"Thirty Years: Showcasing Success & Innovation" is the theme of the 30th annual New Hampshire Farm & Forest Exposition, which will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, N.H., February 8-9.
At "New Hampshire's Greatest Winter Fair," there is always something for everyone.
There's the infamous FARMO game for kids of all ages, great exhibitors to visit, and interesting education sessions where you can learn something new. There will be student demonstrations, animals, and an auction or two as well.
The presenting sponsors for the 2013 NH Farm & Forest Expo are the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, the New Hampshire Division of Forests & Lands and the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food.
As a nonprofit organization, a volunteer board of directors representing agriculture and forestry interests statewide oversees the annual operation of the exposition.
Admission price is $7 per person; ages 15 and under are admitted for free. Save $1 off the admission price by bringing two nonperishable food items to be donated to the New Hampshire Food Bank.
Friday, February 8 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, February 9 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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Friday, February 8
8:30 - 11:30 Managing Your Farmers' Market, presented by the NH Farmer's Market Association
9 a.m. - 12 Farm Labor: Rules & Regulations, Management Strategies, Apprenticeship, & Effective On-Farm Mentorship
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. From Forests to Fields: Ensuring Sustainable Production in a Changing Climate
10 a.m. - 12 How to Resurrect Your Dilapidated Barn
10 a.m. - 12 NH's Food Agriculture, Food & Markets Renaissance: Cultivating Synergy, Collaboration & Networks
12:30 - 5 NH Women in Agriculture Conference
1 - 3 NH Coverts Project Advisory Committee
1 - 4 NH Farm-to-Restaurant Connection
1:30 - 3:30 Animal Physical Therapy
2 - 3 How Sweet It Is!
4 - 6 Chain Saw Maintenance
5:15 - 6 Public Meeting
6 - 8 Annual Awards Ceremony & Celebration
Saturday, February 9
8 - 9:30 Annual Meeting of NH Local Agricultural Commissions
8 - 9:30 Soak Up the Rain with Rain Gardens
8 a.m. - 12 Whole Farm Planning for Specialty Crops
8:30 - 11 Equine Challenge
9 - 11 Raising Beef at Home: Calf Management for Best Results
9:30 - 11 Backyard Maple Sugaring: How to Make Your Own Maple Syrup
10 a.m. - 1 Transitioning From a Hobby to a Commercial Goat Dairy
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Starting Your Garden From Seed
12 - 4 Writing Rural NH
12:30 - 2:30 Successful Gardening at Schools, 4-H Clubs & Other Youth-Serving Organizations
1:30 - 3:30 NH Horse Council Meeting
2 - 4 Rural Energy for America & Value-Added Producer Grant Programs
For more information about the New Hampshire Farm & Forest Exposition, its programs, purposes or exhibitor opportunities, please contact:
Tori Berube, expo manager
NH Farm & Forest Expo
PO Box 2585, 25 Capitol St., Concord NH 03302-2585
Phone: 603-271-3788, Fax: 1-603-218-6455
You can also visit www.nhfarmandforestexpo.org to learn more.