Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Good food news

We are part of a very successful movement that is growing by leaps and bounds, as people everywhere realize that good food means good health and a good economy.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nottingham Winter Market December 18th!

Our neighbors in Nottingham will be hosting an indoor Farmers market this Sunday (Dec 18th 1:00 - 4:00 at the Town Community Center at 139 Stage Rd (Rte 152)).

They have a great lineup of vendors - join them for some holiday gift shopping and pantry-stocking ... among the vendors, you will find:

    Solidago Farm with beautiful yarn and wool products made from sheep raised in Nottingham.
    Fabulous Holiday decorative centerpieces  - great to decorate your home or give as gifts
    Wild Miller Gardens  - with organic garlic braids, spinach and kale, winter squash, eggs, pesto and .... locally       grown GINGER !
    Sibling Pottery with beautiful, functional, handmade pottery - bowls, mugs, and plates make fantastic gifts
    The Root Seller with local maple syrup, carrots, potatoes, onions, and dried beans
    Sweet Melissa's Kitchen with fresh baked goods
    Montminy’s Farm will have apples, winter squash, pumpkins, onions
    The Veggie Clinic - local fresh shitake and oyster mushrooms, living lettuce plants…
    Earth Turners (Nottingham School Garden Club)—seeds, crafts, and more…
    Susty’s CafĂ© - delicious, ready-to-eat, organic vegan foods with local ingredients…
    My Sweet Soap -l ocally made soy soaps in a variety of scents…
    Sharon Cloud - herbs, lavender sachets, honey, and more…
    Cindy Bloom - handmade jewelry and Christmas crafts…
    Ray’s Woodshop - handmade birdhouses and cooking utensils…
    Stage Road Gardens - houseplants, perennial seeds, holly branches…

See you at the NOTTINGHAM Farmers Market

Monday, December 5, 2011

Exciting news about local winter markets!

The Deerfield Farmers Market is pleased to announce that it will hold a Winter Farmers Market at the George B. White Building ( Deerfield Town Offices) at 8 Raymond Rd.  The markets will be held on the following Sundays: Jan. 8, Feb. 12, Mar. 11, and Apr. 1, from 1-4 PM.  For more information, please call Missy Perron at 463-7201 or check the website, www.farmersmarket.deerfield-nh.us.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Local food brings jobs with it!

Great news for our local economies and our healthy lives:

One out of every twelve jobs in the U.S. is associated with agriculture, and local food plays a role in that. The ERS report finds that fruit and vegetable farms selling into local and regional markets employ 13 fulltime workers per $1 million in revenue earned, for a total of 61,000 jobs in 2008. In comparison, fruit and vegetable farms not engaged in local food sales employed 3 fulltime workers per $1 million in revenue.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Last Chance for Holiday Shopping at the Northwood Farmers Market: November 19, 2011

The Northwood Farmers Market will wind up its 2011 Indoor Market season on Saturday, November 19, 2011, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the Masonic Hall on Route 4 in Northwood.  Come shop for holiday decorations, gifts of soaps, pottery, maple syrup and jam, as well as your Thanksgiving vegetables and other local offerings.  Shopping local is fun, and supporting the local economy benefits us all.  
Just because we are taking a break doesn’t mean that you can’t find a farmers market this winter.  Check out Seacoast Eat Local’s listings or the State of New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.
See you in the spring!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pictures from the Indoor Market

You can see pictures from the Indoor Market here.

"Boot Drive" at Northwood Farmers Market Oct. 29th!

Donations will be accepted on Oct. 29th from 9-1at the Northwood Area Farmers Market for Doug Hayes, a Strafford Fire/Rescue worker who was injured in Tropical Storm Irene when a tree branch fell 60 feet on him while he was attempting to clear fallen trees from wires after the storm.  Doug suffered five crushed vertebrae, two broken collar bones, a fractured shoulder and a punctured lung, and is slowly recovering.  Volunteers are helping with repairs to his home which he had planned to complete this fall as well.
The Strafford band North River Trio will play from 11-1.

Friday, October 21, 2011

New vendors for the Indoor Market!


We have a couple of new vendors for the Indoor Market.  Come sample their wares!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Come enjoy the market indoors this Saturday!

