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How Sweet It Is!

How Sweet It Is:
A family friendly presentation about the fascinating, and important, Honey Bee
Saturday, February 4th, 2017 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Durham Public Library 49 Madbury Road
The Durham Agricultural Commission is pleased to present New Hampshire Beekeeper Wendy Booth. Wendy will share her excitement for keeping bees and talk about the fascinating life of the Honey Bee. We will laugh and learn and laugh some more. Wendy is past President of the NH Beekeepers, 2008 Beekeeper of the Year, featured on NH Chronicle, NH Magazine and NPR and has award winning bee photos in national magazines. There will be honey for tasting and honey recipes to take home. If you are thinking of keeping bees, enjoy gardening or love to hear about nature…this will be a great presentation.
For more information, please contact Theresa Walker of the Durham Agricultural Commission at 659-7226,

Preserve your Harvest

It’s not too early to start thinking about your garden and subsequently how to get the most nutrition and enjoyment from your harvest.  Dover Adult Learning Center is offering 3 food preservation classes.  The classes: Pressure Canning, Jams-Waterbath Canning and Salsa Waterbath Canning are all offered at Dover High School starting the end of March and running through April.  The cost for Non-Dover residents is $35.00 per class.(Dover residents pay $30.00)   Each class is just one night from 6:30-8:30.  To register contact Dover Adult Learning Center


Don’t miss this opportunity to keep enjoying summer all winter long!

21 pints of canned tomatoes

21 pints of canned tomatoes

Water Reminder

If you are watering, PLEASE remember to turn off both the spray nozzle AND the faucet.  We are using well water and need to conserve as much as possible. Every drip counts!!

Garden Work Day Sat. June 11,2016

Timberland employees help build our compost units.We have a Work Day this Saturday from 9 – noon. (Note new time!) One of many tasks will be putting together 3 more new picnic tables. If you can help with that task and have the following tools, please join us. Tools needed  – A  9/16″ socket or hex wrench;  a 3/8″ drill bit and portable drill (with battery charged!); a pair of pliers.

If you are new to the garden and didn’t attend the orientation in April, we will offer another one this Saturday at 9:00.  Meet at the shed.

Soon to be Rhubarb

Hello Gardeners,  In spite of snow set backs, Spring planting season has arrived.  Our garden opening and first work day is this Saturday April 16 from 1-4.  Although we won’t be planting rhubarb (it’s a perennial) , rhubarb is one of those quintessential early season crops.  Others that you can plant in your beds are spinach, peas, lettuces, and radishes  Wait to plant tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, eggplant –all warm loving crops.  It’s always a temptation to get those plants into the ground, especially since they look so beautiful in the nurseries.  Be sure to check seed packets and plant labels to avoid disappointment.  See you in the garden!  Ellen


Cosmos: A Flower for All Bees

For years we’ve enjoyed Erika Hunter’s beautiful Cosmos in her bed at the top of the garden.  I have seen so many people posing for photos in front of them.  Now I discover how important that planting is for all the bees, both honey bees and native bees.  Take a look at this article from Honey Bee Suite, an excellent website about all things bee.

Thank you Erika!  We look forward to your Cosmos again this season.



“Bag It” Free Film Showing

Dear Gardeners, this may be an event of interest:

According to the Earth Policy Institute, 100 billion plastic bags pass through the hands of U.S. consumers every year—almost one bag per person each day, and enough bags that when laid end to end, could circle the Equator 1,330 times.
Where do these bags and other plastics end up, and at what coast to our environment, marine life and human health?
On Thursday, January 7th at 6:30pm, join the Oyster River Sustainability Committee and Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation for a free showing of the award winning documentary “Bag It” , at the Oyster River High School, in Durham, NH.