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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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Apply for the Monadnock Farm Share Program

farmshareprogram_bannerThe Cheshire County Conservation District is proud to announce the start of a new program bringing farm fresh CSA shares to limited-income Monadnock Region residents. The Monadnock Farm Share Program aims to make farm fresh vegetables affordable for everyone. Participating families and individuals end up receiving a discounted vegetable share at 50% of it’s value!!!

Choose from 8 local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms to particpate with. Farmers raise funds to cover 25% of the program costs, 25% is provided through the Healthy Monadnock Initiative, leaving the customer to pay only 50% of the total CSA cost.

APPLY EARLY!

Applications will be selected on a first come, first served basis and funding is limited.

For more information visit cheshireconservation.org/farmshare.  View a detailed participating farm list.

Participating farms include:

Abenaki Springs Farm

Foggy Hill Farm

Hillside Springs Farm

Hungry Bear Farm

New Dawn Farm

Picadilly Farm

Sun Moon Farm

Tracie’s Community Farm

Monadnock Region CSA Fair

 

CSA-Fair-2019-11x17-FINAL-3-768x1187A free Monadnock Region CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Fair will take place at the Monadnock Food Co-op cafe on Sunday, March 10, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Seven area CSA farmers will set up informational tables and answer questions about their farms and CSA memberships.

Although each local CSA farm is unique and individually run, each offers “shares” of locally grown food to community members. There are variations in the price, share size, distribution, choices, pick-up sites, payment plans, and variety of food offered. Some CSA farms concentrate on vegetable production, while others provide eggs, meat, flowers, berries, maple syrup, honey, raw milk, cheese, yogurt, or other local products.

The commitment from community members to join a CSA implies a willingness to share with the farmer both the rewards and risks of small-scale farming. Weather, pest damage, and crop failures affect both the farmer and the shareholder. The entire community absorbs the costs of raising food in sustainable ways, and farmers receive consistent appreciation and financial support for their efforts. The shareholders know when, where, and how their food is grown.

A CSA membership supports local farms and the local economy, eliminating many of the environmental and food quality costs of marketing, packaging, and shipping food long distances. Freshly picked, locally grown fruits and vegetables are a good value because they have superior flavor compared to many large-scale commercially raised crops. Sustainable farm practices also avoid the hidden costs of pesticide residues, soil erosion, and polluted surface groundwater often associated with large scale conventional agriculture.

“Local farmland in CSA use becomes healthier through crop rotation, composting, cover crops, natural fertilizers, and periodic resting,” said Frank Hunter of Hillside Springs Farm. “Small farms are also able to grow heirloom or little-known varieties of fruits and vegetables, which helps maintain the diversity and vitality of the world’s seed bank, and also puts healthy and delicious food on the table!”

This year’s Monadnock Region CSA Fair participants:

Abenaki Springs Farm in Walpole offers berries, herbs and vegetables in rotational production; uses biodynamic principles and remineralizes the soil: 603-209-7100, abenakispringsfarm.com, info@abenakispringsfarm.com.

Hillside Springs Farm and CSA Garden, a hand and horse powered farm in Westmoreland, offers vegetables, herbs, apple cider, pick-your-own flowers: 603-399-7288, hillsidespringsfarm.com, hillsidespringsfarm@gmail.com.

New Dawn Farm in Westmoreland produces a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, hops, and cut flowers. Dedicated to using beyond organic practices and includes a Pantry Program, which supports Joan’s Pantry in Chesterfield: 603-399-4859, newdawnfarmnh.com, info@newdawnfarmnh.com.

Picadilly Farm in Winchester grows certified organic produce. Various types of CSA shares are available June-December, with share pick up at the farm or in Keene or Brattleboro: 603-239-8718, picadillyfarm.com, jenny@picadillyfarm.com.

Sun Moon Farm in Rindge provides vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers to members. Located at “The Meeting School,” a property that has been continuously farmed since 1783, the farm grows over 75 varieties of old and rare Dahlias and offers members artisan breads that are baked on the property: 603-899-2806, sunmoonfarm.org, sun.moon.craig@gmail.com.

Tracie’s Community Farm in Fitzwilliam offers Spring, summer and fall shares including a wide variety of vegetables with a home delivery option, as well as options to add herbs, flowers, fruit, bread, eggs, and more: 603-568-6102, traciesfarm.com, farmers@traciesfarm.com.

Village Roots Permaculture Farm in East Alstead offers spring and fall season greens and poultry shares. All birds are raised on pasture and fed only organic grains. Breeds include Freedom Ranger broiler chickens and heritage Narragansett turkeys: 603-477-5533, villageroots.org, marty@theorchardschool.org.

View event updates at monadnockfood.coop/event/csa/.