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UNH Extension Service Offers Free Seeds to School Garden Programs



Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Managers of New Hampshire school gardens can celebrate the coming spring with free seeds this year.

For the first time, New Hampshire master gardeners and the University of New Hampshire Extension Service are offering seeds — some organic and some conventional — at no cost for school and youth gardens around the state.

For now, organizations are limited to 15 seed packets each, but more may be available in the future.

To order vegetable, flower and herb seeds, visit bit.ly/2lTAmwt.

For more information, contact master gardener Gary Sheehan at Garyshe@comcast.net.

Kitchen and Garden Learning Opportunities

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center will host a cooking course, “Cooking for Life: Spaghetti Squash and Red Cabbage Combo,” to show participants a variety of ways to use spaghetti squash and how to make a red cabbage salad tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Led by Irene H. Yuan and Sandy Chan, the free course will be held at the center at 46 Centerra Parkway in Lebanon.

For more information or to register, visit dartmouth-hitchcock.org/aging_resource_center/eventdetail/31891920593.

The Windsor Chapter of the University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener program will host a potluck meet and greet and educational program at Cobb Hill Cohousing in Hartland on Sunday from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

The program will include a presentation, Beyond Perennials: Using Woody Plants, Art, Stone and Whimsy to Enhance Your Landscape, by garden writer and master gardener Henry Homeyer and a tour of Cobb Hill’s compost operation and food-producing gardens after lunch.

Participants are asked to bring a dish to share. The program is free to certified master gardeners and students. Members of the general public are asked to pay $5 to support chapter activities.

For more information or to help with the potluck, contact Helen Prussian at hprussian@comcast.net or 802-436-5950, or Cindy Heath at cheath58@gmail.com or 603-675-9123.

For more information about UVM’s Master Gardener program, visit uvm.edu/mastergardener.

The Vermont Community Garden Network is hosting a series of learning opportunities around the state this month called, Grow It! Statewide Garden Leader Workshops.

The workshops are aimed at helping participants to use community gardens to strengthen communities.

The Upper Valley workshop will take place at the Center for Transformational Practice in White River Junction on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Workshops cost $35, though a sliding scale cost structure is available upon request. To register, visit bit.ly/2mwBlGB.

For more information, call 802-861-4769 or email libby@vcgn.org.

The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society’s nutrition specialist Hannah Brilling will teach a free “Shopping and Cooking with Diabetes” course at the Culinary Learning Center at the Lebanon Co-op Food Store on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Brilling will guide participants in a tour of the store, looking at food labels. Then, she will demonstrate the preparation of a simple meal approved for people with diabetes.

To register and pay, visit the service at either the Hanover or Lebanon Co-op Food Stores, call 603-643-2667 or visit coopfoodstore.coop/culinary-learning-center-registration.

Benefit Meals

The Friends of the Norwich Public Library will host a soup and bread lunch to benefit the library at the Norwich Grange on Saturday, noon to 2.

The meal will include a variety of soups, bread from King Arthur Flour and desserts for $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12.

For more information, contact Margo Nutt at 802-649-7040 or margo.nutt@gmail.com.

The Fairlee Community Church of Christ will host a corned beef and cabbage supper on Saturday. There will be two seatings, at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Take-out meals will also be available.

The price of the meal is a suggested donation of $12.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 802-333-9507, or email eileennewton1@myfairpoint.net.

The Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society will host its annual Cabin Fever Italian Supper at 4832 Route 44 in West Windsor on Saturday in two seatings, at 5:30 and 7.

For a price of $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors, the meal will include a choice of meat or vegetable lasagna, as well as salad, fresh bread and dessert. The event is bring your own beverage, though light refreshments will be available.

The shelter will be open during the event so guests can visit the animals.

Meals can be purchased at the door on the day of the event or in advance by visiting lucymac.org or calling 802-484-5829.

Mold and Yeast

The Inn at Weathersfield will hold a craft beer and artisan cheese dinner, “A Fungi Goes to a Bold Feast of Mold and Wild Yeast II,” on Saturday at 6 p.m.

The menu features brews from Hermit Thrush Brewery in Brattleboro, Vt. and cheese from Woodcock Farm in Weston, Vt.

The cost of $85 per person includes food, beer, tax and gratuity, as well as 20 percent off the room rate of an overnight stay. For more information and to view the menu, visit weathersfieldinn.com/culinary-events.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at ndoyleburr@vnews.com or 603-727-3213.