The Local Crowd Monadnock Launches Online on Wednesday

Monadnock Complete Economy Project

Archway Farm instagramThe Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock will launch online on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at noon with two 30-day campaigns focused on supporting sustainable agriculture:

  • Archway Farm’s “Farm to Table on Wheels” project
  • Stonewall Farm’s “Barn Raising” project

Both campaigns are based in Keene, NH.  Individuals can contribute online to either campaign regardless of where they live, inside or outside of the Monadnock Region.

Each campaign will offer a limited number of rewards to individuals who give at certain financial levels.  For example, Archway Farm offers a Sausage Club to individuals who give $75.  Sausage Club members receive one pound of four different kinds of Archway Farm sausages, each featuring an ingredient from a local farm.  The first sausage is a Cheddar Smoked Bratwurst made with Stonewall Farm cheese.

A kick-off celebration is scheduled at Stonewall Farm on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Local Crowd…

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The Latest Local Economy Buzz: Pollinator Enterprises

“In nature pollinators like bees, butterflies, or bats carry pollen from plant to plant, and they instinctively know that the intermixing of these pollens nourishes the entire ecosystem. Pollinator businesses similarly carry the best elements of one local business to another, thereby fertilizing all local businesses and creating a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

~ Michael Shuman, The Local Economy Solution

This spring, Monadnock Buy Local is excited to offer a unique opportunity for our region — one that we hope creates much “buzz” and boosts our collective efforts to grow our local economy.  Michael Shuman, author and a leading expert on community economics, will visit our region on April 7 – 8 to share the latest buzz in local economy work — pollinator enterprises.  He will provide inspiration for developing, launching and amplifying the work of new and existing pollinator enterprises here in the Monadnock Region and beyond.

Pollinator Enterprises are innovative, self-financing businesses and nonprofits that drive job growth and community prosperity by supporting economic planning, entrepreneurship, local purchasing, workforce development, collaboration and local investing.  They are diverse in nature and include youth entrepreneurship schools, local debit cards, makerspaces and local farm delivery services.

The success of these businesses is not solely tied to their financial bottom line, but is connected to community goals like the percentage of jobs in locally owned businesses, number of citizens prepared to start a new business, survival rate of local businesses and other social and environmental measures. 

Shuman’s book “The Local Economy Solution” digs deeper into 28 models of Pollinator Enterprises.  Here are just a few examples to pique your interest:

Fundación Paraguaya runs agriculture education schools in Paraguay financed through the revenues generated by student-run enterprises.  Their theory is to “learn by doing, selling and earning.”

Fledge is a business accelerator in Seattle that offers training and mentorship for startup mission-based businesses.  It actually pays the startup to participate in its program, set up as an investment in the company.  Fledge then earns equity from the startups that graduate from its program and launch into successful socially responsible businesses.

Tucson Originals is an alliance of locally owned restaurants in Southern Arizona that buys supplies in bulk and markets the benefits of dining locally.  More importantly, they work to preserve the heart and soul of their regional culinary culture.

Credibles, based in San Francisco, is an online platform where customers can pre-pay for food from their favorite restaurant, coffee shop or grocery store, and that business receives critical capital needed to grow their business.

Main Street Genome, based in Washington, DC, looks closely at a business’ operations to identify inefficiencies.  The savings gained from fixing those weaknesses are split between Main Street Genome and each business it works with.

What about Pollinator Enterprises that already exist in our region?  There are many businesses and nonprofits with Pollinator Enterprise-like qualities.  We hope to see more of them become self-financing in the future.

They include the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship’s Incubator Program, Monadnock Buy Local’s emerging Debit/Loyalty Card Program, Monadnock Table Magazine, Monadnock Art x Tech Markerspace, Make It So Makerspace, Monadnock Menus, New England Web & Tech Collective, Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing, YEA! Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Arts Alive!, Team Jaffrey, Keene Downtown Group and many more yet to be identified.  Help us add to this list by contacting  Stay tuned for more Monadnock Region Pollinator Enterprises at

We invite you to learn more about Pollinator Enterprises at Michael Shuman’s free public talk on April 7th at 7 p.m. at the Keene State College Alumni Center. This event is part of the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Issues Series and is sponsored by the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, Healthy Monadnock, Keene Yoga Center and W.S. Badger Company.  Michael will also lead a more in-depth daylong workshop on April 8th at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship.  Learn more at