The Northwood Farmers Market will hold our first indoor market of 2011 this Saturday, Oct. 15th, from 9-1 at the Masonic Hall on Rt. 4 in Northwood, right next to the municipal parking lot where we meet in the summer.  Lots of great produce and other local products, come shop for food, for holiday gifts, and listen to the music of Sandra Koski.  See you there!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Another reason to grow and eat local foods.

We have gotten very used to finding food from all over the country and the planet in our supermarkets, but climate change may limit some of the staples we expect to find in the stores.  Is it time to learn to eat what grows in our region for most of our diet, and to help our growers expand the crops and experiment with new and unfamiliar edibles?  What other ways can we cope with products like peanut butter and chocolate (yikes!) getting hard to find and expensive?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Last outdoor market and plans for moving indoors!

Come close out the outdoor market season on Thursday, I think the sun is going to come out!  Make sure to put the dates for the indoor markets in your calendar as well:  Saturdays, Oct. 15th through Nov. 19th, 9-1.  Many of our regular vendors will be there, along with some new and interesting additions.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall market schedule

Despite three straight Thursdays of rain, your Northwood Farmers Market vendors are still there with lots of great fall produce, and we will continue to be there Thursday afternoons until October 6.  Then we'll head indoors for Saturday markets in the Masonic Hall starting Saturday, October 15.  Come out and support your local farmers.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

New invasive insect spotted!

Please keep an eye out for this pest.

Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD), an invasive insect from China & Japan, was confirmed on raspberries in Litchfield, New Hampshire on September 6th. We also have a few in high tunnel tomatoes in Strafford. I have been looking for them with traps in three NH cherry orchards, and 25 blueberry samples from across the state. I haven't significantly sampled raspberries, though. It appears that fruit of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and cherries are prime targets.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Flood Damage Puts Farms at Risk

While our local farms seem mostly to have been spared extensive damage from Irene, Vermont is another story.  Seacoast Eat Local has an article on the mess to the west of us.

[Picture courtesy of a local VT blog.]

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Safe Food Preservation Demonstration

Come to the Northwood Farmers Market on Thursday, August 18 and learn the latest techniques for safely canning and preserving your favorite summer fruits and vegetables. Our expert will answer your questions and demonstrate tried-and-true methods from 3:30 to 5:30 -- see you there at the corner of Rts. 4 and 202/9 in Northwood!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Hampshire Eat Local Month - August!

Even though we try to eat local every month, here's a month to really concentrate and learn what is available and how to use it!  Come to the market today and get ready!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Poetry and Music at the Market Thursday!

Join local poets and singer Sandra Koski for a celebration of high summer with words and music at the Northwood Farmers Market, Thursday, July 28th from 3-6:30 pm. All local poets are welcome to join in!  As always, our wonderful vendors will be there at the corner of Rts. 4 and 202/9 with their local bounty.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fruit season in full swing

We have seen blueberries, cherries, mulberries and raspberries at local farms.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Calling all local poets

We would love to have local poets join us on July 28th for our High Summer Celebration.  Come read your own poems or others that you love.  Sandra Koski will provide music.  Put us on your calendar!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Vegetarian Cooking Demonstrations!

July 14th will be Vegetarian Cooking Demo Day at the market.  If you ever wondered how food is prepared without meat or without any animal products, come visit the market that Thursday between 3 and 6:30 and watch cooking demonstrations and sample vegetarian products.  There will also be music by the North River Band.  Of course, our other wonderful vendors will have summer produce and other goods on hand as always.  Think local!

Winner of Market Money Drawing Picked!

The Northwood Farmers Market is pleased to announce that the winner of the first monthly drawing for a market gift certificate is Pat Jacobsmeyer of Northwood.  Congratulations, Pat, for being our June winner!  Be sure to get your name in for the July drawing, all it takes is your e-mail address (or phone number if you aren’t on line), no cost to you.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Garlic Scape Soup


Scapes are here!
Not sure what to do with garlic scapes (available only at this early part if the season)?  Many recipes can be found on the web … here’s a favorite and easy one that a vendor/customer shares with you:
Garlic Scape Soup
 
3 C chopped garlic scapes (1-inch pieces)
1 Medium Onion, chopped (or you can replace this with extra scapes)
10 chopped white or other mushrooms (optional)
1 T olive oil
1 t thyme leaves or 1/2 t dried thyme
3 C broth (veggie, leek, or chicken stock)
1 C milk, soy milk, or light cream (also good with none)
salt and pepper
 
Saute chopped scapes and onion in olive oil until almost soft. 
Then add thyme and mushrooms and saute for a few more minutes until all vegetables are soft. 
Puree in a blender or food processor, adding stock as needed to make a smooth paste. 
Add remaining stock, bring soup to a simmer and then add milk if desired. 
Salt and pepper to taste.
 
