Muster Field Farm Celebrates Harvest Day Oct. 5

The barn at the Muster Field Farm Museum, North Sutton, N.H.

The Pillsbury Barn at the Muster Field Farm Museum, North Sutton, N.H., will host live music by Sferes & White and Click and Jonie Horning on Harvest Day, October 5.

North Sutton, N.H. — Celebrate the summer’s harvest at Muster Field Farm Museum on Harvey Road on Sunday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a time to enjoy the beauty of the farm and reap the benefits of the growing season. This event is free to all.

Special activities include guided tours of the historic Matthew Harvey Homestead and live music by Sferes & White and Click & Jonie Horning in the Pillsbury Barn. There will be hayrides, old-time games, and artist exhibits & demonstrations. A warm meal will be available for purchase in the Pillsbury Barn: homemade soups, fresh bread and cider. Fresh produce will be for sale in the farm stand.

New this year will be a Food Preservation Workshop (1-3 p.m.) presented by UNH Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with Muster Field Farm Museum.

For more information and/or directions, call 603-927-4276 or visit

Old barn expert John Porter to speak in Sutton

Preserving Old BarnsSutton, N.H. – John Porter, who along with Francis Gilman authored the book “Preserving Old Barns”, will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Muster Field Farm Museum on January 13, 2013. The meeting will be held at the Freewill Baptist Church in North Sutton at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend at no cost; refreshments will be served during the meeting.

Ever wonder about the history of the many barns along New Hampshire’s scenic byways? Or how you might restore the barn sitting in your backyard?

The book is a unique resource on preserving old barns and includes images of many of New Hampshire’s historic and scenic barns.

Porter and Gilman have compiled a fascinating look at traditional New England agricultural barns and structures, and are known as the go–to experts in this field. Both have had long careers working for UNH Cooperative Extension and are well-known throughout the farming community.

Porter will have copies of the book for sale or inspection at the meeting.

For more information, email:

Henry Homeyer kicks off gardening series at The Fells

Photo by Alena Banks

Renowned garden expert, author, columnist and commentator Henry Homeyer, from Cornish, N.H., will kick off a six-week Master Gardening series at The Fells in Newbury, N.H. This first workshop will be held on Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Lake Sunapee Protective Association’s Knowlton House in Sunapee Harbor. The class will celebrate the start of a new growing season and will include a workshop in pruning techniques.

Registration deadline is March 10. Contact The Fells at or 603-763-4789 ext. 3. Fee: $10 donation per workshop or $50 for the 6-week series.

The Sullivan County Master Gardeners and the UNH Cooperative Extension are presenting the program. It is open to all. All other classes will meet at The Fells…

  • Thursdays, April 12 & 19, 1 – 4 p.m.: Introduction to Backyard Vegetable Gardening. Registration required by April 5.
  • Thursday, May 17, 1 – 4 p.m.: Garden Design as Art and The Basics of Container Gardening. Registration by May 10.
  • Tuesday, June 26, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Growing Perennials in New Hampshire. Registration by June 19.
  • Thursday, September 13, 1 – 3 p.m.: Putting the Garden to Bed. Registration by September 6.

UNHCE offers workshop for farmers and backyard growers

Although fresh snow covers our open fields and backyard gardens, the first day of spring is less than a month away. And growers around the Granite State are planning their gardens including their choice of cover crops.

Farmer-to-Farmer Workshop

UNH Cooperative Extension welcomes farmers and backyard growers to learn about advanced cover cropping at a farmer-to-farmer workshop in Charlestown, NH. It will be held at the Student Conservation Association (689 River Road) on Friday, March 16, 2012, from 1 to 4 pm.

Offered free of charge, the program will delve into the use of cover crops for weed control, soil fertility, organic matter addition, bio-fumigants and other beneficial uses. The program is suitable for both commercial farmers (large and small) and backyard growers.

Dr. Eric Sideman from the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners’ Association (MOFGA) will discuss effective crop rotations. And two local farmers, Pooh Sprague of Edgewater Farm and Dorn Cox of Sheltering Rock Farm, will share their knowledge and experience.

Cover crops play an important role in sustainable farming. They are grown to cover the soil during idle periods. Although usually planted in the fall to provide winter cover, some growers use cover crops as part of a summer rotation. They can help to:

  • revitalize the soil
  • recycle nutrients
  • prevent damaging erosion and run-off
  • protect water quality
  • suppress weeds and
  • reduce disease

The choice of cover crops depends on your planting needs and objectives; different cover crops offer different benefits. The March 16 workshop will delve into advanced concepts and practices.

For more info and to register, contact Dawn Bozogan at or 603-863-9200.

A program flyer is available at

For ag-related materials and programs (for all ages), visit your cooperative extension, on-line in NH at:

UNHCE Workshop in Sunapee: Pruning fruit trees

Worried about cross branching, competing leaders and thin spurs? Now is the time to get to it. The best time to prune apple trees is in the late winter and very early spring before any new growth starts.

And here’s where you can learn the how-to.

An orchard on Stage Coach Road in Sunapee will be the site of a fruit tree pruning workshop sponsored by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service on Saturday, March 10 from 10 am to 12 noon.

Bill Lord and Seth Wilner from UNHCE will lead the outing at an orchard owned by Aaron Simpson. Aaron has planted over 300 fruit trees and most are now four years old.

The workshop will cover how to prune, shape, graft and generally care for fruit trees.

Aaron also has some old wild apple trees. You’ll also be able to learn how to tame and care for these older trees as well.

Pre-registration is requested. Contact Dawn Bozogan at 603-863-9200 or email:

A second fruit tree pruning program will be held at Riverview Farm in Plainfield on March 31. For more info about that workshop, visit the Extension Service calendar.

UNHCE offers “Making Money Work for You”

Did you know that University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension offers a variety of family and consumer resources…including money management programs…that are available locally in Sullivan County?

For example, in Newport, the Cooperative Extension will be offering a three-part series—“Take Control of Your Money”—starting May 11. (See our prior post.)

And starting June 2 in Claremont, a five-week series—“Making Money Work for You”—is scheduled for Thursday evenings through June 30. Topics covered will include how to: gain control over spending, reduce expenses, manage credit, reduce debt, and understand the importance of saving for your future. Location: Claremont Savings Bank, 145 Broad Street. For more info and to register: Call the UNH Cooperative Extension, 603-863-9200; pre-registration required by May 27; and if special accommodations are required to attend, contact the Cooperative Extension at least 15 days before the first class.

Gail Kennedy is the UNHCE educator in Family and Consumer Resources for Sullivan County.

Money management series starts May 11 in Newport

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and Lake Sunapee Bank are offering a three-part “Take Control of Your Money” series that starts Wednesday evening, May 11th at Lake Sunapee Bank, 9 Main Street, 1868 Room 3rd Floor, Newport. The seminars cover money and debt management and spending and savings plans. One can participate in one, two, or all three of the seminars. Gail Kennedy, UNH Extension Educator in Family & Consumer Resources, will teach the series. Continue reading

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