May 23 – Drip Irrigation Workshop by UNH Coop Extenstion Service, Conway NH

Drip Irrigation Demonstration
(Wednesday 05/22/2013 – 03:00 PM – 06:00 PM)

Date:        Wednesday, May 22, 2013

time:         3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Host:        Kathy Sherman and Family

location:          Sherman Farm – 2679 East Conway Road Conway, NH 03813


Drought Affected Your Vegetable or Fruit Crops in Past Growing Seasons?

You May Want to Consider Using Drip Irrigation! A Special Hands-on Demonstration Will Be Presented to Give You the Facts You Need to Know about Setting up a Drip Irrigation System

The purpose of this meeting is to review what drip irrigation options and strategies vegetable and fruit growers should be considering for the coming growing season.  Trevor Hardy, of Brookdale Fruit Farm and George Hamilton, UNH Cooperative Extension will present a hands-on demonstration on setting up a drip irrigation system.  Starting from the river, Trevor and George will work their way to the field describing the various components of the drip irrigation system.

The meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will run until around 6:00 p.m.  We will be starting at the farm stand and will be going out to the field at 3:15 p.m.

Come prepared for the weather conditions of the day.  For more information or individuals requiring special accommodations in order to participate, contact Olivia Saunders or George Hamilton.

Free Event – Click here for more details on the Drip Irrigation Workshop

Composting Workshop for NH Carroll and Belknap Counties

Belknap & Carroll County Organics Management
Workshop & Roundtable
Friday, May 17 from 9-12
Meredith Community Center
One Circle Drive, Meredith, NH 03253

Site Visit
Compost Operation and Biodiesel Facility Tour
2:00 pm
Organic Matters/White Gates Farm
2153 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth, NH 03886

A gathering for decision makers, municipal officials, commercial and institutional organics
materials generators, haulers, and others interested in advancing organics management & composting.
This half-day event will provide an overview about best management practices of organics.

Topics include
• Organics Management Hierarchy Best Management Practices
Reduce (smart landscaping, grasscycling, leaf mulching, food waste reduction)
Reuse (food recovery, food to animals)
Recycle (backyard & neighborhood composting, commercial composting, centralized composting)
• Collection options: Drop-off, modified curbside, & curbside
• Composting—Best management practices, hauler relations, composting specifics, collection/storage and outreach/ training
• Composting in New Hampshire
Regulatory Overview—Overview of composting site regulations
Who’s Doing it?
• Composting in Action
White Gates Farm/Organic Matters

This workshop will be a Roundtable format with presenters and participants actively engaging in discussion. Each participant will receive a copy of the Best Management Practices for Organics Management for Small Towns and Rural Communities Guide on CD. A networking Brown Bag lunch will follow the workshop.

The event is FREE but registration is required by May 10 so we can plan accordingly.
To register or for more information contact Athena at or 802.254.3636.
Please sign up for the tour when you register for the workshop.
This workshop provides continuing education hours for New Hampshire Operator Certification

Tree Pruning and Grafting Workshop April 6, Concord NH

There are still some openings for the workshops. The Grafting workshop is from 10 – noon. The Pruning workshop is from 1:00 – 3:00. You can attend one or both workshops. Pricing is below:

NOFA Member – $28 for one workshop and $40 for both
Not a NOFA member – $35 for one workshop and $50 for both

Register on-line on the NOFA NH website.

Here is additional info:

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire is hosting a Grafting and Pruning Workshop on April 6th from 10:00 – 3:00 at the St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH . This workshop is for current and aspiring orchardists with renowned organic apple grower and author, Michael Phillips. His 2012 book, “The Holistic Orchard”, has won many accolades and was named one of the best books in 2012 by the American Horticultural Society. This will be a practical workshop in that you will be taking home a baby tree(s) to nurture into fruitfulness!

Grafting fruit trees involves a sharp knife and the mindset of a surgeon—but don’t let that intimidate you! Michael will guide participants in bench grafting, using the whip-and-tongue union to place a chosen variety on provided rootstock. And, yes, you get to make your own graft and take that baby tree(s) home! We will also head outside to topwork an existing tree using the bark inlay graft. Understanding this technique allows you to create a tree bearing multiple varieties. The practical insights shared in this workshop will launch many fruit adventures ahead. The grafting portion of this workshop will take place between 10:00 and noon.

Early spring is an ideal time to prune fruit trees. Michael will discuss specific horticultural goals to keep in mind when deciding which limbs and shoots to remove. The theory of pruning may sound daunting . . . which is why this workshop takes place at an actual orchard with trees needing attention. You’ll make some pruning decisions of your own under the watchful eye of an experienced fruit grower. By all means, bring your sharpened pruning tools if you have them! The pruning portion of the workshop takes place from 1:00 – 3:00.

Shoot me an email if you have any questions……

NOFA NH Board member
NOFA NH Education Committee member

Piggies for Sale at D Acres

Pigs for sale at D Acres

It’s that time of year folks.

D Acres has gilts and feeder pigs galore. Born Fall 2012. Raised on food scraps and organic grain through the winter. There are solid and ready to grow. getting hard to carry. Need to make room for spring farrow. Priced to move $100-150 depending on size.
come and get ’em
josh t

Register Now for the 2013 Permaculture Through the Seasons Design Certification Course

D Acres of NH
Organic Permaculture Farm & Educational Homestead
mailing: POB 98
physical:218 Streeter Woods Road
Dorchester, NH 03266
(603) 786-2366

check out the D Acres Permaculture website

D Acres of NH is a non-profit, farm based service organization that promotes SustainAbility through practice, experimentation, workshops, tours, and community outreach.

