Topic: News

Moose Mountains Farmer’s Market @ Branch Hill Farm this Summer!

Branch Hill Farm will be hosting the Mouse Mountains Farmers Market for three more dates this summer, July 1st, August 5, and Sept 2 from 3pm to 6pm.  Come see the lovely goods our local owned businesses produce! There will be entertainment provided by Alec Thomas and as always the public is welcome to enjoy our interactive Camsie Anna Nature Trail. 

 

Branch River Paddle set for May 21st

Branch River (Photo: Kate Wilcox )

Branch Hill Farm/Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust (BHF/CSFCT) and Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) are again offering local canoe and kayak enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a paddle on the beautiful Branch River in Milton Mills, NH. This 4-mile paddle along the scenic and winding Branch River will take place from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, May 21st. Due to its’ overwhelming popularity last year, participants will once again partake in a hike along the lovely trails on Branch Hill Farm passing through forests and fields back to the launch site while the kayaks/canoes will be trucked back from the upper end of Milton Three Ponds. The walk back is approximately 1 hour. Lunch will be offered to all the participants walking along the trail to either sit and enjoy or take with them for later.
This year’s guest speaker will be Nels Liljedahl, Outreach Coordinator for the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Nels graduated from the University of Maine in Orono in 1981 with degrees in Environmental Science, Forestry and Park and Recreation Management and has served as the District Conservationist for Carroll and Belknap counties. Most recently Nels has spent time in Palau through NRCS working to battle the grave issue of erosion the small pacific country faces. Nels will be speaking on what makes up a “watershed” and how certain activities on the upper reaches can impact the drinking water below.
Paddlers will need to bring their own kayaks or canoes and wear US Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices. This event is extremely popular, and spaces are limited, so early registration is advised. Registration can be found online here. A $15 per person donation is suggested. There is no rain date and pets are not permitted.
Branch Hill Farm/Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust works to conserve farm and forest lands and to educate the public about sound forestry, conservation, and agricultural practices; see www.branchillfarm.org .
MMRG, a non-profit land trust, works to conserve and connect important water resources, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitats, and recreational land in Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Wakefield, Wolfeboro, Ossipee, & Tuftonboro. Throughout the year, both BHF and MMRG offer many educational opportunities to inform all ages about the benefits of our region’s natural resources. For more information and a calendar of upcoming events, visit www.mmrgnh.org

Branch Hill Farm to dedicate newly created “Camsie Anna Nature Trail”

On May 7th, Branch Hill Farm/Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust (BHF/CSFCT) will dedicate the newly created “Camsie Anna Nature Trail” at Branch Hill Farm. This 1.3-mile loop through field and forest, features 20+ learning stations enabling participants, young and old, to interact with nature and the farm as they tour the property. Key stops along the route include the Preservation Orchard; pollinator gardens; a scenic spot along the Salmon Falls River; and a BHF sustainably managed forest.  There is also a posted children’s read-a-long sponsored by Milton Free Public Library.

 

The trail is dedicated in memory of Camsie Anna Thickett, (nee Siemon) whose life work was helping others as a mental health therapist.  Camsie discovered on her own the therapeutic power of long walks in the woods behind her home. She was expanding those trails to share with others the joy and wonders of immersing oneself in the sights, smells, and sounds of the natural world. Branch Hill Farm created this year-round trail to honor Camsie and to share her passion for the restorative power of nature with our local communities.

 

Immediately following the ribbon cutting will be a guided trail walk led by Licensed Forester Charlie Moreno, Executive Director Jared Kane, and Board Chair Cynthia Siemon Wyatt.

 

The event will take place 10 am – 12 pm on Saturday, May 7th. It is free and open to all ages. Refreshments will be provided. For more information and directions, contact Branch Hill Farm Executive Director Jared Kane at 603-473-2535 or email branchhillfarm@gmail.com.

 

Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust works to conserve farm and  forest lands and to educate the public about sound forestry, conservation, and agricultural practices; see www.branchillfarm.org.

 

Branch Hill Farm seeks Assistant Farm Manager to join team

ASSISTANT FARM MANAGER

Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust/ Branch Hill Farm

Milton Mills, NH 03852

 

Description

The Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust/Branch Hill Farm is seeking a motivated and knowledgeable person to assist in all aspects of the management and maintenance of the farm property and farm equipment at Branch Hill Farm located in Milton Mills, New Hampshire. Skilled and resourceful with an interest in sustainable forest and field management, the Assistant Farm Manager provides the attention and care involved in maintaining Branch Hill Farm’s conservation lands while fulfilling the purposes of the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust, a private operating foundation. The following are the stated purposes from Article II of Trust’s Organizational Document.

