Monadnock Earth Day Film Festival

April 22 – 24, 2021

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The Monadnock Food Co-op will partner with Monadnock International Film Festival and Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition, producer of Feast On This! Film Festival, to transform the annual in-person Monadnock Earth Festival into a virtual film festival. The Monadnock Earth Day Film Festival will take place from April 22 – April 24, 2021. This free online event will feature films and host panel discussions to celebrate and cultivate a more resilient world.

“Uniting our Film Festivals into one energizing and impactful event is such a win-win for MFCC and the region,” said Roe-Ann Tasoulas from the Feast On This! Film Festival. “We’re able to offer our community incredibly moving, funny, and thought-provoking documentaries fresh from larger festivals thanks to this collaboration.”

A sample of the film line-up includes:

SEEDING CHANGE – 2021
Climate Change | English | Subtitles | 51 min
About “triple bottom line” businesses that consider the social, environmental, and financial impacts of their companies and address some of today’s most challenging issues. This award-winning documentary empowers viewers to be part of the solution by voting with their dollars and supporting the brands and products that align with their environmentally conscious values.

FIRST WE EAT – 2020
Food Sovereignty | Climate | Female Director | English | Canada | 101 min
What happens when an ordinary family living just south of the Arctic Circle bans all grocery store food from their house for one year? Add three skeptical teenagers, one reluctant husband, no salt, no caffeine, no sugar, and -40° temperatures.WHY WE CYCLE – 2019
Transportation | Environment | English | Dutch, subtitles | 57 min
Take a ride with ordinary cyclists and specialists from a variety of disciplines. These conversations uncover some obvious but even more hidden effects of cycling on people, societies, and cities’ organizations.

THE FALCONER – 2020
BIPOC | Social Justice | English | U.S. |
A story of second chances: for injured birds of prey, for an abandoned plot of land, for a group of teenagers who have dropped out of high school, and for Rodney himself. This intimate portrait film follows master falconer Rodney Stotts on his mission to build a bird sanctuary and provide access to nature for his stressed community.

MICROPLASTIC MADNESS – 2019
Family | Youth | Advocacy | English | U.S. | 79 min
(Ages 7 to 14+ General Audiences)
The story of 56 fifth graders from Public School 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, living in the frontline of the climate crisis. Their actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories. With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists engaged in the most cutting-edge research on the harmful effects of microplastics, this alarming yet charming narrative conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms.

“MONIFF is thrilled to partner with the Monadnock Food Co-op and Feast On This! Film Festival to celebrate Earth Day by bringing the community together through diverse films and thoughtful discussions,” said Dee Fitzgerald from Monadnock International Film Festival.

This event is free; however, registration is required. Register at moniff.org/events/.

Event sponsors include Franklin Pierce University, Greater Keene and Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, League of Conservation Voters, Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation, Vital Communities, and W.S. Badger Co.


In addition to the film festival, related Earth Day events in the region include:
Earth Day 5K Walk/Run & Bike Tour
April 19, 2021 – April 24, 2021
Stonewall Farm in Keene will host a virtual 5k (walk or run) and bike tour to raise funds to support their mission of teaching and demonstrating regenerative farming to people of all ages to ensure food security, vibrant communities, and a healthy planet. Details at stonewallfarm.org/events/earth-day/.


Film Screening: Kiss the Ground
April 21, 2021
Hosted by the Franklin Pierce Institute for Climate Action. Details will be posted at franklinpierce.edu/institutes/monadnockinst/.

Shadows Fall North: Virtual Film Screening & Discussion

January 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Join us for a virtual screening of Shadows Fall North, a documentary on Black History in New Hampshire. The screening will be followed by a discussion of Black History and racial equity in the NH food system.

This event is presented in partnership with NH Food Alliance, UNH Sustainability Institute, Warner Public Market, the Greater Nashua Food Council, the Littleton Food Co-op, UNH Cooperative Extension, Monadnock Food Co-op, NOFA-NH, and the Kearsarge Food Hub.


Shadows Fall North: How does a state with the motto “Live Free or Die” and a celebrated legacy of abolitionism confront and understand its participation in slavery, segregation, and the neglect of African-American history? Our film will seek to answer the question: What happens when we move toward a fuller understanding of our history by including all voices? Produced by UNH Center for the Humanities, the Black Heritage Trail NH, and Atlantic Media Productions.

