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Annual Winter Conference in North Sutton

Published: 12/13/2019 6:24:24 PM
Modified: 12/13/2019 6:24:11 PM
North Sutton Annual Winter Conference

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire is proud to present its eighteenth Annual Winter Conference to be held Feb. 8, at Kearsarge Regional High School in North Sutton. The day will be packed with over 40 workshops and a captivating keynote address by Steve Gabriel, author of Silvopasture: A Guide to Managing Grazing Animals, Forage Crops, and Trees in a Temperate Farm Ecosystem and co-author of Farming The Woods. Gabriel’s keynote address will discuss the vital role silvopasture can play in reversing climate change, and he will offer a series of technical, intensive workshops throughout the day as well. This vibrant gathering will also feature the NOFA-NH Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, ample opportunities for networking with local farmers, gardeners and presenters, and a robust Green Market Fair, where attendees can buy and have books signed and taste, smell, see, and buy local wares. The day’s lineup also includes a midday panel discussion on herbicide and pesticide use. Join nearly 500 supporters of the local, organic movement as we learn from the experts and we all look towards celebrating the arrival of spring and our next growing season. Conference registration includes organic and locally-sourced meals and snacks catered by The Crust and Crumb Baking Company. For more details and registration, visit

FranklinFranklin First Day

New Year’s Day, kayaks, and the rushing rapids of the Winnepesaukee River all converge in Franklin for what has become a tradition, First Day Franklin. Jan. 1, 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of kayakers splashing and slicing through snow and ice-filled class IV rapids to usher in a new year. Each year more spectators gather to see the sight. Downtown businesses will be open for eating, drinking, and shopping. Paddlers will take to the water between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. with novice and intermediate boaters paddling the “Upper” Winnipesaukee from Route 140 to the Train Station in Northfield. Advanced boaters will paddle the “Lower” Winnipesaukee from Cross Mill Road in Northfield to downtown Franklin taking out at Trestle View Park. Choose Franklin invites all businesses, organizations and groups to be a part of the festivities. Inform spectators of your winter activities, and help welcome the Merrimack Valley Paddlers and Friends of Winnipesaukee River as they paddle down the river in Franklin, Northfield and Tilton. Spectators are encouraged to attend, with best viewing at Trestle View Park, which is the take out point for paddlers on the lower section of the river. The park will feature a heated tent with coffee, cocoa, cider, chili and “Hoppin’ John” from many local organizations Spectators can walk, snowshoe or ski to viewing areas on the Winnipesaukee River Trail to watch paddlers coming down the class III and IV rapids. Choose Franklin is the main sponsor. Franklin Fire Department, Franklin Parks & Recreation, Aubuchon Hardware and Franklin Storage Company provide supplies, tables, heat and electricity for the event tent. For more information, to reserve a table for your organization, to volunteer to help with the tent or refreshments, to be a sponsoring partner, contact Dan Darling at 380-0246 or

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