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Vol. 42, No. 6






UNH Extension Provides Support to New Hampshire Farmers Adapting to COVID-19

Finding the Right Balance ABOVE PHOTO

Stephen Wood and his wife Louisa Spencer have always been apple growers. Somewhere along the way, while navigating a shifting wholesale apple market, they also became cider makers. In a story that took them from the top of Farnum Hill in Lebanon, NH to the orchards of Hereford, England and back, Steve and Louisa have staked a name for themselves in the cider-making world. Both the product and the work are part of the quest to find the right balance.

By Emma Joyce, UNH Extenstion




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With help from agricultural service providers like UNH Extension, NH farmers were able to weather the challenges of COVID-19. (Photo credit: UNH Extension)

No Taste for Food Waste Associated Women of NHFB are on a mission to help reduce food waste with helpful recipes and tips. Learn more on page 16


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irst, the late winter farmers’ markets were canceled. Then restaurants shut down. When COVID-19 hit New Hampshire, the state’s stay-at-home order quickly posed a threat to farmers’ livelihoods. Andre Cantelmo of Heron Pond Farm in South Hampton recognized that the situation presented opportunities alongside its challenges. “We had two choices: we could figure out how to adapt and distribute even more food locally or we could hunker down and wait for this to pass and get back to what we were doing before,” he explains. Cantelmo went with the first option. Because he did, and with some guidance from Extension, his farm is one of many local agricultural businesses successfully weathering a challenge unlike any this region has ever experienced.

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November/December 2020

ForWard Thinking By Denis Ward, New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation President

New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation President Denis Ward, Old Homestead Farm, Monroe, NH


s most of you know by now, our Executive Director, Diane Clary, has resigned. She has been at the helm for all of my years as President of this organization and I do not believe we could have had anyone who would have done a better job the past eight years. On behalf of this organization, I wish her well in the next chapter of her life and thank her very much for all she has done for us. She has left us in a position of strength. We have started the process of finding a replacement for the Executive Director position, but do not plan to hurry the process just to get someone in place. We hired a former employee, Leandra Pritchard, to fill the position on an interim, part-time basis for up to six months to make sure the essential parts of the job are done. I have also appointed a committee to look over the position of Executive Director and evaluate the organization’s needs. Ultimately, this will help inform what we want the job description to look like for the next person we hire. From there we will advertise the job and start the search. I believe we will have a permanent replacement set by our February board meeting. In the meantime, NHFB is carrying on as usual with Rob, Josh, Portia and now Leandra making sure our members’ interests are looked out for.

I don’t need to tell you that 2020 has been a weird year. Why is it that with all the modern technology and all the comforts most of us enjoy in this modern age we are so inundated with craziness constantly with no acknowledgement of how well off we are? We can’t get away from it. Maybe we need to go back to no businesses open on Sundays with no media blasting at us, including social media. Even if you didn’t go to church, the time spent fishing or swimming or skiing or with family, or with whatever, would be good for our mental state. Those of us in the farming world at least have our cows or our carrots to talk to for a check on reality. I have been reading a diary of my grandfather’s from 1927. Every day it was entries like, “cut some wood today, cut hay on some field, started tapping trees today or visited so and so today” along with a threeor-four-word weather report. They took five pigs to Littleton one day and got $127 for them or sold 30 dozen eggs in Littleton for some amount or another. They were busy every day, but most days someone in the family went fishing or fox hunting or just walking the mountain. Seems like they went to a funeral quite often. My grandmother also posted an entry in the diary once in a while. For three consecutive days at the bottom of the page she wrote “Seth took whiskey to school today, Seth and (a name I couldn’t read) drank it.” I don’t know who Seth was or how she knew, but three of my uncles would have been in school about then and may have brought word home. I wonder why they stopped bringing the whiskey to school. I suspect the election is over by now (it’s possible we won’t really know for quite some time), hopefully we have turned the corner on COVID-19, and for many farmers in NH the drought is being dampened. I can’t imagine 2021 could bring too many bigger surprises. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and thank you for being a member of New Hampshire Farm Bureau!


INSIDE November/December 2020 County, Committee & Member News . . . . . . . . 6 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Local Fruit & Vegetable Producers. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 New Hampshire Farm Bureau President Denis ward and outgoing NHFB Executive Director Diane Clary at the 2020 Farm, Forest & Garden Expo in Manchester, NH. Diane stepped down from her role in September.

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Farm Credit East’s GenerationNext Seeks Young oung Ag Leaders to Develop Skills kills

Reminder: Perennial Crop Sales Closing Pe

A successful manager is required to master many aspects of the farm business. To help the next generation develop the necessary business and financial skills, Farm Credit East is hosting GenerationNext seminars virtually this winter, and currently seeks interested young leaders to attend. There will be eight, 90-minute sessions held online once per week starting December 2, covering a range of farm business management topics. GenerationNext is optimal for those producers who will be the next generation operators of a farm business or for entrepreneurs starting their own business. The 90-minute web sessions will cover a range of topics, including leadership and management, human resource development, financial management, production economics, marketing, risk management, and farm transfer and estate planning. “The management skills in the GenerationNext program can be helpful regardless of your role in the operation,” said Chris Laughton, Farm Credit East Director of Knowledge Exchange. “Whether you are the son or daughter who’s returned to the home operation or an entrepreneur looking to grow your ag business, GenerationNext can help prepare you to be successful.” Each session will include a presentation, group discussion, idea sharing and networking opportunities. In addition, participants receive access to a self-paced, computer-based course that reinforces the concepts covered in the live sessions and a portfolio with handouts and worksheets that support the topics covered by the program. Whether just entering into a management role or an experienced manager, participants will gain valuable insights from Farm Credit East farm business consultants and from their GenerationNext colleagues. For more information and to sign up, visit It is not necessary to have an existing relationship with Farm Credit East to attend. Contact your local Farm Credit East office, or call (800) 562-2235 for more information or to sign up.

The deadline to insure Northeast perennial crops for the 2021 crop year is November 20, 2020. Insurable perennial crops include apples, peaches, grapes, cranberries, blueberries, pears and cherries. Coverage availability varies by county, so please view the crop fact sheets available at The crop insurance program has become the backbone of many Northeast farms’ risk management plans. Weather fluctuation and market volatility are major risks for crop producers. Crop insurance helps to manage this risk by providing protection against damage caused by hail, wind, frost, excess moisture, drought, disease, insects or wildlife. To hear firsthand from New York apple grower Alicia Abendroth, of Abendroth’s Apple Ridge Orchard, how crop insurance has added financial stability to their operation, visit our website.. To protect investments in the 2021 crop, perennial crop producers should contact their Crop Growers agent well in advance of the November 20 deadline to sign up or make changes to their coverage. Producers who are renewing coverage should report to their crop insurance agent any changes in their business, such as bringing a new member into the business or forming an LLC or Corporation. “As the largest crop insurance provider in the region, we protect over 50,000 acres of perennial crops in the Northeast,” said Melissa Pinckney, Western New York Crop Growers Agent. “We take great pride in keeping our producers up to date on the mechanics of the policies throughout the year to make sure they have the tools they need to support a sound risk management strategy.” Crop Growers, LLP, is an independent agency that sells and services crop insurance for 35 different crops through a ninestate territory. Crop Growers is owned by Farm Credit East, in conjunction with other Northeast Farm Credit Associations. Producers do not need to be a Farm Credit customer to purchase crop insurance. Contact the Crop Growers Customer Service Center at 1-800-234-7012 to learn more.


TAX PLANNING Because of the economic uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and financial impact of the associated relief programs, it is more important than ever to work with a reliable financial advisor to have accurate year-end projections to support sound tax planning. Contact your Farm Credit East advisor to keep your business Strong at the Roots.


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The Communicator

November/December 2020

Ford & Lincoln $1,000 Bonus Cash Offer Through January 4, 2021 Board of Directors Executive Committee President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denis Ward 1st Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joyce Brady 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom McElroy 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vacant Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Howard Pearl President, Associated Women . . . . . . . Elaine Moore Co - Chair, Young Farmer Committee. Ammy Rice Amelia Aznive County Presidents Belknap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Matarozzo Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . David Babson Cheshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth Hodge Coos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Brady Grafton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen May Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Hardy Merrimack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve MacCleery Rockingham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Ferdinando Strafford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matt Scruton Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Cunniff Staff Policy Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Johnson, II Interim Office Administrator. . . . . . . . . . Leandra Pritchard Communications Director. . . . . . . . .Josh Marshall Executive Assistant. . . . . . . . . . Portia Jackson

New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation 295 Sheep Davis Rd. Concord, NH 03301 Phone: 603-224-1934 Fax: 603-228-8432 NHFBF Standing Committee Chairs Dairy: Beth Hodge, Hinsdale Energy: Henry Ahern, Plymouth Equine: Jozi Best, Unity Government Affairs: Erick Sawtelle, Lee Horticulture: Seth Wilner, Newport Livestock & Poultry: Henry Ahern, Plymouth Ernie Vose, Walpole Membership: Sandy Salo, Marlow Policy Development: Joyce Brady, Columbia Profile Award: Ernie Vose, Walpole Young Farmer: Ammy Rice, Milford

New Hampshire Farm Bureau members are eligible to receive $1,000 Ford or Lincoln Bonus Cash on eligible 2020/2021 vehicles, like the Ford Fusion shown above. You must be a Farm Bureau member for 30 consecutive days prior to purchase. Below, NHFB 2nd Vice President Tom McElroy and his new Lincoln Nautilus. Tom used his Farm Bureau discount to save and so can you!

Ford Motor Company is pleased to offer New Hampshire Farm Bureau members $1,000 Bonus Cash savings off vehicle MSRP toward the purchase or lease of any eligible 2020/2021 model year Ford vehicle and $500 Bonus Cash on eligible new F-150 and Super Duty. This offer also includes $1,000 towards a new 2020/2021 model year Lincoln vehicle. This is available for a LMITED TIME ending January 4, 2021. For full offer details, see below. You can download your certificate at Ford Disclaimer: Farm Bureau Bonus Cash is exclusively for active Farm Bureau members who are residents of the United States. $1,000 Bonus Cash on most eligible new 2020/2021 Ford vehicles, and $500 Bonus Cash on eligible new F-150 and Super Duty. This incentive is not available on Ford Mustang Shelby GT350®, Mustang Shelby® GT350R, Mustang Shelby® GT500®, Mustang Mach 1, Mustang Mach-E, Bronco, Bronco Sport, Ford GT and F-150 Raptor. This offer may not be used in conjunction with most other Ford Motor Company private incentives or AXZD-Plans. Some customer and purchase eligibility restrictions apply. Must be a Farm Bureau member for 30 consecutive days prior to purchase and take new retail delivery from an authorized Ford Dealer’s stock by January 4, 2021. Visit or see your authorized Ford Dealer for qualifications and complete details. Lincoln Disclaimer: Farm Bureau Bonus Cash is exclusively for active Farm Bureau members who are residents of the United States. Offer is valid through 1/4/21 for the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2019/2020/2021 model year Lincoln vehicle. This offer may not be used in conjunction with most other Lincoln Motor Company private incentives or AXZD-Plans. Some customer and purchase eligibility restrictions apply. Must be a Farm Bureau member for 30 consecutive days prior to purchase. Visit or see your authorized Lincoln Dealer for qualifications and complete details.

See You Next Year!

Amelia Aznive, Concord

The Communicator Where NH Farmers Turn For News The opinions expressed within this publication are not necessarily those of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau. The Communicator is published six times a year, by New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation. Subscription comes with membership. It is received in the homes of over 3,000 NHFB members. Presorted standard postage paid at N. Haverhill, N.H. Deadlines for submissions, advertisements and calendar listings are the first Friday of the month for the following month’s issue. For advertising information contact the NHFB office at 224-1934.

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While New Hampshire Farm Bureau is not hosting a state annual meeting in 2020, we are excited to start planning for the 2021 meeting and bringing our membership a meeting worth the wait! We may not be able to get together like we did in Lebanon last year (above), but we thank you for your continued membership and being Farm Bureau Proud!

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November/December 2020

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WELCOME - NEW Members! (July July 12, 2020 - August 25, 2020 )

Ag Education Is Always in Season While this year has been full of unexpected challenges, we can also find hidden blessings throughout each season. I was reminded of this when my daughter Cora and her children came home for a short visit recently. One memory I’ll hold onto from the weekend was introducing my grandchildren to my first love in farming, dairying. Their excitement is contagious, and I hope they will always love learning. Teaching the next generation about where their food comes from is a truly special privilege, and there’s no shortage of valuable lessons children can glean from agriculture. At the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, our team has been working all year to find creative ways to continue to bring the farm home and give parents additional resources for distance learning. With more families spending time together, cooking and baking together, and even planting home gardens, I can’t think of a better time to learn more about how food is grown and raised. And many of these resources are FREE. Each week throughout the year, our Foundation team has gathered resources, activities and games for grades K through 5th. These resources are focused on a different agricultural topic or commodity each week and can be used at home or in the classroom. For example, this week’s theme is apples, and includes an art activity and a video about how apples grow. It also features a farmer answering the question: What happens when you plant the seeds from the apple you just ate? Parents and teachers can find these resources and the entire collection of weekly educational activities at the top of the Ag Foundation’s website. These resources are just a slice of the pie when it comes to all the work the Ag Foundation does to build a greater understanding of agriculture with students of all ages. From grants to support classroom teachers and community programs to carefully researched and developed

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Vincent “Zippy” Duvall, a poultry, cattle and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia, is the 12th president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

STEM curriculum, we are committed to building a solid foundation for the next generation of consumers to understand all that goes into growing a safe, sustainable food supply. And for kids who can’t get out to the farm just now, we continue to bring the farm to them through interactive games, like My American Farm, to books that explore a variety of ag careers to videos of farmers answering kids’ questions about farming and ranching. I’m proud to say our Ag Foundation has become a go-to resource for teachers and parents alike. Over 1 million students have played My American Farm, and this year alone half a million visitors have come to the My American Farm website, 85% coming back to play again. There is a hunger to learn more about agriculture, and our Ag Foundation has risen to the challenge this year, and every year. We cannot do it alone, however. Our work is fueled by volunteers across the country, and the generosity of donors who partner with us financially. I invite you to join with us by sharing the story of agriculture and sparking curiosity for students across the country. Who can say, but maybe the lessons learned this year will inspire the next generation of ag researchers, nutritionists, veterinarians, farmers and ranchers. Let’s keep planting the seeds of agricultural understanding for a bountiful harvest to come.