 

Really interesting article on a dairy farm going to glass bottles

Glass bottles aren't the only change in their business model, but for a farmers market that's the most interesting part, since we look for sustainability as well as local production.  We probably all know by now that we will need to make many changes in the way we get our food over the next decades, so keeping an eye out for new ideas, and old ideas coming back as well, is part of our mission.

Friday, June 17, 2011

How to use floating row covers

Thanks to the Cooperative Extension at the Univ. of MD, here's a good guide to the use of floating row covers.  Keep an eye out for the brown marmorated stink bug around here.  I haven't heard any reports yet this year, but this is a very destructive insect.  And there are others worth protecting your crops from.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

OPEN HOUSE TODAY!

Please stop by and celebrate local food for the summer of 2011!  We look forward to seeing you!

Why we are an "incubator" market

Here's an interesting article for those of us who are interested in making sure we have local food.  What it tells us is that farmers markets are wonderful, but they are not enough to make sure that our local food producers stay around.  The Northwood Farmers Market hopes that all of our vendors, and especially those who start out with us, go on to become vibrant businesses that will provide local food and other products for us all for years and years.

Monday, June 13, 2011

OPEN HOUSE AT THE NORTHWOOD FARMERS MARKET!

On Thursday, June 16th, the Northwood Farmers Market will be celebrating the 2011 season with an open house from 3 - 6:30 pm at the corner of Rts. 4 and 202/9 in Northwood.  Join us for music by singer/songwriter Seth Murley, a reiki demonstration and face painting for the kids.
To end your day perfectly, take home a pulled pork dinner from Amelia Mae’s, with that famous barbecue sauce, home-made baked beans and coleslaw, all for $7.00.  Our wonderful group of vendors will be offering their wares as usual, so come celebrate summer with us!
Here's a picture from last year's Open House to whet your appetite:

Monday, May 30, 2011

Monthly Drawing

Want a chance to spend $25 at the market that doesn’t come out of your own pocket?  Yearning to buy something different, or a gift for a special occasion?  Or just lots of extra fruits and vegetables?

Starting June 2nd, sign up for our drawing, at no cost, just share your e-mail address with us.  Once a month we will pick one lucky winner for a $25 gift certificate to spend at the Northwood Farmers Market.  You don’t have to be present to win, but the e-mail address does need to be a working one, so we can let you know you were picked.

And do keep an eye here or on our Facebook page for upcoming events.  We have a lot planned for this summer!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Master Gardener to Visit Farmers Market

Would you like a chance to talk with a trained volunteer who loves to garden and to share her knowledge with her community?  Come to the Northwood Farmers Market at the corner of Rts. 4 and 202/9 on Thursday, May 26th, from 3-6:30 pm, and Linda Smith, NH Master Gardener, will be available to answer questions and point us in the right direction as we get our gardens geared up for the summer season.  Fruit, flowers or vegetables, she knows where to find the best information.

Monday, May 23, 2011

"Growing Into a Farmer"

Sarah of New Leaf Farm had this wonderful piece published in the Concord Monitor and gave us permission to reproduce it here.

