2017 Seminar Schedule

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Seminar Room Located off Arena Floor
Times and presentations may change

11:45 – 12:15 The Changing Landscape of Solar Rules and Incentives in NH

Learn how to navigate the different incentives available for solar installation. Once you understand the solar incentives for your home or small business, you will see that solar is one of the best investments you can make.

Presented by: George Horrocks, Harmony Energy Works, Hampton, NH


12:30 – 1:00    Benefits of the Design/Build Process

How can the Design/Build Process help you on your next renovation, addition or new home? Let us show you how collaborating as a team can save you time and money by designing to your desired aesthetic, budget and more.

Presented by: Brad Sawler, Oxland Builders, Stratham, NH


1:15 – 2:00      The Potager: The Beauty and Practicality of Intensive Vegetable Growing under the French System

Our traditional vegetable gardens usually work on a linear time frame: there’s a clear spring beginning and clear late fall ending, which leaves much to be desired in between. Taking inspiration from the ornamental kitchen gardens of France, which, with an air of decadence, offer a year round harvest of fresh produce, we will explore how to transplant these Intensive and Beautifying techniques into our New England landscape

Presented by: Nicole Lauzon of Churchills Gardens

2:15 – 2:45      How to Buy the Right Generator

There are several important factors to consider when buying a generator for your home or business- size, portability, location and fuel type are just a few. Learn how to select the right generator for your electrical needs and don’t be left in the dark again!

Presented by: Ron Cote, Cote Electric, Manchester, NH


3:00 – 3:30      Home Energy Audits: Improve the Health, Comfort and Efficiency of your Home

How is a Home Energy Audit conducted? What can it tell you about your home’s efficiency and air quality? Learn what measures can be taken to improve the results.

Presented by: Tori Martin, Yankee Thermal Imaging, Rochester, NH  


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Seminar Room Located off Arena Floor
Times and presentations may change

11:45 – 12:30  Cold-Tolerant Plants for Early Spring Containers

Spring isn’t just for pansies anymore! Come learn about some of the other great plants that can be used in cold spring beds or containers. We’ll be bringing potted plants so you can see, smell and touch these beautiful options.

Presented by: Suddhayu Shafer of Churchills Gardens


12:45 – 1:30    Why Build a Net Zero Energy Home?

Learn about the advantages of these high-performance homes including comfort, health, affordability, monthly & annual savings on energy costs and more. Find out what sets a Net Zero home apart from conventional designs.

Presented by: Matt Silva, Futuro Construction, Portsmouth, NH


1:45 – 2:30      The Brick Oven: The Most Versatile Appliance for Over Two Thousand Years

David Neufeld of True Brick Ovens builds traditional brick ovens that can cook everything from pizza to turkey.  Learn how they are built, what and how you can cook in them, and why every culture (and all cooks and bakers) in the world revere these ovens. This presentation will also feature special guest Sonke Dornblut, a baker from Newmarket. Sample his hearth loaves made in a brick oven built by David last year.

Presented by: David Neufeld, True Brick Ovens, Wolfboro, NH