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Virtual Garden Talk Series

The Keene Public Library invites new and experienced gardeners to join a four-part Garden Talk series. Dates and topics include:

  • Vegetable Gardening presented by Sarah Marcoux on Thursday, July 09, 2020, at 11 a.m.
  • Saving Seed presented by Joy Ackerman, Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 11 a.m.
  • Gardening in a Time of Climate Change presented by Sandra Pickering, Thursday, August 06, 2020, at 11 a.m.
  • Putting the Garden to Bed presented by Joy Ackerman, Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 11 a.m.

Our series will be presented virtually on Zoom. Please register on the Keene Public Library online calendar at http://keenepubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar for an invitation.

The Garden Talk Series is co-sponsored by the UNH Extension Master Gardener Program. It is part of the library’s Dig Deeper; Read, Investigate, Discover Summer Reading and Learning Program. Other programs for adults include book discussions, gardening programs, genealogy workshops, and astronomy lectures – all presented on Zoom. To learn more about the summer reading and learning adventure at the library, please call 603-352-0157 or check out the library’s website www.keenepubliclibrary.org.

NH Eats Local Month: Call for 2020 Partners

NH Eats LocalIt’s time to start planning this year’s NH Eats Local Month, a month-long campaign in August that celebrates local food and farming in the Granite State.

Each August, over 100 partners throughout the state join together to highlight New Hampshire produced foods, celebrate the power of food to bring us together, and encourage others to purchase and eat local foods. NH Eats Local Month is a month-long celebration of local food in our state, and the hard-working NH farmers, fishers, and food businesses that provide for us all year long.

Join the festivities and become a partner for NH Eats Local Month! Help us celebrate in August by sharing our resources, social media posts, and other tools to get people excited about local foods. We hope the broader NH Eats Local campaign, and NH Eats Local Month, can help partners spread their mission and goals to more Granite Staters.

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

Partners will:

  • Endorse NH Eats 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 Eats 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 Eats Local Month

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.

New Hampshire Farm Products Map

From UNH Cooperative Extension

Finding Local Healthy Food in a Crisis 

Farm Map

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many residents are avoiding or limiting trips to crowded supermarkets. It can be difficult to know if certain products will be available at grocery stores because of high demand. “Staple” food items like eggs, milk, bread, fruits and vegetables are needed more than ever, as families prepare most, if not all, meals at home.

Connecting farmers directly with consumers allows for curbside pick-ups or delivery methods that maintain physical distancing while providing local, nutritious food to New Hampshire communities. In addition to food essentials like meat, produce and dairy, farmers can list other offerings like cut flowers, hay, compost, seedlings, soap, candles and more.

Extension’s online map includes farm locations and contact information, farm-preferred methods for relaying product, marketing updates to the public (websites and social media accounts), payment options, alternative purchasing locations, purchasing incentives/food access programs (such as SNAP, senior discounts or veteran discounts) and product category listings.

For Farms

Farms and related companies that want to be included in the map should use the new site entry form. Those already appearing on the map may make changes by using the update a listing form.

CLICK HERE TO ADD YOUR FARM TO THE MAP

To Help Share the Map

Please consider adding one of the images below on your organization’s website and link to this website (https://extension.unh.edu/FarmMap) or the map directly (https://arcg.is/15L1fa).

The Cornucopia Project Announces Search for new Executive Director

The Cornucopia Project, the Monadnock Region’s leader in educational programs connecting people of all ages to fresh, local food and to each other, has announced it is searching for a new Executive Director. Karen Hatcher, who has led the organization since 2017, is transitioning from the organization to take a position with the Town of Peterborough. In the interim, the organization will be managed by its exceptionally capable staff and Board of Directors.

“The Board of the Cornucopia Project is deeply grateful to Karen Hatcher, who brought strong business and management acumen, as well as, energy and creativity that benefited Cornucopia in so many ways,” commented new board Chair, Cathie Sage. “We also thank Erin Taylor, who brought great leadership to the board as Chair for the last several years. Her vast nonprofit board experience made a huge impact on the organization.”

Erin Taylor has served on the Board of Trustees of Cornucopia since 2017 and has chaired the Board since January 2019. She will continue to serve on the board.

The organization is also announcing the addition of Carolyn Hough, owner of Cranberry Meadow Farm in Peterborough, to the Board. Carolyn is a chef by trade, an avid gardener and is enthusiastic about education programs for growing, preparing and eating healthy food. The Board has also recently elected a new slate of officers: Cathie Sage of Peterborough as Board Chair, Nina McIntyre of Dublin as Treasurer, and Ruth Clark of Sharon as Secretary.

Interested applicants for the Executive Director position are encouraged to view the job description and details for applying: http://cornucopiaproject.org/our-staff/join-our-team/

About The Cornucopia Project

Cornucopia supports the health and vitality of our community by providing educational programming on growing healthy food and making nutritious food choices. The Cornucopia Project creates teaching gardens in local schools and produces abundant crops at the student-powered Cornucopia Educational Farm. During the Summer and Fall of 2020 the Cornucopia Farm will be offering Bounty Bags of fresh produce as well as the opportunity to donate the farm’s produce to local food pantries. Learn more at www.cornucopiaproject.org.