Sunday, January 24, 2010

Winter farmers market in Concord

WHERE: Cole Gardens on 430 Loudon Rd, Concord
Inside a warm greenhouse!
WHEN: Saturdays - Jan 30, Feb 27 and March 27
FROM: 10am-2pm

Saturday, January 23, 2010

BearPaw Regional Greenways Annual Meeting

In order to have farmers markets we need to have farms, and in order to have farms we need to conserve farm lands. Here's a great organization to support whose mission is to conserve our land, water, and living things.

DEERFIELD N.H., January 13, 2010 – Bear-Paw Regional Greenways invites their members, friends, and the public to its Annual Meeting scheduled for February 13th, 2010. Bear-Paw will be celebrating the completion of nine conservation projects conserving over 944 acres last year – it now holds easements protecting 36 properties and 3,255 acres. In 2010, Bear-Paw expects to conserve more than 1,000 additional acres!
Bear-Paw Regional Greenways Annual Meeting
Coe-Brown Academy, 907 First NH Turnpike (Route 4), Northwood, NH
Saturday, February 13, 2010, Registration begins at 8:30am
The meeting will be held at Coe-Brown Academy on Route 4 in Northwood and registration begins at 8:30 AM. After a brief business meeting and the presentation of awards, Vince Walsh, a wildlife tracker and natural history expert, will be this year’s guest speaker. He will present a morning slide program of the mammals that inhabit our northern woods and will have on-hand mounted specimens, skulls, skins, scats and plaster casts of tracks from his extensive collection. Vince will then help lead our afternoon trip to nearby conservation land as we search for animal sign. (
After a potluck lunch that will be provided, please plan to join us for a moderately strenuous walk on nearby conservation land. Weather permitting, we will snow shoe or hike. The Annual Meeting will also feature the raffle of many donated items. Bear-Paw welcomes donations from artists, writers, and craftspeople for this fundraising effort.
Pre-registration is requested so that Bear-Paw can plan appropriately so please register at,, or 463-9400 by February 5th to reserve your place. This event is open to the public and a modest donation is requested to offset the cost of the event ($10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members).
Bear-Paw is a non-profit land trust with a mission to permanently conserve a network of lands that protects our region’s water, wildlife habitat, forests, and farmland. Established by resident volunteers, Bear-Paw works to conserve open space in Candia, Deerfield, Epsom, Northwood, Nottingham, Raymond, and Strafford through outreach, education, and land protection project assistance. For information about how to become a member, land protection options for landowners or volunteering with the land trust, please contact Daniel Kern at Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, Post Office Box 19, Deerfield, NH 03037, 603 463-9400, or You can also visit their website at

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Wednesday February 17th
7:00 pm at the Northwood Town Hall
You’ve seen them – along roadsides, bordering streams and wetlands, and even in your own back yard. Many non-native invasive plant species are pretty, grow easily and spread rapidly. They are pervasive throughout Northwood and surrounding towns - and that’s the problem. Invasive species overwhelm and crowd out native plants, reduce wildlife habitat, impact water quality, and decrease diversity in natural plant communities.
This workshop will help you to:
ü Identify invasive species in your neighborhood
ü Understand how they got here and how they impact our environment
ü Learn how to control their spread and preserve native plants
ü Get involved with community efforts to monitor and control invasive species
Presented by: Doug Cygan, Invasive Species Coordinator,
New Hampshire Department of Agriculture
Please join us to learn more about invasive species and how you can take action to help!
For more information, contact:
Carl Wallman, NALMC at or 435-5209
Dawn Genes, LRWA at or 659-9363

Friday, January 8, 2010

Eighth Annual NOFA-NH Winter Conference

Conference of much interest to all of us involved with the market:
The Northeast Organic Farming Association, New Hampshire Chapter (NOFA-NH) is pleased to present their eighth annual Winter Conference on Saturday, March 6, from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm at Rundlett Middle School, 144 South Street in Concord. This year’s conference theme is, “A Place at the Table”, which provides a forum for gathering all constituents of New Hampshire’s organic food and agriculture community: farmers, gardeners, herbalists, landscapers, localvores, educators, and consumers.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Seed catalogs

From Maryland, my daughter writes a blog post about what to look for in seed catalogs.

Also, consider that seed produced here on the East Coast (ideally in the Mid-Atlantic) may grow better for you than seed from elsewhere in the country that's meant to do well in other climate conditions. "Buy local" doesn't mean quite the same thing with seed that it does with produce from a farmer's market, but you can keep it in mind anyway. And even though you may want to get your orders in now to be sure you get exactly what you want to grow in 2010 (yes I will tell you in another post where you can order mouse melon seed!), remember that your local garden center will have that seed you forgot to buy come spring.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Area winter farmers markets

In case you are still hungry for local food, there are other markets in the area open this winter. This should tide you over til we reopen for 2010.