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Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

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New Hampshire Eat Local Month joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 4-10. To join in on the celebration, we invite you to participate in our NH Eat Local Month Scavenger Hunt.

As demand for local food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America’s farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer. According to statistics recently released by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers markets and farm stands account for roughly $2 billion of the $3 billion that Americans spend annually on farm-direct products . This revenue, in turn, supports the livelihoods of more than 165,000 mostly small and mid-sized farms and ranches.

“Farmers markets play a vital role not just in generating real income for farmers, but in forming a healthy, prosperous food systems,” says Jen Cheek, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition. “By providing the opportunity for farmers to connect directly with consumers, markets serve as education centers. Vendors are teaching customers about agriculture and sharing recipes and new foods with their neighbors. Markets are making people and communities stronger and healthier.”

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‘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.

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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.

NH Eat Local Month: Call for 2019 Partners

It’s time to start planning this year’s NH Eat Local Month, a month-long campaign in August that celebrates local food and farming in the Granite State.

This year, the NH Food Alliance is collaborating with the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and FoodSeacoast Eat LocalMonadnock Food Co-op and hopefully you to amplify the “Eat Local” message and empower us to celebrate the harvest.

We’re looking for partners to spread the word and energize their communities to eat local. With your help, NH Eat Local Month will connect more people with local food.

Partners will:

  • Endorse NH Eat Local Month by sharing their business/organization’s name, logo, and website URL with us
  • Provide links to any events or promotions that they are organizing during NH Eat Local Month
  • Spread the word by sharing social media posts, adding a link to nheatlocal.org on their own website and finding other creative ways to engage their network with NH Eat Local Month

Partners will receive:

  • A listing on NH Eat Local Month’s Website
  • Ideas on how to celebrate NH Farms & Local Food all month long
  • Event marketing templates — such as a press release, social media posts and support to create targeted messages
  • The chance to be featured on the NH Eat Local Month website by writing a blog post or article

How do you sign on as a partner? Send an email to marketing@monadnockfood.coop with an “I’m in!” message and we’ll add you to our list (be sure your business/organization is easy to identify). As always, there’s no cost to you to participate as a partner.

Monadnock Food Co-op Hosts Ice Cream Social Fundraiser

The Monadnock Food Co-op and Walpole Creamery will host an Ice Cream Social Fundraiser on Saturday, June 22, 2019, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. to benefit the Monadnock Localvores Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Camp Scholarship Program that offers financial support to local youth to attend agricultural camps each summer. The fundraiser takes place at the co-op’s outdoor patio at 34 Cypress Street, Keene.

“Our Ice Cream Social Fundraiser is a great opportunity to celebrate the end of the school year and the start of summer while supporting a local cause — not to mention eating some delicious ice cream with the best spread of toppings you’ve ever seen,” said General Manager Michael Faber.

The suggested donation for ice cream and toppings is $5. Dairy-free options will also be available, along with a scrumptious range of toppings donated by co-op vendors. Singer-Songwriters Pat Clark and Jentri Jollimore will provide live music in the amphitheater and event attendees are welcome to bring a blanket and relax on the lawn. The Monadnock Waldorf School will offer face painting, too.

The Co-op hosts this fundraising event to support nonprofits and community initiatives that further Monadnock Food Co-op’s goals of increasing access to healthy food, connecting community, strengthening the local food system and supporting the local economy.

The Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Camp Scholarship endeavors to connect young people with local agriculture and nature by supplementing the cost of sending children to local farm camps, in hopes of nurturing the next generation of local farmers and food supporters.

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