2020-02-03: Gardening now official part of Farm & Forest Expo2020-02-03T07:57:16-04:00


Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
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Gardening now official part of Farm & Forest Expo

A popular stop for Granite Staters who love just about anything that grows has a new name. Now in its 37th year, the New Hampshire Farm, Forest and Garden Expo has rebranded itself to include “Garden” as part of both its name and focus.

“We found that some people mistakenly think that you need livestock to be a farmer or acres of trees to own a forest,” said A.J. Dupere, chair of the N.H. Farm, Forest and Garden Expo and urban forester at the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands. “Adding ‘Garden’ to the name of the event more accurately explains what our attendees are interested in, as well as the focus of the expo’s exhibits and programming.”

Three divisions from the N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources are participating at this year’s Expo, which is considered “New Hampshire’s Greatest Winter Fair” and is a bright spot on the calendar as people prepare for spring and summer.

The Division of Forests and Lands’ exhibit will have a display showing how to measure a tree for its wood volume, hands-on access to equipment used for land surveying, an interactive display showing the location of state lands and a quiz board with prizes. Smokey Bear will also be making hourly appearances.

Forests and Lands has also provided the Expo Kidzone with white pine plaques and other supplies that younger visitors can use to make heart-shaped string art for Valentine’s Day.

As part of its outreach for the “2021-2025 State Historic Preservation Plan,” Division of Historical Resources’ staff will gather input from attendees about the state’s historic preservation future. John Porter, author of “Preserving Old Barns,” and timberframe expert Arron Sturgis will lead a discussion about the styles, construction and stewardship of New Hampshire’s historic barns and answer audience questions at a workshop.

The Division of Parks and Recreation will have information about its 93 parks, which are operationally self-funded. Attendees can purchase N.H. State Parks gift cards, which may be used for camping, park entrance fees, apparel, season passes and more.

The N.H. Farm, Forest and Garden Expo takes place Friday and Saturday, February 14 and 15, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester. Admission is $7; ages 13 and younger are admitted for free. Attendees may save $1 off admission by bringing at least one non-perishable item to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank.

For a list of activities and vendors at the N.H. Farm, Forest and Garden Expo, visit nhfarmandforestexpo.org.

The N.H. Farm, Forest and Garden Expo’s founding sponsors are the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands, the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.

The N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ five divisions are dedicated to protecting, preserving, promoting and managing the State’s natural and cultural resources. Together, they support New Hampshire’s high quality of life and strengthen the experiences of our residents and guests. Learn more at dncr.nh.gov.