I just received the following note from Pooh Sprague, and it’s worth sharing. Please consider joining the NH Vegetable & Berry Growers’ Association, and adding your voice to this group!
I am writing on behalf of the New Hampshire Vegetable and Fruit Growers Association, hoping that you might consider joining our organization. We are an organization currently about 100 members strong, at least 75% of the membership being boots on the ground growers and the balance of the membership Extension Educators and tradespeople. Our goal is one that is primarily informational , but our organization does several things. We work with Cooperative Extension in developing the twilight meetings about the state, trying to highlight some of the diversity, size and techniques of New Hampshire vegetable and small fruit growers. Our annual dues defray the cost of our annual meeting held in March, the facility rental and speaker honorariums. We contribute monies from our treasury to relevant research projects being conducted by Extension Educators at the University of New Hampshire, as well as occasionally contributing scholarship monies to students aspiring to careers in hort and agriculture.
The face of agriculture in the Northeast has been dramatically altered in the last 25 years. In NH a vibrant economy has grown around, smaller, highly diversified crop paradigms, direct marketing, developing sales niches and a diversity of conventional and organic techniques that are constantly evolving. By joining our organization you can help make an impact and direct the types of information and research made by our extension educators. Most importantly you can develop an individual network of farming acquaintances. It goes without saying that on my farm I never had a good original idea I didn’t learn from somebody else; and I have found over the years that there is as commonality that all growers share, be they certified organic or conventional. We share much more than what it is that makes us different.
So please consider joining this organization. More than your dues, we need your voice.
Pooh Sprague, Pres
New Hampshire Fruit and Vegetable Growers