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Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship Now Accepting Applications and Donations

6087b85a-c4a0-4735-985a-ecb64b8e9bd9Does your child have an interest in farms or gardening?  Would he or she like to explore these interests this summer?  The Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship endeavors to connect young people with agriculture and the natural world around them.  We hope to inspire the next generation of local farmers and local food supporters, by giving regional children an opportunity, through summer camp, after school programs, or membership to NOFA-NH, to experience sustainable farming practices first-hand and watch their efforts bear fruit.  We are now accepting applications for 2020 as well as donations to the scholarship fund.

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Applications are due by March 31, 2020 and donations are accepted throughout the year.  For more information or to request a paper application, please contact the Cheshire County Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext. 4 or amanda@cheshireconservation.org.

Donations to the scholarship fund are accepted through out the year. Donations can be made by sending a check made out to CCCD to 11 Industrial Park Dr., Walpole, NH 03608.  Please note that the check is a donation the the Scholarship Fund.

During his lifetime, Jeff Smith, a former member of the Monadnock Localvore Steering Committee, was an enthusiastic supporter of sustainability and local agriculture.  He firmly believed in the connection of all living things, and stressed the importance of working in harmony with the systems of the universe.  Seeing himself as a “steward” instead of an “owner” of the land, he felt the earth was entrusted to us for safe keeping during our lifetimes, to be passed along intact to future generations.  With an eager and vibrant sense of life, his every activity was geared towards improving the lives of others and the environment through giving freely of his time and efforts.  To keep alive that vision, the Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship Program was initiated in August 2009.  The program’s purpose is to send children to an area farm camp to discover the inherent rewards that come from cultivating with one’s hands and heart.

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Stories From the Field: Celebrating our Local Food System in Words

Farmers and community members from throughout the Monadnock Region take to the stage to share their stories at Stonewall Farm on Thursday, April 16, 2020, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Join Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition as we celebrate our newly updated strategic plan and the Local Heroes who make our thriving local food community tick!

Dinner | Potluck dessert | Cash bar

$10 pp/ 75 maximum
Kids 12 & under eat free
Cash donations for dinner accepted – we want everyone there!
RSVP REQUIRED

RSVP or NOMINATE SOMEONE
DO YOU KNOW someone who is a natural-born storyteller? MFCC is taking nominations to join others on stage. We are NOT looking for Broadway actors…we ARE looking for stories from the tragic to the hilarious that provide a glimpse into the lives of those working in the local food system. View details.
Nomination deadline: February 17, 2020

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Monadnock Food Co-op Announces Fourth Year of Farm Fund: Supporting Sustainable Local Food Production

Applications Due February 1, 2020

The Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund program, in partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District, is now accepting applications from local farmers. Currently, in its fourth year, the fund has supported nine farms in the Monadnock Region.

This year, the Farm Fund will award up to $27,000 to help farms in Cheshire County and abutting New Hampshire towns develop or expand their production for wholesale markets, including selling to the Monadnock Food Co-op and Food Connects. Farmers may apply for grants ranging from $500 to $10,000. Funds can be used to support a range of projects, including the purchase of equipment and infrastructure, packaging and labeling design needs, and technical assistance.

Interested farmers are invited to attend one of two Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 12 p.m. at the Hannah Grimes Center in Keene
  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 12 p.m. at the Cheshire County Conservation District Office in Walpole

Information session details and registration are at monadnockfood.coop/farmfund.

“The Farm Fund empowers local farmers to grow their businesses to help them become more financially sustainable,” said Michael Faber, Monadnock Food Co-op General Manager. “It also helps the co-op broaden its offerings of locally grown, raised, and made foods – that means more local food for you, your family, and our community.”
A Request for Proposals and an application are available at monadnockfood.coop/farmfund. Applications are due February 1, 2020.

Tax-deductible donations to this fund can be made to the Cheshire County Conservation District at cheshireconservation.org/make-a-donation. Additional fundraising activities will occur at the Monadnock Food Co-op, including a Round It Up Donation Drive in January & February 2020.

The Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund’s mission is to support local farmers in increasing sustainable food production and wholesale sales to contribute to a thriving local farm economy. This grant supports several of the co-op’s goals, including building a healthy, sustainable food system, supporting local farmers and producers, and contributing to a strong, sustainable, and improving local economy.

For more information on eligibility, please visit monadnockfood.coop/farmfund or call Amanda Littleton at the Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext. 4.

Monadnock Food Co-op Round It Up Drive Donates $3,140 to Community Garden Connections

Shoppers at the Monadnock Food Co-op collectively donated $3,140 to the Community Garden Connections (CGC). The Monadnock Food Co-op held a month-long Round It Up Donation Drive during October to support Community Garden Connections. Customers rounded up their purchases to donate their change to support this local organization.

The funds raised during this donation drive will go towards helping CGC expand its educational opportunities for gardeners, deepen their relationship with community partners, and continue to increase access to healthy food and healthy environments in the Monadnock region.

The co-op’s Round It Up donation program empowers shoppers to make a positive change in their community by rounding up their change for local agencies like the CGC and The Community Kitchen. During the co-op’s last fiscal year, the Round It Up program raised over $36,700 and supported seven non-profits.

About Community Garden Connections

Community Garden Connections (CGC) serves to build local capacity to grow food. It addresses food insecurity related to climate change, personal and communal health, and resiliency. With the help of a private donation from the Rashti Foundation, CGC supports the installation and cooperative maintenance of raised gardens in partnership with local service agencies, students, and community members. These funds also support educational outreach to meet the specific gardening interests of community partners.