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NH News
4:34 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

N.H.'s Apple Crop Lighter This Year, But Still Plenty To Go Around

Lorraine Merrill, commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, stands next to and Governor Maggie Hassan as she reads a proclamation regarding New Hampshire Apple Day.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Governor Maggie Hassan kicked off this year’s apple picking season with the ceremonial first pick Thursday at Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook.

This year’s apple crop is not expected to be quite as fruitful as last year’s.

Governor Hassan plucked a few ripe apples and encouraged families to get out to their local farms and pick some of their own.

“There are in fact great apples here in New Hampshire. We got through the winter. We’ve got a crop and we’re really really eager to have a great apple season.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

What's Behind The Burgeoning Backyard Chicken Movement In N.H.

From Jessica in Lyme

As more Granite Staters set up coops, some of their neighbors are crowing over the noise –and local governments are having to step in. We’ll talk about caring for the chickens you own and dealing with the chickens you don’t.

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  • Dot Perkins - field specialist and a member of the livestock team for the UNH Cooperative Extension out of the Merrimack County Office in Boscawen.
  • Jason Reimers - land use lawyer for BCM Environmental & Land Law.

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Foodstuffs
5:33 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Blueberry Season Promises Picking, Pies, Possibilities

Blueberries ripening on the bushes at Apple Hill Farm.
Credit Michael Samuels

 

The blueberries are ripe and ready to pick at Apple Hill Farm in Concord.

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Interactive Map
4:35 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Map: Where To Go Strawberry Picking In New Hampshire

Credit Allie Coremin via Flickr CC

Strawberry picking is a New Hampshire tradition that dates back to the days when “all natural” was a given, not a gimmick. There are over 20 farms throughout the state that offer the chance to “Pick-Your-Own” pint (or quart—more berries just means more jam). 

Related story: The Sweet Science (And Big Business) Of Strawberry Picking

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

A Decline In Bees: What's Going On With Our Pollinators?

Credit Conall / Flickr/CC

Behind recent declines in bee populations are threats as diverse as pesticides, disease, and climate change.  And fewer bees could mean a widespread hit to many types of agriculture. We’ll talk with beekeepers and researchers about what they’re seeing,  also what the future might hold, and what could be done.

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Newscast
1:49 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

UNH Touts Unique Compost System

The University of New Hampshire is celebrating its use of a unique energy recovery composting system.  UNH is believed to be the only university in the nation with such a compost facility, which captures generated heat for water that can be pumped to reservoirs and used for wash water, provide pre-heated water for a boiler or be used in heating systems.  The system at UNH's Organic Dairy Research Farm, installed last year, preheats water used to clean and sterilize a tank and tubing in the milk room.  The compost facility was named for Joshua Nelson, who advanced the technology.

Newscast
12:14 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

UNH Shows Off New England Dairy Farming With "Open Barn" Event

Credit S Cook / Flickr Creative Commons

The University of New Hampshire is holding an "open barn'' to give the public a chance to see how a typical New England dairy farm operates.  The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station on the Durham campus calls Saturday's event "Meet Your Milk.'' Visitors can enjoy free milk and ice cream, wagon rides, tours and visits with the university's milking cows and calves.  According to Granite State Dairy Promotion, New Hampshire has approximately 130 dairy farms with an average of 115 milking animals per farm.    

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

The State Of Farming In N.H.

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New Hampshire’s farm legacy extends to the very beginning of our state’s history, when farmers from over-crowded areas in southern New England started to move north in search of more open land. While the soil in New Hampshire was not as fertile as they’d hoped, farmers did take root in the state and are still here. And while the country overall has seen a trend toward fewer, bigger farms, new data from show the reverse in New Hampshire and New England: over the past five years, the state’s number of farms has grown 5%, for a total 30% increase over the past decade.

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NH News
10:28 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Bee Hotel In Durham Open To Pollinators Only

In UNH's new "bee hotel," Rehan's lab has placed dead broken stems between brick for small carpenter bees, and wood blocks with drill holes for trap-nesting bees.
Credit New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station / University of New Hampshire

Bee populations are in decline worldwide. At UNH, researchers are beginning the first major assessment of diversity in New Hampshire’s bee populations.  Part of that effort involves a "bee hotel" at Woodman Farm in Durham. 

UNH Biology professor Sandra Rehan says the hotel, made of bricks and wood, will provides a habitat for bees to nest and forage freely. The idea, she says, "is to create and maintain native bee habitats to improve healthy pollinator communities." 

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NH News
6:55 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Tech, Environmentalism And Agriculture Converge For iFARM

For iFARM 2014, all 250 acres of Tuckaway Farm have WiFi.
Credit Michael Samuels

 

A big part of farming and conservation is finding creative solutions on a budget.

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Foodstuffs
6:32 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Asparagus Rewards Patience

Asparagus ready to harvest at Coppal House Farm
Credit Michael Samuels

 

Winter has finally left New Hampshire, and locavores can get their hands on a spring favorite.

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NH News
7:31 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Thousands Flock To Sheep & Wool Festival

Waiting to be sheared at the Sheep and Wool Festival
Credit Michael Samuels

 

Fiber-bearing animals, and the next generation of shepherds, are the focus of the 38th annual event.

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NH News
11:54 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Canterbury Passes Looser Farmstand Regulations

Credit USDA

Regulations on farmstands in Canterbury will be loosened.  Two-thirds of residents voted in favor of the measure on Tuesday. 

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Canterbury Residents To Decide What Makes A Farmstand

Canterbury selectman Tyson Miller wants the town to bring farmstand regulations more in line with the state.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

While national interest in agriculture has declined over the past five years, the US Department of Agriculture reports a five percent increase in New Hampshire farms

And those farmers who open roadside farmstands reap the benefits of the local food movement.  But this traditional venture has become a point of contention—and an item on the Town Meeting ballot—for the town of Canterbury. 

What Makes A Farmstand A Farmstand?

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Foodstuffs
7:43 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Room For A Deer-Farming Boom

European red deer at Bonnie Brae Farms.
Credit Michael Samuels

 

Raising venison is one of the fastest-growing agricultural industries in the country, but that growth has yet to reach NH.

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