Growing into a farmer
By Sarah M. Earle / For the Monitor
Created 05/22/2011 - 00:00
It took some time for me to realize I was happy with dirt under my nails
My earliest memories of gardening do not feature little pink trowels and feelings of warmth as I knelt beside my mother in the sun, tending to a dewy plant just beginning to yield its first harvest. I recall no particular interest in the backyard plot that turned out various plants deemed edible by adults but that mostly served to challenge my gag reflex.
What I do remember about that garden is that it often stole my mother away for what seemed like hours but was probably no more than 15 minutes, leaving my little sister and me to our own devices. One such evening, when I was maybe 4 or 5, I spotted a pair of scissors and decided, as almost every child does at one point or another, to try my hand at cutting hair. After clipping off a few of my own locks, I busied myself sneaking up behind my toddling sister and chopping indiscriminately at hers.
Much more vividly than any memories of our garden, I remember the reckless thrill of trying to catch those glossy strands between the blades, the exhilaration of doing something I'd never done before, knew nothing about and by all rights should not have been doing.
Funny thing is, that's the same feeling I get now when I look out my kitchen window at my (gulp) farm.
I'm not exactly sure what qualifies a piece of property as a farm. I'm sure there are real farmers - the sort who get up at 4:30 a.m. seven days a week to milk cows, who spend their summers tossing around bales of hay instead of tossing their kids around in the pool - who would find my use of the term laughable. I actually come from a line of such farmers: My grandparents ran a dairy farm that had been in the family for several generations. I spent many hours at that old farmhouse as a kid, absorbing the sights and sounds and smells, if not exactly participating in the farming operations. Still, I never considered that farming was in my blood.
Never until this past year anyway.
My family moved out of the house with the garden not long after the haircutting fiasco. Life got busy, and we didn't grow our own vegetables again while I was growing up. I was reintroduced to gardening when I started dating my husband, whose family had a huge garden and who, for some reason, had developed an obsession with canning. Many of our "dates" involved packing pounds and pounds of cucumbers into canning jars in my parents' summer cabin, baptizing them in vinegar and turmeric, then hanging out underneath the sweating water pipes waiting for the pressure canner to turn them into pickles.
We stocked the cabinets of our first apartment with those pickles and quickly tilled a plot where we could grow more. It feels strange to admit this now, in this era of "locavores" and "agri-preneurs," but I really didn't see the point.
"Why spend half a day picking, snapping and canning beans when we can buy a can at the grocery store for a buck?" I groused more than once when my husband came in with yet another basketful of legumes.
Thankfully, he didn't listen. Over the course of 12 years, three homes, two kids and a couple of job changes, the backyard garden kept growing. While my husband was its proud parent, I was its moody sister, embracing it one minute, resenting it the net, awed by its beauty, disgusted by its excesses.
Perfect fit
More and more though, it insinuated itself into my life, curling its tendrils around my soul, (forgive me the melodrama, but this is what a garden will do to a person), until one day I woke up and realized it was a perfect fit.
The truth is, my brain has always been a bit lazy, but my body adores a hard day's work. I love the creative challenge of putting together meals with whatever vegetables have debuted in the garden in a particular week, the satisfaction of eating healthy, homegrown food, the feeling of self-reliance that a day's gardening brings. And I can think of no better way to pass these passions on to my kids than to invite them into the garden.
After this awakening, there was just one thing missing. My husband and I differ in many ways, but perhaps the most profound is that he prefers permanence while I constantly crave change. He is content and focused while I am restless and, well, scatterbrained. After nine years in the same house, the same career, the same routine, I needed to try something new.
And the garden provided that for me, too.
At our New Year's Eve party two years ago, my husband struck up a conversation with a guy who sells greenhouses. They became friends, and the following spring we broke ground on a greenhouse behind our already over-abundant garden.
If we'd had more vegetables than I knew what to do with before, we were really over our heads now. So last fall, after I'd put up yet another batch of ratatouille and cranked out yet another loaf of zucchini bread, I started pondering the idea of trying to make a little money off our surplus.
Like my 4-year-old, scissor-wielding self, I just couldn't stop once I'd started. I signed up for not one, not two, but three farmers markets, got a friend to join me in the venture and lay awake at night trying to think of a trade name. I attended a conference, wrote a brochure and cleaned out a corner of the garage to stow my supplies. Oh, and just for the heck of it, I applied for my homestead license so I could sell baked goods on "slow" weeks, a process that involved water tests, product lists and a visit from a health inspector (The idea of me becoming a baker is even more improbable than the idea of me becoming a farmer, but that's not stopping me either.)
Finally, farmers
Not to be outdone or to give up his freezer full of ratatouille so easily, my husband began pursuing his own pet project: a second, much larger greenhouse - large enough, in fact, to drop our house inside and still have room for a pool and a modest garage. As winter slowly receded, he began cutting down trees, and by the time the ground had thawed he was digging up the yard and erecting the frame.
And now, here we are. Farmers. Granted, a couple of greenhouses and a garden stocked with five or six lettuce beds, 120 tomato plants and sundry other produce is still small potatoes to some. But to us, it feels like an awful lot.
Our first farmers market started last week, a week that my husband also happened to be out of town building a greenhouse (this thing has truly taken over our lives). So I watered. I picked. I washed. I weighed. I bagged. I baked. I packaged. I labeled. I fretted. I whined. I watered and picked and weighed some more.
On Thursday I picked up my friend and headed to Northwood. The other vendors were friendly, helping us set up our canopy and sharing their wisdom, and the shoppers didn't laugh at my bread as I'd feared they would or raise their eyebrows at our prices. At the end of the day, we'd made just enough money to pay our vendor fee for the season.
How that income translates into hourly wages I cannot bear to think about right now, even if I were able to calculate all the time we've invested in this.
But the truth is, I don't care. At least not that much. When I'm crouching in the dirt beside bouquets of kale, or in my kitchen chopping fragrant greens, or even muscling another load of filthy laundry into the washing machine, I feel something of my grandmother in me. Something that makes me feel strong and capable and authentic.
When this farming thing first began taking shape at dinner table conversations, I told my husband we should give it 10 years, then cut loose and build a yurt on a lake.
Maybe we won't make it that long, or maybe we'll love it so much we'll go to our graves with dirty fingernails and sunburned arms. 
Maybe this venture will turn out a little better than my first attempt at cutting hair.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Our first video

