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Farm Focus Newsletter
October/November 2010

Featured Events
Celebrate Patti Powers of Cheshire Garden
Hannah Grimes CONNECT Event
With Slow Money

Wednesday, October 27, 4:00 - 7:30p.m.
Alyson's Orchard, Walpole

Register Today!

Celebrate the 2010 Hannah Grimes Entrepreneur of the Year: Patti Powers of Cheshire Garden in Winchester, NH. Patti will be honored at the Hannah Grimes CONNECT Event.  All are invited to come celebrate Patti's success, learn more about her business - growing and processing fruit into premium preserves, sauces and vinegars - and recognize the many ways she contributes to the Monadnock Region's economy and community.

Slow Money, the topic of this evening event, also adds to our celebration of local farmers and local food.  This movement is identifying new ways for all of us to invest in small food enterprises, like Cheshire Garden and Alyson's Orchard, and our whole local food system.  Slow Money's goal: A million people investing 1% of their assets in local food systems...within a decade.

Join our Community Partners for this event, Monadnock Community Market Co-op, Food Solutions New England, Hannah Grimes Marketplace and Monadnock Farm & Community Connection, and learn how each of them - along with MANY others - are working to build a stronger local and regional food system.

AND let's not forget about the food!  Delicious dishes featuring local food catered by First Course Catering will be served at an amazing venue, a working apple and fruit farm, Alyson's Orchard.  Registration for the CONNECT Event is $30 per person and includes appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will also be available. More information and registration is at
Patti Powers on left selling her preserves at a farmers' market.

Special Notice
NH Rules for Sanitary
Production & Distribution of Food

Public Hearing
Tuesday, October 19, 1:30p.m.
Department of Health and Human Services, Concord

The NH Division of Public Health Services Food Protection Section has begun the rule making process to revise He-P 2300, the NH Rules for the Sanitary Production and Distribution of Food. A public hearing will be held to accept comments on the proposed rule. Written comments will be accepted until October 29, 2010.

When compared to the existing rules, the proposed rules will increase state general fund revenue and costs to independently owned businesses by an indeterminable amount.  Major Changes in the New Food Code For additional information, contact: Michael Holt, Rules Coordinator, DHHS/Office of Program Support, 603-271-4966, [email protected].

Farm Focus Classifieds*
Farmer Needed: Pitcher Mountain CSA in Stoddard is seeking a farmer to manage and work a 1.2 acre vegetable farm providing diverse vegetables to 70+ shareholders.  More detailed information upon request.  Also see website at:  Submit letter of introduction and resume to: Leigh Fosberry at: [email protected]; PO Box 726, Stoddard, NH 03464 or call 603-446-3922. Deadline for interviews is October 31, 2010.

Business For Sale: Terra Fructi, Cheshire County's hottest gourmet and medicinal mushroom farm, is for sale. This is a turnkey business - all start-up has been completed. Just walk right in and start growing mushrooms! Please check our website,, for further details.  Parties interested in joining the local foods movement and building on the success of Terra Fructi should contact Emily at 717-756-3859 or 802-869-4496, or email [email protected].

*The Hannah Grimes Center is posting these classifieds as a service to readers and does not imply endorsement.  Add your own classified ad: Send a 20-30 word description of your service or product that is directly supporting entrepreneurs to [email protected].  Make sure to include the best way to contact you.

Events to Help Your Business Innovate
Women Farmers' Course:
Holistic Farm Management

Small & Beginner Farmer Network New Hampshire
Application Deadline: October 29
Course starts in December
North Haverill, NH & Springfield, VT

This $1500 course is being offered once again at no cost, thanks to a grant from the USDA. This course, designed by Albuquerque's Holistic Management Institute (HMI), uses group process, one-to-one mentoring and hands-on farm tours, to teach a systems-based approach to managing land and other natural resources. Participants create individual plans to increase the profitability, biodiversity, productivity and quality of life on their farms.  The emphasis is on acquiring practical skills in sustainable farming, time management, business planning and marketing. Farmers from either state may attend either course. Click for more details or contact [email protected], 603-876-4562.

Farm Energy Audit & Plans
Energy for Food Series
Tuesday, November 16, 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.
Stonewall Farm, Keene

Topics include Energy Conservation and Renewable Fuels for Greenhouses in New England with Vern Grubinger, UVM Extension and Energy Audits, Nuts and Bolts with Craig Metz, EnSave, plus information on funding energy audits and plans.  More details will be at:
Part of the: Extending the Season & Preserving the Harvest with Energy Efficient Technology Series.

Growing Places Pre-business Planning Course
UVM Women's Agricultural Network
Deadline to Register: December 15
Starts January 11, 2011
Online Course

The University of Vermont Extension Women's Agricultural Network (WAgN) will offer online sessions of Growing Places pre-business planning course for people interested in starting or expanding an agricultural business.  No prior experience is necessary, and people from all backgrounds and who are interested in any type of agricultural enterprise are welcome.  Growing Places participants develop goals for themselves and their businesses, become more familiar with financing options, identify and evaluate available resources, examine marketing strategies, and learn about agencies and organizations that provide support and assistance to farmers. Cost:
$100; scholarships are available. Click for more details; [email protected]; 802-223-2389 x 204.
Events to Help You Connect
With Farmers & Other Experts

Introduction to Nutrient Dense Crop Production
Workshop & Potluck

Peterborough Grange
Sunday, October 17, 5:30 - 8:30p.m.
Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church, Peterborough

Dan Kittredge, life long organic farmer & Director of the Real Food Campaign will offer this introduction for farmers & gardeners (growers of any type & size) drawing on current research and proven methods and a step-by-step process toward optimum soil health and sustained optimum crop yield.  Cost: Free. View event flyer for more details.

Practical Poultry Production Webinar
UVM Extension New Farmer Project
Thursday, November 11, 7:00p.m.
Online Webinar

If you're thinking of adding chickens to your farming operations for eggs or meat, join Michael Darre, Professor & Extension Poultry Specialist, at the University of Connecticut, for an intro to all things chicken. Topics covered will include: Choosing the right type, breed and numbers; Housing and environmental concerns for small flocks; Health and disease management of small flocks; and General concepts of nutrition and feeding. To participate, please go to at about 6:45 pm Eastern time on November 11, 2010. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 802-223-2389 x203. If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled at

USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
Training Program

Thursday, December 2, 12:45-4:45pm
Sheraton Springfield/Monarch Place Hotel, Springfield

UMass Extension and the MA Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) are pleased to present a USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training Program for growers and other fresh produce handlers. The training will be focused on the costs and impact of diseases and outbreaks caused by food-borne pathogens, strategies for controlling potential microbial food safety hazards before planting and throughout all phases of production, planting, production, harvesting and postharvest handling, and the USDA Third Party Audit process. Contact Doreen at 413-545-2254 or email at [email protected] for more information.

News & Resources to Inform & Inspire
High Tunnel Financial Assistance

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Hampshire is providing financial assistance for high tunnels through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Agriculture Management Assistance program (AMA). Financial assistance will be offered for a maximum of 2178 square feet (approximately 30 x 72 ft) per agricultural operation.  To apply for high tunnel assistance, contact your local field office:
  • Applications can be filled out anytime throughout the year, but in order to be considered for the first round of funding, applications must be received by January 22, 2010.
  • Funding is competitive. If you are not selected for funding during this cycle, your application can be deferred to the next funding cycle.
  • There is a separate pool of funds for transitioning and certified organic producers; applications must be received by March 12, 2010.