RECENT STUMPAGE & BIOMASS PRICES Stumpage prices are republished with permission from the most recent New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association Market Pulse Data. For over 25 years, NHTOA has conducted a quarterly survey of the state’s timber markets. For more information visit

Species Product


White Pine











$170 160-175

$357 250-360

$144 120-170

$345 315-370

$145 130-160

($290) 290

Sugar Maple


($267) 225-300

($492) 450-550

$266 160-400

$550 500-600

$233 180-300


Fuel Grade Chips (Per ton)


($1.00) .75 - 2.0

$25 23 - 27

$0.35 -1.0 - 1.0

($26) 25 - 28

($0.25) 0 -1


Avg = Average

R = Range

[ ] = Fewer than 4 observations

ND = No Data

STP = Stumpage

Del = Delivered

Biomass data provided by The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning. Biomass data is updated quarterly. For more fuel price data and full details visit

Fuel Type


Wood (Bulk Delivered Ton) Wood (Cord)

$289.50 $350.00

Heat Content Per Unit (BTU) 16,500,000 20,000,000

Price Per Million BTU $21.93 $35.00

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County, Committee & Member News Leandra Pritchard resigned as MCFB President, as she started working at the NHFB office as the Interim Office Administrator. We wish her luck and look forward to working with her in this new capacity! Have a wonderful holiday season!

BELKNAP COUNTY Belknap County Farm Bureau had a lovely outdoor annual meeting at HT Farm in Belmont, NH on Saturday, October 10th. We served a delicious BBQ style meal with lots of food and no one left hungry! We had about 20-25 people come and visit the farm. We were also joined by NHFB President Denis Ward, American National Insurance Agent John Scarponi, and Belknap County Conservation District’s Lisa Morin and Donna Hepp. We elected two new young farmers to our county board of directors: Amy Allard and Townsend Carmody of Belmont. We are really excited to have meetings and onfarm workshops next year! Many thanks to HT Farm, owned and operated by Tim Duval and Heidi Loring, for hosting the meeting. Tim and Heidi have over 100 head of registered Belted Galloways that are truly grass fed. They also produce maple syrup and other maple products. Between rotationally grazing cows, making hay, cow care, pasture maintenance and syrup, they never stop. Heidi works a daytime nursing job on top of farm work and Tim does some butchering on the side. BCFB is blessed and thankful to have both Tim (Vice President) and Heidi serve on our board! -Amy Matarazzo BCFB Secretary

CHESHIRE COUNTY As Cheshire County President, I want to thank our members for their continued support during the current Pandemic. Our county board of directors has continued to meet regularly through Zoom and in-person with social distancing. Our largest fundraiser of the year, the Cheshire Fair Ice Cream Booth, was cancelled this year, however, our careful and frugal use of our funds throughout our history means that we can still continue to support Local Foods and Farms in Cheshire County. We will still be awarding our Scholarship in 2020 and we have plans to do a milk donation to food pantries around Cheshire County. I know that these are challenging times, both financially and personally, and I sincerely appreciate your membership in Cheshire County Farm Bureau. Our organization is a true grassroots organization where county members directly determine our policy efforts in Concord. Without our members, we cannot be the Voice of Agriculture for New Hampshire. The pandemic has forced our organization to find new ways to communicate with members and we hope to improve that in the coming months. Our annual meeting was held virtually for the first time in our 104 year history. On October 12, we had a Zoom meeting and got reports from our State President, Denis Ward, as well as, our Policy Director, Rob Johnson. We also voted on a slate of officers, reelecting the same slate of

SULLIVAN COUNTY Thanks to the Sullivan County Farm Bureau Members who participated in our 2020 “mail in” meeting. The results are as follows:

Above: Belknap County Farm Bureau members met at HT Farm in Belmont to host an outdoor annual meeting in early October. HT Farm is owned and operated by Tim Duval and Heidi Loring who have over 100 head of registered Belted Galloways, pictured below. (Photo credit: Denis Ward)

officers who served this year. We need at least one additional Board Member and would encourage any member to please join us! I would encourage you to reach out with any questions or suggestions for programs by emailing me at beth@ or calling 603-336-7347. -Beth Hodge CCFB President

COOS COUNTY On the evening of October 7th, members of Coos County Farm Bureau held their annual business meeting at the Welcome Center in Lancaster. Joyce Brady agreed to serve one final year as the organization’s President. Attendees also adopted a

policy proposal supporting enabling farmers to offer an assumption of risks Waiver of Liability document to customers purchasing on farm produced goods or participating in farm activities. The goal being assumption of risk would help reduce farmer insurance premiums.

MERRIMACK COUNTY In September, MCFB mailed out ballots to their farmer members to vote on this year’s policies and directors. There weren’t any policy resolutions brought forward this year. Steve MacCleery was elected as the MCFB President and Brian Farmer as the MCFB Vice President. Steve can be reached at or 603-738-9223.

On the evening of October 7th, members of Coos County Farm Bureau held their annual business meeting at the Welcome Center in Lancaster. (Photo credit: Rob Johnson)

Minutes of 2019 meeting: Yes – 75, No – 0, Blank – 4. Treasurers Report: Yes – 67, No – 12, Blank – 12. Slate of Officers: Yes – 79. Delegates: Yes – 78, No – 0, Blank -1. Sullivan County Policy resolutions: 1. The Farm Bureau recommends and supports the following position on certain, pending cruelty cases where there is no deliberate, criminal intent and the animal or animals in question are not in imminent danger per NH RSA644:8, IV-a(a) and recommends that such animal(s) shall be allowed to remain on site, provided that there will be proper staffing, care, food, and medication; that such shelter, housing the animal(s) shall be clean with fresh bedding and drinkable water accessible: and that the owner(s) shall adhere to a maintenance plan as determined by the commissioner. Such maintenance requirements shall be reviewed on a regular, timely manner by the commissioner or their designee. Yes- 79 2. Farm Bureau does not define keeping horse(s) and other equines, which are kept principally for pleasure and maintained by the owners as an avocation, to be considered “farming”, as defined by statute, nor an agricultural enterprise exempt from certain zoning requirements. Yes – 66, No – 10, Blank – 3. Comments on this proposal: “What about breeding animals for equines used in therapy programs?” Two people commented they support Farm Bureau’s current position. 3. The New Hampshire Farm Bureau recommends and supports legislation drafted for the next biennium that will establish a state meat inspection program within the department of agriculture and will support such legislation that will fund one full time employee in the first year of the next biennium in order to administrate a state inspection program. The department shall advertise for the position no later than 60 days after passage and funding by the General Court. Yes – 75, No – 4 4. We support the role of Extension Advisory Councils to partner with UNH Cooperative Extension to identify program needs, advocate for continued funding at the county level, and provide input on the hiring of county-based staff. Yes – 76, No – 2, Blank -1. From mail in ballots and adopted by board: Reduce local farm

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County, Committee & Member News dependency on resources generated outside of region.

COMMITTEE NEWS ASSOCIATED WOMEN OF NHFB AW President’s Report: With the COVID-19 pandemic changing all our lives I am proud to say New Hampshire Farm Bureau (NHFB) Associated Women (AW) has continued meeting every month. Most of our meetings have been by Zoom, making the meetings a bit different, however we are still a dedicated group of women who believe in New Hampshire Farm Bureau and work continuously to reach out to all NH Farm Bureau Members. Our visits to various places like David’s House and others had to be canceled due to the pandemic. It was a busy year for AW. We completed albums for Abbie Sargent, our first AW President, and Stacy Cole, a past NHFB President. They both dedicated a tremendous amount of time to NHFB. At a time when Thanksgiving was coming around in 2019, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) asked us to go shopping…now you know women love to shop. Actually, AFBF was doing a survey regarding prices for putting on a Thanksgiving dinner. AW is proud to say we had nine reports to send in to AFBF. I was very honored to again represent our state at the AFBF Convention in Austin, Texas. There were many exciting workshops, one being a Communication Boot Camp refresher course. My flying partner, AW Second Vice President Ruth Scruton attended also. Ruth is also a graduate of Communication Boot Camp. In talking about representation from AFBF, we both believe the Northeast needs more representation and it’s exciting to know Ruth is vying for the position. This year our NHFB Communications Director, Josh Marshall, has been featuring articles about women in agriculture in The Communicator. If you are an AW member, or know someone who you believe would have an interesting story to tell about their farming, ask them! If they are interested, the next step is to contact Josh in the office at 224-1934. The hope is to feature an article about women farmers in every edition! AW’s project this year has been an awareness campaign for ‘No Taste For Waste.’ Headed up by past president Ruth Mann and a committee of AW members, the goal is reaching NH consumers and families with recipes as well as hints for shopping and using locally grown foods to their best advantage. Posters have been sent out to area farm stands and local food pantries. Articles written by AW members have been sent to editors of various newspapers and some ladies have spoken to grocery store managers about the project. Assisting in the endeavor is NH Department of Agriculture’s Gail McWilliam Jellie. We thank her for all she has done to help us. I wish to thank Associated Women of New Hampshire Farm Bureau for allowing me the opportunity to be President these last two years. It is an honor with lots of memories that will be with me for a lifetime.

-Elaine Moore AW President AW Legislative Report: Legislative activity has been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic along with everything else but did not stop. We proclaim that Farm Bureau is the principal advocate for agriculture and farming in our country, so my opinion is we need to take it seriously and be active. This is particularly important in the fields (pardon the pun) in which we individually have experience and expertise. Even though we have Policy Director Rob Johnson, who acts as the head of our advocacy work, we need to share in being his arms and legs and especially extra voices. We have a unique opportunity to explain to and educate our lawmakers and civic leaders, along with the public, about how things actually work and grow down on the farm. As State Chair of the Equine Committee, member of State Livestock Committee, and Co-Chair of Sullivan County Farm Bureau Legislative Committee, I keep informed through our regular Farm Bureau Monday morning conference calls with Rob and The Friday Review. There are also calls and emails as needed with Policy Development Committee members and various legislators who are sponsoring bills and/ or sit on the committees considering the bills. In normal times, I even attend, and sometimes speak at, committee hearings. It is amazing how jaws drop down and minds light up when we explain how a particular procedure is done and why, therefore what a certain rule would actually mean at the farm. I make a point to regularly contact my Representative in the New Hampshire State House for his take on what’s happening in Concord and his suggestions of who else to reach out to, in addition to sharing how I would like him to vote. This summer in particular has consisted mostly of work on issues we’ve already been over, sometimes compiled as “Christmas Tree Bills” - a common practice of combining two or more very unrelated things to get them passed. Probably our most important priorities were working on help for dairying. Although I have worked at dairying, I do not begin to understand the details of pricing and finances, but members of the policy group do and working together they made valuable input. Because of COVID-19, NHFB was involved informing the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) about various needs. I was specifically focused on the various needs in the equine community. I mostly talked with Scott Mason to that end. During the process of testifying before GOFERR Scott was exemplary. He not only listened, got answers, returned my calls and emails, but even initiated contacts with me about extra details. I was wonderfully positively impressed. With that experience in mind, I wrote letters and made calls and even went to the hearing to support his nomination as Executive Director of the NH Fish and Game Commission I will continue to connect with the NH Grange so that our policies all head in the same direction. There are several of us in both organizations coordinating these efforts. Probably the highlight of this work was helping to host the Primary Fly In

sponsored by NH and National Grange in February. Members came from many parts of the country to learn about the first Primary and about NH for three days. They enjoyed tours and talks by NH leaders in our legislative chambers, plus getting out to knock on doors seeing how campaigns have changed over the years. -Jozi Best AW Vice President

association including state technical committees. Amy Papineau, program team leader for Extension’s Food & Agriculture, said, “George personally cares about the success and happiness of each of his colleagues and spends much time mentoring new staff. Likewise, he is well known for the emotional support he has offered

George Hamilton, Food & Agriculture Field Specialist for UNH Cooperative Extension in Hillsborough County, has been selected as the 2020 Northeast Regional National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Hall of Fame recipient.

