New Hampshire From the Commissioner
NH Maple Producers are hosting Maple Sugaring Month from March 11 through April 2 at sugar houses across the state. The highlight is the 21st Annual Maple Weekend March 25-26. Maple Month and Maple Weekend offer lots of opportunities to see sugarmakers perform alchemy–transforming clear maple sap into sweet, golden maple syrup. Visit the NH Maple Producers website www.nhmapleproducers.com/directory/categories/maple-month-2017 to get the details on open sugarhouses and schedules of tours, sampling, and family-friendly activities.
The Monadnock Conservancy and five partner organizations have been awarded more than $1.2 million through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The awarded project, ‘Protecting Farmland in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region,’ will protect nearly 3,000 acres of important farmland in the Monadnock region by 2021. One thousand acres will be conserved through Natural Resources Conservation Service funds; the remaining 1,700 acres will be conserved using a combination of private funds, state grant funding, and donated easements.
Each New Year rings in rounds of resolutions–and predictions of hot new trends for the year ahead. A number of food trend-spotters—but not all–see meats in the ascendancy—with fading appetites for vegan and vegetarian fare.
Last Thursday leaders of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) announced the latest round of grant awards. LCHIP Board President Doug Cole, of D.S. Cole Growers in Loudon, and Executive Director Dijit Taylor led the event, with remarks from Governor Maggie Hassan and Senate President Chuck Morse, both of whom helped to congratulate the recipients. Project supporters from communities and organizations all over the state gathered with officials and reporters o learn about the 2016 crop of grant awards.
Citing an accelerating rate of barn demolition and collapse, the N.H. Preservation Alliance has announced a campaign to help preserve at least 52 barns across the state in 2017 with planning grants, education and promotion …