UNH Cooperative Extension: Its programs and services

By Sherrie LaClair

Being a 4-H leader for “Creative Clovers 4-H Club” in Claremont, I was only vaguely familiar with Sullivan County’s Extension office.

When mentioning 4-H to people, we forever hear the comment: “Oh, 4-H? I remember that from when I was little. We raised cows and canned food we grew in our gardens.”

This made me realize how many people really don’t know what 4-H is all about, let alone what else Cooperative Extension has to offer.

Now that I work as a member of the support staff at the Extension Office in Newport, I too, am becoming more aware of other programs, workshops, resources, and educational materials which may not be widely known to the residents of Sullivan County.

Sullivan County UNHCE is located at 24 Main Street in Newport.

Our five Educator’s areas cover: Agriculture, Forestry, Nutrition, Family & Consumer Resources, and of course 4-H.

When  Educators are not in our office answering and assisting with questions from calls and visitors, they are out in the County teaching workshops, holding programs, or making home visits to assist with various needs.

The Cooperative Extension has publications that cover a wide array of topics…how to balance a checkbook, how to care for tree seedlings, how to choose topsoil, how to find healthy food for seniors, and how to identify trees and shrubs. There are fact sheets to help in choosing a type of blueberry bush suitable for a home garden or a commercial farm; and there is information about rodents and how to raise backyard poultry. There are warnings to watch for invasive plants. And we also can guide you on safe food handling and nutritious eating for your children.

Managing Money

As the economy continues to grab our attention, the Managing Money link on our website is a resource that can assist people of any age, family dynamic, and household size.

In May, a three-part series of financial education seminars, sponsored by Lake Sunapee Bank and UNH Cooperative Extension, will be held in Newport. Because of limited space, registration is required. The workshops will be held at Lake Sunapee Bank on Main Street in Newport, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The seminars are:

“Managing Money in Tough Times” – Wednesday, May 11
 “Debt Management Strategies” – Wednesday, May 18
“Developing a Spending/Savings Plan” – Wednesday, May 25

For more information and to register for one or more of these workshops, call 603-863-9200 or email: Sullivan@ceunh.unh.edu.

Upcoming articles will focus on various areas of interest. Meanwhile, view our website www.extension.unh.edu to find out about events, fact sheets, publications, workshops, programs, and much, much more!

The Sullivan County UNHCE office is located at 24 Main Street, Newport, New Hampshire. Phone 603-863-9200. To receive UNHCE mailings, go to their sign up form. Sherrie’s email is: sherrie.laclair@unh.edu.

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