MEMBER NEWS George Hamilton Named to the NACAA Hall of Fame George Hamilton, food & agriculture field specialist for UNH Cooperative Extension in Hillsborough County, has been selected as the 2020 Northeast Region National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Hall of Fame recipient. The NACAA Hall of Fame Award recognizes Hamilton’s demonstrated commitment, dedication and effective leadership in job performance as an outstanding educator, as well as his association involvement at the state and national level and outstanding humanitarian service. Hamilton was nominated for this national award by his UNH Extension colleagues. The award is reserved only for those who have demonstrated exceptional work, above and beyond normal expectations throughout their career and is presented annually to just one person from each of the four NACAA regions. “George Hamilton is truly deserving of this prestigious award and is the first ever New England recipient since the award’s inception in 2006,” said Ken La Valley, vice provost of University Outreach and Engagement and director of UNH Extension. In his career with UNH Extension, spanning 30 years, Hamilton has been responsible for developing many of the organization’s most impactful agricultural programs. He leverages partnerships with grower associations to achieve outcomes beyond what he or his team could accomplish alone. He is an active member and leader in almost every state agricultural

to farmers in times of need. When trying situations arise, the agricultural community knows they can call on George for advice, support and honest friendship.” Hamilton has transferred knowledge to farmers in an array of areas and through a variety of methods, ranging from pruning demonstrations to workshops on effectively managing disease to talks about sprayer calibration. He has provided growers with seasonal weekly data about squash vine borer control, sweet corn pests and spotted wing drosophila populations through Extension’s monitoring and reporting program. For the past 20 years he has given advice to the New Hampshire Giant Pumpkin Growers Association. In 2018, Boscawen resident Steve Geddes beat out all previous North American records by growing a giant pumpkin weighing 2,528 pounds. Geddes said, “We might be experts in growing, but the information and knowledge we have about what is going on might not actually be accurate. This is where my hat comes off to George. One of the biggest advantages with the New Hampshire club, and we are really gifted, is that we have access to true evidence-based, science-based information through Cooperative Extension.” In December 2019, Hamilton was recognized with the Robert E. Young Award, given by the New England Vegetable Berry Growers Association to individuals in recognition of their service to vegetable and berry producers. Hamilton’s contributions have been integral to the health, vitality and growth of the berry and vegetable growing industries in the state. -UNH Extension

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Finding the Right Balance         


eing ahead of the curve has its pros and cons. Steve Wood and wife Louisa Spencer experienced both sides of that coin as they chased a crazy idea to get out of the packing house arms race of the 1980’s apple industry. Instead of ramping up capacity and sinking into debt with increasingly expensive equipment for the wholesale market or going all-in on a retail destination model, Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH took a path less travelled. “The smartest thing we did was actually what we didn’t do,â€? Steve grinned. As the end of the 1980’s approached, Steve and Louisa realized that technology and mechanization were driving the market faster than the consumer. Supermarkets were demanding larger, more uniform fruit regardless of what it was doing to the eating quality of the apples. The couple stopped to think about whether this was best for their business or not. “Everybody was sort of kowtowing to the developing demands in the market without really attending to what’s happening to them if they do that,â€? he explained. Small orchards, like those in New Hampshire, could compete on quality with the massive orchards of Michigan and the Hudson Valley, but couldn’t compete with production eďŹƒciency. Before too long, it wouldn’t be cost eective for these small farms to grow and pack apples. Seeing the writing on the wall, Steve and Louisa knew something had to change. By happenstance, the couple had occasion to visit England quite often during this time frame. One trip in particular exposed Steve to a new idea: Cider (For most of the world, the term cider means an alcoholic beverage fermented from particular apples while fresh apple juice is properly called “sweet cider.â€?) Driving from the north of Wales to London for a dinner party, Steve was curious about these strange-looking orchards they were passing through. Having a selfdiagnosed addiction to trees, he had to stop and take a look. “Some people stop to look at clocks or old cars or something,â€? Steve laughed. “My wife says if I ever get killed on the road it’s going to be from craning my neck to look at a tree.â€? As it turns out, those trees were growing cider apples. If that wasn’t fortuitous enough, at dinner that evening a friend, Lady Emma Temperley, oered to introduce Steve to a Mr. Bertram Bulmer. The Bulmer family pioneered commercial cider-making in Hereford, England. Founded in 1887, the Bulmers would eventually launch the Bulmers brand worldwide and Strongbow brand across Europe. It wasn’t as much the cider Steve was interested in, but the fruit. Down the rabbit hole he ran, speaking to the company’s orcharding department along with leading researchers and other cider makers in the region. The result, however, was never intended to be a commercial cider-making operation in New Hampshire.

Above: Towering metal tanks and stacks of wooden barrels, filled or soon to be filled with cider, now occupy the space formerly reserved for apples in a barn at Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH. Center: The newest addition to a lineup of ciders is Farnum Hill Farmhouse Cider, their only product sold in cans. Right: Steve Wood stands next to a stack of apples waiting to be pressed.

With the future of Poverty Lane Orchards in flux, the move to cider making started slowly at first – like an intense hobby. After he began replacing blocks of popular trees with funny sounding French and English varieties, Steve’s friends were starting to question his sanity. “We had this notion of pushing down a whole lot of McIntosh and Cortlands and replacing them with a whole lot of inedible apples,� Steve laughed. Just like how grapes you wouldn’t snack on from the fruit bowl produce the best wines, the best ciders are products of apples you wouldn’t necessarily put in a lunch box.

Deciding what varieties to grow took time and education. With Steve’s connections to the English cider industry, he and Louisa decided to graft many varieties from very dierent parts of the world to one of their orchards in Lebanon, NH. They gained insights into how these particular varieties flowered, fruited, and withstood disease. An added challenge to the process was waiting to see if the dierent growing conditions of the Northeast U.S., compared to England, would negatively impact fruit quality. What shook out over these years of trial and error was a realization that they actually could produce high quality cider fruit in a combination of varieties that wasn’t being grown anywhere else in the country. Combinations of “bittersweet applesâ€? like Dabinett, Ellis Better, and Yarlington Mill along with more edible American varieties like Golden Russet and Wickson developed into a cider that balances fruit, astringency (the mouth feel), and acid. By the mid-90’s Poverty Lane Orchards was ready to market a cider. The first run of bottles and labels went out under the farm name but as interest grew, a change was needed. “My wife wisely noted that we were marketing alcohol,â€? Steve paused, “Alcohol‌Poverty Lane‌are you trying to get people to drink this out of a paper bag?â€? While the farm would remain named after the road leading to it, the cider would take on the moniker of the land upon which it sits: Farnum Hill. “I thought there were three things we needed to do,â€? Steve

explained. “Figure out how to grow the fruit, figure out how to make good cider, and then get noticed.â€? That came in 2002 when Farnum Hill Cider was written up on the front page of the food section of the New York Times just before Thanksgiving. Following soon were Food & Wine Magazine and Martha Stewart Living. Not long after that Steve and Louisa were taking accounts in high end restaurants and wine shops across New York City and gaining a reputation as the best cider in the country. There was one problem. After the initial hype, which manifested itself in case stacks in the fronts of fancy wine shops, surrounding Farnum Hill Ciders subsided there was no place for it to go. “You can’t play king of the mountain on a pane of glass,â€? Steve explained. What was happening was that there was no shelf that cider really belonged on. It started getting placed next to peach wine and Manischewitz. Anyone looking for a cider would be sadly disappointed in opening a bottle of peach wine and vice versa. To help alleviate this problem, Steve began actively helping a lot of other cider-makers get started. From advice to propagation materials and more, Farnum Hill was providing newcomers with a head start. In the long run, that strategy paid o. An explosive expansion of the cider industry in 2014 helped provide that space for ciders to compete with each other on store shelves. It also provided a revenue stream for Poverty Lane Orchards. Selling cider apples to fellow cider makers has become another piece of the pie for Steve and Louisa. That keeps them grounded in what they truly love. “We’re still fundamentally apple growers,â€? he said. “That’s the reason we’re making cider at all.â€?

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Lessons Learned Through Gravel By Ty Kellogg


lot can be learned from remedial, manual tasks on the farm. But as a 14-year-old in the heat of the summer a couple of decades ago, like most teens, I was not interested in life lessons. I was interested in fishing, sucking down freezies like Fla-Vor-Ice, and watching ESPN highlights and The Price is Right. The summer of ‘99 (or maybe 2000) was when my dad decided to dig a trench from the opposite hillside to capture the natural spring water and direct it to our pond, which acts as a secondary water source in case our primary well runs dry. However, the natural springs were located in an area that was not suitable for heavy equipment or even a wheelbarrow, so Dad dug the trench by hand. I was assigned the task of lining the trench with gravel, placing a drain tile and adding more gravel. The path to the trench was narrow and overgrown by wild grapevines, briars (what Northeast Ohioans call “prickers”), cut grass and multi-flora roses. Dad left me two tools – a dull, third-generation spade shovel and four dented, dimpled one-gallon metal buckets. The shovel’s hickory handle was worn and fitted by my grandpa’s and my dad’s hands before me. The buckets looked like they had been run over and pounded back out by a ballpeen hammer. Our farm is in a narrow river valley in Northeast Ohio, surrounded by steep, forested hills. In the dog days

of summer, the wind disappears and grows stale, and the humidity wraps us up like an undesirable ugly Christmas sweater. After morning chores, my shirt already clung to my back with sweat as I fought the horseflies and walked over to the pile of gravel. It seemed like a mountain, the morning dew quickly evaporating, giving way to the scorching sun, twisting and arching, misting vespers reaching for the clouds in hopes of escaping the heat…or maybe the drudgery of shoveling gravel. The suffocating heat has fogged my memory, so I can’t recall how many days it took for me to accomplish my assigned task. All I know is that when I was done each day, I would head for the creek, strip to my underwear and find the deepest pool so I could wash away the grime, and soothe the scratches from the prickers and welts from the horseflies. It’s been more than 20 years since my dad dug that trench and I filled it in. The well and the pond have not run dry, and every year since, the water has run clear and cold. For a few days of labor, our family has enjoyed the longterm security of water. Our words, effort and actions today can have a tremendous effect on our future. That’s an impactful lesson from a humble pile of gravel. Ty Kellogg is a farmer and Farm Bureau member in Ohio.

By Debbi Cox, NHAITC State Coordinator Agriculture in the Classroom Updates Students continue to approach learning in different environments – in person, remotely or hybrid methods. Luckily, NH Agriculture in the Classroom has resources to help teachers using any learning vehicle. We have students planning pollinator gardens and others using our free seeds to start vegetable plants. Several classes will be participating in our virtual field trip to the Ox-K Discovery Center in Gilford to learn about the history of ox in NH and meet the stars of Kathy Salanitro’s children’s books. Other teachers are looking at our lessons based on dairy and some are exploring bees. We are pleased to be moving forward with some of our annual programs. Details will be available on our website in the near future. Tucker Mountain Challenge: Thanks to the support of the NH Maple Producers Association, our annual student produced maple syrup contest will be held once again. We will be inviting K-12 classes from around the state to submit a pint of maple syrup which will be judged on density, clarity, color and taste. The winner will receive $1,000, second place gets a check for $700 and $300 goes to third place.

an opportunity for teachers to incorporate maple education without boiling syrup, especially through remote learning. Annual Agricultural Literacy Program: Each year, we select an agriculturally accurate book targeted to help elementary students across the state develop an understanding and an appreciation of agriculture. For 2021, we are continuing with last year’s book, Right This Very Minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen. Appropriate for grades K-3, this book explores different types of farms that put food on your table from cheese to beef to produce. Included is a Resource Guide to supplement learning from the book. In January, books will be available for volunteers and teachers to purchase so they can read the book in a local classroom and perhaps provide a classroom activity to enhance the learning. This can be done in person or through


Debbi Cox, NHAITC State Coordinator and Bruce Treat of Treat’s Sugarhouse in Bow hold a maple syrup taste test in the NH State House as part of the Tucker Mountain Challenge.





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Peterson Project: New this year, K-12 classes or small groups of students will be challenged to submit projects featuring any facet of maple sugaring in New Hampshire. Their creativity can focus on history, photosynthesis, changes of matter, data collection, etc. Projects can be submitted as a video, a PowerPoint or word documents. Judges will take into consideration creativity, accuracy and other factors. First place prize is $250, second place is $100 and $50 goes to third place. This provides

video conferencing such as Zoom. New this year, for an additional fee, you can receive supplies and instructions for a supporting activity! Books will be $5 at the Farm Bureau, $2.50 for shipping if you need them mailed and an additional $5 for an activity kit. Support: We can not offer programming without the support of volunteers and financial donations. Please visit our website to register as volunteer or to make a donation.

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Diane Departs Farm Bureau By Josh Marshall, NHFB Communications Director


H Farm Bureau Executive Director Diane Clary resigned her post earlier this fall after eight years of exemplary service to the organization, accepting a new position at a local school district. When I was first hired at New Hampshire Farm Bureau, Diane instilled in me two guiding principals. First, the members are the mission and, secondly, “That we come from a place of YES.” That meant that when our members came to Diane with a project or a task, she would work dilligently to accomplish the goal with enthusiasm and dedication no matter the challenge. It meant that she was willing to go outside of her comfort zone at times and always put the organization first. I’ve witnessed Diane’s commitment to Farm Bureau for five of her eight years in the corner office and can assure you

The best part about Diane is that she is the ultimate champion for agriculture in NH. She reached out to all different groups in the state, encouraging them to become part of NHFB and helping us to do a better job being inclusive of all farms in the state. She is a leader that I want to emulate, getting things done while also being so incredibly warm and inviting to all. Hers is a huge hole to fill in our organization!

that no one cared more for the success of our organization than she did. And her professional impact was felt beyond the state of New Hampshire as well. Whenever I’ve had the opportunity to visit American Farm Bureau offices in Washington, D.C., or another AFBF event elsewhere, her colleagues from around the country are quick to praise her work. Other state Farm Bureaus have sought Diane’s counsel on issues of organizational development and during times of leadership transition. She truly is Farm Bureau Proud. I’ll end by echoing the sentiments of NHFB President Denis Ward, from his column earlier in this issue, that Diane has left us in a position of strength and that I wish her well in her new job. Thanks for your many years of leadership and support.

Beth Hodge President, Cheshire County Farm Bureau

For the past eight years Diane has given her heart and soul to Farm Bureau. She became one of us! Thanks Diane and thanks Bill for the support you gave her whenever she (and we) needed it. Denis Ward, President, NH Farm Bureau

Diane is an amazing friend of NH Agriculture in the Classroom. From serving as our Treasurer to helping out at School to Farm Days to listening to my crazy ideas, her support of the organization is invaluable. Diane relentlessly advocated for the Farm Bureau, always with a smile on her face and was an inspiration for spreading the word about agriculture in New Hampshire. Love you sistah! Debbi Cox Director, NH Ag in the Classroom

Diane Clary served as New Hampshire Farm Bureau Administrator and Executive Director for eight years. The NHFB family is greatful for her dedication and leadership.

Its been a pleasure working with Diane. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Her positive attitude will be missed. I wish her well in her new endeavor.

American National Moves to Boscawen

Wayne Mann President, NH Farm & Rural Education Foundation

Interim Office Administrator Hired: Welcome Leandra Pritchard


ew Hampshire Farm Bureau is pleased to introduce our newest staff member, Leandra Pritchard. Leandra recently started working at NHFB as the Interim Office Administrator. She may look familiar as she used to work in the office and has served as the Merrimack County Farm Bureau President and Second Vice President of the state board of directors.

