Feast On This Film Festival

Event-Slider-2015-FOTFFThe Feast on This Film Festival features movies that educate our community about the diverse issues affecting our national, regional and local food and agricultural systems.  We choose films that will spark conversation and action around building stronger local, regional and sustainable food systems. All films are open to the public.

November 9 – 15, 2015

Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition and Monadnock Food Co-op


5:30pm Monday, November 9, 2015 – Hosted by Prime Roast Coffee, Keene
3 Acres in Detroit
A willful urban farmer sets out to transform an abandoned house into a greenhouse

7pm, Tuesday, November 10, 2015Hosted by The Cornucopia Project, Peterborough
Lunch Love Community
Passion, creative energy and persistence come together when Berkeley advocates and educators tackle food reform and food justice in the schools and in the neigh­borhoods.

7pm, Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – Hosted by The Community Kitchen at Stonewall Farm, Keene
The Starfish Throwers
Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger.

7pm, Thursday, November 12, 2015 – Fair Trade Group, Keene State College, Mabel Brown Room
After I Pick The Fruit
Story of five-immigrant farmworker women who labor in NY, migrate seasonally to Florida, raise their families, and try to hide from the Bush-era immigration raids that were conducted in response to 9/11.

7pm, Friday, November 13, 2015 – Hosted by Community Garden Connections & The Orchard School at Antioch University New England
Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, and governance.

7pm, Saturday, November 14, 2015Hosted by the Monadnock Conservancy at Hastings Memorial Hall, Walpole
Growing Local
This Maine Farmland Trust-produced documentary includes three, poignant vignettes which educate on the interconnected fates of New England’s small farms, consumers and the buy-local movement.

1pm, Sunday, November 15, 2015– Colonial Theater, Keene
In Defense of Food, NH Premiere
This two-hour documentary, based on the NYT best selling book by Michael Pollan, sheds new light on one of the most important conflicts of our time—the one that each and every one of us fights when we sit down to a meal.

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$30 Film Festival Button on sale at Toadstool Bookshops in Keene and Peterborough and the Monadnock Food Coop.
Suggested donation at each venue: $10.
All proceeds underwrite festival expenses.

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Changing the Way We Eat: TEDxManhattan Viewing Party

March 1 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

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TEDxManhattan:  “Changing the Way We Eat”
Viewing Party in Keene

A Sustainable Food Movement Event
Saturday, March 1, 2014 – 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
At Antioch University New England in Keene, NH

COST: FREE! Lunch & Snacks Provided – PLEASE RSVP

Join us for a live webcast of the sold-out TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat Event held in New York City.  Food and farming leaders from around the nation will share their insights and expertise on sustainable food movement issues, impacts and innovations.

TEDxManhattan speakers include:

– Tom Colicchio: Chef/Owner, Craft Restaurants; Head Judge, “Top Chef” – Tom appeared in A Place at the Table, Participant Media’s documentary about food insecurity in America.
– Nikki Henderson: Executive Director, The People’s Grocery – Nikki runs a non-profit organization working to improve the health and economy of the West Oakland community.
– Michael Rozyne: Executive Director, Red Tomato – Michael directs a non-profit produce ‘food hub’ based in Plainville, MA.
– David Binkle: Director of Food Services, Los Angeles Unified School District – David oversees a program that provides over 650,000 meals daily by a team of 4,000 employees.

A full list of speakers is available at: http://tedxmanhattan.org/speakers/.

RSVP today!

About TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”
This annual event is sponsored by Change Food. TEDx events are licensed through TED but are independently organized events: http://tedxmanhattan.org/about/.

Co-Hosted By:

Monadnock Food Co-op
Antioch University New England Advocacy Program
Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition
Keene Community Garden Connections

Discover Local Compost!

From Monadnock Food Co-op’s Website:

Our Discover Local Promotion gives us the opportunity to bite into different parts of our Monadnock Food System, and learn some of the juicy details about each component — from the soil that gives rise to the delectable fruits and vegetables we seek, to the not-so-delectable (but essential) spoiled and discarded food scraps that become compost and are then returned to the soil.  This month, we’re starting at the ground, with a Seeds & Soil theme.   

First let’s look at compost and its role in enriching our soils. Compost closes the loop in our community’s food system: plants grow from the soil, we consume what the plants yield, we throw scraps into our compost pile and then return the finished compost to the soil.