Our region has a strong vision for a sustainable community and solid economic development plans to get us there.  Let’s expand our capacity to implement this work!  Pollinator enterprises illuminate a path forward for us — towards our collective vision.  Please explore this new model of community economic development with us, and discover how we can help our local economy flourish.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

Icon_NFMW-1-300x269National Farmers Market Week is coming up August 2-8, 2015. In celebration, NH Farms Network is participating in the Farmers Market Coalition’s summer campaign: There’s More to Market! Farmers markets are more than just an outlet for fresh produce and friendly farmers.  And don’t forget that New Hampshire is celebrating NH Eat Local Month throughout the month of August.

Farmers Markets…

Seed Celebration & Sustainable Community Fair: February 15, 2014

The Sustainability Project presents the 9th Annual Seed Celebration and Sustainable Community Fair on Saturday, February 15th, from 9 am – 4 pm; admission by donation. This year we are delighted to be hosting the event at Mole Hill Theatre, 789 Gilsum Mine Road, East Alstead, NH.

Over the years, farmers, gardeners, and activists working for sustainable communities have come to know this event as a great opportunity for networking and day-long fun. Come boost your community’s skills for living well in a changing world. Proceeds help support the Seed Celebration and Sustainable Community Fair, our programming throughout the year, and our work to create wheelchair accessible trails and perennial gardens at the Emerson Brook Forest Center. The Seed Celebration is sponsored in part by W.S. Badger, The Gilsum Recreation Committee, The Monadnock Food Co-op, Green Energy Options, The Mountain, Gem Graphics and Mole Hill Theatre.

Schedule of Events:
9 am ~ Opening

10 – 11:30 am ~ Dave Jacke, noted permaculture designer, teacher and author of Edible Forest Gardens, will present “Ecological Culture Design: A Holistic View”

Noon ~ The Solar Sisters duo will perform songs of farm and garden

1:30 – 3 pm ~ Bill Whyte, founder and CEO of the W.S. Badger company, will present “Visualization – The Art and Practice of Imagining with a purpose”

3:15 pm ~ Last call for the raffle

3:30 pm ~ Raffle Drawing

All Day: Cafe featuring soups from local restaurants and kitchens and Orchard Hill breads, Exhibits & Displays, Demonstrations, Seed Sales & Swap, Raffle, & Children’s Activities

Tablers for the 2014 Seed Celebration & Sustainable Community Fair: Stonewall Farms, WS Badger, Kroka Expeditions, Orchard Hill Breadworks, Valley Green Journal, Green Energy Options, RECLAIM: Original Silk Screen Designs, and Wichland Woods

More about Dave Jacke:
Ecological Culture Design: A Holistic View
Few sane, aware and knowledgeable people would argue that our current culture is ecologically sustainable. Clearly we face an urgent need to redesign the ways we live, work and play or risk the worst. If we are to create ecological and egalitarian societies, we must move beyond the traditional environmentalist focus on resource management and technological solutions. Ecologically speaking, culture is the primary adaptive mechanism of the species Homo sapiens, and it is culture, as a whole system, that we must redesign. What is culture? How might we approach the design of ecological and socially just cultures as whole systems? This talk will address these questions, providing a practical framework for discussion and design practice.

Dave Jacke is primary author of the award winning two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens, a comprehensive guide to ecological garden design ( A student of ecology and design since the 1970s, he has run his own planning firm-Dynamics Ecological Design-since 1984, designing gardens, homes, farms, and communities throughout the U.S. and overseas. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design. In his teaching and his design work, Dave has always explored the interrelationships between people and land as interpenetrating whole systems, grounding his vision and theory in practical and concrete reality as much as possible.

Visualization: “The Art and Practice of Imagining with a purpose”
with Bill Whyte. Whether you are working on a personal plan for living a healthier lifestyle, designing a house, planning a garden or writing a business plan, visualization can be a powerful aid in developing a successful plan. Consider this workshop a brief space and time for you to create a “visualization mandala” on paper – a piece of “spirit art” that you can use as a daily reminder, mentor, guide and friend. Bring some colored pencils if you can!

Bill is founder and CEO of the W.S. Badger Company in Gilsum.