the last indoor markets of the season.
Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers' Market, Rollinsford, 12/5/2009

Spring Markets

Summer Markets Opening Soon!

The first summer farmers’ markets of the season usually feature early spring greens and locally grown plants to decorate your flower beds, create a vegetable garden, and add color to your life after a long winter. Other food and nonfood products will be available, too. Come see what they have to offer.

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Workshop for NH Landowners, Gardeners and Landscapers

At RiverRun Bookstore on Monday, May 18 at 7 pm: a free workshop on New Ideas for Preserving Nature: Useful Tips for NH Landowners, Gardeners, and Landscapers

With rural areas fast disappearing in the Northeast, it seems the only way to preserve our identity as a place where people, plants, and animals can share the land is to integrate the landscapes around our homes, communities, and work spaces with the natural world. What does that mean and how do you do it?

And what about landscaping’s far-reaching effects on water quality? No matter where you live in New Hampshire, the actions you take make a difference. Why? Because we all live in a watershed, where water drains into a lake, river, wetland, or coastal estuary. How do we protect that natural resource?

Take some time to “sit at the feet” of experts who will share what they’ve learned—and taught—over many years. Mary Tebo, a community forestry educator, and Lauren Chase-Rowell, a landscape design expert, will present information from two books they’ve co-authored with other experts: Landscaping at the Water’s Edge: An Ecological Approach and Integrated Landscaping: Following Nature’s Lead, both published by the UNH Cooperative Extension.

You will learn

  • How to establish landscapes that look and feel as if they belong
  • To integrate natural principles into beautifu, functional landscapes
  • To create landscapes that sustain themselves with minimum cost, energy, and effort.
  • To think in terms of plant systems, rather than mere collections of individual plants.
  • How to use and apply plant-system models designed for challenging conditions
  • Where to find alternatives to invasive species.
  • How to create landscapes that benefit wildlife, both above and below ground.

RiverRun Bookstore is located at 20 Congress Street in downtown Portsmouth. For more information on the event, visit www.riverrunbookstore.com or call (603) 431-2100. The event is free and open to the public.

Spring! Retreat at the Rowell Farm

A Retreat to Revel in the Pleasures and Practical Skills of the Season

Saturday, May 9th, 10am – 5pm

and due to demand we’ll run it again on:

Saturday, May 16th 10am – 5pm

The Rowell Farm and Homestead, Nottingham, New Hampshire

This third in a series of seasonal retreats offers direct experiences of earth-centered living to help us align our lifestyles and activities with the natural rhythms of the seasons. With Lauren Chase-Rowell and Beth Tener as your guides, you will experience a deeper sense of self-reliance and restoration of mind, body, and spirit. We are what we eat. We will explore growing and eating locally harvested food, which is a powerful and delicious way to reconnect to nature.

Enjoy a day at Lauren’s farm beginning with a tour. Her farm is a living landscape that provides food for her family and a biodiverse range of species that make it their home. We will also explore:

Collecting Wild Edible Plants – Discover nature’s bounty for free that is right outside our door; prepare what we find for lunch.
• Planting Seeds - Plant early season seeds and seedlings.
• Embracing Our Connection to Animals on a Farm – Gather in the kitchen to learn how to make simple homemade cheeses from local raw goat and cow’s milk.

We will enjoy locally-grown organic home-cooked food during the retreat, as well as rich companionship and conversation within the circle of returning and new participants.

Cost: $100 (includes lunch and snacks)

To Register: Please contact Beth Tener at tener.b@mindspring.com or call (603) 734-2878.Please register early as space is limited. We currently have a wait list for the May 9th event.

Lauren Chase-Rowell, is an ecological landscaper, an organic farmer, and a permaculture design teacher whose farm is a living classroom. She has been living the principles of sustainable living for 30 years. She is a co-author of the new book, Integrated Landscaping: Following Nature’s Lead.

Beth Tener has trained hundreds of people in ways to take personal action to create a sustainable world. She weaves her background as a yoga teacher, a practitioner of meditation, and her personal experience in green living to inspire those working on personal and social change.

In gratitude, Lauren and Beth would like to invite participants to an optional country breakfast between 8:30 – 10:00am, with time for relaxed conversation before a full and inspiring day.

Winter (Conference) Wonderland!

On March 2, NOFA-NH’s Fifth Annual Winter Conference titled “Peas Lettuce Feed You” will take place at Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton, NH, just 20 miles north of Concord. The conference features 28 workshops in 4 sessions, on food, farming, gardening, landscaping, sustainability and related topics, and will offer an potluck lunch, a Keynote, and a Market Fair showcasing local, organic and/or sustainable products, organizations, businesses, farms, and foods. All farmers, gardeners, food enthusiasts, landscapers, homesteaders and friends of the earth are welcome!

Early registration by February 20 saves $10: NOFA Members $35, non-members $45. After February 20 an additional $10 will be added to the registration fee. Potluck Lunch is free when you bring a dish to share! No time to cook? Then you may purchase a $10 ticket to the potluck.

This event and many others brought to our attention by the Office of Sustainability at UNH. Their online calendar is available here!