The Local Crowd Monadnock Night at Monadnock Food Co-op

The Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, NH will host The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock Night on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  You’re invited to learn more about TLC Monadnock’s first two crowdfunding campaigns focused on sustainable agriculture:

Both farms will offer free samples and answer questions about their campaigns.

TLC Monadnock launched on March 15, 2017 and raised over to $3,700 from 74 supporters during its first week.  Both campaigns end on April 15, 2017.  You can contribute online to either campaign at

“The Co-op is delighted to support the work of The Local Crowd and Monadnock Buy Local.  The work they are doing to support and grow our community and economy is remarkable,” said Megan Megan Straughen, Events, Education & Sustainability Coordinator at Monadnock Food Co-op.  “It’s wonderful to see different types of organizations coming together to help grow sustainable agriculture in our region.”

TLCM Night at Co-op Poster

TLC Monadnock is a locally based crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals to support the businesses, organizations and initiatives that grow wealthier and healthier communities in the region.  Crowdfunding, or the practice of raising funds to support a project from a large number of people, is a viable alternative to recruiting businesses from outside the region to boost economic activity.

This project is part of a two-year research study funded by a USDA Small Business Innovation Research grant to gauge this platform’s effectiveness in rural areas.  During its pilot phase, TLC Monadnock will only accept campaign proposals from businesses, organizations or community initiatives based in Keene, Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Swanzey or Winchester.  TLC Monadnock will give preference to campaigns from these communities that align with their respective city or town’s master plan and contribute to a local, green and fair economy.

TLC Monadnock is a collaboration of regional economic development organizations working to cultivate a stronger ecosystem of investors, service providers and local economy champions.  A team of community leaders from Southwest Region Planning Commission, Monadnock Buy Local, New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Monadnock Economic Development Corporation and Hannah Grimes Center manages this crowdfunding platform.

Discover more details and updates at or contact Jen Risley at or 603-499-7950.


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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Registration Open: Future of Farming Conference

cornucopia-farming-conference-poster11x19-2017Future of Farming in a Changing World Conference

Creating a Robust, Sustainable & Community Based Food System
March 25, 2017, 9 to 4:30
Monadnock Center for History and Culture
19 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH

  • Growing the next generation of farmers
  • Cutting edge technology solutions to support farmers
  • Models for growing, processing, and distributing sustainably grown food
  • Climate change and its impact on farming
  • Farmland access-matching farmers to farmland

Keynote speaker:  Philip Ackerman-Leist, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, Green Mountain College, VT; farmer, and author of Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable & Secure Food Systems.
Talks and panel discussion include:

  • John VanHoesen, Associate Professor of Geology; Director Natural Resource Management, Director Geology program, Green Mountain College, VT
  • Hannah Bissex and students, Farm to Fork program, Cornucopia Project
  • Ryan Owens, Monadnock Conservancy

Check in: 8 to 8:45am; program begins at 9am (pre-registration suggested as there are only 100 seats)

Registration: $25/per person, register here; $15/student rate, register here.  Student rate sponsored by Broadfork Company.  Please register early, as seats are limited.

Lunch: Light/local ‘Soupfest’ lunch included.  Will offer vegan, dairy-free and vegetarian options.

Post-conference dinner option: Visit our friends at Harlow’s Pub (across from the conference) and receive a 5% discount on your meal.

Let us know if you would like information on supporting this event by contacting Joyce at



12th Annual Seed Celebration


The Sustainability Project presents the 12th Annual Seed Celebration & Sustainable Community Fair on Saturday, February 11th from 8:45am to 4:30pm. The celebration will be held at the Orchard School, 114 Old Settlers Road, in Alstead, NH. There will be Vendors, Educational Displays & Workshops, Family Fun, Music, A Cafe, Seeds, and Raffle. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 dollars for family. For more info call (603) 209-7272.

This year’s theme “Building Resilience, Regenerating the Earth” focuses on environmental stewardship, gardening, tools for personal transformation and skills for living well in a changing world.

Schedule Of Events

All Day:
The Caterpillar Lab, Activities for Children & Families, Exhibits, Displays, Cafe, Raffle, Seeds For Sale & Swap

8:30 Event Opens
8:45 Welcome
9-9:30 Doug Clayton: Biochar – Classroom A/Outdoors,
Outdoor component: 9:30-10 & 2:45-3:15
9-9:45 Valerie Piedmont: Designing the Self – Community Room
9-10 Marty Castriotta: Intro to Permaculture – Farmhouse
9:45-10:30 Jan Lambert: Let’s Save the Rain – Classroom A
10-10:30 Tom Prunier: Kimchi – Cafe
10:15-11:30 Carl Majewski: Basic Garden Design – Farmhouse
10:30-11:30 Hilary Richardson: JoyMoves – Community Room
10:45-11:45 Dave Wichland: Mycological Landscaping – The Big Picture – Classroom A
11-11:45 Anton Elbers & Jenny Wright: Pruning – Outdoors
12-12:45 Solar Sisters Concert – Community Room
1-2:00 Kevin Warzecha & Dee Denehy: Tiny Houses – Classroom A
1:15-2 Kate Dean: Mending: Repurposing Textiles – Community Room
1:15-2:15 Medicine Story: Permaculture of the Heart – Farmhouse
1:30-2:30 Chip Chapman: Managing your Woodlot – Outdoors
2:15-3:15 Lionel Chute: WALES & the 5 Imperatives – Classroom A
2:15-3:15 Lior Sadeh: The Way of Tea – Cafe
2:30-3:15 Bill Whyte: Visualization — the art and practice of imagining – Farmhouse
3:15-4:00 Lil’ Orphans band
3:45 Last Call for Raffle
4:00 Raffle Drawing
4:30 Clean-up Begins!

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