Supporting and eating local is a 365, 24/7 celebration in the Granite State. But we pull out the stops in August to celebrate NH Eats Local Month! Join us for 31 days of rallying around the bounty of New Hampshire and to thank our hard working farmers, fishers, and food businesses.
Over 100 partners throughout the state join together to celebrate the power of food in bringing us together and encouraging the continued choice to eat and support local food. Join in for events, contests, film screenings, storytelling, and more.
This year’s Monadnock Region CSA Fair goes virtual! Enjoy this short video and meet the faces behind your CSA fruits, veggies & more.
Although each local CSA farm is unique, they all offer “shares” of locally grown food to community members. There are variations in price, share size, distribution, and payment plans. Some CSA farms concentrate on vegetable production, while others provide eggs, meat, flowers, berries, and other local products.
A CSA membership supports local farms and our local economy. This video highlights eight area CSA farms.
Hillside Springs Farm and CSA Garden in Westmorland offers vegetables, herbs, berries, and flowers from Early June-late Nov. Select a Full or Half Share CSA. Frank Hunter & Kim Peavey run a hand and horse-powered farm, using only sustainable and biodynamic farming methods.
Hillside Springs Farm and CSA Garden Frank Hunter & Kim Peavey 32 Comerford Road, Westmoreland 603-399-7288 email@example.com hillsidespringsfarm.com
Village Roots Permaculture Farm in East Alstead is a small, diverse, regenerative family farm offering the following CSA shares: small and large poultry shares, small and large pasture shares (a mix of chicken, lamb, beef, and pork), and Spring greens shares. Marty Castriotta and Ellen Denny sell turkeys, whole lambs, and whole and half pork and beef. They also offer permaculture site consults, installations, design courses, and workshops.
Village Roots Permaculture Marty Castriotta 134 Old Settlers Road, East Alstead 603-477-5533 firstname.lastname@example.org villageroots.org
Seven Generations Farm in Gilsum is a small-scale herbal farm and homestead, practicing permaculture and herbalism. They offer a bi-monthly Full Moon Herb Share. Each share includes a variety of apothecary items and medicinal plant products. Half and Full shares are available.
Jenny and Bruce Wooster of Picadilly Farm in Winchester grow certified organic produce. They offer various types of CSA shares that are available June-December, with share pick up at the farm or in sites in Keene or Brattleboro, VT.
Picadilly Farm Bruce and Jenny Wooster 264 South Parrish Road, Winchester 603-239-8718 email@example.com picadillyfarm.com
Stonewall Farm in Keene grows certified organic vegetables using regenerative practices. They offer a full-season CSA from May through October.
Abenaki Springs Farm grows a wide variety of certified organic produce, small fruit, flowers, and pasture-raised poultry and pork in Walpole. Their market-style CSA runs from May through the end of October. Pick out weekly shares at the Keene Farmers Market or at their farm stand in Walpole.
Sun Moon Farm in Rindge is an intentionally small vegetable, herb and cut flower farm with a focus on community. From mid-June through October, friends can pick up their shares in the farm’s barn while visiting with their farmers and other neighbors. Members also have an opportunity to purchase fresh greens and storage crops throughout the winter.
Sun Moon Farm Craig and Megan Jensen 121 Thomas Road, Rindge 603-899 2806 firstname.lastname@example.org sunmoonfarm.org
Tracie’s Community Farm in Fitzwilliam offers spring, summer, and fall CSA shares in a variety of sizes and with the option of home delivery to Keene and the surrounding areas. Shares are harvested, washed, and packed the day of delivery, and include a large variety of ripe, in-season produce.
Tracie’s Community Farm 72 Jaffrey Road, Fitzwilliam 603-568-6102 email@example.com traciesfarm.com
The Monadnock Food Co-op will partner with Monadnock International Film Festival and Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition, producer of Feast On This! Film Festival, to transform the annual in-person Monadnock Earth Festival into a virtual film festival. The Monadnock Earth Day Film Festival will take place from April 22 – April 24, 2021. This free online event will feature films and host panel discussions to celebrate and cultivate a more resilient world.
“Uniting our Film Festivals into one energizing and impactful event is such a win-win for MFCC and the region,” said Roe-Ann Tasoulas from the Feast On This! Film Festival. “We’re able to offer our community incredibly moving, funny, and thought-provoking documentaries fresh from larger festivals thanks to this collaboration.”
A sample of the film line-up includes:
SEEDING CHANGE – 2021 Climate Change | English | Subtitles | 51 min About “triple bottom line” businesses that consider the social, environmental, and financial impacts of their companies and address some of today’s most challenging issues. This award-winning documentary empowers viewers to be part of the solution by voting with their dollars and supporting the brands and products that align with their environmentally conscious values.
FIRST WE EAT – 2020 Food Sovereignty | Climate | Female Director | English | Canada | 101 min What happens when an ordinary family living just south of the Arctic Circle bans all grocery store food from their house for one year? Add three skeptical teenagers, one reluctant husband, no salt, no caffeine, no sugar, and -40° temperatures.WHY WE CYCLE – 2019 Transportation | Environment | English | Dutch, subtitles | 57 min Take a ride with ordinary cyclists and specialists from a variety of disciplines. These conversations uncover some obvious but even more hidden effects of cycling on people, societies, and cities’ organizations.
THE FALCONER – 2020 BIPOC | Social Justice | English | U.S. | A story of second chances: for injured birds of prey, for an abandoned plot of land, for a group of teenagers who have dropped out of high school, and for Rodney himself. This intimate portrait film follows master falconer Rodney Stotts on his mission to build a bird sanctuary and provide access to nature for his stressed community.
MICROPLASTIC MADNESS – 2019 Family | Youth | Advocacy | English | U.S. | 79 min (Ages 7 to 14+ General Audiences) The story of 56 fifth graders from Public School 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, living in the frontline of the climate crisis. Their actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories. With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists engaged in the most cutting-edge research on the harmful effects of microplastics, this alarming yet charming narrative conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms.
“MONIFF is thrilled to partner with the Monadnock Food Co-op and Feast On This! Film Festival to celebrate Earth Day by bringing the community together through diverse films and thoughtful discussions,” said Dee Fitzgerald from Monadnock International Film Festival.
Event sponsors include Franklin Pierce University, Greater Keene and Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, League of Conservation Voters, Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation, Vital Communities, and W.S. Badger Co.
In addition to the film festival, related Earth Day events in the region include: Earth Day 5K Walk/Run & Bike Tour April 19, 2021 – April 24, 2021 Stonewall Farm in Keene will host a virtual 5k (walk or run) and bike tour to raise funds to support their mission of teaching and demonstrating regenerative farming to people of all ages to ensure food security, vibrant communities, and a healthy planet. Details at stonewallfarm.org/events/earth-day/.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! NH Food Alliance is looking for stakeholders, organizations, etc. from across the NH food system to share their stories at a networking session during the 2021 NH Food System Statewide Gathering, March 11-12. If you would like to spread the word about your program, project, or event, the Statewide Gathering is the time to do it! Please find more details in the submission form below. The deadline to submit is January 29!