8:30 – 9:45 am – Workshop Session I
The Enchanted Edible Forest - Dani Baker
Backyard Grain Growing - Will Bonsall
Practices for Soil Health - Cat Buxton
Berries, Berries & More Berries: Blueberries Part I - Ron Christie
Using the Lean System to Manage Your Farm: Part I - Ben Hartman
Reclaiming Pasture with Animals and Exploring Silvopasture - David Kennard
Low-Tech Cold Storage - Dan Kilrain
Canna Business Grow in New Hampshire? - Jessica Labrie
How to Harvest the Bounty - Celeste Longacre
Selling Your Story - Farm Marking in Direct and Intermediated Market - Daniel Prial
Irrigation 101 - Zoe Stapp
The Enchanted Edible Forest
In 2012 Dani Baker began planning and planting "The Enchanted Edible Forest," a certified organic multi-purpose perennial garden containing fruits, nuts, berries, herbs and other edibles and incorporating numerous permaculture principles. Whether you are an organic farmer looking for a cutting edge niche or a homeowner interested in landscaping with edibles, this workshop will describe the process of developing such a planting while elucidating the permaculture principles applied.
Dani Baker is Co-Owner and full time farmer at Cross Island Farms in Northern NY State since 2006. She began the "Enchanted Edible Forest Garden" in 2013.
Backyard Grain Growing
You don’t need rolling acres, combines, or silos to grow a few bushels of grain for your own family. Small-scale production is easily accessible with simple hand tools and backyard processing. Focusing on hull-less oats and barley and ‘pseudo-grains’, buckwheat and amaranth, Will will discuss seed selection, planting, cultivating, harvesting, drying, and processing.
Will Bonsall, director of the Scatterseed Project, is best known for his work in preserving crop diversity. His past occupations are as varied as his seed collection and includes draftsman, prospector, hobo, gravedigger, logger, musician, language teacher, and artist, among others. In addition to farming and seed saving, Bonsall is currently an active author. His works include Through the Eyes of a Stranger and Will Bonsall’s Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening.
Practices for Soil Health
Employing the soil health principles can quickly build the soil sponge to help us harvest and store water, mitigating extremes of flooding and drought, and boosting beneficial soil organism populations, optimizing landscape nutrient cycling. The Soil Carbon Coalition promotes an evidence-based understanding of soil health using whole systems thinking and practical in-field soil evaluation techniques that any farmer or landowner can do with minimal equipment to determine if his or her land management practices are improving soil health and biological services.
Cat Buxton is a change facilitator working to build the social mycelium that holds our communities together. She promotes soil health and food system change through education and advocacy, working with individuals, schools, community groups and statewide organizations to make a difference one meal, one compost pile, and one landscape at a time. She leads Land Listener workshops with the Soil Carbon Coalition, and organizes the Upper Valley Apple Corps and a host of other projects including the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition. She serves on the Board of Directors for Rural Vermont, the Soil Carbon Coalition, and Upper Valley Food Co-op. To learn more about her work visit
Berries, Berries & More Berries: Blueberries Part I
Blueberries are delicious, nutritious and easy to grow. We will cover all aspects of growing berries including soil & fertility, variety selection, pests & diseases, and pruning techniques.
Ron Christie is passionate about teaching people how to grow their own nutritious food for better health and well-being. He is an avid four-season grower and orchardist and loves sharing his experiences as a winter gardener and farmer. Ron worked for 16 years in the financial services industry before returning to New Hampshire in 2005 with his family. Living Earth Farm, a “certified organic” micro farm, was created three years later. Winter greens and salad mixes became a specialty. Over time, the farm expanded into berries, vines and fruit trees (especially apples).
Ron became a Master Gardener Volunteer in the spring of 2009. In 2010, he joined UNH Cooperative Extension as the Rockingham County Agricultural Resources Program Coordinator and directed the activities of the Master Gardener Volunteers in Rockingham. Research and experimentation was a big part of what went on at Living Earth Farm. With a bit of imagination and some creativity Ron developed processes for growing that improved quality, yields and efficiencies on the farm. All without the use of any pesticides, herbicides of fungicides (not even organic ones). Ron lives with his wife Mary and their two college-age children Steven and Julie in Stratham, NH.
Using the Lean System to Manage Your Farm: Part I
Lean is both a production system and a management system. In this session, Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm, will explain why lean is the most powerful management system in use today, and how it works on a farm. The session will cover the lean method for setting prices, managing workers, long-range planning, and accounting and recordkeeping. He will also cover the concepts of heijunka (load-leveling) and VSM (visual system management)--all with plenty of examples of how Clay Bottom Farm employs each lean practice.
Ben Hartman grew up on a corn and soybean farm in Indiana and graduated college with degrees in English and philosophy. He and his wife, Rachel Hershberger, own and operate Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana, where they make their living growing and selling specialty crops on less than one acre. Their food is sold locally to restaurants and cafeterias, at a farmers market, and through a community-supported-agriculture (CSA) program. The farm has twice won Edible Michiana’s Reader’s Choice award. The Lean Farm, Ben’s first book, won the Shingo Institute’s prestigious Research and Professional Publication Award. In 2017, Ben was named one of fifty emerging green leaders in the United States by Grist, and published a companion guide to The Lean Farm titled The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables. Clay Bottom Farm has developed an online course in lean farming, which can be found at theleanfarmschool.com.
