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Sullivan County Conservation District

 95 County Farm Rd. Unity, NH 03743

 603-542-9511 x269

Resources

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.

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For Educators

Loan Programs

Stream Table, Soil Tunnel, Science Kits

 

Newsletter

Education & Outreach

Upcoming Programs

Resource Lists

Curriculum, Funding, Service Learning

Loan Programs

STREAM TABLE

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.

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.

 

SOIL TUNNEL

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.

SCIENCE KITS

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!

Forest Floor

Exploration

Woody Plant Investigation

Aquatic Life

Study

Water Quality Testing

What lives in the leaf litter? Where do all those leaves disappear to over the winter? How does matter and energy move though the forest ecosystem?  These are great questions to ask and explore.

Kit includes:

  • Leaf Litter Guides

  • Bug Boxes with lens

  • Leaf litter sifters

  • Fungus and lichen guides

  • Collection containers

  • Activity guide

What kind of trees are in the forest? How old are those trees? What can the trees tell us about past land-use? Learn the story of the forest through observations. A great study for wintertime.  

Kit includes:

  • Plant presses

  • Tree cores and wood cookies for aging trees

  • Laminated leaves for identification

  • Various tree ID guides​

  • Activity guide

Connect stream critters to water quality monitoring or study adaptations of aquatic organisms.  Get your hands and feet wet as you explore the creatures that live underwater.  

Kit includes:

  • Small and large dip nets

  • Buckets and containers for collecting and organizing

  • Identification guides

  • Strainers

  • Activity guide

Give your local water source a check-up! Survey the habitat and test water chemistry. 

Kit includes:

  • Water Quality Educator and Monitoring Outfit from Lamotte.

  • Complete test kits for temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, low-range phosphates, total alkalinity, and turbidity.

  • Lesson plans for grades 5-8 and 9-12

  • Field Test Cards

 
Newsletter

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!

We want this to be a great resource for subscribers, so we would love for you to contribute stories and photos of your own as well as share any articles or resources that you have found to be useful in implementing place-based education (PBEE) in the Sullivan County.  

If you would like to submit an article to the newsletter or blog, please contact Dawn Dextraze: ddextraze@sullivancountynh.gov. You can subscribe or unsubscribe at any time.

Stay connected to Sullivan County programs and resources by signing up to receive our monthly Education and Outreach Newsletter.  

eNewsletter

August 2019

Stream Exploration

September 2019

Discover County Lands

November 2019

Grateful Hearts

October 2019

Harvest Time

 
Other Resources

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.

 

For Producers

Find support on the local, county, state, and federal levels including small and large scale production tools, agricultural workshops and meetings, and plant sales.

Equipment Rentals

Garden Tools, Farming Tools, Cider Making Tools

Newsletters

Upcoming Events

Conservation

Other Resources

NRCS, Farm Bureau,

Plant Sale

 
Equipment Rentals

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. 

They include:

  • No-till Seeder

  • Wood Ash and Lime Spreader            

  • Aerway Aerator

  • Roller Crimper

  • Subsoiler

  • Penetrometer

  • ZRX No-till Corn Planter with Roller Crimpers

Check their website for Prices, Rental Agreements, and Contact Information.

 
Newsletters

Events & Workshops Mailing List

Be the first to know about agriculture and natural resources related programming in Sullivan County as well as get seasonal updates on current SCCD projects and volunteer needs by signing up to be on our mailing list.  This is separate from the monthly Education and Outreach newsletter. 

Natural Resources Conservation Service Newsletter

Get the latest conservation news from around the nation and stay up-to-date on best practices and funding opportunities for farmers.  Sign-up Now!

 
Other Resources

SCCD Spring Plant Sale

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. 

Micronutrient Depot

We maintain a small amount of micronutrients and other soil amendments for sale to the public. Check back for more information soon.

Farming Support

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; seth.wilner@unh.edu

  • 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.

 

For Consumers

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.

Grow Local

Community Gardens, Garden Clubs

Buy Local

Farms, Farmer's Markets, Community Supported Agriculture 

Eat Local

Restaurants & Schools serving local produce

 
Grow Local

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.  

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.

 
Buy Local

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

  • Hannaford's

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. 

 
Eat Local

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.