She and her husband, Jay, own and operate Pritchard Farms in Pembroke, where they raise beef cattle, laying hens, corn for silage, hay, and two young children! She is happy to once again work for this great organization that supports the farming industry in New Hampshire. Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions or to say hello at leandrap@

American National Insurance agents and staff stand outside their new office in Boscawen, NH.


merican National Insurance has moved offices from its former location at 297 Sheep Davis Road to a new site in Boscawen. “We are excited to announce our new office location at 1 Fisher Ave Boscawen, NH 03303,” said Brandon Coffman, General Agent.

“You’ll get the same great customer service – with a new view! Our agents and customer service team look forward to serving you.” For more information call 603-2236686 or reach out to an agent using the contact info below.

Mike Bertolone, Agent 603-223-6686 Emmalee Bauckman, Agent 603-223-6686 John Scarponi, Agent 603-724-1690 Kyle Baylis, Agent 603-450-2401 Brandon Coffman, General Agent 603-223-6686

Leandra Pritchard joined New Hampshire Farm Bureau staff as the Interim Office Administrator in September. Leandra perviously served as Merrimack County Farm Bureau President.

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2021 AFBF



American Farm Bureau’s 102nd Convention Goes Virtual


he American Farm Bureau Federation announced today that its 102nd Annual Convention will be held online following the cancelation of all events through Jan. 31, 2021, at the San Diego Convention Center where the convention was scheduled to take place. “Our top priority at every Farm Bureau gathering is the safety of our attendees and staff,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said. “While we are saddened to not meet in person for this convention, we are eager to bring this event safely to farm and ranch homes across the country and excited to offer the same top-level content our members have come to expect from our in-person events.” The 2021 American Farm Bureau Virtual Convention, to be held Jan. 1013, 2021, will bring together farmers, ranchers and industry experts to discuss the top issues facing agriculture, including the impact of COVID-19,

sustainability and the future of the supply chain, and will feature keynote speakers who inspire and motivate grassroots action. This free online event will bring home American Farm Bureau Convention favorites from the Ag Innovation Challenge and YF&R competitions to the Ag Foundation Book of the Year and the anticipated Farm Dog of the Year. “Our convention theme this year is ‘Stronger Together,’” Duvall said. “I can think of nothing more fitting to spotlight how the agriculture community has come together keep growing the products our nation depends on while supporting our friends and neighbors throughout this public health crisis.” Registration for the 2021 American Farm Bureau Virtual Convention will open later this year and will be free to all attendees. Further details on the event can be found at

The YF&R program helps young members shape their future and American agriculture through leadership development and personal growth opportunities. Three competitions enable members to showcase their leadership experience, communication skills and successful business plans as they compete against the best of the best from each state Farm Bureau.

As part of the YF&R competitions, the top four competitors in the Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture areas will receive:


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Local Meat Producer List Belknap County Beans

Greens Farm - Gilford

Andrew Howe - 293-2853 Grass fed beef, GMO free pork, chicken, turkey.

Half a Penny Farm - Ctr. Barnstead Shane & Jenn Forest 603-345-5277 or 603-591-2910 We carry pasture raised black angus beef. USDA Certified. Cryovac packaging. Individual assorted cuts of beef. Whole, Half and Quarter shares available. Check us out on Facebook and Instagram.

Birch Rise Farm - Sanbornton Kate Osgood - 259-6660 Pasture raised Berkshire pork by the cuts, halves, or wholes and poultry by the cuts or wholes. Pasture raised eggs. Like us on Facebook!

Hammer Down Farm - Gilmanton Alicia & Ryan Smith - 387-3448 Locally and naturally raised beef by the cuts, halves and wholes. Pork by the cuts, halves and wholes. Raw milk and butter from our jerseys. Like us on Facebook!

HT Farm LLC - Belmont Tim Duval - 630-5505 Find us on Facebook at HT Farm LLC. Gras fed, farm-raised, USDA beef. Produce and maple syrup.

LorrenJoyce Farm - Barnstead Amy & Brian Matarozzo - 235-5780 Naturally raised beef. USDA approved. All cryovac packaging.

Shepherd’s Hut Market - Gilford Jeff & Joyce Keyser - 527-1873 or 393-4696 or Certified USDA freezer lamb. Various cuts fresh frozen and vacuum sealed.

Wooded Valley Acres - Gilmanton IW Elizabeth and Cory Bower - Pasture raised pork, free range chicken and duck eggs, free range turkey, free range rabbit.

Carroll County Mountain Laurel Farm - Sanbornville Robert Bevard - 986 - 8480 USDA Labels, homegrown, pasture raised pork, lamb, and chevon.

Remick Country Doctor Museum Farm - Tamworth Sheena Harte - 323-7591 Farm-rasied ground beef, breakfast and sweet Italian sausage.

Run Away Farm - Ossipee Dave Babson - 539-4928 Naturally raised beef. Fed grain, hay and grass only.

Top of the Hill Farm - Wolfeboro Alan Fredrickson - 569-3137 Beef - pasture exposed and all natural by the piece, 1/4, 1/2 or whole.

Cheshire County Archway Farm - Keene Mark Florenz - 352-3198 Pasture raised heritage pork; whole, half, or individual cuts. See our website for details.

East Hill Farm - Troy

Slow Grown Farm - Plymouth

Dave Adams - 242-6495 Whole, half, or individual cuts available of pork, beef, lamb and goat.

Jean Poulin - 412-2133 We have various cuts of Scottish Highland beef. USDA cut, shrink wrapped, and frozen. Fresh eggs are available daily, as is our goat’s milk soap.

Earth Haven Farm - Marlborough Mary & George Iselin - 876-4036 USDA labeled pkg hamburger, roasts, steaks at our farm store or 1/4, 1/2, or whole for cuts to customer specifications.

JHF Stable

Livestock - Alstead

John & Hazell Fuller - 835-6509 USDA vacuumed packed Beefalo and grass fed on the farm in Alstead.

Mad Brook Farm - Alstead Tom Hancock - 835-6526 Meat rabbits, breeding stock, & meat. Cross between NZ, Satin, Creme d’Argent, Calif, Flemish, Silver Fox.

Manning Hill Farm - Winchester

StoneFen Farm, llc - Haverhill Lora Goss - 481-0017 Our Herefords and Red Devons were carefully selected for the efficient conversion of natural grasses and legumes into a better beef. Our beef is 100% grass fed & finished yielding a nutrient dense meat that is both tender and delicious. Please call for more info or for a visit!

Hillsboro County Barrett Hill Farm - Mason The LeClairs - 878-4022 or visit our website Beef, pork and lamb.

Kinney’s Farm - Brookline

Sarah Costa - 239-4397 Grass fed heritage beef, pasture raised heritage pork, by the individual cut or in bulk-half and whole sides. Pasture rasied whole roasting chickens.

Travis & Marcalyn Kinney - 673-5956 Selling our own naturally raised grass fed beef, pork, poultry and fresh eggs at our farm stand. Check us out on Facebook for all our products and hours. Open year round.

Up Top Farm - Winchester

Paradise Farm - Lyndeborough

Earl Beaman - 603-355-0818 Born and raised in New Hampshire, these beef cattle are pasture raised and corn finished, making the meat much more tender than just plain grass fed beef. They are hormone and antibiotic free and are processed in a federally inspected USDA facility. They are sold as “freezer sides”, meaning that you would purchased a side of beef (of split one with a friend or relative), have it cut to your specifications (steaks, roasts, size of packaging, etc) and pick it up in Athol, Massachusetts.

Coos County CJEJ Farm Meat House - Columbia Chris & Joyce Brady - 922-3305 USDA inspected cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and chevon. Chicken (whole and parts) and Thanksgiving turkeys also available. All grown on our farm with our own homemade grain. Store open year round.

French Hill Farm – Milan Jason Huter - 603-326-9778 Whole frozen chicken, duck, and rabbit. Beef and pork on the hoof.

Northwinds Farm – N. Stratford Scott & Heidi Mason - 922-8377 USDA inspected, vacuum packed beef, lamb and veal. Sold by the side or cut. Also available through the Barn Store of New England in Salisbury, NH.

Grafton County Bonnie Brae Farms - Plymouth Henry Ahern - 536-3880 Farm-raised Red Deer venison, velvet antler, hard antler and hides. Also breeding stock. The deer are primarily grass and hay fed. USDA inspected.

Field Acres Farms - Canaan Tim and Lynn Braley - 523-4943 Farm raised Beef by the individual cut and Pasture Raised Heritage Pork by the individual cut or by the 1/2 or whole pig. All individual cuts of beef and pork are USDA processed and fresh frozen with vacuum seal. We also sell free range chicken eggs.

Wayne & Adrienne Colsia - 345-0860 100% grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb, pasture raised pork, free-range eggs, all natural goat milk.

Leel Farm – New Ipswich Butch Leel - 562-0860 Pasture Raised Beef.

Temple Mountain Beef - Temple Mark Salisbury - 878-4290 Beef by the side – cut and packaged to order.

Trombly Gardens - Milford Sean Trombly - 673-4725 Beef, pork, lamb and chicken.

Jessica Morin - 603-986-0359 We are a small family farm selling pasture raised USDA processed beef and pork. We also have whole chickens and turkeys available seasonally.

Rocky Road Tunis Farm - Bath Deb Robie - 747-3869 Local Lamb.

Rockingham County Great Bay Farm - Greenland Allen Smith - 969-9948 Various Cuts USDA inspected frozen beef.

J F Farms Inc. - Derry Melissa Dolloff - 437-0535 All cuts of frozen beef.

Mandico Farm Cattle Co. - Nottingham Conrad & Kathy Mandsager - 770-1948 Farm-raised, Grass fed Highland natural beef.

Strafford County Coppal House Farm - Lee John & Carol Hutton - 659-3572 USDA certified pasture raised lamb and pork products. All cuts are flash frozen and vacuum sealed. Various cuts available at the farm stand, but special requests are filled when available.

Diamond B Farm - New Durham Meghan Bickford - 762-0190 or All natural, pasture raised beef, pork, chicken, turkey and eggs. Visit our website at http:// for more information.

His Harvest Farm - Madbury Bruce Smith - 603-834-5012 Pasture raised chickens and eggs.

Pinewoods Yankee Farm - Lee Tina Fottler & Erick Sawtelle 659-8106 or Grass fed beef. Belted Galloway and Angus crosses. Individual retail cuts and custom cut sides. Find us on Local Harvest and Facebook.

Sullivan County Beaver Pond Farm - Newport

Bokaja - Webster

Bennie Nelson - 542-7339 Raising beef and lamb. For sale at our retail store on the John Stark Highway between Newport & Claremont. Open year ‘round.

648-2520 or 470-6276 Local turkeys - various sizes.

Eccardt Farm Inc. - Washington

Merrimack County

Elior Acres, LLC - Bradford Denise Renk - 938-2771 USDA heritage pork and goat. Heritage Chocolate Turkey, Rouen Duck, and Buckeye Chicken.

Miles Smith Farm - Loudon Bruce Dawson or Carole Soule 783-5159 Locally raised beef in retail packages with USDA labels.

Off A Bit Farm LLC - Danbury Laura Kilkenny - 530-2496 We are a small family farm offering naturally raised, USDA processed and packaged goat meat. We also sell rabbit meat, eggs, raw goat milk and raw goat milk yogurt. See our website: for all our offerings. Like us on Facebook!

Schroeder Farm - South Newbury Bill Schroeder - 938-5911 Black Angus beef by the side or individual cuts. USDA inspected, all grass fed. Roaster Chickens 10-12 pounds, all natural grain fed.

Yankee Farmers’ Market - Warner Pines Hill Farm – Lisbon

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Brian & Keira Farmer - 456-2833 Offering farm raised, all natural certified USDA buffalo, venison, elk, grass fed beef, lamb, chicken, turkey and pork. Our farm has an on farm store open year round, distributes to retail and wholesale acounts, offering a wide variety of individual cuts.

George, Sandy & Ryan Eccard 495-3830 or Our home grown grass fed, USDA certified beef. We have an array of steak cuts and roasts all vacuum packed for longer freshness. Lamb & pork when available.

Far View Farm - Langdon Marilyn Stuller - 313-7115 Lamb - naturally raised on pasture. Icelandic lamb is naturally lean with a mild flavor.

Stone Farm - Cornish Charlie Stone - 469-3559 USDA inspected. Vacuum wrapped. Seasonal turkeys. Fresh eggs. Saturday farm stand MayOctober 9-12.

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NH Grown Fruits & Veggies Belknap County Still Seeking Farm 317 Loon Pond Rd, Gilmanton 267-5326 Nutrient dense vegetables, blueberries and much more! Stop by the Laconia Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, or at our Farm Stand.

Carroll County Bly Farm 620 Center St. Route 28, Wolfeboro 569-1411 Stop by the farm stand for fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, zucchini, summer squash, lettuce, beets, peppers, carrots, eggplant, swisschard, onions, winter squash, pumpkins, potatoes, stawberries, and blueberries.

Sherman Farm 2679 East Conway Road Center Conway, NH 03813 939-2412 Visit us at our farm stand.

Spider Web Gardens 252 Middle Rd, Tuftonboro 569-5056 Wide variety of vegetables, berries and apples. Visit the farm stand!

Whispering Pines Farm 78 School Street Effingham, NH 603-662-2678 Visit us at our farm stand.

Cheshire County Whittaker’s Homestead Greenhouses 236 Forest Road, Alstead Produce can be purchased at the farm stand during our normal season AprilOct as well as at our booth at the Keene Farmers’ Market.

Hillsboro County Brookdale Fruit Farm Inc. 38 Broad Street, Hollis 465-2240 Strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples, peas, cucumbers, pickles, green beans, wax beans, shell beans, summer squash, zucchini, sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, pumpkins, sugar pumpkins, various winter squashes, apple cider, and other specialty vegetables. Produce can be purchased at our farm stand and various Hanniford and Shaws supermarkets throughout the state, and other farm stands within the state.