2020 NH Agricultural Policy Forum

Policy advocates from across state share legislative priorities and policy briefs in this virtual event

On Monday, November 16, 2020, the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition (MFCC) and the NH Food Alliance invite NH residents to join us for 2020 NH Agricultural Policy forum — an online event highlighting the efforts of advocates who have been working hard throughout this challenging year on policy supportive of agriculture.

The importance of locally grown food to our health, well-being, and local economies has never been more evident than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fears around the instability of large-scale food production resulted in a sharp rise in sales of locally grown farm products at farm stands and CSA shares. But for those farms who don’t use these wholesale distribution channels, this year has been particularly challenging. Some predict the shutdown will result in the loss of farms, especially those who were struggling before, despite COVID-19 relief funding.

“NH farms were under pressure to make ends meet long before COVID-19,” according to MFCC Director, Roe-Ann Tasoulas. “With a short growing season, low prices and demand for dairy, and unpredictable weather impacting size and quality of harvest, many farmers scramble to make ends meet – including holding part-time jobs. The pandemic put pressure on an already stressed situation making farmers struggle to find debt relief, new distribution points – anything to keep their heads above water.” Tasoulas continues, “In our future, do we want to rely on food shipped from other regions, grown in ways that may or not be sustainable, or will our lawmakers buy in to the economic, physical, and environmental benefits of locally grown products and get behind policies that support the health of our farms, consumers, and communities?”

Such as policies that address: the impact of the pandemic and drought on the fiscal health of farms; land use, farm practices, crop and livestock production, and water regulation that support a more robust and sustainable agricultural future; making locally grown food more readily available to all residents through school cafeterias and government programs, as well as other priorities.

During the online forum, representatives from the NH State House Environment & Agriculture committee, NH Farm Bureau, and NH Food Alliance policy teams: Climate Resilience, Land Use, Food Access, and Farm to School will share their priorities in the legislative session and briefs that support a vibrant food system. A limited Q & A will be available during the session; questions not addressed directly will be submitted to representatives post-event and a follow up report will be emailed to audience members.

“The most important takeaway of the forum is to provide stakeholders options to engage with policy in a meaningful way, whether it is by joining a state policy action team, signing up for policy alerts from the NH Farm Bureau, or being better acquainted with lawmakers in Concord working on behalf of agriculture,” says Tasoulas. “In this very powerless time in history, there is nothing more empowering than working towards real solutions in our future.”

To find out more and to register, go to: https://2020nhpolicyforum.eventbrite.com

The Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition is a coalition of 140 member organizations who come together regularly to build a sustainable local food system by cultivating community action and building collaboration to implement effective programs, projects, and policies.

The NH Food Alliance aims to influence and shape the future of our emerging local food economy to build a food system that works for all in New Hampshire: people, businesses, communities, and the environment.

GATHER: Revitalizing Native American Foodways

On October 6, Monadnock Food Co-op, Monadnock International Film Festival, and Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition will co-host a virtual screening of GATHER, a documentary that traces the intentional destruction of Native American foodways and the renaissance to reclaim indigenous agriculture and food systems.

The film starts at 6:30 p.m. with a live post-film discussion with A-dae Romero-Briones (First Nations Director of Programs – Native Agriculture and Food Systems) and other guests to be announced. This event is free, but registration is required at moniff.org/events.

Featuring the work of First Nations Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative, GATHER highlights tribes and Native communities as they build sustainable foodways that improve health, strengthen food security and increase control over Native agriculture and food systems. GATHER follows Nephi Craig, a chef from the White Mountain Apache Nation (Arizona), opening an indigenous café as a nutritional recovery clinic; Elsie Dubray, a young scientist from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation (South Dakota), conducting landmark studies on bison; and the Ancestral Guard, a group of environmental activists from the Yurok Nation (Northern California), trying to save the Klamath River: gather.film.

“The food sovereignty movement has so many powerful stories that needed to be told from the community perspective,” said Michael E. Roberts (Tlingit), First Nations President and CEO. “Hearing stories about Native people from Native people, along with experts in this type of storytelling, brings a tribal producer’s vision and First Nation’s work to the forefront.”