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Monadnock Earth Day Film Festival

April 22 – 24, 2021

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Check out our Monadnock Earth Day Film Festival Advertising Opportunity. We are also accepting event sponsorships. Please contact Dee for more details.

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.

This event is free; however, registration is required. Register at moniff.org/events/.

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/.


Film Screening: Kiss the Ground
April 21, 2021
Hosted by the Franklin Pierce Institute for Climate Action. Details will be posted at franklinpierce.edu/institutes/monadnockinst/.

Share Your Story: NH Food System Statewide Gathering

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! 

Shadows Fall North: Virtual Film Screening & Discussion

January 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Join us for a virtual screening of Shadows Fall North, a documentary on Black History in New Hampshire. The screening will be followed by a discussion of Black History and racial equity in the NH food system.

This event is presented in partnership with NH Food Alliance, UNH Sustainability Institute, Warner Public Market, the Greater Nashua Food Council, the Littleton Food Co-op, UNH Cooperative Extension, Monadnock Food Co-op, NOFA-NH, and the Kearsarge Food Hub.


Shadows Fall North: How does a state with the motto “Live Free or Die” and a celebrated legacy of abolitionism confront and understand its participation in slavery, segregation, and the neglect of African-American history? Our film will seek to answer the question: What happens when we move toward a fuller understanding of our history by including all voices? Produced by UNH Center for the Humanities, the Black Heritage Trail NH, and Atlantic Media Productions.

Monadnock Children’s Food Access Alliance to Develop Food Access Plan

New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation awarded the County of Cheshire a $20,000 grant to fiscal sponsor a project with Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition (MFCC) and Healthy Monadnock, who will form the Monadnock Children’s Food Access Alliance. The Alliance will regularly assemble during 2021 to work towards a long term goal to improve the overall health of children in the Monadnock region.

The Alliance’s key objective is to identify opportunities for children and families to access affordable healthy food and increase participation in programs. This will be accomplished by conducting a comprehensive analysis of assets and gaps in present children’s food security programs, coordinating existing services and programs to increase program efficiencies, convening stakeholders (e.g., focus groups, listening sessions) to examine data and information, co-designing a plan with community members to fill identified gaps in programs and services, and enabling community members to access existing programs. Success of this project will mean that children in the Monadnock region have excellent health and easy access to nutritious food, regardless of their economic or family status.

The intent of this project is to help leaders design effective programs. Presently, food security and access programs in the Monadnock region are underused and little data exists as to why that is or if vulnerable people know about resources and assistance available. Numerous anecdotes in the region from school professionals and medical providers reference families cutting back or going into debt to feed their kids. Yet programs like SNAP, Granite State Market Match, and EBT benefits are underutilized. The region’s food access providers and public health officials will be better positioned to help these people if they had more information about the people who need services and their barriers to accessing those services.

MFCC is the ideal organization to lead efforts to closely examine the local food system because it works with about 140 members to cultivate community action, connect people to resources, and foster relationships that benefit local farmers and public health. According to Roe-Ann Tasoulas, MFCC director, “Three of the Coalition’s goals tie directly into this effort: increase food production and consumption in the region, and provide resources and encourage advocacy for an equitable food system. Our members are passionate about healthy food and making it available to all Monadnock residents.”

Healthy Monadnock and Cheshire Medical Center’s Center for Population Health will support the Coalition’s efforts and provide technical assistance, network connections, and use of the Healthy Monadnock brand. It provides education and advocacy, oversight for public health projects, and supports the implementation of the Community Health Improvement Plan. Cheshire County government will provide fiscal sponsorship, and will manage the contractual aspect of the grant award and its subcontracts.

“Being a part of bring this project to fruition is what our work is all about,” says Tricia Zahn, Center for Population Health and MFCC board member. “It is energizing to know so many people in the Monadnock Region are passionate about food access improvements and to have our project ideas validated by an external competitive funder is no small feat.”

Funding for this project was made possible by the New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation through a competitive application program for reducing food insecurity in children and families by increasing access to affordable healthy food.

The Alliance seeks stakeholder participation at their meetings and other various stages of the planning project. To sign up or for more information, contact Roe-Ann Tasoulas, MFCC Director at coordinator@mfccoalition.org or 802.271.4191