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NOFA-NH and Canterbury Shaker Village Partner to Offer Seed Workshops

CANTERBURY — Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH) will offer two seed related workshops at the historic Canterbury Shaker Village on February 21 and 22.

"The Power of Seeds: Rebuilding Our Seed Heritage" will be offered on Friday, February 21 from 6-8 p.m. A Seed Production Technical Assistance Workshop for farmers and gardeners will be offered on Saturday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Matthew Goldfarb and Petra Page-Mann, Founders of Fruition Seeds, will instruct both workshops.

"The Power of Seeds: Rebuilding Our Seed Heritage" will focus on the history, significance and techniques of seed saving. Using simple tools, participants will have an opportunity to clean wet- and dry-seeded crops as well as bring home some seed. Participants can expect to come away inspired and empowered on how you can start saving seeds and be a part of rebuilding our seed heritage. The cost to attend is $12 for Canterbury Shaker Village and NOFA-NH members, $13.50 for not-yet-members and includes refreshments. Registration is limited to 60 people.

The Seed Production Technical Assistance Workshop will be a hands-on training program for NH organic farmers and gardeners that will teach the skills necessary for saving high-quality organic seed. The training program will take place for one full-day session and will combine classroom training with hands-on experience (seed cleaning) in important aspects of plant breeding and seed production. The cost to attend is $40 for Canterbury Shaker Village and NOFA-NH members, $45 for not-yet-members and includes lunch. Registration is limited to 50 people.

"Canterbury Shaker Village is pleased to be partnering with NOFA-NH to present these two agriculture related workshops at our historic site," noted Maisie Daly, Education Manager "The Shakers were pioneers in the field of agriculture and invented the seed packet. Hosting today's farmers to discuss and learn practical skills about how to maintain and build our seed heritage is in keeping with that legacy."

Fruition Seeds is committed to seed source transparency with a goal to help educate growers in locating seeds best suited to their needs and offer solutions to help manifest an economic, ecological, and cultural shift in the nation's food system. Co-founder and workshop instructor, Petra Page-Mann has worked for seed companies on both coasts, on homesteads and for a multinational seed company where she developed the skills, commitment and vision to revitalize our regional seed supply here in the Northeast. Co-founder and workshop instructor, Matthew Goldfarb began his career in farm-based education and sustainable food production and distribution systems in 1994. Since then he has studied and worked within this field in a number of positions including: the design and management of diversified farms, consulting work with farms and farm-education organizations, conducting small farms research at Cornell, teaching high school biology and agriculture, academic work in Rural Sociology. He holds a Masters in Business in Administration from Babson College.

"Teaching farmers, gardeners, land care professionals and consumers the art and importance of traditional seed breeding and saving is a direct way to ensure that more regionally regenerative, ecologically sound gardening, farming, and land care practices are being used throughout the state," noted Ray Conner, Beginning Farmer Program Coordinator, NOFA-NH. "Seed breeding and saving is a perfect next step in the evolution of organic agriculture in our state. I look forward to seeing some seed farms sprout up in NH."

To register for one or both of these workshops, visit www.shakers.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:24

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Sandwich Holding Winter Carnival Nordic Ski Race

SANDWICH — Sandwich will host it's second annual Winter Carnival Nordic ski race on Saturday, February 1 at 10:30 a.m. on Quimby Field in Center Sandwich. This is a fun classic style community race with all abilities welcome. There will be local high school competitors as well as all ages and abilities.
Race registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Parks and Recreation Department in Center Sandwich. No fee for entry.

For more information call/email Leo Greene, Parks and Recreation Director, (603) 284-6473/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Forestview Manor receives perfect score for 2nd consecutive year from surprise state inspection

MEREDITH — Earlier this month, Forestview Manor had its annual State Survey by the Department of Health and Human Services, and for the second year in a row, the facility received a perfect score.

“This survey confirms what we already knew—that our staff does a fantastic job taking care of our Residents,” said Executive Director Amanda Cook, RN. “These staff members are committed to the people in our care. They are not only careful to do everything to the highest possible quality standard, but they also go the extra mile to create an environment that is warm, comfortable, and homelike for our residents."

As always, the survey was unannounced, and the surveyor spent two days doing a thorough review of all aspects of operation, records, and resident care. Like last year, the surveyor continued to be impressed not only with the quality of care provided, and the level of excellence in the facilities operation, but also with the interactions he saw between staff and residents.

"I would like to thank the Forestview staff for their hard work and dedication—it shows," continues Cook. "Not only in something like a deficiency-free State survey, but also in the happiness and satisfaction of our residents and families every day.”

Forestview Manor is an assisted living facility offering a range of care, and specializing in care of Residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory loss. For more information on our community, please call 279-3121.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 09:52

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Deborah Leonard Kosits elected as new executive director of NHMF


PLYMOUTH — The New Hampshire Music Festival (NHMF) announced that it has elected Deborah Leonard Kosits as its new executive director. After serving as the interim executive director since September 2013, Kosits, a Meredith resident, was elected unanimously by the board of directors to take on a permanent role with the nonprofit.

"We are pleased to welcome Deb back to the festival family, and we look forward to an exciting future for our organization," said Board Chair Dick Hanaway. "Her leadership, insight and connection to the community have allowed us to explore new opportunities and expand in new directions, and her passion for music is evident from the moment you meet her."

Kosits has spent more than 30 years as an HR executive at Citibank and GE as well as having consulted for global firms, small businesses and nonprofits. Her consulting practice has focused on partnering with individuals and organizations to navigate change, transform and position themselves for growth. She was the founding board president of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, was president of the Festival's Friends Council in 2003-2004, and has consulted to a number of nonprofit organizations in the region. Raised in New York, Kosits' passion for music was cultivated by her dad, an avid fan of the Saturday Texaco Met Opera broadcasts. She studied piano through college and sang in the high school chorus.

"I'm truly excited to be working with the festival at such a crucial time, and I'm very optimistic about the future. We have incredible artistic direction in Donato Cabrera, a new relationship with Dan Perkins as director of choral activities and principal guest conductor, and a dedicated team of musicians, staff and board," said Kosits. "Our strategy to build a healthy and long-lasting festival focuses on broadening our reach, developing programming and venues that appeal to a wider audience, and collaborating with like-minded organizations. Success will be defined by our ability to engage all members of our communities, expanding our relationship with Plymouth State University and local businesses." Kosits will continue a limited executive coaching and consulting practice in addition to her role at NHMF.

In addition to appointing a new executive director, the NHMF board has announced that Dan Perkins will join the festival as principal guest conductor and director of choral activities. He is replacing Joel Johnson, who retired as conductor of the New Hampshire Music Festival Symphonic Chorus after 50 years of service.

"I'm incredibly pleased that Maestro Perkins is joining the NHMF family as our principal guest conductor. He brings an impressive musical expertise as well as a unique and valued connection to the local artistic community that will only strengthen and deepen NHMF's relationship to our beloved audiences and beyond," said Donato Cabrera, NHMF's music director.

Perkins has been a professor of music and director of choral activities at PSU for 23 years. He is founder and music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, music director of the Manchester Choral Society, and was principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet from 2004-2009, returning in November 2014 as conductor of the Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) Orchestra Festival. Perkins will have his Carnegie Hall conducting debut on April 20, 2014, with singers from Master Chorale, Manchester Choral Society, PSU Chorale and choirs from throughout the U.S.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 09:44

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