NHLA January Dinner Meeting
 The Heirloom Gardener – Traditional Plants and Skills
Sponsor – Casella Resource Solutions

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Date:  Wednesday, January 18, 2023    Registration closes on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Snow Date:  Thursday, January 19, 2023

Time:   5:00pm – 8:30 pm

            Registration will begin at 5:00pm. Talk will begin promptly at 5:45pm.

            Dinner will follow talk.

Place:  Puritan Backroom Conference Center – Suite B

             245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, NH.

Cost:   $55 for Members, $65 for Non-members.

ALL payments must be received no later than January 10, 2023.  If you need to cancel after January 10, you will incur a 20% processing fee.  Thank you for your understanding!

Space is limited to 60 participants, so preregistration is required.  Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

Topic: The Heirloom Gardener – Traditional Plants and Skills by John Forti

This presentation will draw from his new book of traditional plants and skills for the modern world.  Richly illustrated with period images and contemporary photographs, his PowerPoint shares inspiration from our long history of heirloom and native plant preservation, garden craft and homestead lifeways that we can apply to our own gardens and landscapes. Artisanal gardening lifestyles that are helping us to rebuild vibrant local agricultural economies and celebrate sustainable cottage industries that are contributing to our new, homegrown American arts and crafts movement and backyard environmentalism.  At a time when we could all use a little good news, we hope you will join us for a refreshing look at how you can make a difference and build habitat in your own backyard and community.

John Forti www.jforti.com is a garden historian and ethnobotanist who has directed gardens for Plimoth Plantation Museum, Strawbery Banke Museum, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and Bedrock Gardens. As a Slow Food Slow Food USA Governor and biodiversity specialist, his preservation work has helped to restore countless native and heirloom plants and has brought traditional artisanal practices to modern thinking. He has won numerous awards for historic garden preservation, children’s garden design, herbal and historical education and the 2021 Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs, one of the nation’s most-recognized nonprofits and largest volunteer gardening organization in the world.  His new book was inspired by his posts as The Heirloom Gardener – John Forti which go out regularly to millions on Facebook.

January Dinner Meeting Flyer – PDF

NHCLPs will earn 1/2 credit for attending.

QUESTIONS:  Please email

          Cori Cahow – questions about the presentation –  organicggirl@gmail.com

          Pam Moreau – registration –  nhla@comcast.net


Registration is closed. Please email Pam Moreau at nhla@comcast.net to see if space is available. Thank you!



MARCH DINNER MEETING – Tuesday, March 22, 2022


Exploring Insurance Opportunities

Registration closes on Wednesday, March 16, 2022
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TOPIC – How can the NHLA help members meet today’s employment hiring and retention challenges in a competitive labor market? One way is to offer benefits. But most small employers find it difficult and time consuming to figure out how to choose an affordable plan. Representatives of the National Association of Roads Fuel Association (NARFA) will explain how NHLA members can benefit from working with larger associations using a multiple employer plan. Options include an Employee Assistance Program when dealing with personnel issues. Andrew Pelkey, of North Point Outdoors, sits on the NARFA board. He will be joining us again to introduce the speakers and answer questions.

REGISTRATION – Space is limited to 50 participants, so preregistration is required.  Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

COST –  $55 for members, $65 for non-members. (Membership can be verified here.)

SPECIAL COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS – The entire program will be held indoors.  We will be following current CDC guidelines.  Masks will be available, if needed.

WHERE – Puritan Backroom Conference Center (Suite B), 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, NH.

TIME – Registration will begin at 5:30pm.  Meeting will begin promptly at 6:00pm.  Dinner will follow the discussion.

NHCLPs will earn one-half credit for attending. An attendance sheet will be sent directly to Abby Zuidema.