Reclaiming Pasture with Animals and Exploring Silvopasture
Learn how reclaim overgrown pasture by understanding which animals are beneficial for each stage and
best management practices. Explore the benefits of incorporating silvopasture into your farm or
homestead. The combination of trees and pasture provide food and shelter for livestock, improves soil
and tree nutrition, and adds potential timber value to the land.
David Kennard of Wellscroft Farm in Harrisville, NH has been farming sheep for over forty years and during that time has had over 12,000 lambs born in the winter. David is a regular speaker at NOFA conferences and farm shows, and hosts popular educational workshops such as Lambing Clinics, Fence Clinics and Grazing Workshops. Along with his son, Colin, and their hard-working border collies, he also delights audiences with his informative and entertaining herding demonstrations at county fairs, sheep festivals, and farm days throughout New England.
Low-Tech Cold Storage
Dan and Abby sell produce year-round, and a major component of this is their cold storage spaces. Dan will describe the construction, materials, tools, and cost of the walk-in cooler they built out of structural insulated panels. The cooler effectively becomes a root cellar in the winter months, and he’ll discuss low- to medium-tech strategies for maintaining the appropriate temperature, humidity, and air flow. He’ll also talk about future improvements he hopes to make.
Dan Kilrain and his wife, Abby, have grown certified organic vegetables at Work Song Farm in Hopkinton, NH since 2011. They sell year-round at the Contoocook Farmers Market, and have 100 CSA members in the summer season.
Canna Business Grow in NH?
Cannabis has a long and storied history as one of humanity's’ most beloved, sacred, valued herbs, despite spending the past 80 years as an outlaw. Join Jessica LaBrie, Stephen McPhee, & Jessica Churchill, co-owners of Mama's Kiss Cannabis, as they discuss the ins and outs of starting their organic CBD-based business, the values/hurdles of staying small in a big market, and their hopes and visions for a New England based network of local growers, farmers, healthcare practitioners, and consumers.
Jessica LaBrie is a wise woman, integrative herbalist & aromatherapist specializing in workshops, apprenticeship programs, wise woman wellness counseling, and healing blends for wellness and joy. Owner of Blackbird’s Daughter Botanicals, LLC, co-founder of Mama’s Kiss Cannabis, and president of the New Hampshire Herbal Network, Jessica is dedicated to aiding people on their sacred life journeys by reconnecting them with nature's healing gifts and inspiring a new generation of herbalists.
How to Harvest the Bounty
People are now becoming more concerned with the quality of their food. Folks want their efforts to produce food that is good for us. In this power point presentation, beautiful color photographs show us how easy it is to freeze berries and vegetables. Then, we turn our attention to the making of spaghetti sauce and its canning. Storing onions, garlic, squashes and the building and filling of a root cellar as well as how to dry herbs and flowers are also covered. Join the fun!
Celeste Longacre is the author of “Celeste’s Garden Delights” and an accomplished gardener who has been growing most of her family’s vegetables for over 35 years. Celeste preserves the garden's bounty by canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting it as well as storing her produce in a root cellar. For further information visit her website at www.celestelongacre.com.
Selling Your Story - Farm Marking in Direct and Intermediated Markets
In all honesty, how different are your farm eggs really from your neighbors'? When marketing farm products, we don't sell the product itself, but the story attached. We sell nutrition, community connection, or food justice. Daniel Prial, Community Food and Outreach Specialist with the ATTRA Program of the National Center for Appropriate Technology will put the work back into workshop helping farmers develop their own farm stories and brand in order to boost their marketing success. We'll then explore how to shift the story for different markets: direct markets (farm stand, farmers markets, CSAs) and intermediated markets (restaurants, food hubs, groceries, and institutions).
Marketing a farm business is more than just selling a product, it is creating a story that can bring community together. Daniel Prial, a Community Foods and Outreach Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), will draw on his experience working with farmers and as a former storyteller with the National Park Service to create an interactive, discussion-led workshop around creating the farm brand.
Learn the basics of drip irrigation. This workshop will cover terminology, how to set up an irrigation system, supplies you need and how to operate it. This will also cover how much you can water at a time from a garden hose. There will be a review of fertilizing through drip lines with fish and other OMRI approved fertilizers, new overhead irrigation misters, automation and measuring soil moisture. Everything you need to know about how to apply water to make your crops grow.
Zoe Stapp is a UNH graduate from Sustainable Ag program who now works at Brookdale Fruit Farm Inc. At Brookdale Zoe leads the sales staff with grower relations, product design, and grower education teaching folks how to use the new products in the industry. Zoe started with two years of on farm experience operating Brookdale's irrigation systems on vegetable and perennial crops throughout the summer months and managing irrigation decisions based on soil moisture. Other than farm supply sales, Zoe also plants the cover crops at Brookdale and helps with wholesale distribution as well as orchard training and design. This wide range of experience allows Zoe to help translate farmer issues into viable application systems.