  1. to provide educational programs to the public concerning the preservation of fields, forests and wildlife;
  2. to preserve, protect, and maintain the fields and forests located on the Real Property;
  3. to preserve, protect and enhance the variety of native wildlife located on the Real Property;
  4. to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of other natural resources and features of the Real Property including but not limited to air and water;
  5. to provide multiple public use of the Real Property provided that such use is not detrimental to the purposes set forth above.

Classification

  • Full time

 Location 

  • Milton Mills, New Hampshire

Qualifications

•   High School graduate or equivalency

•   The ideal candidate will have 1+ years of farm experience or comparable outdoor work and is ready to join a team with energy, knowledge, readiness to learn new skills, and a no-task-too-small attitude

•  Keen interest to apprentice with farm manager to learn multiple farm tasks and skills including equipment repair and maintenance; welding; orchard, hayfield, woodlot, and woodland trail maintenance.

•   Mechanical aptitude and experience with operation and maintenance of power tools,
landscape equipment, and farm equipment including tractors

•  Interested in production of local foods utilizing natural/organic methods.

•  A self-starter who understands the end goal, and works both independently and collaboratively to achieve objectives and key results

•  A critical thinker who is a problem solver with a transparent & honest approach to problems, but not afraid to ask for help

•  Able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects simultaneously in fast-paced sometimes weather dependent situations

• Willing to be flexible and resilient in the work environment to accomplish tasks and activities that arise spontaneously or are outside of a prescribed job description to achieve business objectives

•  Experience in taking projects through to completion

•  Able to lift 40 pound bales repeatedly and comfortable working for long hours

•  Comfortable being able to present to various members of the organization

•  Valid driver’s license and means of transportation

•  Verification of full Covid-19 vaccination status, approved by CSFCT/BHF before start of employment

 

 

Responsibilities

•  This position will report directly to the Executive Director

•  The Assistant Farm Manager will be expected to learn many aspects of our farm operations and will be cross trained in most aspects of farm management and upkeep to support consistent production with the Farm Manager

•  General upkeep and maintenance of the Branch Hill Farm equipment, campus, rental properties, trails, gates and fencing

• Assist the Farm Manager with orchard and hay production, field work, invasive control, and sustainable forestry projects, trail maintenance and enhancement.

•  Work closely and collaborate with the Farm Manager and ED to ensure trust mission and initiatives are achieved

•  Assisting in Educational Outreach Events sponsored by BHF such as the Woods Water Wildlife Festival, Branch River Paddle, Forestry workshops

•  Assist the Farm Manager in ensuring quality of work and standards enforcement

Compensation

      •    $20.00- 25.00+/- an hour

      •   CSFCT SIMPLE IRA retirement plan participation. 

      •     Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays

      •     Possibility of QSEHRA reimbursement or HSA account

Substance Abuse Policy

·         There is zero tolerance for substance abuse while on the job.

Applications

Please send cover letter and resume to jared_kane@branchhillfarm.org

Forestry Workshop: The Life of Trees, from Seeds and Saplings to Widow-makers and Carbon sinks

The forest is a living organism, with plants, animals, and microorganisms all coexisting together symbiotically.  So how does one harvest wood yet ensure this fragile balance remains? On Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 10:00 to Noon, please join MMRG and Branch Hill Farm as Forester Dan Stepanauskas leads a fascinating workshop on managing a forest today, from seed germination to species diversification, to mixed aged class trees, and eventually harvest. This conversational workshop will tour a light-touch timber harvest in progress in Wakefield, NH, which will allow us to discuss the near-term and long-term effects of thinning a hardwood stand.  Some of the topics that will also be discussed will include.

 

  • Is whole tree harvesting a sustainable practice in today’s world?
  • How does the rate of carbon absorption change over the life of a forest?
  • The latest research on how the climate will affect our forest species composition in NH.
  • Working on Native American lands from Maine to North Carolina and Northern Minnesota.
  • Tales of some very old trees.

 

 

Daniel Stepanauskas has been a consulting forester in New Hampshire for over thirty-five years.  He practices the sustainable management of private and municipal forest lands, using light-touch management techniques and imitating nature’s design to achieve the desired results.  He is currently also the consulting forester for Tin Mountain Conservation Center and is a board member of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.

A question-and-answer time will be offered following the 10:00 to 12:00 workshop.   For more information, directions and to register for this informative workshop, please contact

Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125, email:  karilygren@gmail.com or register online at www.mmrgnh.org

Registration closes on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

 

All about invasives! A Forestry Workshop with Charlie Moreno

Please join Moose Mountains Regional Greenways and Branch Hill Farm on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10:00 – 12:00 as we walk the woods of Branch Hill Farm with forester Charlie Moreno.  Collectively known as “invasives”, learn about the exotic plants that pose a dire threat to our forests and landscapes.