Butternut Farm-Milford

Spring Ledge Farm

Saltbox Farm

483 Federal Hill Rd, Milford 673-2963 For a fresh variety of produce and flowers visit us at the farm stand or at the Bedford, Milford and Nashua Farmers’ Markets.

37 Main Street New London, NH 03257 603-526-6253

Route 33, 321 Portsmouth Ave. Stratham 436-7978

Currier Orchards 9 Peaslee Rd, Merrimack 881-8864 Visit our farm stand. U-pick apples and pumpkins PLUS apple cider, jams, jellies, vegetables, pickles, apple pies, pumpkin bread and peaches.

McLeod Bros. Orchards 749 North River Rd, Milford 673-3544 A large variety of spring and summer vegetables, apples, pumpkins, squash and fall ornaments are available. Visit our farm stand from September 1 to late October or at the Bedford Farmers’ Market.

Oasis Springs Farm 79 Groton Road, Nashua 603-930-1294 Year round Hydroponic Grown Lettuces, Kale, Chard, Herbs and Microgreens. CSA pick ups in Southern, NH

Merrimack County Autumnview Farm 1010 Upper City Rd, Pittsfield 435-5503 An assortment of vegetables, such as corn, green beans, zucchini, many squash varieties, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and much more! Fruit includes, strawberries, peaches, rhubarb and cantaloupe. Autumnview Farm items are also available at Hannafords and Shaws.

Highland Lake Apple Farm 50 Maple Street, East Andover 603-735-5058

LaValley Farms 1801 Hooksett Rd, Hooksett 485-3541 We grow and sell sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, lettuce, beans, greens, pumpkins, bedding plants and more! Open from April to December.

Blueberries, raspberries and flowers.

Two Sisters’ Garlic of Clough Scamman Farm Tavern Farm 23 Clough Tavern Rd, Canterbury, 603-783-4287 / 731-5574 GARLIC - scapes, garlic scape pesto, bulbs green and cured, dried garlic spice blends Find our products at the farm stand, Golden Harvest in Hooksett, Concord Farmers’ Market (Wed & Sat) also at the Canterbury Country Store and Harmens in Sugar Hill. We also have P.Y.O Raspberries.

Windswept Maples 845 Loudon Ridge Rd Loudon, NH 03307 603-267-8492 Year-round maple syrup & maple products. Sweet corn, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, green beans, potatoes, cucumbers available when in season. Ornamentals, corn stocks, haybales, mini pumpkins available during the harvest season. Visit the farm stand from late June to Labor Day. Weekdays - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The farm stand is open year-round on Saturdays - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rockingham County Heron Pond Farm 29 Main Ave, South Hampton 603-394-0129 Heron Pond Farm is a four season farm that grows over 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Farming year-round has allowed us to grow and maintain an incredibly skilled and experienced staff whose passion brings higher yields, quality and flavor to our food all year long.

J F Farms 124 Chester Road, Derry 437-0535 Visit our farm stand for a wide variety of fruits and veggies!

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569 Mammoth Rd, Londonderry 622-6636 Visit us at our farm stand and find our eggs, apples, peaches, pears and vegetables at various gocery stores in Manchester, Derry and Londonderry.

69 Portsmouth Ave, Stratham 686-1258 Farm stand open September and October for pumpkins and corn maze. Also at Statham Farmers market on Saturdays.

Sunnycrest 59 High Range Rd, Londonderry 432-9652 Family owned and operated apple farm with pick-your-own apples, strawberries, blueberries and cherries, as well as a market with fresh local vegetable & fruits and honey, syrup and milk. We also have a bakery that offers apple donuts and home-made breads.

Strafford County Butternut Farm 195 Meaderboro Rd, Farmington 603-335-4705

Sullivan County Bascom Road Blueberry Farm 371 Bascom Rd, Newport 603-359-7703 Pick-your-own blueberries and farm storew with our own produce, honey and local meats and syrups.

Beaver Pond Farm 50 McDonough Road, Newport 603-543-1107 Beaver Pond Farm retail store, John Stark Highway between Newport & Claremont. Open year ‘round. Our own beef, lamb, vegetables, berries, apples, cider, Christmas trees, pumpkins, handmade wreaths, THE BEST homemade pie and jam, maple syrup and PYO raspberries at the farm in July. Localmade and produced products as well. We also wholesale to Shaws and Grazi’s in Newport and Jiffy Mart in Claremont.

Cutting Farm 266 Sanborn Hill Rd, W. Springfield A wide variety of fruits & veggies and much more!

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Associated Women Of NHFB Member Spotlight:

Stacy Downs


o choose to be a farmer is not a choice to make lightly. It is an infinitely large commitment that can destroy you or bring you the most beautiful satisfaction. The one thing about farming, that I try to explain to people who come to me for advice, is that you can never assume that your hard work will pay off or that your hard work is ever done. With that being said, I would not ask for a different life than that of growing my family and neighbor’s food or raising animals. It has brought me a contentment that does not exist elsewhere in this world, and of that I am certain. As a child in the early 80’s, my Dad moved our family to this little town of Effingham, whose population, back then, was around 400. There were gardens and fruit bearing trees on our property and I absolutely loved to watch everything blossom and grow. It was like clockwork every year. I would wake in the morning to the sound of the rototiller just before Memorial Day every spring, which meant that it was almost time to plant the beans! It seems like such a funny thing to get excited about now that I think of it. We had a small garden back then, and I believe that it’s where I caught the bug for working in the soil and growing things. It’s also when I decided that when I became “rich and famous,” as my four-or-five-yearold brain assured me that I would be, that I was going to purchase the house right down the street from my childhood home. The house was just a little white farmhouse on a few acres with a lovely old barn. The couple who owned the home back then had several Morgan horses and I remember when I was allowed to go into the barn and see them up close. I fell in love with everything

about them. I loved the smell of the hay and the sound of their hooves on the old wood barn boards. I knew then that once I was finally “rich and famous,” that I would not only have the old farmhouse, but I would have farm critters to care for and raise as well. I had some pretty big plans for someone who had yet to start kindergarten. Fast forward to the late 80’s In the late 80’s my Aunt Judy sold her little camp in the Ossipee Mountains, and purchased, what was previously known as Dow’s Apple Orchard, which was located in Tuftonboro, NH. It was a sprawling orchard of 50 or more acres with a few acres of highbush blueberries. The orchard was absolutely gorgeous, but the house was in nearly original condition, dating back to the mid to late 1800’s. She recruited myself and my two younger sisters to help scrape wallpaper, fill cracks in the old horsehair plaster, and other miserable tasks for nine-year-old kids. It was the first time that I learned about old houses and how they were built, and that just because a house is old and dull, doesn’t mean that it can’t shine again. Every spare minute that I had, I was there, working, learning, and learning to appreciate bringing something back to life. It was my first “job.” She told me that If I did a good job helping with the house, that I could work on the farm that summer. It was all I wanted to do. I spent days at a time at that farm throughout my childhood. Leaning about apples, peaches, pears, grapes, blueberries, how to care for the earth so that the crops would be bountiful, how to care for the

Stacy Downs poses for a selfie with one of her goats. Stacy found her opportunity to pursue farming in May of 2018, when her dream farmhouse went up for sale. After purchasing it, she dove right in with growing vegetables and raising chickens and goats! (Photo credit: Stacy Downs)

trees. I remember that she would always be canning something. From rosehip jelly to salsa. Everything was available for purchase in the farm stand. We picked blueberries by the bushel and would supply Bly Farm in Wolfeboro with as many orders as we could fill. Between my aunt, my sisters, and my four cousins, we probably would pick a thousand pounds a year. It seemed it anyhow. We all learned to appreciate the value of hard work and the pride that you can take from providing people with a good food source. Those summers spent there working, were absolutely the foundation from which I built the life that I live now. Those were the most influential times for me as a child, and I am incredibly grateful to have had such an inspirational person in my life. To watch my aunt start from scratch and to create something



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November/December 2020 that ended up being so important and that brought so many people happiness was just incredible. Growing up, I always wanted to farm. I just never really had the opportunity to do so until May of 2018. I had picked my daughter up from school one day, and noticed that the house that I wanted to buy when I was “rich and famous” was EMPTY!!!! I couldn’t believe it. It had been in only two families since 1880. I immediately called my sister, who is a realtor, so she could look into it for me. Then I got the phone call from her. It was to be sold at auction that next day. I scraped together every single penny that I had, and arrived the next day at 2:30 P.M. I was the only one there at 3:00 when the auction started. Guess who the winning bidder was? Almost immediately we began repairs, found a large chicken coop, and built new fence. We moved in around the end of September 2018. By the time that spring came around, I was tilling the ground, making garden beds where the horse pastures once stood. I ordered chicks and raised them as well. We were growing food and eating our own eggs. Next came the goats, so we had milk and cheese. We built the farm stand onto the house with recycled material that I bartered for with goat milk, and we had a farm. It came together with blood, sweat, and tears, but we were able to provide the community and neighboring towns with wholesome, clean, healthy food and it was wonderful. Some nights I am not done with farm chores until 8:00 or 9:00, and I fall into bed just to wake up and do it all over again. I truly wouldn’t trade it for anything. My daughter has learned many of life’s lessons right here. She has established a work ethic, attention to detail, and perhaps most importantly, empathy toward other living beings. I also hired my nineyear-old nephew, Rylan, this summer, as he wanted to learn to be a farmer. I watched him find his happy place on a farm and hope that when he is older, he will fondly remember his time here

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Spring plants wait to arrive at their final destination in the gardens of Whispering Pines Farm in Effingham, NH. (Photo credit: Stacy Downs)

at Whispering Pines Farm. Maybe he will even carry on this tradition of the old ways. I simply want to teach and provide. I believe that the root of the reason we get into this commitment called farming is just as simple as that: To teach and to provide. There have been many visitors to our little farm, and we welcome them with open arms. Many are from urban areas, some never before stepping foot on a farm, or seeing barnyard critters in person. We hope that when they leave, that they take some knowledge with them. That they understand the work that goes into creating the food that they eat. That they understand the simple complexity of animals. Mostly, we hope that they take with them that many small farms, small food producers, we care very much about keeping them safe and healthy by providing them with food in the way that it was meant to be.

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Above: The farm stand at Whispering Pines Farm in Effingham, NH was built using recycled materials bartered for with goat milk, says owner Stacy Downs. After its completion, “We were able to provide the community and neighboring towns with wholesome, clean, healthy food.” Below: Its a family affair at Whispering Pines Farm. Like many youngsters growing up on the farm, Stacy says her daughter has established a work ethic as well as her nephew. (Photo credit: Stacy Downs)

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HAULS Act Provides Flexibility for Transporting Ag Commodities and Livestock American Farm Bureau News

Butternut Squash By Barbara Angevine As we enter November, most will have harvested the butternut squash from their home garden depending where you live in the Northeast. If you have an abundant crop, your neighbors will always welcome one or two or they can be stored in a cool section of your cellar until about February. To prepare the squash for cooking, rinse the squash, lay it on the counter, and cut it horizontally where it dips. I fi nd cutting in that area makes it easier to peel. Next cut off the ends and start peeling. Once peeled, start cutting the lower end. As the seeds appear scrape them out, set them aside and cut squash into 2” chunks. Cut the top half also into 2” chunks. Place chunks into a large pan with a small amount of water, cooking about 20 minutes until soft. Drain well, mash until quite smooth adding either NH maple syrup or brown sugar to your liking. Some folks add cinnamon and nutmeg also. Squash can be cooked well before dinner and warmed when needed.

about a half inch of squash at the edges. Scrap out enough to allow a glass jar to be lowered into squash. Add water and fl owers to jar. The seeds you removed can be rinsed and stringy portion removed. Pat seeds dry, mix with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and salt to taste. Preheat oven at 275 degrees, place parchment paper on top of baking sheet, bake 15 minutes and enjoy your snack. All the peels plus the top and bottom portions previously removed, all go into your compost pile. Butternut squash is a member of the gourd family and is very nutritious containing vitamin A and C, magnesium and potassium.

If you are not having the squash that day, it can be placed into containers for a day or two or placed into containers for the freezer. Don’t forget to mark containers with date and identifi cation. Or, if you are creative, one can make a vase out of one by cutting off the top, scraping out the inside but leave


he newly introduced Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety (HAULS) Act of 2020 would help accommodate the seasonal spikes in transportation of food, fiber and other agricultural supplies by modernizing the agricultural exemption to the hours-of-service rules, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation and 101 other farm, livestock and food production groups. “Given the strong safety record of the U.S. agricultural trucking sector, Congress periodically has modified policies to enhance its usefulness to help ensure a more efficient and cost-effective freight transportation distribution system. But it is in need of updating,” the groups wrote in a letter to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety. The HAULS Act would make three important incremental changes to the agricultural exemption to hoursof-services rules. First, it would eliminate the “planting and harvesting periods” requirements to ensure uniformity across the country. Most states already have adopted a year-round agricultural exemption (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31) to accommodate H AU LS - CON T I N UED ON PAGE 20


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USDA Rural Development Supports NH Farmers Through Grant Programs USDA Awards $2.2 Million to Vermont, New Hampshire Ag Producers through VAPG Funding USDA Rural Development


ONTPELIER, VT, October 1, 2020 – The Trump Administration recently announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $1.72 million ingrant funding to farmers and producers in Vermont, and $500,000 to those in New Hampshire, under the Value Added Producers Grant program (VAPG). Funds will be used to help agricultural producers in rural communities develop and market their products, and widen their areas of distribution. USDA Rural Development State Director Anthony Linardos was pleased to make the recent announcement. “ Agricultural producers in Vermont and New Hampshire work hard to stay competitive and profitable, and these investments will help them take the next step in their growth,” he said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, the USDA is focused on helping small businesses succeed, and these grants underscore their dedication to

our rural communities.” Positively impacted businesses include: •

Runamok Maple in Fairfax, VT, awarded $248,063 to expand processing and diversify product packaging for its range of maple products; Echo Farm in Hinsdale, NH, recipient of a $250,000 grant to fund the market expansion of its allnatural farmstead pudding; 5 Generations Creamery Farmstead in West Glover, VT, which will use a $250,000 grant to increase production and distribution of its farmstead cheese; Flag Hill Winery & Vineyard in Lee, NH, beneficiary of a $250,000 grant to upgrade processing and develop new markets for its wine products; and Agricola Meats in Panton, VT, which received $204,098 to increase sales of its farm-produced, cured salami.

