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Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Strafford County Conservation District Annual Dinner

The Strafford County Conservation District Board
Cordially Invites you to the Annual Dinner Meeting
Thursday, August 13, 2009, starting at 4:15 PM
The Gagne Farm, 53 Rochester Hill Road, Rochester, NH

Come and tour this wonderful property that was recently placed under conservation easement. Meet the land owners, forester and others that help landowners with the management of property. Bring your children, but please leave your dog at home.

Making the Agriculture Connections between Farms and Consumers is the theme of this annual meeting. How Fairs, Farm Days, & Farmers Markets help ensure agricultural vitality and promote local farms, keep land in agricultural use, & local food in regional supply.

John Carroll, Professor of Environmental Conservation at UNH and author of “The Wisdom of Small Farms & Local Food” and Joe Marquette of Yellow House Farm in Barrington, a raiser of Heritage Poultry will talk about their efforts to promote local agriculture and educate people in order to involve them with local foods.

We will again have a “Chicken Barbecue.” We will provide the chicken, soft drinks and coffee. You bring a main dish, salad or hors’doeuvres, or dessert according to your place in the alphabet. So we don’t get too much of the same thing, we are asking those with last names starting with A to H to bring a salad or hors’doeuvres; those beginning with I to Q to bring dessert, and those beginning with R to Z to bring a main dish. The cost is $5.00 per Adult & $3.00 for Children under 12.

4:15 - 5:30 Registration, Social (meet the land owners and their alpacas) or walk the property by way of the woods roads on your own or as a group.
4:30 – 5:30 Tour of the farm and forestry with the Forester, Charlie Moreno & UNH Cooperative Extension Wildlife Educator, Emma Carcagno
5:30 - 6:00 Welcome and Introductions - Mark Perry, Chair
6:00 - 6:45 Chicken Barbecue
6:45 - 7:10 Brief Business Meeting, Awards & Presentations (Cooperator of the Year)
7:10 - 8:20 Speakers: John Carroll, professor of Envir. Educ. at UNH & Joe Marquette, Yellow House Farm
8:30 - 8:45 Door Prizes / Raffle Drawing
For information or questions, please call: (603) 749-3037

Mail Registration for SCCD Annual Dinner Meeting Names of Attendees (please print, we use this information to make the name tags):
Phone: ( )_______-__________
Address: ____________________________ Town: _______________ State: _____ Zip: _________-_______

Cost: ($5 for each Adult & $3 for each Child under 12) x number attending = Amount Enclosed $________ Affiliations (mark all that apply) _____: Town Official/Employee _____: County Official/Employee _____: State/Federal Agency _____: Land Owner/ Land User _____: District Cooperator _____: Strafford County Resident _____: Other _______________________________________

Please register by August 6, 2009. After that date, we can’t guarantee space, but please call for availability. Please mail registration form and check to: Strafford County Conservation District, 259 County Farm Rd, Unit #3, Dover, NH 03820 Make checks payable to: Strafford County Conservation District

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