Farm & Garden Education Update

A first draft of the MFCC Farm and Garden Education Toolkit was presented to a small group of teachers, parents, school staff, farmers, gardeners and students at Antioch University New England on December 3, 2009.

In addition to viewing a slide show of photos from the toolkit’s ten case studies, the group offered feedback and next steps for strengthening young people’s connections to local food and farming.

One suggestion was to post the case studies and other sections of the toolkit onto a blog – to share the information and initiate more networking and discussion.  This is the first of many postings!

Please feel free to share your questions and comments.

Building Our Local Living Economy

Who is missing?

These local organizations, businesses and community groups are already contributing to our local economy and community in diverse and important ways.

Contributions such as:

  • Encouraging charitable giving
  • Paying staff to volunteer for local agencies
  • Purchasing local products, when possible
  • Giving incentives for walking or biking to school or work
  • Offering support to local businesses
  • Supporting farmers and a healthy regional food system
  • Encouraging citizen participation
  • Growing a community garden
  • Marketing local events and products
  • Developing community-wide health education initiatives
  • Supporting smart growth policies
  • Contributing to our community’s guiding documents (master plan, land use regulations)
  • Setting policies and guidelines to support our local economy
  • Promoting conservation of our natural resources
  • Providing jobs and contributing dollars to the local economy through a locally-owned business
  • Bringing people together to network and solve local problems

This collage of logos continues to grow!  If you are a business owner or leader of a non-profit or community initiative and would like to be added to this collage, please send an electronic version your logo (JPG) to jen(at)

Feel free to forward this announcement to other businesses, non-profits and community initiatives helping to build the Monadnock Region’s local economy and community.

What Does a Local Living Economy Mean to Us?

In November 2009, a group of community members gathered to explore the concept of a Local Living Economy.  The BALLE Network has its own definition, but what does it mean to us – citizens of the Monadnock Region?

Here is a small sample of ideas to describe a Monadnock Local Living Economy – What would you add?

The Monadnock Local Living Economy is a place where:

  • All citizens can have a great quality of life.
  • Our basic needs are met within our community and region.
  • Individuals realize that they are beyond the worth of their jobs.
  • Leadership helps identify common ground and overarching community goals.
  • Citizens are creating a new definition of what our needs really are.
  • Individuals and banks are investing in social capital.
  • We are working cooperatively and collaboratively.
  • All citizens are engaged and feel included.
  • Celebrating our community.
  • We are thinking of our community as a system.