Echo Farm in Hinsdale was one of four NH or VT farms awarded grants through the USDA Value Added Producers Grant program (VAPG). Echo Farm’s award will fund market expansion of their farmstead pudding.

The $2.22 million in total funding will help Vermont and New Hampshire agricultural producers expand activities related to the processing, distribution and marketing of new and established products. The USDA VAPG program targets income growth and increased brand exposure for grant recipients across the country. The USDA awarded over $57 million to 347 rural U.S. producers through the program in 2020.

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Trump Administration Awards $919,474 to New Hampshire, $772,881 to Vermont through USDA REAP Grants USDA Rural Development


ONCORD, NH, August 20, 2020 – The Trump Administration recently announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $919,474 in grant funding to farmers, producers and small businesses in New Hampshire, and $772,881 to those in Vermont, under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Funds will be used to improve energy efficiency and create renewable-energy systems in the two states. USDA Rural Development State Director Anthony Linardos issued a statement commending the investment. “Renewable energy and energy efficiency are at the heart of keeping New Hampshire and Vermont farms and businesses competitive and

productive during the Covid-19 pandemic—and well into the future,” he said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, the USDA is focused on helping them succeed, and this investment highlights that commitment.” Positively impacted businesses include: • DCI Furniture in Lisbon, NH, recipient of a $250,000 grant to fund the installation of a 300HP combined heat-and-power biomass boiler system; • Foster Farm Botanicals in East Calais, VT, awarded $43,600 to install a 74.4kW ground-mounted solar array that provides almost all of its electrical load; • Ridgeline Maple Works in Jeffersonville, VT,

New Hampshire Students Can Earn up to $20,000 to Attend UNH by Participating in 4-H


ew Hampshire students who participate in 4-H may receive up to $20,000 to attend the University of New Hampshire. The UNH 4-H Scholarship was established to support New Hampshire 4-H’ers who wish to study at the state’s flagship research university. 4-H is a part of UNH Cooperative Extension. 4-H’ers can earn a $500 scholarship for each year of active 4-H participation, up to a maximum of $5,000 per year of UNH undergraduate enrollment. The award is available every year a student is enrolled at UNH, which includes both the Durham and Manchester campuses. 4-H is a national youth development

and mentoring organization with a mission to help youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills and form attitudes to enable them to become selfdirecting, productive and contributing members of society. 4-H emphasizes the importance of involving youth in the learning process. 4-H project areas include: animal sciences; citizenship; healthy living; creative arts; horticulture; and science and technology. From making mousetrap cars to engaging with civic leaders to learning how to grow food, there are numerous ways that youth can benefit from 4-H programming in every county of the Granite State. By joining a club, students gain

which recived $20,000 to purchase and install highefficiency maple syrup production equipment; Manning Hill Farm in Winchester, NH, beneficiary of an $18,875 grant to install a roofmounted solar array that will generate 35,080 kWh annually; Green Power Farms in Wardsboro, VT, which will use a $131,250 grant to install three 30kW wind turbines estimated to generate 330,000 kWhs annually; and Patch Forest, LLC, in Lebanon, NH, recipient of $14,272 to implement a reverse-osmosis system for its maple syrup operation, reducing energy needs by 53%.

lifelong friendships and support from volunteers who serve as role models while developing skills in areas of their choosing. “This is another great opportunity for UNH to keep New Hampshire’s best and brightest students in the state,” said Ken La Valley, vice provost for university outreach and engagement and director of UNH Extension. “This scholarship program is an amazing show of support for 4-H and we hope it will encourage students to join or stay in 4-H.” Youth who meet the requirements will automatically be awarded the UNH 4-H Scholarship when they enroll at UNH. For students who receive need-based financial aid, the UNH 4-H Scholarship award will be part of their institutional financial aid award. Families who are interested in joining 4-H can reach out to their local county office.

Belknap County (603) 527-5475 Carroll County (603) 447-3834 Cheshire County (603) 352-4550 Coös County (603) 788-4961 Grafton County (603) 787.6944 Hillsborough County (603) 641-6060 Merrimack County (603) 255-3556 Rockingham County (603) 679-5616 Strafford County (603) 749-4445 Sullivan County (603) 863-9200 UNH Statewide Office, Durham (603) 862-2180 Learn more about the UNH 4-H Scholarship: resource/unh-4-h-scholarship-program

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Eye on Extension Extension Food & Agriculture specialists are here to help New Hampshire farms and agricultural businesses respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re taking your questions and responding with the best current information available to help keep businesses running. Extension has developed extensive online resources and is continuing to connect with farmers remotely. We are also still available for on-farm visits while maintaining appropriate physical distancing protocols. Some county offices are open on a limited basis, with safety protocols in place. Please visit our website to access all of this information and resources: https://extension.

Gardening Questions Gardeners: Please contact us at answers@ or 1-877-EXT-GROW (398-4769) with any questions you have. Photos are welcome and may help us identify any weed, disease or insect problems you encounter.

want to see that projects address northeast farming issues to be solved by effective sustainable farming practices that are innovative, improve sustainability, and/or results useful for other farmers. Proposals are due online by 5 p.m. on November 17, 2020. Funded projects will be ready to begin in the field Spring 2021. Awards are capped at $15,000. More information can be found on the Northeast SARE website under Grants > Get a Grant > Farmer Grants. Other questions can be directed to olivia. or the Carroll County UNH Extension office (603) 447-3834. Northeast SARE, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, offers competitive grants and sustainable agriculture education. Northeast SARE Farmer Grant projects are served in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia or Washington, D.C.

Extension Events

The Soil Testing Lab is Now Open for Samples by Mail

For a full list of events and to register, please visit our website.

Due to COVID-19, the lab will only be accepting samples by mail until further notice. Your safety and the safety of our students, faculty and staff are our highest priority. We are working hard to implement a system for contactless drop-off at our Durham campus. In the meantime, please do NOT drop off a sample to the Durham campus or any county office. For more information, and to access our soil testing forms, please visit the link below. Our office continues to work remotely. For questions, please leave a message for Shyloh Favreau at 603-862-3200 or send an email to Shyloh.

Open Forum for NH Farmers (Online Event)

The Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief & Recovery COVID-19 Relief Program If you missed out on the initial GOFERR deadline, and are still incurring COVIDrelated expenses or losses, please note the upcoming deadline. We are happy to assist any grower or producer who would like to apply to this pool of relief funding. These dollars are specifically designated for you to use. Upcoming deadline: December 10, 2020, for October 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020. For more information, contact Gail McWilliam Jellie at gail.d.mcwilliamjellie@agr., or 603-271-3551.

Monday, November 9 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM Part of an ongoing series of forums for NH Farmers. UNH Extension will host an online forum for NH Farmers to share and discuss how they are adapting in these uncertain times. This is an open platform for growers and producers to share concerns, strategies for success and other information about how the current public health disaster is affecting their operation.

NH Direct Marketing Conference: Marketing Your Agriculture Business in the New Normal Mondays, Nov. 9 & 16 from 12:30 - 2:00 PM

SARE Farmer Grants: Due November 17

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food are pleased to announce the 12th NH Direct Marketing Conference: Marketing Your Agriculture Business in the New Normal. For the safety of all and in this very different year, the conference will be held, free of charge, virtually via a Zoom meeting over two sessions. The conference will bring together a breadth of speakers addressing issues around the themes of innovation, trust, communication and hope.

Calling all farmers who have innovative ideas to improve the sustainability of farm practices! Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Farmer Grants are now open for application to be awarded for the 2021 growing season. Farmer Grants are to assist commercial producers, farm owners and managers, working with a technical advisor — either an Extension agent, crop specialist, nonprofit organization or other service professional that offers support and advice. The purpose of the award is to implement in field trials, on-farm demonstrations, marketing initiatives or other techniques that aim to improve farm profitability, environmental stewardship or farmer/ community quality of life. Reviewers

Monday, November 9 Agenda: • Marketing Your Agriculture Business in the New Normal. How should you look at your marketing strategies during uncertain times, with the goal of moving your agricultural business forward? How should you communicate to maintain and build rock solid relationships with customers? How do partnerships bring hope to your community? What are the steps you can take to remain relevant in a competitive and uncertain market? Nancy Clark, Owner Girl, Drive Brand Studio, North Conway, NH • Managing Revenue Volatility with Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP). Jeremy Forrett, senior vice president of Crop Growers in Homer, New York, will discuss how to develop

a plan that creates revenue stability for your business utilizing the WFRP program. Monday, November 16 Agenda: • Growers Panel: Innovation, Trust, Communication and Hope. This year, COVID-19 has had and continues to have a forceful impact on both consumers and farmers. Agricultural producers have tirelessly provided local food, with some being forced to pivot their business model overnight to provide new safety measures for staff and shoppers. Join our farmer panelists who will discuss their innovations in areas like curbside pickup, delivery, website and online store integration, social media and signage to communicate their messages, safety protocols for PYO and CSA and other market channels, contactless payment and inventory management platforms, partnerships with other agricultural businesses and reaching and capturing new customers. The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (NHDAMF) are pleased to offer this program via online platform to allow everyone to participate comfortably. This year’s conference registration is free thanks to a grant from the USDA Risk Management Agency. Pre-registration is required. Once registered, each individual will receive updates on how to access the meeting. For persons with disabilities, requiring special accommodations, please contact UNH Extension Nada. or 603-679-5616 prior to the event. Given ample time, we will make any reasonable effort to arrange accommodations. Conference planning committee: from UNH Extension, Agricultural Business Management team: Nada Haddad, Kelly McAdam, Kenesha Reynolds and from the NHDAMF Gail McWilliam Jellie. This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28588

Tree Fruit RMA Seminar Webinar Part 1 - Stone Fruit Pest Problems Save the Date: November 11

Tree Fruit RMA Seminar Webinar Part 2 - Beekeepers and Orchardists Relationships Save the Date: November 18

Beginning QuickBooks Mondays, Nov. 30 - Dec. 21 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM - Online Cost: $100 This online course will teach farmers how to set up a bookkeeping system using QuickBooks. This is a beginnerlevel course, yet those who have some experience may also gain from the recordkeeping concepts that will be covered. Topics covered in this course include: recordkeeping and accounting principles; how to record common business transactions in QuickBooks; and how to utilize reports to guide business decisions. Online classes will run for 90 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes before each class starts for optional individual questions with instructors. Additional materials including instructional videos and practice problems will be given to participants to complete between online sessions.

This course teaches the desktop version of QuickBooks and does not cover QuickBooks online. Participants are expected to have a copy of the desktop version of QuickBooks installed and ready to use on the first day of class. An optional practice session will be scheduled prior to the first class to test the online connection and ensure QuickBooks files are compatible with participants software. Class size is limited to ensure that participants receive individualized instruction in this online format. If you have questions about the suitability of this course for your situation, the QuickBooks software, or if accommodations are required, please contact Kelly McAdam at or (603) 5275475. Also, if you desire a course for the online version of QuickBooks, contact Kelly to make your request. This course will be offered again on Fridays, January 15 to February 5 from 10:30 am to 12 pm. Registration will open by November 1 for this second session.

High Tunnel Conference (webinar) December 1, 8, 15 From 5:00 - 7:00 PM Cost: $25 This year only: we’re taking the High Tunnel conference online: High Tunnels After Dark. Three weekly evening sessions, one low price: $25 will enable you to attend all three sessions. Want to fine-tune your high tunnel crop production? This conference is for high tunnel vegetable growers and agricultural service providers of all experience levels. There will be plenty of opportunities to share expertise and learn from one another. Pesticide applicator recertification credits will be available for those who attend live. Tues, Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m. Keynote and Kickoff: We welcome Dave Chapman, from Long Wind Farm in East Thetford VT, who will present: “Low tech tunnels to high tech greenhouses: choosing technologies that work for you” and “Important business considerations for tunnel producers.” Tues, Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m. Diseases & Insects in High Tunnels – Common and not-socommon problems and how to manage them. Tues, Dec. 15, 5-7 p.m. Soil, Pest and Crop Management in Tunnels. This third session will focus on adjusted high tunnel fertility guidelines and how they are working in practice, an update from the seed industry on high tunnel varieties and tips for excellent pesticide coverage in tunnels. GROWERS, WE WANT YOUR HELP: We are looking for Lightning Round presenters. In the Lightning Round, presenters have one photo or slide, and present an idea in just three minutes. Maybe you have a favorite tool, an interesting technique for pruning or a new crop or technology that you tried. Maybe it worked or maybe it was a spectacular failure! If you are willing to share your knowledge with the group, please tell us. To pitch your idea, please email For the ideas we select, presenters will receive FREE registration to the conference! So please send those ideas in.

Scholarship Opportunity New Hampshire Students Can Earn up to $20,000 to Attend UNH by Participating in 4-H

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Eye On Extension - Cont. New Hampshire students who participate in 4-H may receive up to $20,000 to attend the University of New Hampshire. The UNH 4-H Scholarship was established to support New Hampshire 4-H’ers who wish to study at the state’s flagship research university. 4-H is a part of UNH Cooperative Extension. 4-H’ers can earn a $500 scholarship for each year of active 4-H participation, up to a maximum of $5,000 per year of UNH undergraduate enrollment. The award is available every year a student is enrolled at UNH, which includes both the Durham and Manchester campuses. 4-H is a national youth development and mentoring organization with a mission to help youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills and form attitudes to enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. 4-H emphasizes the importance of involving youth in the learning process. 4-H project areas include: animal sciences; citizenship; healthy living; creative arts; horticulture; and science and technology. From making mousetrap cars to engaging with civic leaders to learning how to grow food, there are numerous ways that youth can benefit from 4-H programming in every county of the Granite State. By joining a club, students gain lifelong friendships and support from volunteers who serve as role models while developing skills in areas of their choosing. “This is another great opportunity for UNH to keep New Hampshire’s best and brightest students in the state,” said Ken La Valley, vice provost for university outreach and engagement and director of UNH Extension. “This scholarship program is an amazing show of support for 4-H and we hope it will encourage students to join or stay in 4-H.” Youth who meet the requirements will automatically be awarded the UNH 4-H Scholarship when they enroll at UNH. For students who receive need-based financial aid, the UNH 4-H Scholarship award will be part of their institutional financial aid award. Families who are interested in joining 4-H can reach out to their local county office. Learn more about the UNH 4-H Scholarship: Learn more about 4-H: https://extension.