16 Years of Progress Towards Local SustainAbility since 1997

No one will be denied access to D Acres workshops & events due to inability to pay.

Raw Sauerkraut Recipe – Make Your Own Healthy Food

home made raw sauerkraut recipe

Raw Sauerkraut

Ancient cultures have known for centuries the health benefits of eating raw fermented foods. The living enzymes in raw fermented foods like raw sauerkraut(not so their pasteurized equivalents) help our bodies stop the growth of undesirable wild bacteria, restoring our digestion to the regularity and nutritional absorption that keeps our bodies digestive processes running smoothly.

Says Joe Karthien in “Alive”:

“A healthy large intestine (colon) is very acidic and is populated with high numbers of beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus. These helpful microorganisms feed on the waste left over from our digestion and create lactic acid.

We rely on the lactic acid they produce to keep our colons healthy and in an acidic state. Without these beneficial bacteria the colon does not have enough acidity to stop the growth of harmful parasites and yeasts and eventually the environment becomes hostile to acidophilus.” Read the whole article on benefits of raw fermented foods here.

Raw Sauerkraut is real easy to make as well. Here’s a recipe we use for a basic raw sauerkraut:

Raw Sauerkraut Recipe

1 medium head of raw cabbage
table salt (non-iodized)
4 quart-size canning jars and lids
1 gallon fresh water

Put a gallon of water on to boil in a teapot. Clean the jars and lids well with soap and hot water. Rinse them being careful to leave no trace of soap. (There’s no need to sanitize the jars in a water bath as with traditional canning.)

Peel of the outer leaves of a head of green or red cabbage and discard them in the compost bucket. Rinse the head to wash off any debris, remove any blackened or bruised spots with a knife. Shred the cabbage leaves using a grater to a real fine shred. Discard the core in the compost bucket as well.

Pack each jar firmly with the shredded cabbage, leaving 1″ inch head space between the cabbage and the top of the jar. Pour 1 teaspoon of salt on top of the shredded cabbage in each jar. Now carefully pour boiling water into each jar until the cabbage is just covered, leaving as much of the head space as possible.

Screw the lids on lightly. (It’s easiest just to tighten them hand tight and then back them off a quarter turn.) Now place the jars in an empty pan, to catch any spilling once the sauerkraut starts to ferment. Place them out of the way somewhere at room temperature. Fermentation usually starts within a few days. It’s normal to see liquid oozing out from the lid. Once it’s done oozing, it’s ready to use (usually about two weeks, but sometimes a bit longer.) After that, you may place it in the refrigerator if you wish, but it’s not necessary. My Japanese mom keeps fermented cabbage in her basement, un-refrigerated, in a crock at all times.. (and she’s 78 years old…)

Instead of spending bunches of money on pills to cure your gut, give this natural, inexpensive and delicious ancient food a try. If you’re wondering how to have it, there are a ton of great recipes online. Try it as a side dish with virtually any meal. My favorite way to have raw sauerkraut is on sandwiches in place of cucumber pickles. Go RAW!

Two Calves for Sale – Wolfeboro

Calves for sale
last two calves for sale. Approx 195 lbs, halter broke, Shorthorns, $300 each. Wolfeboro.

Bill Peternel
Rock Farm Natural Beef
139 Trotting Track Road
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
(603) 387-4555


Unregistered American Guinea hogs for sale:

4 piglets, 3 females, 1 male, 2 months old, 1 is free as pass along through SFHNH, the others are $90 each.
1 female, 6 months old, $150.
1 adult proven sow, 3 years old, $200.
1 male, 1 1/2 years old, $200.

Sandy Davis, way “up nawth” in NH
American Way Farm

Sappin’ Time in NH

Sapping Trees

Yes sir. It’s that time of year again – Drive the taps and hang the buckets. Gather thousands of gallons of sap and boil it down to make the most amazing, and (mostly) natural sweetener – delicious maple syrup!

Syrup Buckets

There’s seven or eight maple producers right here in Carrol County, like the fine folks at Cormier’s Sugar House in Alton NH who’ve been tapping trees since 1998. Stop in and say hi today!

NH Made Beers


Did you know there are 16 breweries in New Hampshire? Egads! There are several great small batch breweries in Conway, Littleton and Woodstock for us northern birds.

Check out this list of NH breweries for more information on locally made beers:

NH Made Beers

Soaking Wet Kids Sale

2/21/13 Looking for an inexpensive goat herd? here you go:
Hello folks,
    I mentioned my upcoming dilemma last fall when all nine of my does appeared to have been bred at once. Well, it has happened just as predicted… I’ve been dealing with freshening does since last Friday, and the associated bottle feeding of multiple kids.
Since I raise dairy goats for the milk and cheese sales, it’s counter productive to be feeding all that good milk to the babies – so for the next week, I’m offering to part with any and all of these nipple siphons for $50 each. They’re from American registered Toggenburg does or American registered Saanen does sired by an unregistered Toggenburg buck. Take your pick from doelings or bucklings! As time goes on and they consume more of my profits, their price will be rising.
Allan Mistler