Southern New Hampshire is home to many farms and woodlots, large and small. In addition, many homeowners include gardening or part-time farming among their hobbies. As there’s not much a farmer or gardener can do outside this time of year, it’s the perfect time for the 30th Anniversary Farm and Forest Exposition! This year the Expo will be Friday and Saturday February 8th and 9th at the Center of New Hampshire in the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.
Many programs are geared to full-time farmers, but there are many sessions that are directed to backyard gardeners and homeowners as well. Some presentations will cover farm management subjects like keeping farm animals healthy, running a farmer’s market, farm labor laws and regulations, the locovore movement, and how to adjust crops in a time of climate change. Others have a wider audience in mind, such as programs on rain gardens, small-scale maple sugaring, growing plants from seed, the care and feeding of your chainsaw, beekeeping, and how to resurrect a declining barn.
Speakers will be experts in the farming, conservation, and restaurant fields, including Margaret Hagen of the UNH Cooperative Extension Service, well-known for her informative segments on WMUR-TV news.
The NH Farm and Forest Exposition is co-sponsored by the UNH Cooperative Extension Service, the NH Division of Forests and Lands, and the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food. The Expo’s hours will be 9 to 5 on Friday and 9 to 4 on Saturday; admission is $ 7, with free admission for people 15 and under. The Radisson is located at 700 Elm Street in Manchester.
For full details see the NH Farm and Forest Exposition website.