Introducing a summer series of workshops here on the farm! Come to the farm, learn real life skills, and make new friends!


TO SIGN UP:
Call 603-652-7840 to reserve your spot in any of these workshops.

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June 2: Knitting for Beginners

TIME – 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon • COST – $15 / $10 for members

Learn the basic stitch in knitting. Gather with beginners to learn how to knit a simple cotton dish cloth. Materials will be provided. Instructor: Mel Bailey


June 9: Knitting for Beginners

TIME – 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon • COST – $15 / $10 for members

Learn the basic stitch in knitting. Gather with beginners to learn how to knit a simple cotton dish cloth. Materials will be provided. Instructor: Mel Bailey


June 16: Preserving Foods Throughout the Centuries

TIME – 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon • COST – $15 / $10 for members

Whether salting, drying, canning, freezing … come discover the eleven ways there are to preserve food. Discover the secrets that you thought only Grandma knew. Historical docent Carolyn Chase will leave you clambering for more. Instructor: Carolyn Chase


June 23: Midwifery in the 1800’s: Part One

TIME – 10 a.m. to 12 noon • COST – $15 / $10 for members

How did the tavern keeper’s wife medically treat her hired hands and travelers when they were sick with fever? Or had an earache? A touch of arthritis? What herbs from the field were kept in her medicine cabinet to soothe the littlest patient or ease the pain of the eldest? You will discover the secrets from historical docent Carolyn Chase whose own great grandmother practiced midwifery in the 1800’s in New England! Instructor: Carolyn Chase


July 14: Explore the Night Sky

TIME – 7 to 10 p.m • COST – $15 / $10 for members

Come explore the night sky and observe the constellations. A short film will be shown to aid in constellation identification. Then, bring your own folding chair or blanket as we go into the field in search of Orion, the North Star, the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper and more! Instructor: Dave Maleham


July 21: A Walk Through the Woods

TIME – 10 a.m. to 12 noon • COST – $15 / $10 for members

Learn the basics of tree and forest life. Go for a walk through the forest and see what resources are available to sustain farm life. As the farmer walked along, he would be looking for what his woods provided – firewood for heat and cooking; lumber for buildings, fencing, crates, and furniture; wood ash for fertilizer and making soap; sawdust to store ice; nuts and berries as food for people and animals; maples for syrup and sugar; and a shady place to rest from work in open fields. The farmer needed to identify trees and how they could be used. Come see how farms and forests go together! Instructor: Dr. Walter Shortle, Retired Research Scientist, U.S. Forest Service


July 28: Jam Making for Beginners

TIME – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. • COST – $15 / $10 for members

If you enjoy freshly picked berries from local farms in the Border Villages, you will appreciate their fine taste in the wintertime, too! Come learn how to make raspberry jam using just a few simple ingredients. Bring a bag lunch. We’ll supply the materials. Surprise your family with your own take home jar! Instructor: Lisa Boyle


August 4: Midwifery in the 21st Century. Part 2

TIME – 10 a.m. to 12 noon • COST – $15 / $10 for members

What is it like to be a home birth midwife in the 21st century? Come chat with are resident Amy Darling, Certified Midwife and Village Herbalist. She will share her thoughts on giving birth at home and information about effective natural remedies that can be grown in your garden or collected in nature for use in the child bearing years. Instructor, Amy Darling, Certified Midwife


August 11: Explore the Night Sky

TIME – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. • COST – $15 / $10 for members

Come and explore the night sky and observe the constellations. A short film will be shown to aid in constellation identification. Then, bring your own folding chair or blanket as we go into the field in search of Orion, the North Star, the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper and more. Instructor: Dave Maleham


August 18: A Walk Through the Woods

TIME – 10 a.m. to 12 noon. • COST – $15 / $10 for members

Ever wonder why farmers’ fields always bordered forests in New England? The deciduous forests that border the Jones farm at the New Hampshire Farm Museum offers the farmer a variety of resources to sustain farm life. Bring your sneakers or hiking shores as we explore the forests surrounding the farm. Look for trees that provided the farmer with lumber for buildings, fencing, crates, and furniture. Identify trees that provided the farmer with maple syrup and sugar, or wood ash for fertilizer and soap. Instructor: Dr. Walter Shortle, Retired Research Scientist, U.S. Forest Service


August 25: Canning for Beginners

TIME – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. • COST – $15 / $10 for members

Learn to turn locally grown produce into winter time dinner fare with local cooking legend Lisa Boyle. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to have a full supply of canned veggies in your own pantry just like Emma Jones had. We’ll supply the ingredients and materials. Bring a bag lunch. Surprise your family with your own take home canned jar! Instructor: Lisa Boyle.


September 15: A Walk Through the Woods.

TIME – 10 a.m. to 12 noon • COST – $15 / $10 for members

What inspired the poetry of Robert Frost when he lived at his farms in Derry and Franconia? Poems like Birches, Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening,, Mending Wall, Apple Picking … Learn the basics of tree and forest life. Go for a walk through the forest with area resident Walter Shortle and see firsthand what resources are available. Get a glimpse of some of the nature that inspired Robert Frost. Look for the woods that provided the farmer with all he needed to have a successful farm. Bring your sneakers or walking shoes. Instructor: Dr. Walter Shortle, Retired Research Scientist, U.S. Forest Service


September 22: A Ghost Walk to the Graveyard

TIME – 10 a.m. to 12 noon • COST – $15 / $10 for members

Four generations of the same family lived at the Jones farm on what was once the Stage Road in Milton, New Hampshire. Many travelers were welcomed to their tavern in the 1800’s as well. Listen to storyteller Mel Bailey, a descendant of Sally Wallingford Jones, as he recounts a few inside stories not generally shared with the public. Then join Mel as he leads you to the revered Jones and Plummer Cemetery. When you return, you will enjoy a New England harvest treat of Indian pudding and mulled cider. Instructor: Mel Bailey