Apply for the Monadnock Farm Share Program

farmshareprogram_bannerThe Cheshire County Conservation District is proud to announce the start of a new program bringing farm fresh CSA shares to limited-income Monadnock Region residents. The Monadnock Farm Share Program aims to make farm fresh vegetables affordable for everyone. Participating families and individuals end up receiving a discounted vegetable share at 50% of it’s value!!!

Choose from 8 local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms to particpate with. Farmers raise funds to cover 25% of the program costs, 25% is provided through the Healthy Monadnock Initiative, leaving the customer to pay only 50% of the total CSA cost.

APPLY EARLY!

Applications will be selected on a first come, first served basis and funding is limited.

For more information visit cheshireconservation.org/farmshare.  View a detailed participating farm list.

Participating farms include:

Abenaki Springs Farm

Foggy Hill Farm

Hillside Springs Farm

Hungry Bear Farm

New Dawn Farm

Picadilly Farm

Sun Moon Farm

Tracie’s Community Farm

Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund

2018 Grant Cycle Request for Proposal Applications are due February 1, 2018.

You can find the Request for Proposals HERE, then you can apply by filling out the word doc application here and or the PDF version here.

Funds can be used for a range of needs including the purchase of equipment or infrastructure, packaging and labeling design needs, and technical assistance. Eligible applicants include farms in Cheshire County and abutting NH towns who would like to develop or expand their production for wholesale markets, including the Monadnock Food Co-op and Monadnock Menus.

Learn more about the Co-op’s Farm Fund.

Round Up Your Change at Monadnock Food Co-op to Grow Local Farms

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During June, shoppers at Monadnock Food Co-op can round up the change from their purchases to benefit the Co-op’s Farm Fund, created through a partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District, to support local farmers in increasing sustainable food production and wholesale sales to contribute to a thriving local farm economy.

Typically co-op customers contribute between $4,000 and $7,000 to a non profit throughout a month-long Round Up Donation Drive, but the co-op’s Board of Directors hopes to raise more to meet the need for this grant opportunity. Last year local farmers applied for three times as much money as was available to distribute from the fund, all for worthy improvements. Everything donated by community members to the Farm Fund goes directly to these projects.

“We hope shoppers will take advantage of the ability to round their purchases up to the nearest $5 or $10 to donate more, since this is the easiest way for people to make a donation,” said Kathleen Burke, President of the co-op’s Board of Directors “This fund is so effective; the grants distributed this year have enabled three local farmers to scale up production to meet the demand from our local community just by installing bigger coolers and a frost-free irrigation system.”

The $9,800 raised for the Farm Fund in 2016 was distributed this spring to Manning Hill Farm in Winchester, Archway Farm in Keene and Flying Cloud Dairy in Alstead. These farms sell their products at the co-op, The Farmers Market of Keene and at small local retailers and farm stands around our region.

The Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund supports several of the co-op’s goals, including a healthy, sustainable food system, the support of local farmers and producers and a strong, sustainable and improving local economy. The Cheshire County Conservation District supports the viability of farm businesses and the stewardship of natural resources that farmers provide.

For more information on the Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund, visit:
www.monadnockfood.coop/farmfund.

Community Garden Connections Weekly Garden Parties

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WHERE?
The Westmoreland Garden Project located at the Cheshire County Farm
River Road in Westmoreland, NH, 03467 (near the Maplewood Nursing Home)

WHEN?
Every Tuesday, May through October, 4-6pm
(Carpool from Antioch University at 3:30pm)

WHAT ELSE?

  • Dress for garden work, rain or shine!
  • No supplies required – just bring yourself and a positive attitude!
  • Antioch’s Community Garden Connections staff will support volunteers in planting, watering, and weeding the vegetable garden, caring for the orchard, and creating a perennial flower garden!
  • All proceeds are donated to the Keene Community Kitchen and other community members with limited access to fresh produce.

For more information contact: communitygardens@antioch.edu