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May 31, 2020








See live animals at the New Hampshire Farm & Forest Expo. Courtesy photo.

New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo 

Where: Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester 
When: Friday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Cost: $7 per person, $6 with a donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit the NH Food Bank, free for kids age 16 and under, $5 per person on Friday, Feb. 2, between 5 and 8 p.m. 
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Farm fun
Annual expo highlights New Hampshire agriculture

By Angie Sykeny

 Whether you’re a farmer looking for innovative ideas or a family looking for a fun day out, the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo has something for everyone. The 35th annual event takes place Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Radisson Hotel Manchester and features exhibitors, educational sessions and workshops, demonstrations, networking opportunities, kids’ activities and more. 

“There will be lots of food to sample, animals to see and opportunities to learn about anything you may be interested in, from apples and zucchinis to cows and alpacas,” expo board of directors member Gail McWilliam Jellie said. 
An industry trade show will showcase around 100 exhibitors, including the three founding sponsors of the expo — UNH Cooperative Extension, New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, and New Hampshire Department of Agriculture — and other organizations, such as New Hampshire Made, New Hampshire Farmers Market Association, New Hampshire Food Alliance and others. There will also be a number of farms, farm equipment suppliers and vendors offering New Hampshire-made products. 
“For people in the industry, the benefit of the trade show is to network and get in touch with others with similar interests and see what’s new as far as equipment and technology,” McWilliam Jellie said. “For the general public, it’s a chance to see what the people in this industry are involved with and how they can be a part of it if they’re interested.” 
Educational sessions and workshops will cover topics for gardeners, including an introduction to permaculture, garden pollinators, food preservation and safety, edible gardens and landscapes, planning a school garden program and building a successful market garden; topics for farmers, such as seed starting and propagation, starting a hydroponic growing system, farm accounting and taxes, farm enterprise analysis, grazing basics and dairy goat farming; and forestry topics, such as developing a forest management plan, chainsaw operation and maintenance and an introduction to invasive plants for small woodlot owners. 
Other sessions will cover a variety of topics, such as preserving old barns, processing wool, using goats for service and therapy and starting a women’s agricultural network in New Hampshire. 
“There are workshops for all different levels,” McWilliam Jellie said, “from people with experience who are looking for more experience, to people who are doing things at home and are looking for an opportunity to grow, to people who are just getting started and exploring their options.” 
Additionally, there will be demonstrations for rug braiding and spinning, a demonstration with live falcons and a 4-H petting area with live animals. 
Visitors of all ages are invited to play Farmo, a bingo-like game in which participants are given a list of questions to have answered by participating exhibitors in the trade show. Those who complete the game will get a prize. 
The younger crowd can enjoy all kinds of fun activities in the Kid Zone, including crafts like Valentine’s bird feeders, hemp keyrings, strawberry DNA necklaces and gardening projects; games like Clucking Cups and a goat cart pull; and educational programs with Wildlife Encounters and 4-H. 
“The activities aren’t just for kids from farm families. They’re for all kids,” McWilliam Jellie said. “It’s a very family-focused event and a good opportunity for families to learn together.”

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