Policy 201: Advocating For and Implementing Policy Supportive of Agriculture

Join Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition for their third Quarterly Forum of 2014  — their second focused on policy advocacy. Throughout the Monadnock Region, policy is in the process of being formed – we need YOUR VOICE! In addition, we will also explore the relationship between state policy and local – how does one impact the other?
Policy 201: Advocating for and Implementing Policy Supportive of Agriculture
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Stonewall Farm
5pm – 7:45pm
ADVOCATE FOR POLICY — Keene’s 2 yr. plan to update zoning laws
LEARN ABOUT NH RIGHT TO FARM LAW, current legislative updates, and how they impact us locally
New England Farmers Union (NEFU) — how NEFU helps to translate state to local policy
NH FOOD STRATEGY – statewide effort to build a sustainable food system in NH – needs your input!
MFCC POLICY WORKING GROUP will present its Policy Platform – our plan to share policy updates affecting our region with the you; strategies to build a regional “voice for agriculture”;  ways you can get involved.

Send a Farmer to Washington

By Erbin Crowell, NFCA Executive Director, and Annie Cheatham, NEFU President

Congress is making decisions about your food and our farms. The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) is partnering with the New England Farmers Union (NEFU) to help raise funds to send farmers to Washington to talk to our lawmakers.

Several times a year, the National Farmers Union coordinates a legislative fly-in. This is an opportunity for our members to go to D.C., walk the halls of Congress, meet with government officials and tell them our concerns for New England agriculture and fisheries. Because lawmakers listen to personal stories, we want to make it possible for more New England farmers and fishermen to participate in these fly-ins.

“Small farms are increasingly important and are at the forefront in developing innovative farm technologies and sustainable farming practices,” says Tim Wennrich of Meadowstone Farm in Bethlehem, NH, a participant in a recent fly-in.  In a political atmosphere supportive of big agriculture, “vision is not our problem. Small farms could use a little more voice and a little more support.”

You can help strengthen the voice of farmers in DC.  Please send a $10 tax-deductible contribution the NEFU Education Foundation today and help send a farmer to Washington.  Thank-you.

For more information and to make a contribution, please visit http://newenglandfarmersunion.org/sendafarmer.html.