We shot this video to give you a sense of how big our market has gotten, even early in the season.  There is no place to stand where we can take a still picture of the whole market.  Let us know what you think.
video

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

www.queenofthesun.com.jpgHave you heard the BUZZ? “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?” is premiering in Portsmouth, NH at the Music Hall playing for ONE NIGHT ONLY on 5/25!
This film is a profound, alternative look at the global honeybee crisis & what people can do to help, from Taggart Siegel, award-winning director of the grass-roots hit, The Real Dirt on Farmer John.

SHOW TIMES

Keep Farming

glynwood230.jpgJoin Virginia Kasinki for an evening discussion about how farmers, food and agricultural stakeholders, representatives of municipalities, agricultural commissions, and interested citizens can work together to address this key question:

What role do we want farming to play in the future of our community, and how can we make it happen?

More information here.


Friday, May 13, 2011

A beautiful sunny day for the first market of 2011!

Mother Nature smiled on us.  It had clouded up in the morning, but by opening time at 3 pm there were only a few pretty white clouds in a beautiful blue sky, a gentle breeze, not too many black flies, and lots of vendors and customers celebrating spring!

The rest of the pictures from the market can be seen here.

Monday, May 9, 2011

THURSDAY IS OPENING DAY!

Are you ready?  Thursday,  May 12th, is opening day for the market.  Usual time, 3-6:30, usual place, corner of Rts. 4 and 202/9, some old vendors, some new, fun, food and friends!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Less than four weeks til the market opens!

Winter seems so long, and yet here we are less than four weeks until the Northwood Farmers Market opens for the 2011 season.  The daffodils are just blooming, but in greenhouses and other shelters seedlings are sprouting, and we should have plants for sale, along with some early greens and who knows what other good food and local wares?  I can't wait!

May 12th, 3-6:30 pm at the corner of Rts 4 and 202/9 at the traffic lights in Northwood.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

ALDO LEOPOLD WEEKEND

NORTHWOOD N.H., April 1 and 2, 2011

Please join Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, the Northwood Area Land Management Collaborative (NALMC), the Friends of Northwood Meadows State Park, and the Northwood Conservation Commission in celebrating the first Aldo Leopold Weekend in New Hampshire.

Considered by many as the father of wildlife management and of the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a forester, conservationist, educator, writer, philosopher and outdoor enthusiast. One of Aldo Leopold’s most significant contributions was his vision of a “Land Ethic” expressed in his classic book on conservation, A Sand County Almanac. The Almanac is a collection of nature sketches and philosophical essays recognized as one of the enduring expressions of an ecological attitude toward people and the land.

