NH Maple Weekend

Originally published on New Hampshire Maple Producers Website

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Hosted by the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association, Maple Sugaring Month runs March 7 through March 29, spanning four weekends of maple madness! The 25th Annual NH Maple Weekend will be March 21 – 22, 2020.

Join the fun at a local participating sugar house! Across the state, sugar makers open their doors to the public to demonstrate the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring.

Meet the maple producers of New Hampshire. Discover how their operation works, enjoy free samples of fresh syrup, maple candies and confections, coffee and doughnuts. Some locations offer pancake breakfasts, petting farms or horse-drawn rides. Come taste why pure New Hampshire maple syrup has long been a delicious harbinger of spring.

Monadnock Region CSA Fair

Sunday, March 8 from 2 – 5PM at the Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene

Meet the faces behind your CSA fruits, veggies & more at the 2020 Monadnock Region CSA Fair. Seven area CSA farmers will set up informational tables and answer questions about their farms and CSA memberships.

This year’s Monadnock Region CSA Fair participants:

– Abenaki Springs Farm in Walpole offers berries, herbs, and vegetables in rotational production; uses biodynamic principles and remineralizes the soil: 603-209-7100, abenakispringsfarm.com, info@abenakispringsfarm.com.

– Hillside Springs Farm and CSA Garden, a hand and horse-powered farm in Westmoreland, offers vegetables, herbs, apple cider, and cutting flowers, all grown using only organic and biodynamic methods. Full and Half shares available on the farm or in Keene: 603-399-7288.  hillsidespringsfarm.com, hillsidespringsfarm@gmail.com.

– Picadilly Farm in Winchester grows certified organic produce. Various types of CSA shares are available June-December, with share pick up at the farm or in Keene or Brattleboro: 603-239-8718, picadillyfarm.com, jenny@picadillyfarm.com.

– Seven Generations Farm in Gilsum is a small scale herbal farm and homestead, practicing permaculture and herbalism. Offers a bi-monthly Full Moon Herb Share. Each share includes a variety of apothecary items and medicinal plant products. Half and Full shares are available: sevengenerationsfarm.com, sevengenerationsfarm@gmail.com.

– Sun Moon Farm in Rindge provides vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers to members from June to November and grows a variety of greens all winter long. Located at “The Meeting School,” a property that has been continuously farmed since 1783, the farm grows over 75 varieties of old and rare Dahlias and offers members artisan breads that are baked on the property: 603-899-2806, sunmoonfarm.org, sun.moon.craig@gmail.com.

– Tracie’s Community Farm in Fitzwilliam offers spring, summer, and fall CSA shares in a variety of sizes and with the option of home delivery to Keene and the surrounding areas. Shares are harvested, washed, and packed day of delivery, and include a large variety of ripe, in-season produce: Jack Rixey, 443-994-4629; traciesfarm.com, farmers@traciesfarm.com.

– Village Roots Permaculture Farm in East Alstead offers spring and fall season greens and poultry shares. All birds are raised on pasture and fed only organic grains. Breeds include Freedom Ranger broiler chickens and heritage Narragansett turkeys: 603-477-5533, villageroots.org, marty@theorchardschool.org.

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Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship Now Accepting Applications and Donations

6087b85a-c4a0-4735-985a-ecb64b8e9bd9Does your child have an interest in farms or gardening?  Would he or she like to explore these interests this summer?  The Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship endeavors to connect young people with agriculture and the natural world around them.  We hope to inspire the next generation of local farmers and local food supporters, by giving regional children an opportunity, through summer camp, after school programs, or membership to NOFA-NH, to experience sustainable farming practices first-hand and watch their efforts bear fruit.  We are now accepting applications for 2020 as well as donations to the scholarship fund.

Download the application

Applications are due by March 31, 2020 and donations are accepted throughout the year.  For more information or to request a paper application, please contact the Cheshire County Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext. 4 or amanda@cheshireconservation.org.

Donations to the scholarship fund are accepted through out the year. Donations can be made by sending a check made out to CCCD to 11 Industrial Park Dr., Walpole, NH 03608.  Please note that the check is a donation the the Scholarship Fund.

During his lifetime, Jeff Smith, a former member of the Monadnock Localvore Steering Committee, was an enthusiastic supporter of sustainability and local agriculture.  He firmly believed in the connection of all living things, and stressed the importance of working in harmony with the systems of the universe.  Seeing himself as a “steward” instead of an “owner” of the land, he felt the earth was entrusted to us for safe keeping during our lifetimes, to be passed along intact to future generations.  With an eager and vibrant sense of life, his every activity was geared towards improving the lives of others and the environment through giving freely of his time and efforts.  To keep alive that vision, the Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship Program was initiated in August 2009.  The program’s purpose is to send children to an area farm camp to discover the inherent rewards that come from cultivating with one’s hands and heart.

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Stories From the Field: Celebrating our Local Food System in Words

Farmers and community members from throughout the Monadnock Region take to the stage to share their stories at Stonewall Farm on Thursday, April 16, 2020, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Join Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition as we celebrate our newly updated strategic plan and the Local Heroes who make our thriving local food community tick!

Dinner | Potluck dessert | Cash bar

$10 pp/ 75 maximum
Kids 12 & under eat free
Cash donations for dinner accepted – we want everyone there!
RSVP REQUIRED

RSVP or NOMINATE SOMEONE
DO YOU KNOW someone who is a natural-born storyteller? MFCC is taking nominations to join others on stage. We are NOT looking for Broadway actors…we ARE looking for stories from the tragic to the hilarious that provide a glimpse into the lives of those working in the local food system. View details.
Nomination deadline: February 17, 2020

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