NOFA-NH E-Newsletter: January 2019
Save the Date for NOFA-NH's Organic Vegetable Gardening Workshop Series
Apply to Participate in the Farm Share Program
Are you certified organic, a member of NOFA-NH and have a CSA? If so, apply to participate in our Farm Share Program for financial assistance providing a subsidized farm share to limited-income individuals and families. Applications due February 15, 2019.
NOFA-NH E-Newsletter: March 2019
Don't Miss NOFA-NH's Winter Conference! Sat. March 16, 2019
We hope to see you at our 17th annual Winter Conference on Saturday, March 16th at Merrimack Valley High School in Concord, NH, for 50+ workshops, organic meals, book signings, the Green Market Fair, and an evening Keynote Presentation by Ben Hartman, farmer and author of The Lean Farm. Online registration closes on March 14th, when prices will go up. Get your tickets today! Walk Ins Welcome!
Attend the "Feeding the Family" Organic Gardening Series
Join NOFA-NH, Grow Nashua, ReGenerative Roots Association, and The Greater Nashua Food Council for the "Feeding the Family" Organic Gardening Series in Nashua, now through May 1. Farmer and NOFA-NH Board Member Ron Christie is leading 9 lively and educational workshops on vegetable garden planning, soil health, container and raised bed gardening, a four-season harvest, and much more! Sign up for the entire series or single classes. NOFA-NH Members save 15%!
NOFA-NH's CRAFT Program: Workforce Development for NH's Organic Farming Community
NOFA-NH is launching a pilot CRAFT Program focused on workforce development in NH’s organic farming sector, and is looking for participating farmers in Merrimack County! This Program will strengthen recruitment and retention of organic farm workers in NH by developing a support network focused on best practices in organic farming, networking for farmers and farm workers, fair labor education, and improved recruitment and management practices for employers. Farms do not have to be certified organic to participate. Contact us and click here to learn more!
Welcome Office Administrator, Liz Johnson!
We are pleased to introduce Liz Johnson to the NOFA-NH community. Liz is taking over in the office while Office Administrator & Fundraising Coordinator Nikki Kolb is out on maternity leave. In addition to having worked with Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, Liz has several years of administrative and event planning experience. She can be reached at 603-224-5022 and email@example.com. Welcome aboard!
Potential Opportunities for Farmers & Gardeners to Improve Their Communities Well Being & Awareness of Organics: School Gardening
The nascent NH Farm to School Network is considering developing a list of farmer-mentors who might be willing to partner with a local school to provide an occasional talk, some school garden consulting, or a destination for a farm tour, etc. NOFA-NH is at the table for these discussions because we would like to help forge stronger connections between local organic farmers, gardeners, and their communities. Are there NOFA-NH members who might be willing to be listed as resources or perhaps help develop or conduct such a program? if so, please contact us and read more at the link below.
Implementing Fair Practices on Our Farms
The Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) and NOFA are collaborating to support our organic farming community’s efforts in addressing our shared social justice values while striving for dignified living careers for farmers, our families, & the workers on our farms. AJP is following up on the NOFA Domestic Fair Trade Committee’s 2013 survey in which farmers expressed a desire to create a just, equitable working environment while identifying some of the challenges and pressures that keep them from being achieved. NOFA & AJP will provide such assistance.
Welcome New & Renewing Members
Thank you to our NOFA-NH Members who became new members and renewed their membership in December 2018 & January 2019.
Renewing Members: Pork Hill Farm
New Members: Martha Coutts-Eisenberg and Shelly Duggan
ORIS is seeking new Program Manager
New American Sustainable Agriculture Program (NASAP). This position will coordinate refugee farmers to fulfill NASAP’s mission of building an inclusive food security program in southern New Hampshire. Responsibilities include staff supervision, coordination of agricultural training, farm activities, market development, financial accounting. Cover letter & resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org and visit http://refugeesuccess.org/careers-at-oris
Create Your Own Farm
We are absentee landlords to a beautiful 230 acre farm in Bath NH, with some 150 acres of hay fields. We are looking for someone to live (rent free) in the new house we are building on the farm and run the haying operation. (We would continue to market and truck the hay downstate). As haying only takes a limited number of days each year, you would be free to use the 40 acres and the lower half of a huge barn for your own operation. If you have an entrepreneurial bent but don’t have the capital to get started, this could be a great opportunity. If interested, please email Jim at email@example.com.
FOR SALE: Highland Lake Apple Farm
Highland Lake Apple Farm, East Andover, NH. 65 bearing apple trees, assorted berry bushes and grapes, vegetable and flower gardens. 2.3 acres and easy to maintain. 4 bedroom home with 2 story barn. $345,000. Contact Susan Bedard, CB Lifestyles RE 526-4020 x 106.
ORIS is Hiring a Food Access Specialist
ORIS will hire a Food Access Specialist for its New American Sustainable Agriculture Project to 1) assist in operations and technical assistance for two incubator farm sites (Dunbarton and Concord) that provide land-based training and opportunities for new Americans to grow food, and 2) assist in coordination of a new Mobile Market program. Learn more here.
WANTED TO BUY: 1-3 Acres 20 Miles of Antrim
Bear Tree Zendo, a local Zen group, needs a small piece of land (one to three acres) within twenty miles of Antrim to build a small local meditation hall (zendo). Woods, field, old pasture, going back to trees, etc. Quiet essential. Continued use arrangement, hay or sugaring possible. Call 603-748-5006 and leave a message.
NOFA-NH Members may post 1 free Classified per month on our Classifieds page and in this newsletter. Not yet members may post a Classified in the e-news and on our website for $45 per Classified per month. To inquire about this program and to share your Classified with our community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 1: Wholesale and Delivery Success, Lebanon, NH
Saturday, March 2: Real Organic Project Symposium, Hanover, NH
Wednesday, March 6: Feeding the Family Organic Gardening Series: Vegetable Garden Planning, Nashua, NH
Thursday, March 7: Reducing Legal Risks Through Online Education, Online
Friday, March 8: Direct to Consumers & Ag Financing Essentials, Lebanon, NH
Saturday, March 9: Feeding the Family Organic Gardening Series: Healthy Soil for Happy Plants and Higher Yields, Nashua, NH
Monday, March 11: Feeding the Family Organic Gardening Series: Starting Transplants from Seed, Nashua, NH
Monday, March 11: Soil Health for Vegetable Producers, Keene, NH
Tuesday, March 12: 2019 NH Food System Statewide Gathering, Plymouth, NH
Tuesday, March 12: NOFA-NH Board Meeting, Concord, NH
Wednesday, March 13: Soil Health for Vegetable Producers, Gilford, NH
Thursday, March 14: Soil Health for Vegetable Producers, Durham, NH
Friday, March 15: How to Be a Great Employer, Lebanon, NH
Friday, March 15, & 28: Food Safety Planning for NH Commercial Food Processors, North Haverhill, NH
Saturday, March 16: NOFA-NH Winter Conference, Concord, NH
Wednesday, March 20: Feeding the Family Organic Gardening Series: Container and Raised Bed Gardening, Nashua, NH
Friday, March 22: Wholesale at the Next Level & Your Online Presence Made Easier, Lebanon, NH
Saturday, March 23: NHMGAA Spring Symposium, Hooksett, NH
Saturday, March 23: Pruning Mature Apple Trees, Canterbury, NH
Monday, March 27: Feeding the Family Organic Gardening Series: Diseases - A Fungus Among Us, Nashua, NH
Friday, March 29: Food Safety: At the Farm and In the Kitchen, Lebanon, NH
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