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!
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 email@example.com or call 607-756-2988 x4 and leave a voicemail.
Finding Local Healthy Food in a Crisis
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many residents are avoiding or limiting trips to crowded supermarkets. It can be difficult to know if certain products will be available at grocery stores because of high demand. “Staple” food items like eggs, milk, bread, fruits and vegetables are needed more than ever, as families prepare most, if not all, meals at home.
Connecting farmers directly with consumers allows for curbside pick-ups or delivery methods that maintain physical distancing while providing local, nutritious food to New Hampshire communities. In addition to food essentials like meat, produce and dairy, farmers can list other offerings like cut flowers, hay, compost, seedlings, soap, candles and more.
Extension’s online map includes farm locations and contact information, farm-preferred methods for relaying product, marketing updates to the public (websites and social media accounts), payment options, alternative purchasing locations, purchasing incentives/food access programs (such as SNAP, senior discounts or veteran discounts) and product category listings.
Farms and related companies that want to be included in the map should use the new site entry form. Those already appearing on the map may make changes by using the update a listing form.
To Help Share the Map
50% off fresh CSA vegetable shares!
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce farms in the Monadnock Region have come together, in partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District, for the second year of ensuring that farm-fresh CSA vegetable shares are affordable for all interested community members.
Shares are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will accept applications until June 1st or until all available shares have been awarded.