Hopefully you’re already turning your kitchen scraps into compost and adding it to your garden.  If you’re like me, however, your compost bin has a hard time keeping up with your compost needs.  There are a few local suppliers of compost to choose from and support.  Please be sure to call ahead!

  • Ideal Compost, Peterborough
    Mike Lombard makes Ideal Compost from horse letter, cow and chicken manure, spoiled grain, grass, straw, silage and leaves.  They test their compost after months of “cooking” the materials to make sure the compost has decayed enough and ready for your garden and farm beds.  You can purchase their compost in bulk or bagged, and they can deliver to your yard (for an extra fee).
  • Stonewall Farm, Keene
    Starting the end March or early April, Stonewall Farm will sell their compost, made from the farm’s own animal manure. Compost in bags and in bulk will be sold.
  • Tracie’s Community Farm, Fitzwilliam
    Bagged Ideal Compost sold at Tracie’s Community Farm‘s farmstand.
  • Walpole Valley Farms, Walpole
    Bulk compost made from Walpole Valley Farms pasture-raised animals available by the pickup load.

Learn about the second half of our February Discover Local Theme: SEEDS

Discover Local with the Monadock Food Co-op

From Monadnock Food Co-op’s Website:


Our Discover Local Promotion gives us the opportunity to bite into different parts of our Monadnock Food System, and learn some of the juicy details about each component — from the soil that gives rise to the delectable fruits and vegetables we seek, to the not-so-delectable (but essential) spoiled and discarded food scraps that become compost and are then returned to the soil.  This month, we’re zooming in on Farm & Garden Education Programs and their role in strengthening our local food system.

Back in 2009, Monadnock Farm & Community Connection created a toolkit called Feeding the Next Generation that highlighted ten schools and community programs linking young people to local food in our region.  These Farm & Garden Education Programs (along with many others) cultivate more local food eaters, better learners, healthier individuals and our future farmers, gardeners and informed citizens.

Here is just a very small piece about just a few Farm & Garden Education Programs in our communities.  We encourage you to learn more about the programs in your town and how you can support them.  If there’s not yet one near you, use the toolkit to get started!

HANCOCK – The Cornucopia Project
The Cornucopia Project serves young people throughout the Monadnock Region and believes kids best understand where their food comes from by growing, harvesting and eating it.  “We think that it’s important that kids eat their vegetables… and grow them, too!” Kin Schilling, Founder and Director of The Cornucopia Project explained.

ALSTEAD – The Orchard School
Marty Castriotta, Facilities Director and Educator at Orchard Hill, shared, “We have strong intentions and values and we try to instill a sense of place and appreciation of agriculture.  The school was built in 1994 and has had gardening integrated into the school in some capacity since the beginning—it was an organic connection since the school is located on a multi-generational farm.”

PETERBOROUGH – South Meadow Middle School
In addition to the greenhouse, a multitude of other food and agriculture opportunities are now available on the school grounds of South Meadow Middle School. These include: vegetable gardens, a koi fish pond, bee hives, a chicken coop, an industrial composter, and herb gardens. All of these structures and programming are incorporated into not only the curriculum but also into the broader community. School administrators, teachers, and staff are constantly looking for new and different ways to utilize the infrastructure they have created to enhance food and farming both within the school and throughout the community.

KEENE – Stonewall Farm
Stonewall Farm is a nonprofit working farm and education center dedicated to connecting people to the land and to the role of local agriculture in their lives. Then Garden Manager Amanda Hopkins said, “I would like students to understand that gardens produce food. Real, tangible, edible food and that you need to work hard in order to harvest the benefits from that garden, and when you do, not only is there a lot to learn from but, boy does it taste good too!”

So dive in! Explore and discover ways to nurture these Farm and Garden Education Programs.  And as envisioned by David Sobel, Education Faculty at Antioch University New England:

The Monadnock Region would be a better place for learning and living healthy lives if there was a garden at every school, a farm connected to every school lunch program and a farmer’s market every day of the week. If we believe in Vision 2020, the idea that our region’s communities will be the healthiest in the nation by 2020, then creating these relationships that engage all of us in growing and eating locally grown, healthy food is an integral part of that vision.

We wholeheartedly agree!