4-H Related Opportunity Opportunity Master Welness Volunteer Training Tueseday, Nov. 10 to Dec. 15 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Volunteers needed from Sullivan, Coös and Strafford counties Are you interested in helping to build a culture of health in your community? The UNH Extension Master Wellness Volunteer Program is an opportunity for adults and youth ages 15 and over to take part in a series of learning sessions focused on creating community change for health. Learn and share along with others as you build your toolbox for impacting individual and community health factors, environments and systems. Topics covered include nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention, youth engagement, health equity, public speaking skills and so much more! The Master Wellness Volunteer will create a plan of service in conjunction with their local county Extension staff and area health partners. Get connected, build your skills, and take action in your community through this exciting training and volunteer opportunity. The training will be held on Zoom for a series of six weeks and will be followed by additional training scheduled with your local county Extension staff (a total of 40 training hours) prior to completing and becoming a Master Wellness Volunteer. We are currently seeking applications from those in Sullivan, Coös and Strafford counties.

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Connecting NHFB members with what they have to sell and what they want to buy. NHFB’s Farmers’ Market is a free classified ad service to all NHFB members. If you have something to sell, buy or trade, this is your place to get noticed. Ads can be emailed to or faxed to 228-8432. Want more information? Call us at 224-1934.


FOR SALE: Alpacas: Breeders, proven and unproven; 1 beige male with many ribbons and

FOR SALE: John Deere 516 Rotary Cutter/ top EPDs, 3 females, white, medium brown, and Brush Hog. 5 Ft. Very good condition. $1,200. Located in Boscawen. Call 603-796-2779.

bay black. Price range $200-6000. Hopkinton, 746-3385.

FOR SALE: Handmade unused wooden FOR SALE: Jotul 118CB Black Bear wood show box, the dimensions are approximately 36in. long, 16in. wide, and 20in. tall. This box features a clear stain finish with sturdy handles, lock, and hinges. It contains a sliding tray. $125. Pin $50 for a six ft. pickup or $60 for a eight ft. Can deliver for fee. 603-798-4570.

FOR SALE: 12’ Timberwolf Firewood Conveyor, v.g. condition, Used little $4500.00. 603827-3630, leave message

stove. Stove has been used for 3 years and is in excellent condition. It takes up to 24” wood and has the new style baffle. It has a heating capacity of 2000 square ft, output of 60,000 btu, weighs 340 lbs., has a cookplate and owner’s manual. Asking $1,175.00. Located in Nelson, NH. Call Steve at 603-847-3020.

FOR SALE: Old JD side delivery hay rake,

rusty but operational, needs some tines $250.: old double disk harrow, pull type $ 125.: 12 FOR SALE: Small Brother arch 2’X8’ used green steel building panels 3x14: 8 month old Jersey bull, friendly, parents on site $500. soldered pans. 5’ raised flue back pan. 3’ Front pan all floats + 15’ stack included. Excellent Email cond. $4,000. Call 603-558-5539


FOR SALE: 3 Apline does. 2 1/2 years old, WANTED: Looking for a tree fruit/berry ready to breed. From good milking stock. $200 ea. or $500 for all 3. Contact Noreen O’Connell, Butternut Farm - Milford, 603-732-2654

FOR SALE: 1984 Long model 460 2wd tractor for sale. 42 horse 3 cylinder diesel, 4 speed manual (shuttle shift) transmission with high and low, 3 point category II hitch with numerous adjustments for float or down pressure, draw bar, bucket loader, telescopic (adjustable width) front axle, rear differential locker, rear hydraulic take offs (for a log splitter or other), rear pto can be set for off engine or to match wheel speed, hand and foot throttle and much more. Many extra parts included as well as owner and maintenance manual. Asking $4500. Tractor is located in western Meredith near Sanbornton, NH. Please call 603-279-8838 or email for more info.

FOR SALE: Fairbanks cast iron 100-year old countertop/bench scale, includes all weights, very good condition, photo available. $120 Firm Leave a message 603-284-6990


PYO farm to purchase. Ideally there would be an existing residence, 30+ acres and an established, diversified retail business on the farm. This might include things like a farm stand, corn maze, hayrides and other seasonal attractions. Looking to connect with farm owners who may be considering to retire or transition in the next 1-3 years and would be open to having a conversation. Please contact Link at or 603-581-7345.

WANTED: New or used 36in. tractor tires. New or used chest size toolbox. One and a half or two year old heifer or steer. 603-789-4570 SERVICES Veterinary Services: Now accepting new farm and equine clients in New Hampshire & Vermont within a 40 mile radius of Canaan, New Hampshire. Also specializing in Equine Dentistry with over 25 years of experience. Able to travel further for larger barns. Cardigan Veterinary Clinic. 603-632-7500.


WARM, HYPOALLERGENIC alpaca socks, throws, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, and other items, starting at $15. Contoocook Alpaca, LLC, 746-3385.

FOR SALE: Generators. Olympian model G55LTA2, 55KW. Runs off LP gas. Production date 1/21/10. $12,000 or BRO. Olympian model G25LTA2, 22KW. Runs off LP gas. Production date 4/10/12. $9,000 or BRO. Located in Danbury NH. Call 603-851-2624

install is high tensile electric, woven wire stock fence and open to other requests. Other services available include field perimeter and fence line mowing with mini excavator with flail mower head. Please call Nate @ 603-648-6211 or email

CONTRACT PRUNING: We are a contract

pruning service for the management of orchard crops and landscape specimens. We’re equipped to prune standard, dwarf, and TSS varieties to maximize productivity and increase disease FOR SALE: Round steel hay feeder for $ resistance. For landscapes, aesthetics are also 100.00. Two Pallet Jacks $125.00 each. Call 603- taken into consideration. Call 919-478-3788 to request a quote. 635-3355.

FOR SALE: Closing retail greenhouse business: Tables for sale, many different sizes. Small seeding machine. Potting supplies. Decorative pots (not ceramic). North Hampton, NH. Call 603-964-1330 and leave message.


ESTATE: Farms, Woodlots, Recreational Land. Broker Tom Howard is an Accredited Land Consultant with expertise in Conservation Easements, Agriculture and Forestry. NH Conservation Real Estate, (603)253-4999.

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Thinking Outside the Box Back in 2015, Cantelmo decided to pool resources with three other farmers on the New Hampshire Seacoast to form the Three River Farmers Alliance to jointly deliver their vegetables to local restaurants, grocers, hospitals and other institutions. When it comes to largescale distribution, he explains, “It’s just not economically viable for a small farm to pull off.” Over the past five years the quartet built up a robust network with an online marketplace for fresh, local food from more than 50 farms and food producers. But when the pandemic altered the dining and retail industries, the alliance knew they needed to rethink their business model. “We decided to take the wholesale model and make a home delivery retail side of the business. There was no way to get our product to our people and it turns out this was a necessary step for not only producers but also the customers,” Cantelmo says.

Adre Cantelmo and Heron Pond Farm in South Hampton was able to quickly shift gears at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to deliver fresh produce directly to consumers’ homes. (Photo credit: UNH Extension)

An idea took root. The name? Veggie-Go. The method? Refrigerated box trucks packed with locally grown vegetables, local meat and dairy products destined for personal homes, rather than businesses. Cantelmo and his partners swiftly set up an online ordering system and expanded distribution service to include delivery to some 900 households each week, serving 63 towns in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. Customers register for an online account for free. Each order must tally to a minimum of $25 and there is a $10 delivery fee per order (or $5 for pickups). Because of federal regulations, lowincome families who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) must pay in-person and cannot be charged a delivery fee. In response, the alliance has set up an option for customers to make a donation with their order to cover some of the costs of delivery to SNAP customers, and they can also donate to an emergency food fund for families in need. Between monetary and food donations, in just over three months the alliance had given away $40,000 worth of food. “Not only are we aggregating local food sales, we’re aggregating local food donations and helping them get distributed,” Cantelmo says. Navigating Protocols Each step of the way, Cantelmo knew

he could rely on Extension if he had questions or needed guidance on agricultural business best practices, safety protocols or logistics. He reached out to Extension staff members to run ideas by them and see if there were aspects of the new model that he was not thinking about. He read Extension’s daily COVID-19 updates and attended Extension’s webinars and farmers’ forums — Zoom sessions designed for farmers to discuss obstacles and come up with solutions. “We’ve continued to get support from Extension’s food safety team and having the COVID-19 updates was really important,” he says. Safety has remained at the forefront of operations. Cantelmo changed the layout of his farm stand and implemented limits on how many people could be in the stand at a time. The alliance has adopted social distancing norms for harvesting and packing. Crew members wear masks and remain vigilant about handwashing and sanitation. Creating Spaces for Connection For Extension’s agricultural team, life moved at warp speed at the start of the pandemic. Olivia Saunders, fruit and vegetable production field specialist in Carroll County, knew it would be important to share rapidly evolving information about the virus while creating new resources so that farmers could move forward with operations. “Across all commodities — didn’t matter if you were a dairy farmer or a pick-your-own farm — they all needed to be making some sort of change, and that’s where the stress piece came in,” she explains. “Planning is done in the winter; seeds should already be in the mailbox by early spring and suddenly there were decisions that need to be made with immediacy. Normally, during March, April and May the plans have already been set.” While working remotely, Extension specialists wrote blogs, gathered data, made phone calls and set up Zoom meetings. They created a daily FAQ e-mail to address COVID-19 concerns and hosted twice-a-week forums for farmers and members of the ag service provider industry, which included representation from nonprofit, state and federal organizations. Traditional field and in-person meetings for growers, focused on timely production issues, were converted into an online format, which meant they could recruit speakers and producers from a much larger geographical area. Extension staff provided information and answers to questions about food safety, health of the labor force, new market opportunities and safe ways of conducting CSAs, farmers markets and pick-your-own operations. Specialists assisted producers with production, management and financial education tools. Staff continued to make solo farm visits for diagnostic consultations, using smartphones to video their observations and then relaying their advice digitally to farmers. Extension also teamed up with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture to gather farm listings from across the state to build an interactive farm products map, designed by Extension geospatial technology specialist Shane Bradt. In addition to food essentials like meat, produce and dairy, farmers can list other offerings like cut flowers, hay, compost, seedlings, soap, candles and more. One centralized map makes it easy for farmers to connect directly with consumers while sharing the most up-to-date information about

pick-up locations, delivery options, contact information, payment methods, product listings, purchasing incentives and food access programs. Interpreting Laws Seth Wilner, agricultural business management field specialist in Sullivan County, says Extension’s cohesive team approach to the COVID-19 response — under the direction of team leader Amy Papineau — was key to successfully communicating with farmers. Existing relationships with farms in every county, agency staff and agricultural organizations across the state meant that the infrastructure for this communication was already in place. It was these relationships, he reiterates, that made everything possible. One of the largest challenges came from regular output of complex rules and regulations. Wilner and agricultural business state specialist Kenesha Reynolds spent countless hours interpreting legal information and requirements from legislation and funding opportunities like the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan. “Because growers trust us and didn’t have time to interpret new laws on their own, they turned to us. We read, we listened to webinars. We found out as much information as we could,” he says. New legislation would pass but rules would lag by weeks. Some funds were distributed on a first-come, firstserved basis. Eligibility requirements shifted. Whether working with the U.S. Department of Labor, federal organizations, state entities or lawyers, it became vital to know the right kind of questions to ask and how to pass that information along in a timely manner. “It was high pressure and hard,” he says. When federal money from the CARES Act became available in each state, Gov. Sununu set up the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and

November/December 2020 Recovery (GOFERR) Committee. Data was needed to inform their allocations. Extension quickly swung into action, working with the New Hampshire Farm Bureau and New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper to help secure funding from the CARES Act. Within a 48-hour time span they developed, deployed and analyzed a survey and then created a report in order to procure $1.5 million for specialty crops and maple growers in New Hampshire. Extension also helped communicate about funding opportunities to the farmers. Supporting Mental Health Farming, Extension specialist Olivia Saunders says, is unique to many professions because it can be all-consuming, especially for multigenerational farming families and beginner farmers who may be pursuing the path alone. With all the added stress of the virus, Saunders saw an important need to generate awareness about mental health issues. Extension collaborated with the New Hampshire Farm Bureau to implement a campaign called Farming Together to provide resources and support for mental health. “Farming becomes your identity; it’s everything you are. It’s your home, it’s your work, it’s your whole life. The question, ‘What if I fail, after this has been in my family for so long?’ is a heavy burden,” Saunders says. The campaign’s overarching message to farmers? Reach out. Start a conversation. We’re here for you and other farmers are here for you. Amy Franklin of Riverview Farm in Plainfield is grateful for Extension’s efforts to bring together farmers from across the state. “I think that checking in with each other, even if it is just to comment on these unprecedented times, can open a gateway between farmers to have a more meaningful conversation about experiences during the growing season and express any stress that has come with it,” she says. In other words, we’re all in this together.