The Aldo Leopold Weekend in Northwood offers the opportunity to consider and reflect on a land ethic in our local communities. The event culminates in a screening of the first ever full-length, high definition film about Leopold: Green Fire—Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time. The one hour film premiered in February 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, attracting 1000 people. The movie explores Aldo Leopold's life in the context of American conservation and environmental history, while also illustrating how Leopold's legacy lives on today in the work of people and organizations across the nation and around the world.

Friday, April 1, 2011
Potluck Supper, followed by a presentation -- Who is Aldo Leopold? -- by UNH Professor of Forest Ecology Dr. Tom Lee, and Public Readings from Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac
Northwood Community Hall, 135 Main Street (Route 107 N), 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

To join us for the potluck, please RSVP to Steve Bailey at acornvally@hotmail.com. In the spirit of the land ethic, please bring a dish to share and your own place setting.

Saturday, April 2, 2011
Bird Walk, Woodcock Sky Dances, and Aldo Leopold Readings with Ellen Snyder and Carl Wallman
Harmony Hill Farm, corner of Harmony Road and Blake’s Hill Road, Northwood, 6:30 am – 8:30 am

Saturday, April 2, 2011
New England Premiere of the Documentary Film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time followed by refreshments and a facilitated discussion led by Karen Bennett, UNH Cooperative Extension Forester
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, Route 4, Northwood, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information or if you plan to attend the movie, Green Fire, please contact Carl Wallman, Chair, Northwood Area Land Management Collaborative (603-435-5209;  info@nalmc.net or Ellen Snyder, Board Member, Bear-Paw Regional Greenways (603-659-6250; ellen.snyder@comcast.net).  The sponsors give special thanks to The Aldo Leopold Foundation (www.aldoleopold.org) in Baraboo, Wisconsin for providing planning materials, the movie Green Fire, and inspiration for this event.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Meeting on farmland conservation and access

New Hampshire Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture
Monday, March 7th
9am to 11am

Located at:
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
54 Portsmouth Street
Concord, NH 03301

The focus is on farmland conservation and access.

First on the agenda is a discussion of the recently concluded Installment Purchase Agreement study and what needs to be done in order to make this land conservation tool available to farmers and municipalities in NH.

Second, learn more about the Land Access Project, a multi-year, multi-state, multi-organizational effort to facilitate farmer access to farmland in our region.  (see note below)

The Land Access Project

Access to land is one of the most pressing challenges facing New England’s beginning farmers. Land Here! Assuring Access to Land for New England’s Beginning Farmers (the Land Access Project) tackles the land access issue from all angles.  This 2.5-year project, funded by a grant to Land for Good from USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, brings collaborating partners from agencies and organizations in the six New England states to:

1. Prepare and support beginning farmers to acquire land (increase “readiness”);
2. Help farmers and landowners find and engage each other;
3. Help landowners (individuals, families, corporations, land conservation organizations) and farmers develop rewarding tenure agreements;
4. Make more agricultural land available;
5. Help exiting farmers successfully transfer their farms and farmland to new farmers; and
6. Create, test, and encourage innovative secure and affordable acquisition and tenure arrangements and partnerships.

The Land Access project is organized into task forces to:

1. Improve the way farm seekers and farmland holders find one another,
2. Increase successful farm transfers from retiring to entering farmers,
3. Increase the amount of land held by private, institutional and public non-farming landowners available for beginners to farm,
4. Expand the use of innovative tenure models and agreements to enable more beginning farmers to access secure and affordable land and housing.

For more information contact SPNHF.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity?

Look no further.  The Northwood Farmers Market group is looking for a few great volunteers for the 2011 season. Our summer markets will begin on Thursday, May 12th and run through October 6th.  The summer markets are at the municipal parking lot at the intersection of Rts. 4 and 202/9.  Our winter markets will be on Saturdays from October 15th through November 19th, and are held in the Masonic Hall on Rt. 4 next to the municipal parking lot.

If you are interested in helping run the farmers market by acting as a market manager, helping to arrange music and other entertainment, creating special events, or other tasks, please call Lucy Edwards on her cell phone at 603-312-6049 (please leave a message) or e-mail the market.  We will arrange for a meeting with you to discuss this opportunity.