For its 34th year, known as the state’s greatest winter fair, the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo will feature many exhibitors along with free educational workshops.
Sponsored by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, the state’s Division of Forest and Lands, and Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, the annual exposition will hold sessions and meetings that include a backyard and suburban maple production and backyard crop tree maintenance.
The sessions will also feature a conversation about the future of New Hampshire’s farmers markets and other topics such as accepting SNAP EBT and encouraging SNAP purchases.
Other subjects in the educational sessions will offer advice on chainsaw safety, food preservation and using social media. Also featured at the expo, the Bingo-style game, F.A.R.M.O. (Farm & Forest, Animals, Rural Characters, Millions of Laughs and Obvious Fun!), sponsored by the New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom and Granite State Future Farmers of America, will help attendees and children learn about the conference’s exhibitors while winning prizes.
The Annual Awards Ceremony recognizes industry leaders and their contributions that will include:
- Andrew L. Felker Memorial Award for leadership in promoting the growth and prosperity of New Hampshire agriculture.
- Fred E. Beane Memorial Award for fair, accurate and effective reporting of news and issues impacting farming and forestry in the state.
- Stephen H. Taylor Leadership Award for Agriculture Professionals for individuals and businesses that are promoting consumer awareness to ag issues.
- Farms of Distinction, a program of the NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food that annually recognizes those New Hampshire Farms that go the extra mile to keep their busy farmsteads neat and attractive, thereby portraying a positive image for New Hampshire agriculture.
- Green Pastures Dairy Farm of the Year program show cases outstanding dairy farms throughout New England.
- The Tree Farmer of the Year Award is presented to a landowner who has shown exceptional forest management in the Tree Farm Program. The awards ceremony will also feature a silent auction.
Admission is $7 with children 15 and under admitted free. Attendees with two non-perishable food items for the New Hampshire Food Bank will receive a $1 discount. The expo begins 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Feb. 17 and 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 18.