We will cover:

  • Which plants might be in your yard or forest, and how to identify them.
  • Are they really all that bad? YES, and here’s why….
  • Our “toolkit” methods to control and/or eradicate.

For more information, directions and to register for this informative workshop, please contact

Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125, email:  karilygren@gmail.com  or register online at www.mmrgnh.org

Registration closes on Thursday, October 21, 2021

Biographical Sketch

Based in Strafford, Charlie Moreno, NH Licensed Professional Forester, has practiced locally as a Consulting Forester for over 40 years, managing 40,000 forest acres for private landowners, land trusts, conservation organizations, and communities in southern New Hampshire and Maine.  Charlie manages forestland for the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust, where he has presented outdoor workshops about natural history, forest restoration, mixed-age silviculture, low-impact harvesting, habitat management, the connection between forests and wood, and forest habitats. Over the years, he has worked closely with New Hampshire Fish & Game and the Natural Resources Conservation Service on a variety of wildlife habitat projects.

Join MMRG for Flower Crafts and Fun! July 24, 10-11:30AM @ BHF

MOOSE-ies for Family events are back! Join us at the height of flower season to learn about flower pressing and drying as well as flower-themed activities and crafts! We will supply all the needed materials for this fun, family-friendly event. Participants will learn about varieties of flowers in bloom and will have the opportunity to pick some flowers for drying or pressing.

Please sign up here! HERE

This is a family-themed event and children of all ages are welcome. Advance registration is required to participate and parents or guardians must stay for the duration of the event. We recommend bringing snacks, drinks and appropriate clothing for the outdoors (closed-toed shoes, hats, sunscreen and bug repellent). This event is free with MMRG MOOSE-ie Membership ($25/family per year). Non-members will be contacted for $25 payment. Additional donations are appreciated, but not required and help to defray the costs of our educational programs.

Prior to the event, you will receive an emailed copy of our COVID guidelines as well as more detailed information regarding the event location, parking and other information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Executive Director Jill Eldredge at jill@mmrgnh.org.

The Branch River Paddle and Hike set for May 22, 2021

Branch River (Photo: Kate Wilcox )

Branch Hill Farm/Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust (BHF/CSFCT) and Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) are once again teaming up to offer canoe and kayak enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a paddle on the pristine Branch River in Milton Mills, NH. This 4-mile paddle along the scenic and winding Branch River will take place from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, May 22. This year the addition of a hike has been added to the event.   Kayaks and Canoes will be trucked back from the upper end of Milton Three Ponds while participants walk along the lovely trails on Branch Hill Farm passing through forests and fields back to the launch site. The walk back is approximately 1 hour.  Lunch will be offered to all the participants walking along the trail to either sit and enjoy or take with them for later.

 

As in years past, there will be an educational component to the Paddle. This year’s guest speaker will be Katy Lewis, Research Manager with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, NH.  Katy is a wildlife biologist with a master’s degree in wildlife conservation from West Virginia University, with a background in bird and wetland ecology. She brings a recreational love of birding and hiking into her career as a wildlife researcher.  Her work at Tin Mountain Conservation Center involves running the long-term avian research and forest monitoring project, as well as the stream restoration and brook trout ecology research projects. Since 2010 Tin Mountain has conducted over 16 miles of stream enhancements in the Mount Washington Valley, monitoring instream habitat and brook trout response to the addition of woody debris. Katy will speak about the value and impact of adding large wood to streams, as well as some of the results of over ten years of stream enhancements and data collection.  Do not be surprised if she adds a component or two on birds along the way.  

 

Paddlers should bring their own kayaks or canoes and wear US Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices. This event is extremely popular, and spaces are limited, so early registration is advised. All reservations must be made by the morning of Thursday, May 20; contact Branch Hill Farm Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125 or kari_lygren@branchhillfarm.org with your name, phone number, and the number of people who will attend. A $15 per person donation at the event is suggested. There is no rain date and participants are requested to leave pets at home.

 

MMRG/BHF Covid-19 prevention policies are observed. To pre-register and to find out more regarding our covid-19 prevention policies, please call BHF Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email kari_lygren@branchhillfarm.org

 

Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust works to protect open space and working forests and to educate the public about sound forestry, conservation, and agricultural practices; see www.branchillfarm.org.

 

MMRG, a non-profit land trust, works to conserve and connect important water resources, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitats, and recreational land in Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro. Throughout the year, both BHF and MMRG offer many educational opportunities to inform all ages about the benefits of our region’s natural resources. For more information and a calendar of upcoming events, visit www.mmrg.info