We have resources for educators, gardeners, and producers. Stay connected through our monthly Education and Outreach eNewsletter, sign-up to receive updates on events and programs, borrow the only stream table available in New Hampshire, the Soil Tunnel, Gardening Tools or one of our Science Education Kits through our loan programs. Find a local farm and connect to partners that provide financial and technical assistance for growers.
Stream Table, Soil Tunnel, Science Kits
Education & Outreach
Curriculum, Funding, Service Learning
Sullivan County Conservation District (SCCD) owns a demonstration stream table thanks to a generous grant from New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The stream table is available to teachers or organization leaders to loan for their classroom or event.
This is a great hands on teaching tool to introduce or enhance a water unit, lesson, or event. It simulates the basic principles of river behavior, channel morphology, and sediment transport. The stream table will be delivered to your site and setup. It comes with instructions, tools and accessories, a curriculum aligned to NGSS, and an introductory lesson taught by SCCD staff.
Not sure how to use the Stream Table in your classroom? Check out the links below to get some ideas.
NH Curriculum - created by teachers in the Upper Valley
VT Curriculum - includes velocity activity
Video of the Stream Table in Action
Slide Show from Plainfield Elementary School
Student Journal from Charlestown Middle School
Picture Dictionary from Charlestown Middle School
Lesson ideas from EmRiver, the source of the stream table
To reserve the stream table or for more information please contact the Education and Outreach Specialist by phone or email and fill out the Rental Agreement.
The soil tunnel is available to teachers or organization leaders to loan for their classroom or event. It was realized because of a generous donation from a private donor.
This is a great hands on teaching tool to introduce or enhance a soils unit, lesson, habitat exploration, food webs, humans dependence on soil and use on parent nights. The outside depicts soil horizons, compost layers, and aquatic soil layers, while the inside depicts the underground world in a forest on one side and in a yard on the other side.
The soil tunnel will be delivered to your site and setup. It comes with flashlights and a lesson taught by SCCD staff as the schedule allows. We are working on creating an activities guide to go along with it.
It takes up a large space in the classroom when it is set-up (4' tall x 4' wide x 8' long) and is made out of PVC pipe and fabric. It is available for use outdoors as well under tents or on days with no chance of rain.
To reserve the soil tunnel or for more information please contact the Education and Outreach Specialist by phone or email and fill out the Rental Agreement.
Do you want to bring your students outside but don't have the resources to do so? Sullivan County has educational kits that include resources and curriculum guides for studying aquatic life, water quality, woody plants, and forest ecosystems for loan. If we don't have what you need, we will help you find it! Just let us know!
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
The newsletter is chock full of all the happenings here in Sullivan County, NH related to education and outreach. It contains spotlights on teachers, student projects and partners, summaries and links to curricula, grants, and funding opportunities, information about upcoming events, photos, and more!
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We have been compiling resources on specific topics for use by educators and community members. These pages list organizations, people, webpages, tools, and apps that are relevant to each topic. If you don't see the topic you are interested in here, contact us and we would be happy to create a resource page for you.
Find support on the local, county, state, and federal levels including small and large scale production tools, agricultural workshops and meetings, and plant sales.
Garden Tools, Farming Tools, Cider Making Tools
NRCS, Farm Bureau,
SMALL GARDEN TOOLS
We have a handful of tools for loan for small gardens including: Weeding, sowing, hand-tilling and spraying tools. The broadfork, flame weeder, and various seeders are hand tools, while the tank sprayer attaches to a ride-on mower or ATV. There is no charge for rental, but we will ask for a deposit for off campus use of these tools. The rental period is 1-2 weeks.
FARM EQUIPMENT RENTALS
Cheshire County Conservation District located in Walpole, NH has larger tools for rent.
Wood Ash and Lime Spreader
ZRX No-till Corn Planter with Roller Crimpers
Check their website for Prices, Rental Agreements, and Contact Information.
Events & Workshops Mailing List
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Order fruit trees, berry bushes, vegetables and an assortment of trees, shrubs and pollinator plants for your farm or yard. Pick them up all at one place.
We maintain a small amount of micronutrients and other soil amendments for sale to the public. Check back for more information soon.
Need funding, technical assistance or general support? Check out what the local offices of these organizations have to offer.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - Federal Assistance Programs including EQUIP and AMA. The Walpole Field Office serves both Cheshire and Sullivan Counties. 11 Industrial Park Drive, Walpole, NH 03608; (603) 756-2988
Sullivan County Farm Bureau - The New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation is a membership organization dedicated to advocating for and educating the public about agriculture. Great resources and support for farmers of all ages and experience levels. Dennis McClary of Langdon; 603-835-6844
UNH Cooperative Extension - Sullivan County Office is located in Newport, NH. Contact: Seth Wilner, Agricultural Business Management Field Specialist; 603-863-9200;
Small and Beginning Farmers of NH (SBFNH) - a farmer to farmer network with the goals of connecting farmers and the community, sharing ideas and information, and accessing technical assistance and agricultural education.
Farmer's Market Legal Toolkit - includes legal resources, best practice recommendations, and case studies for market leaders on selecting and enhancing business structures, accepting SNAP benefits, and managing common risks.
Vital Communities keeps a list of many of the farmer's markets, farm stands, and CSAs in the in the Upper Valley. Check out their Eat Local page and search by products or places. You can also find which restaurants, stores, and schools serve or sell local products. We have highlighted the ones we know of in Sullivan County below.
Community Gardens, Garden Clubs
Farms, Farmer's Markets, Community Supported Agriculture
Restaurants & Schools serving local produce
Growing your own food is as local as it gets and is a great way to conserve resources. If you don't have the space or sunlight to grow in your own yard, you might consider connecting with a local Community Garden or joining a Garden Club.
SCCD Community Garden, Unity NH
Claremont Community Garden
Grantham Garden Club
If you know of any other community gardens in Sullivan County that are not listed above, please let us know.
Want to create your own Community Garden? UNH Cooperative Extension has a great resource to get you started: Community Gardening in NH: From the Ground Up.
Support local agriculture by buying produce and products at Farmer's Markets, becoming part of a CSA, picking your own food, or buying local products at area businesses.
Farms, Markets, Stands, CSAs
Claremont Farmer's Market, Claremont, NH
Newport Farmer's Market, Newport, NH
Beaver Pond Farm Stand, Newport, NH
Hemingway Farm CSA, Charlestown, NH
Meat producers -
Veggie Producers -
Shops & Grocery Stores
Claremont Spice and Dry Goods
100 Mile Market
Pick Your Own
Strawberries - Edgewater Farm, Cornish; Peachblow Farm, Charlestown
Blueberries - Newport
Raspberries - Beaver Pond Farm, Newport; Riverview Farm, Plainfield
Apples - Riverview Farm, Plainfield
Pumpkins - Riverview Farm, Plainfield
If you know of any other places in Sullivan County to buy local that are not listed above, please let us know.
These restaurants and eateries serve local produce and products. These schools are part of the Farm to School Program that utilizes local, seasonal produce.
Common Man, Claremont, NH
If you know of any other places in Sullivan County to eat local that are not listed above, please let us know.