‘Monadnock Grows Together’ Assists Local Gardeners in the Monadnock Region

From the Cheshire County Conservation District

Small-scale growers and gardeners in and around Keene, NH will soon gain access to new gardening resources through the Keene Public Library. Monadnock Grows Together is a new regional program that offers a range of education, technical assistance, gardening equipment and more, to residents interested and engaged in backyard gardening and small-scale urban farming.


Monadnock Grows Together is an Urban Agriculture project developed in partnership by the Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD), Antioch University’s Community Garden Connections, the Keene Public Library, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Funding for this urban agriculture conservation grant is provided through a partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to boost technical capacity nationwide.

Residents are invited to the Keene Public Library on June 23rd between 2pm-6pm for the grand opening of the newly renovated library and launch of the Monadnock Grows Together Seed Library and Garden Tool Lending Library. Representatives from Monadnock Grows Together will be in attendance to answer questions and introduce visitors to the new gardening programs. Take this opportunity to meet your Urban Ag and Gardens Coordinator Rachel Brice, who is available to answer gardening questions, provide 1-on-1 technical assistance, and conduct site visits with local growers.

In addition to the permanent seed and tool libraries, residents are invited to a series of free gardening workshops to be held in Keene and at the Westmoreland Garden Project through the remainder of 2019. Workshops later this month include “Insects in the Garden” with Sam Jaffe on June 13th and “Invasives in the Home Garden” with Jeff Littleton on June 19th. Visit the CCCD’s website for a full schedule of workshops coming this year and additional information on all aspects of the Monadnock Grows Together program: http://www.cheshireconservation.org/monadnockgrowstogether

If you have questions about Monadnock Grows Together contact Rachel Brice, Urban Ag and Gardens Coordinator, by email: Rachel@cheshireconservation.org or visit Rachel during her open technical assistance hours at the Keene Public Library: Every Friday from 4:00-5:30pm starting July 5th.

2018 Conservation Plant Sale is Now Available

The Cheshire County Conservation District is currently accepting orders for its Annual Conservation Plant Sale. 2018 offerings include a variety of top quality evergreen and deciduous trees, wildlife and landscaping shrubs, tender summer bulbs, perennials and ornamentals, as well as berries and fruit trees.

Many of the species we offer are native, attractive to pollinators, and drought resistant. For this reason they are healthy, hardy plants adapted to our local growing conditions and beneficial to both the grower and wildlife. Once established they require less watering, fertilizers, and pesticides, saving you time and money. This year we are working with Fedco of Maine to bring you top quality plants and bring you mushrooms for your backyard from Wichland Woods of Keene, NH.

All of the proceeds from the sale will benefit conservation efforts in Cheshire County. Thus, in addition to improving your landscape you are helping fund conservation projects in your local community. For more information and to receive order forms, contact the Conservation District office at 756-2988 ext. 115 or send an email to lola@cheshireconservation.org.

View the Plant Sale Catalog and order forms online

All orders and payment must be received by the Conservation District no later than March 2, 2018. Plant Sale Pick-Up Day is currently scheduled for April 28, 2018 from 9am-1pm at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole.

Community Garden Connections Weekly Garden Parties


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

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


  • 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


Backyard Compost Building


Backyard Compost Building
A Small Scale Biodynamic Model, Lynne Boudreau of Kroka Expeditions
Sun 5/7 – 1pm-4pm

Workshop fee: $25

Register and pay now – or – Apply for a scholarship for this workshop

Join W.S. Badger Company for a hands-on workshop to explore the joys of decomposition and learn how to make compost that will feed your plants and nourish your being! We will spend time discussing different materials and their properties, as well as the composting processes and the magical influence of various biodynamic preparations on the inner workings of the compost pile. We will then head outside to actually build a compost pile together.

Please wear appropriate shoes/boots and dress for the weather. Bring gloves if you desire, and a pitch fork or shovel if you can!

Presenter Bio: Lynne Boudreau is co-founder of Kroka Expeditions in Marlow, NH. Prior to becoming Kroka’s Farm and Garden Manager/Educator, Lynne apprenticed on a biodynamic farm in Pennsylvania. The Farm at Kroka Expeditions uses biodynamic and organic practices with the intention of healing the land. With a deep respect for the natural world and the wisdom and ways of elders and native people, Lynne farms using varied modalities, while also working by intuition and trust that the Earth knows how to care for itself.