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The curve of the road brings you around and to the farm. There the tractors seem artfully situated near the driveway, the light shines through the barn door, the wrap-around porch greets you, and it all says “Welcome to Hidden Acres Farm.” The house, barn, and outer buildings retain the charm of a long-ago era. If the walls could talk, there would be many tales (and tails) of daily life on the farm.

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Refugee Farmers Find Growing Success
Posted October 30, 2015
Refugee Farmers Find Growing Success

Last week Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Administration Greg Parham visited Fresh Start Farms in Dunbarton to see how 24 refugee farmers are growing food for their own families and for sale. Farmers from Somalia, Congo and Burundi, as well as Bhutanese refugees from Nepal, are using high tunnel greenhouses built with assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to extend the growing season and increase yields. The new immigrant farmers were tidying up their outdoor gardens for winter, while continuing to harvest abundant hardy greens such as kale

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Extreme Punkin Chunkin Comes to Loudon Speedway
Posted September 26, 2015
Extreme Punkin Chunkin Comes to Loudon Speedway

Pumpkins are amazing squashes of many types and uses. Add pumpkin-firing and hurling contests to that list of uses. New Hampshire pumpkin growers and throwers are in the forefront of the new extreme sport known as ‘punkin chunkin.’ This fall, big-time chunkin comes to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Tickets are on sale now for the World Famous Punkin Chunkin long-distance shooting event October 24-25.

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NH Farm Women Pioneers of the Local Food Movement
Posted September 20, 2015
NH Farm Women Pioneers of the Local Food Movement

Author Helen Brody’s latest book is a tribute to New Hampshire Women Farmers: Pioneers of the Local Food Movement. Brody teamed up with distinguished documentary photographer Leslie Tuttle to introduce readers to some of the remarkable women working on farms and in agriculture in our state today.

Forty-two percent of all farmers in our state are women. Nearly one in three principal farm operators are female, making New Hampshire third in the U.S. for percentage of principal operators who are women. Brody says over 12 years traveling the state to interview women at their farms, she saw women revitalizing farming, creating value-added products and developing new and vital markets for locally grown food.

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NH Apple Day – date correction
Posted August 27, 2015
NH Apple Day – date correction

We apologize for the error in last week’s Bulletin on the date of the New Hampshire Apple Day ceremony. The correct date and time is 2:30 pm on Wednesday, September 2nd at Mack’s Apples, 230 Mammoth Rd. in Londonderry. Come see Governor Maggie Hassan pick her official season-opening apple, and join us in celebrating the 2015 apple season.

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North Country Ice Cream, a Historic Barn and Eat Local Month
Posted July 30, 2015
North Country Ice Cream, a Historic Barn and Eat Local Month

Last Friday, Granite State Dairy Promotion’s Amy Hall and I accompanied Sen. Jeff Woodburn on his third annual North Country Ice Cream Tour. We celebrated National Ice Cream Month—July—with a pilgrimage sampling ice cream at local scoop shops across the North Country region.

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Bright Prospects for Ag Grads
Posted July 4, 2015
Bright Prospects for Ag Grads

This is the season for graduations and transitions from high school to college, and from college to graduate school or work. The high cost of higher education has drawn a lot of attention to how well students are prepared for gainful employment after graduation. Much of the media attention is on STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But agricultural sciences, technology, engineering and other fields relying on math skills are frequently overlooked in these discussions.

A recent report from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University, found 57,900 job openings in agriculture and related fields each year. But just 35,400 students graduate annually with a bachelor’s degree or higher in agriculture—leaving a shortage of 22,500 ag graduates.

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