Merrimack County Conservation District’s
2019 Annual Dinner
Schedule of Events
6:00 Welcome, Social Time, and Appetizers
6:30 Dinner & Beech Hill ice cream!
Marinated chicken, pulled pork,
macaroni & cheese, and a
garden salad, catered by Mink
Hills Catering of Warner, NH
7:00 2018 Year in Review and Awards
7:30 Presentation: “The Return of the “Merrimack Wonder”
A sweet pepper variety was
developed at UNH in the 1930s,
however it went extinct in NH
when the Merrimack Farmers’
Exchange closed in the 1980s.
Seeds were found in NY a few
years ago. In just three years,
about 4,000 seeds have been
propagated and are currently being
distributed around NH!
8:00 Wrap Up and Door Prizes!
About the Presenter:
Tom Curren is the Executive Director of the Franklin Land Trust in Shelbourne Falls, MA. He served as vice president and later trustee at the Crotched Mountain Foundation, executive director and president of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, and as conservation program director of the Pew Charitable Trust’s Northeast Land Trust Consortium, where he helped fund the conservation of 830,000 acres in New England and in Amish country.
Tom has lived in New England all his life, in NH for the past 50 years. He’s gardened and farmed in Belmont, Canaan, Bridgewater, and now currently in Danbury with his wife, Kathy Neustadt, where they keep Hereford
cattle, Romney sheep, a flock of New Hampshire Red hens and tend a 30-tree orchard and large gardens.
Tom has been a local selectman, town moderator, and town historian (he has written four town histories). He enjoys
researching and performing NH farm songs written between 1790-1890.
He presently serves on the board of Old Sturbridge Village and chairs the board of Folk New England, a traditional music archive housed at the University of Massachusetts Library at Amherst.
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