HAULS (From page 5) the diverse range of crops and modern agricultural practices that keep trucks moving agricultural products yearround, the groups noted. Second, the measure would provide a 150-air-miles exemption from hoursof-service regulations on the backend of hauls. This builds on the current exemption for the beginning of hauls at the “source” and simply would add the term “destination.” The same concerns that exist at the start of the haul – navigating minimally maintained rural roads, allowing extra time to ensure livestock safety, for example – exist at the end of the haul. “This language also would address the very real concern of those who come

close to their destinations and then ‘run out of time,’ forcing them to leave livestock on their trailers for 10 consecutive hours while only being a short distance from their destination. This is impractical, illogical, and detrimental to animal welfare,” the groups wrote. Third, the HAULS Act would update of the definition of an agricultural commodity for purposes of determining eligible freight for the agricultural exemption. The bill’s proposed definition “appropriately covers current agricultural products and allows for continued evolution of any agricultural commodities in the future,” according to the groups.

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Cheshire County Conservation District Announces 2020 Award Winners Cheshire County Conservation District

2020 Educator of the Year: Steve Roberge Each year, the Cheshire County Conservation District honors an individual or organization with the “Educator of the Yearâ€? award. This is done to celebrate the eorts the recipient has undertaken to steward a conservation ethic and awareness through their personal and professional work, in whatever form of education that takes. This year we are happy to announce Steve Roberge as our 2020 Educator of the Year. Steve Roberge has dedicated his career to supporting forestry conservation in the granite state. For the last 13 years, Steve has served as Cheshire County Forester before transitioning in March 2020 to his current role as the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension State Forestry Specialist. At its core, Steve’s work is focused on the education of landowners and the training of foresters.

UNH Extension State Forestry Specialist Steve Roberge was awarded Cheshire County Conservation District 2020 Educator of the Year honors. (Photo credit: CCCD)

Steve grew up in Berlin, NH admiring the White Mountains from his kitchen window. Steve’s parents were avid hikers and campers who instilled an outdoor ethic within him that stuck with Steve throughout his entire life. Originally, Steve attended college at UNH with the intention of becoming a game warden, but soon switched his wildlife major to a forestry major after just his second semester. After graduating in 2003 with his forestry degree, Steve attended the Yale School of Forestry from 2003-2005. Throughout his schooling, Steve spent his summers researching and measuring course woody material, logging what his professor called “world record hours� in woody material data collection. After his time at the Yale School of Forestry, and before becoming the UNH Cheshire County Forester, Steve worked for the

landowners. Steve’s goal is always to build awareness and fully inform landowners of the wide range of management options available to them, always leaving the final decision up to the landowner. As Steve says, his work is about meeting people where they are at, so he never comes to a landowner’s property with an agenda. Steve’s goal is simply to connect people to their land to inspire stewardship. This, to Steve, is the most rewarding part of his work – getting folks out onto their properties in a way that is comfortable for them, helping them discover the value held within their land, and hopefully, instilling a desire within the landowner to become a better steward of their land. The most diďŹƒcult part of Steve’s work is simply

Connecticut Wildlife Division and did some non-profit work on a conserved land CSA in Weston, MA where he mainly ran the sugary and trails operations of that property. Steve’s favorite part about working in the field of forestry is that “there’s so much to learn and seeâ€?, there’s a variety of place and work, and he frequently gets to see something dierent every day. As Steve likes to say, “if you’re out there and you’re not learning anything, you’re not looking.â€? UNH foresters are also considered “Extension Educators,’ making Steve an ideal candidate for this award. County Foresters are licensed foresters who don’t write management plans or sell timber, but rather provide service and education to

getting folks to know that he, and other County Foresters across the state, are a free and widely available resource. In NH, there is one forester position for every County and in Cheshire County, that equates to one forester for approximately 5,000 landowners with 10+ acres of forest. When utilized, foresters are a valuable resource for landowners providing site visits, education, follow up, and guidance all along the way with the end goal of building a foundational understanding within the landowner, and again, to inspire future commitment to stewardship. In Steve’s newest role as State Forestry Specialist, he is not out in the woodlots as much as he once was, but this has provided him the opportunities to think more creatively about forestry work








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Their primary product is pasture raised eggs that they produce through intensely managed rotational grazing. The hens are moved daily to optimize pasture and animal health and vigor. They also sell vegetables and flowers at Farmers Markets in Brattleboro, Vermont and Northampton, Massachusetts. Their main egg market channel is community supported agriculture (CSA) shares. These are sold through partnerships they have built with produce CSA farms in the region. Olivia Pettengill and Susie Parke-Sutherland When the COVID 19 of Wingate Farm in Hinsdale were honored pandemic hit in 2020 as the Cheshire County Conservation District they felt it was critical Cooperator of the Year. (Photo credit: CCCD) to find a safe way for the Olivia and Susie are community to access their farm committed to improving their food. Olivia and Susie were pastures for the health of their quick to adapt and innovate birds and the future of their by creating a “Fresh Food Pickfarm. To improve the forage up” option for retail customers quality and quantity they use interested in ordering online manure and wood ash on the and getting their products fields and work to diversify delivered to one of four drop their pastures through the use locations. This has become a of a no-till seed drill. They are great way for customers to feel committed to using reduced secure in their food purchasing tillage practices in their and to connect directly to the vegetable operation to retain farm. and build soil organic matter. Caring for the natural “Susie and Olivia show resource base of their property a level of dedication to is the foundation for their work. stewardship, quality, and In August of 2015, the Pettengill animal welfare that go well Family, working with Mount beyond best practices. They are Grace Land Trust, placed a examples of how to run a small Conservation Easement on diversified farm that just about the farm. This will ensure anyone could learn from and that the property is forever be inspired by. They are keen protected from development students of agriculture, and are and will remain farmland in always looking for ways to do a perpetuity. This was done with better job,” shared Bill Fosher, the USDA NRCS Farm and Cheshire County Conservation Ranchland Protection Program. District Board Member. Wingate Farm has also worked When not found working on with USDA NRCS through the farm there is a good chance their Environmental Quality you will find Olivia and Susie Incentives Program to improve cooking, enjoying, and sharing soil health, water quality, the bounty of their harvest. efficiency of water usage, Together their hard work and and wildlife habitat through stewardship has created a safe implementing the following and supportive place for youth, practices: High Tunnels, a thriving agricultural business Irrigation, Wells, Cornell on healthy pastures, and a place Soil Health Assessments, that will continue as productive Cover Crops, Crop Rotation, agriculture for generations to Mulching, Pollinator Plantings, come. It is with great honor Forest Management Plan, that the Cheshire County Stream Habitat Improvement Conservation District presents & Management, Tree & Shrub Wingate Farm with the 2020 planting, Riparian Forest Buffer, Cooperator of the Year Award! and Critical Area Planting.

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Each year the Cheshire County Conservation District honors an individual, business or organization with the “Cooperator of the Year” award. This is done to celebrate the efforts the recipient has undertaken to steward the natural resources on their land in cooperation with the Conservation District and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This year we are happy to announce Wingate Farm of Hinsdale, NH as our 2020 Cooperator of the Year. Wingate Farm is owned and operated by Olivia Pettengill and Susie ParkeSutherland. They have been operating the diversified farm business and stewarding their 60 acre property since 2014. They graze 1,000 hens on 14 acres of pasture, have 1.5 acres of vegetable production, and 1 acre in pollinator habitat. Olivia grew up on the land which is now home to Wingate Farm and has spent her whole life gardening and farming in the Connecticut River Valley. She has a deep family connection and strong commitment to her ancestral land and local community. She wants to ensure this land is stewarded for future generations to enjoy. Susie grew up in central Missouri spending all her free time outdoors. She had no exposure to agriculture in her early years but started farming in New England in 2007 upon her college graduation. She has been farming ever since and wouldn’t want to see it any other way. Susie takes inspiration from her role on the farm as a mentor to youth who are looking for a safe and joyful space to explore who they are, their role in agriculture, and the natural world. Agriculture is often a male dominated field and she and Olivia appreciate the opportunity to work with young women to empower them to discover their interests and passion. Both Olivia and Susie share a deep passion for hard work, being in nature, and continually seeking improvement in their farm systems. Their dedication has been fruitful in creating a business that supports their livelihood and offers a good quality of life.

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Foundation Advisory Council, and is executive committee chair of the Society of American Foresters, Granite State Division. Here in the granite state, as our landscape becomes increasingly more fragmented, we face the potential loss of valuable ecosystem services and the forestland itself. This makes the educational work of County Foresters like Steve invaluable to the future of conservation in NH. It is with great pleasure that the CCCD presents Steve Roberge with the 2020 Educator of the Year Award. Congratulation Steve!

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stability working alongside the CCCD. Over the years, we’ve partnered numerous times on educational opportunities for the public and supported each other’s efforts through shared promotion and outreach, which has allowed us to reach a wider audience and build greater awareness and support of forestry programs across the County. As if Steve hasn’t been busy enough, he also currently chairs the NH Forester Licensing Board, is a member of the Northeastern Forest Resources Extension Council and the Hubbard Brook Research

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in NH. Through this position, Steve gets to explore new ways to support the County Foresters he now oversees, he is developing new projects, writing grants, and working directly with partners to promote forestry conservation throughout the state. We at the CCCD and NRCS are also immensely grateful for Steve’s partnership over the years. County Foresters have a formal agreement to provide forestry expertise to NRCS staff by assessing projects and properties, as well as training NRCS staff on forestry issues. Steve has also maintained long

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November/December 2020

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The Many BENEFITS of Farm Bureau American National Special Rate Plans for NHFB Members American National Insurance Company offers two special rate plans for NHFB members personal auto, SFP-10® and Country Estate insurance! The personal auto special rate plan will represent about a 5% savings on your American National personal auto policy if it’s associated with an active NHFB membership. The SFP-10® and Country Estate special rate plan will afford about a 3% savings on your American National farm policy if it’s associated with an active NHFB membership

New Hampshire Farm Bureau members receive $500 Bonus Cash off the purchase or lease of an eligible new Ford Vehicle Farm Bureau Bonus Cash is exclusively for active Farm Bureau members who are residents of the United States. This incentive is not available on Mustang Shelby GT350®, Mustang Shelby® GT350R, Mustang Shelby® GT500®, Mustang BULLITT, Ford GT, F-150 Raptor, Bronco and Mustang Mach-E. This offer may not be used in conjunction with most other Ford Motor Company private incentives or AXZD-Plans. Some customer and purchase eligibility restrictions apply. Must be a Farm Bureau member for 30 consecutive days prior to purchase and take new retail delivery from an authorized Ford Dealer’s stock by 1/4/21. Visit or see your authorized Ford Dealer for qualifications and complete details.

Please contact your local American National agent for special rate plan information. To find an agent in your area call:

Brandon Coffman, General Agent

American National is endorsed by the New Hampshire Farm Bureau

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New Hampshire Farm Bureau members get special member prices on selected categories and brands from Grainger, PLUS free standard parcel shipping on all standard Grainger products.

John Deere now offers John Deere Rewards to members of New Hampshire Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau members receive discounts, special low rate financing, and all other benefits associated with Rewards Platinum 2 status. It’s easy to become a John Deere Rewards member too! Just sign up for John Deere Rewards program using a valid member ID and zip code for membership verification, and become a Platinum 2 level by visiting!

Go to and establish a new® account using your NHFB Account #: 855922498

or visit

New Hampshire Farm Bureau members can save up to $5,000 on Cat excavators, skid steers, wheel loaders, and more!

Call 1-877-202-2594


*Standard parcel freight is paid by Seller on all orders, unless otherwise stated, to Buyer’s place of business anywhere in the contiguous United States. Other terms and conditions may apply for other than standard parcel delivery (“Other Freight Services”), including expedited same-day delivery, air freight, freight collect, sourced orders, export orders, hazardous materials, Buyer’s carrier, shipments outside the contiguous U.S. or other special handling by the carrier. Charges incurred for Other Freight Services must be paid by Buyer.

for more info Or call us toll free at (800) 718-1169 Life Line Screening can evaluate your risk for most critical – and often undiagnosed – healthcare conditions. Stroke, Vascular Disease and Heart Rhythm Package … $135 for NHFB members. Because you are a valued member of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau, call to make an appointment today and receive a FREE Osteoporosis Risk Assessment.

New Farmer Toolkit

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NHFB offers this his is guide, filled with individual fact sheets addressing topics pertinent to planning and operating a farm business, as a NH Farm Bureau Member benefit. Call the office at 603-224-1934 or visit to view the toolkit!

New Hampshire Farm Bureau Members can save up to 20% off the Best Available Rate at over 8,000 participating hotels worldwide.

Visit farm-bureau


CREDIT CARD Processing

Do you need wireless payment capabilities at farm stands or farmers’ markets?


- Credit & Debit Card - E-Commerce Solutions - Gift & Loyalty Card Programs - Terminal Sales & Servicing - Wireless Payments

SAVE 20% WITH YOUR N.H. Farm Bureau Rate Code: 00209700

Health & dental insurance available for qualifying Farm Bureau members. Call NEEBCo, our exclusive broker at (603) 228-1133 for more information.

Farm Bureau members enjoy exclusive savings when renting from AVIS. Use Avis Worldwide Discount code: A298829. Visit:

For information call Joel Breton at (603) 623-0561 or email

Farm Bureau members also enjoy exclusive savings when renting from BUDGET. Use Budget Customer Discount Number (BCD): Y775729. Visit:

Farm Bureau members receive a 10% discount on Carhartt apparel at The Barn Store in Salisbury and Osborne’s Agway locations in Concord, Hooksett, and Belmont. Present your membership card at checkout.


FREE Prescription Drug Card

Call the NH Farm Bureau at 224-1934 to receive your prescription card. NOTE: This card is being provided to you at NO COST. There are no forms to fill out. Simply take this card into a participating pharmacy with your Rx to qualify for discounts on medication.

New Hampshire Farm Bureau u members save $500 per unit on n the purchase or lease of Case IH H Maxxum® tractors; Farmall® C series utility, U series utility and d 100A series tractors; self-propelled d windrowers and large square e balers. A $300 per unit incentive is available for Case IH Farmall® C series compact and Farmall A series utility tractors, Case IH Scout® utility vehicles and other hay tools,

including round balers, small square balers, disc mower conditioners and sicklebar mower conditioners. Visit for more information!

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