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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.

A Decade of Plaid Friday Celebrations in the Monadnock Region

For the tenth year, independent businesses and community members in the Monadnock Region will celebrate Plaid Friday on the day after Thanksgiving. This year’s event falls on Friday, November 29, 2019.

Individuals will wear plaid on Plaid Friday to show support for the local economy and their commitment to spending more of their dollars at locally owned businesses during the holiday season. Last year, nearly 400 community members pledged to participate in Plaid Friday.

To amplify this year’s event, Savings Bank of Walpole will host a Plaid Friday Week from Friday, November 29 to Tuesday, December 3.  The bank will set up information tables at each of their branches with Plaid Friday swag to inspire more people to participate in this year’s event.  Community members are encouraged to wear plaid throughout this week and stop by the bank’s Marlboro Street branch to take a selfie in front of the bank’s Plaid Friday backdrop.  Savings Bank of Walpole will then share these photos on social media to further promote this event.

“With Savings Bank of Walpole (SBW) being the community’s local bank, we want to show our support for our local businesses,” said Danielle Ruffo, Savings Bank of Walpole’s new Community Engagement Coordinator.  “SBW serves many customers in our community — and keeping your money local is what we are all about.  Supporting Plaid Friday and the ‘Shop Indie Local’ movement is all part of helping our local community thrive and grow.”

Plaid Friday celebrates the diversity and creativity of local and independent businesses. It’s a fun and festive alternative to the “Black Friday” consumer frenzy perpetuated by big box stores.  This event originated in Oakland, CA with the intent to bring back the times when shopping for friends and family was a pleasurable and leisurely activity.

A growing list of locally owned businesses will serve as Plaid Friday Hubs, photographing customers decked out in plaid and answering questions about this event.  View a list of Plaid Friday Hubs.

Local photographer Kim Peck will host a Plaid Friday Photo Booth outside of The Toadstool Bookshop at 12 Depot Square in Peterborough (times TBD). In Keene, Ted’s Shoe & Sport at 115 Main Street will host a Plaid Friday Photo Booth inside his store with Luxury Box Photo Booth, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The photo booth will then move to Elm City Brewery at 222 West Street (times TBD). Photos will be added to a Plaid Friday collage, celebrating all who wore plaid: bit.ly/MBLplaidfriday.

A number of participating businesses will offer specials to honor the day and thank community members for their support. View these specials.

Plaid Friday is part of the “Shop Indie Local” movement growing throughout North America.  From November 1 to December 31, Shop Indie Local encourages residents to choose local and independent businesses for more of their holiday purchases.

The Monadnock Region’s Plaid Friday event is sponsored by Beeze Tees Screen Printing, CC&D’s Kitchen, Cheshire Horse, Creative Encounters, Cultural Cocoon, The Dragonfly Shop,  Elm City Brewery, The Farm Cafe, Food Connects, Frogg Brewing, Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Joseph’s Coat, Korvin Appliance, LuvINK&Paper, The Luxury Box Photo Booth, Marcia Kayser, Mayfair Farm, Monadnock Food Co-op, One Stop Country Pet Supply, Peterborough Art Academy, Prime Roast Coffee, Savings Bank of Walpole, Ted’s Shoe & Sport, Toadstool Bookshops in Keene and Peterborough, Tribals – Rugs by Hand and  The Works Cafe.