August is NH Eats Local Month

Supporting and eating local is a 365, 24/7 celebration in the Granite State. But we pull out the stops in August to celebrate NH Eats Local Month! Join us for 31 days of rallying around the bounty of New Hampshire and to thank our hard working farmers, fishers, and food businesses.

Over 100 partners throughout the state join together to celebrate the power of food in bringing us together and encouraging the continued choice to eat and support local food. Join in for events, contests, film screenings, storytelling, and more.

LEARN MORE ABOUT 2021 NH EATS LOCAL MONTH!

Monadnock Region VIRTUAL CSA Fair

This year’s Monadnock Region CSA Fair goes virtual!  Enjoy this short video and meet the faces behind your CSA fruits, veggies & more.

Although each local CSA farm is unique, they all offer “shares” of locally grown food to community members. There are variations in price, share size, distribution, and payment plans. Some CSA farms concentrate on vegetable production, while others provide eggs, meat, flowers, berries, and other local products.

A CSA membership supports local farms and our local economy. This video highlights eight area CSA farms.


Hillside Springs Farm and CSA Garden in Westmorland offers vegetables, herbs, berries, and flowers from Early June-late Nov.  Select a Full or Half Share CSA. Frank Hunter & Kim Peavey run a hand and horse-powered farm, using only sustainable and biodynamic farming methods.

Hillside Springs Farm and CSA Garden
Frank Hunter & Kim Peavey
32 Comerford Road, Westmoreland
603-399-7288
hillsidespringsfarm@gmail.com
hillsidespringsfarm.com


Village Roots Permaculture Farm in East Alstead is a small, diverse, regenerative family farm offering the following CSA shares:  small and large poultry shares, small and large pasture shares (a mix of chicken, lamb, beef, and pork), and Spring greens shares.  Marty Castriotta and Ellen Denny sell turkeys, whole lambs, and whole and half pork and beef.  They also offer permaculture site consults, installations, design courses, and workshops.

Village Roots Permaculture
Marty Castriotta
134 Old Settlers Road, East Alstead
603-477-5533
marty@theorchardschool.org
villageroots.org


Seven Generations Farm in Gilsum is a small-scale herbal farm and homestead, practicing permaculture and herbalism. They offer 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.

Seven Generation Farm
Eric and Nicole Zablowsky
Alstead Hill Road, Gilsum
sevengenerationsfarm.com


Jenny and Bruce Wooster of Picadilly Farm in Winchester grow certified organic produce. They offer various types of CSA shares that are available June-December, with share pick up at the farm or in sites in Keene or Brattleboro, VT.

Picadilly Farm
Bruce and Jenny  Wooster
264 South Parrish Road, Winchester
603-239-8718
csa@picadillyfarm.com
picadillyfarm.com


Stonewall Farm in Keene grows certified organic vegetables using regenerative practices.  They offer a full-season CSA from May through October.

Stonewall Farm
242 Chesterfield Road, Keene
603-357-7278
stonewallfarm.org


Abenaki Springs Farm grows a wide variety of certified organic produce, small fruit, flowers, and pasture-raised poultry and pork in Walpole. Their market-style CSA runs from May through the end of October. Pick out weekly shares at the Keene Farmers Market or at their farm stand in Walpole.

Abenaki Springs Farm
Bruce Bickford
188 Upper Walpole Road, Walpole
603-209-7100
info@abenakispringsfarm.com
abenakispringsfarm.com


Sun Moon Farm in Rindge is an intentionally small vegetable, herb and cut flower farm with a focus on community. From mid-June through October, friends can pick up their shares in the farm’s barn while visiting with their farmers and other neighbors. Members also have an opportunity to purchase fresh greens and storage crops throughout the winter.

Sun Moon Farm
Craig and Megan Jensen
121 Thomas Road, Rindge
603-899 2806
sun.moon.craig@gmail.com
sunmoonfarm.org


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 the day of delivery, and include a large variety of ripe, in-season produce.

Tracie’s Community Farm
72 Jaffrey Road, Fitzwilliam
603-568-6102
farmers@traciesfarm.com
traciesfarm.com

Share Your Story: NH Food System Statewide Gathering

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! NH Food Alliance is looking for stakeholders, organizations, etc. from across the NH food system to share their stories at a networking session during the 2021 NH Food System Statewide Gathering, March 11-12. If you would like to spread the word about your program, project, or event, the Statewide Gathering is the time to do it! Please find more details in the submission form below. The deadline to submit is January 29! 

Community Supported Solar Project Moves into Next Phase

CCCD now soliciting farmer interest for this net metering opportunity: Eighteen shares available to farms for purchase

The Cheshire County Conservation District is excited to announce that the Community Supported Solar array at Sun Moon Farm in Rindge has been installed and farmers are now being sought to sign up for shares in this net metering opportunity! This is a partnership with Sun Moon Farm, ReVision Energy, and the Monadnock Sustainability Hub, with funding from the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.

This Monadnock Region Community Supported Solar Project is an effort to help local farmers stabilize and lower their costs of electricity. A number of agricultural producers in the Monadnock region have expressed interest in solar, but many do not have the capital to invest in the infrastructure and/or a good location for the PV system. The Community Supported Solar model allows for community investment to offset the costs of the participating farms.

The CCCD is now taking requests from local farms interested in purchasing shares in this net metering project. Shares are limited, so interested farms should contact Amanda Littleton at the CCCD sooner rather than later.

Currently, 18 shares are available for purchase on a first come, first served basis. Each estimated 5000 KWh produced will constitute one share. Farmers may purchase as many shares as they want, but the total output cannot exceed the total power the farm consumes on an annual basis. One share costs $4,523. Participating farms must be located in the Eversource NH utility service territory. To confirm eligibility, farmers can review the PUC utility coverage by town listings at: https://www.puc.nh.gov/Consumer/communitiesserved.pdf

If you believe your farm can benefit from lowered energy costs and you’re interested in this net metering opportunity but want more information – please join the CCCD at an upcoming Virtual Info Session on either Wednesday, January 6th from 3:30pm-5:30pm or on Thursday, January 14th from 10am-12pm. Both meetings will be held virtually on Zoom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Please register online at: https://cssinfosession2021.eventbrite.com.

Interested farmers should contact Amanda Littleton directly at the CCCD to reserve their shares; first come first served until sold out. Either send an email to amanda@cheshireconservation.org or call 607-756-2988 x4 and leave a voicemail.