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:

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

The Monadnock Farm Share Program

50% off fresh CSA vegetable shares!

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce farms in the Monadnock Region have come together, in partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District, for the second year of ensuring that farm-fresh CSA vegetable shares are affordable for all interested community members.

Shares are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will accept applications until June 1st or until all available shares have been awarded.



Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund 2020 Grant Awards

The Monadnock Food Co-op announces six grant recipients for the 2020 Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund: Abenaki Springs Farm of Walpole, Green Wagon Farm of Keene, Pete’s Stand of Walpole, Picadilly Farm of Winchester, Stonewall Farm of Keene, and Windyhurst Farm of Westmoreland. The Farm Fund proudly distributed $27,411 among these six farms. Since starting in 2017, the Farm Fund has awarded over $59,000 in grants to fourteen local farms.

The Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund, created in partnership with the Cheshire Country Conservation District, has a mission 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 contributing to a healthy, sustainable food system, supporting local farmers and producers, and building a strong, sustainable, and improving local economy. The Cheshire County Conservation District, fiscal agent for the Farm Fund, supports farm viability in the region and promotes the responsible stewardship of natural and agricultural resources.

Abenaki Springs Farm will build a wash/pack shed for their certified organic vegetable farm. Green Wagon Farm will purchase ‘Harvest Carts’ to improve the ease and efficiency of harvesting strawberries and other vegetable crops. Pete’s Stand will secure a potato planter, potato digger, and wholesale packaging materials to scale up their potato production. Picadilly Farm will purchase a new set of precision vacuum seeders for field seedings of root crops and greens. Stonewall Farm will build a 14′ x 100’ caterpillar tunnel to expand spinach production into the winter and provide shade to offer a cool growing space in the summer. Windyhurst Farm will increase their milk tank storage from 2,000 to 6,700 gallons.

“Our Farm Fund is an essential way to invest in the future of local, sustainable farming in our region,” said Michael Faber, Monadnock Food Co-op General Manager. “Especially in these times, it helps ensure we have a healthy, local food system for our community now and into the future.”

Funds for this program are provided by donations from Monadnock Food Co-op and its shoppers. Additional funds come from the You Have Our Trust Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.

Fundraising is already underway for the 2021 Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund grant cycle. During May, July, October, and November 2020, co-op shoppers can round up their change at the registers to donate to the fund. So far this year, shoppers have contributed over $7,600 to the Farm Fund.

For more information, please visit To make a tax-deductible donation to the fund, please contact Amanda Littleton at the Cheshire Country Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext 4 or donate anytime online at

NH Maple Weekend

Originally published on New Hampshire Maple Producers Website copy

Hosted by the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association, Maple Sugaring Month runs March 7 through March 29, spanning four weekends of maple madness! The 25th Annual NH Maple Weekend will be March 21 – 22, 2020.

Join the fun at a local participating sugar house! Across the state, sugar makers open their doors to the public to demonstrate the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring.

Meet the maple producers of New Hampshire. Discover how their operation works, enjoy free samples of fresh syrup, maple candies and confections, coffee and doughnuts. Some locations offer pancake breakfasts, petting farms or horse-drawn rides. Come taste why pure New Hampshire maple syrup has long been a delicious harbinger of spring.