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April 21. 2014 11:06PM

Earth Day events sprouting up in Milton this week

MILTON — Area residents are invited to celebrate Earth Day this week by getting their hands and boots a little dirty while helping clean up the town.
 
 
The N.H. Farm Museum, at 1305 White Mountain Highway - Route 125, is hosting an Earth Day Family Program today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.While enjoying the sights and sounds of the historic working farm, participants can take part in planting, hear stories, meet animals, tour the grounds, visit the barn and take walks in the nearby forest.
 
 
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children aged 4-17 and free for museum members.

Members of Moose Mountains Regional Greenways plan to continue the Earth Day celebration by inviting area residents to three other events later this week.

On Thursday, families can partake in a free forestry walk through the woods of Branch Hill Farm. Participants are scheduled to meet up at the museum at 10:30 a.m.

A soil health workshop and equipment demonstration — including a wood ash/lime spreader, a “no-till” seeder and an aerator — will be put on by members of the Strafford County Conservation District and University of N.H. Cooperative Extension Program on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Road, Milton Mills.

Anyone interested in improving the productivity of their soil can pre-register by calling (603) 749-3037 or e-mailing info@straffordccd.org

On Saturday, area residents are asked to help pick up trash along White Mountain Highway and Applebee Road from the Farm Museum to Milton Mills — both designated as N.H. Hampshire Scenic and Cultural Byways and part of the Branch River Valley Trail — the roads during the Milton Earth Day Cleanup, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are asked to bring gloves, wear brightly colored clothing and meet at the farm museum to gather bags and get directions around 9:45 a.m.

Organizers will provide bags, road safety cones to aid in picking up recyclables and trash.

Following the cleanup, participants can enjoy a pot luck lunch at the museum.

Anyone interested in helping or providing a pot luck dish is asked to register by contacting Kari Lygren, educational coordinator of Moose Mountain Regional Greenways, at (603) 978-7125 or email info@mmrg.info.

For more information, visit http://farmmuseum.org or www.mmrg.info.


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