Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition
Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition is a coalition of 89 member organizations and 48 individual members who come together regularly in Quarterly Forums and monthly Working Groups to build a robust, effective, and sustainable local food system throughout the Monadnock Region in alignment with the Healthy Monadnock strategy to increase healthy eating.
News & Updates
Our Food System
at a Glance
Total land in agricultural production (2012 USDA CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE):
Cheshire: 63,292 acres
Hillsborough: 47,707 acres
Total # of farms: 1095
consumption & distribution
NH eats 5% of food grown here (lowest in New England states)
NH ranked #1 in products sold by direct marketing includes: farmers’ markets, farm stands and pick your own fruits and vegetables.
Direct marketing accounts for 12% of NH farm food sales.
Among the US states, NH ranks 49th in providing school breakfast program.
NH ranks 45th in the nation for public healthcare funding
As of 2012, 52% of farmers worked a second, off-farm job
Nearly 1/3 of NH farms are owned and operated by women; well above the national average
The average age of NH farmers; 57
There are 6 active agricultural commissions in our region
MFCC hosts an annual quarterly forum dedicated to advocating for policy supportive of agriculture
access & affordability
There are 13 community gardens in the Monadnock Region
Two gleaning programs provide food pantries with fresh, local food
The Monadnock Food Coop and Hannafords offer programs to lower costs of vegetables and fruit
The Keene Housing Buying Club brings local, farm fresh fruits and vegetables to Keene Housing-assisted households
Granite State Market Match (SNAP, previously) offers qualified residents to "double up" on vegetable and fruit purchases
“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”
— NADIA Shabazz
Our 90 member organizations commit to contributing to the mission, vision and Strategic Plan by cooperating with other members and sharing resources to meet our shared goals.
Our 48 individual members commit to actively contributing to the mission and vision on a personal level, as well as engaging in Quarterly forums and in monthly Working Groups. Individual members contribute resources such as time, money goods, or expertise to MFCC to ensure the achievement of our collective goals.
Membership is free! Only requirement is a sincere concern for and need of local food. There all sorts of way to get involved.