Farm to family & Workplace
Our members work hard to GET LOCAL FOOD in school cafeterias, on menus, in senior living facilities, and at the work place.
Want to become an advocate for a fair and equitable food system? Join our Education Working Group.
GETTING LOCAL ON THE MENU
Monadnock Menus aggregates and distributes locally produced food ordered online - creating a simpler way for buyers to purchase local.
Sample of Monadnock menus buyers (2016)
ConVal School District
Cheshire Co. Corrections
Cheshire Medical Center
Good Shepherd Food Service
Keene Housing Buying Club
Luca's Mediterranean Cafe
Maplewood Nursing Home
National Grange Mutual
Monadnock Food Coop
SAU's 29 & 30
Sample Of Monadnock menus sellers
Echo Farm Pudding
Elm City Bagels
Farmer John's Plot
Green Wagon Farm
New Dawn Farm
Orchard Hill Breadworks
Sawyer's Artisanal Cheese
Stuart & John's Sugarhouse
Village Roots CSA
Food Access and Affordability
Food retail outlets, farms, community organizations, and state initiatives work to make local food more accessible and affordable to all income levels. Find out how to BOOST YOUR BUYING POWER!
Growing gardens in our schools, providing organic produce for families in need, bringing students into the kitchen, and teaching high school students the business end of farming, all contribute to a healthier and more informed community .
CGC serves to build local capacity to grow food. Currently, CGC oversees 9 gardens in the Keene area.
In 1999, Tracie Loock started growing vegetables in Sullivan on her father’s land while studying Environmental Horticulture at UNH to get hands on experience
Gleaning is coordinated through The Community Kitchen, Inc., an emergency food agency that serves residents of the Monadnock Region with a weekly pantry program and hot meals six days a week. Produce that is gleaned in Cheshire County also makes its way to local community food shelves and school meals programs.
Not only does Picadilly Farm have an EBT machine at its Farm Stand, but new this year, the farm offers a 12-week "Floating Share" - for SNAP recipients. Find out more!
The New Hampshire Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) provides nutrition education and nutritious foods to help keep pregnant women, new mothers, infants and preschool children healthy and strong.
New Dawn is a family owned farm located in Westmoreland, NH. We grow high quality produce for the local community. We’re proud to offer our CSA shares to residents of Keene and the surrounding area. Joining our CSA not only supports local agriculture, but also helps us provide free produce to local families with limited funds. Members of our CSA receive a produce share every week throughout the growing season and into fall.
The Monadnock Food Co-op’s Healthy Food for All Program, is an initiative that gives more people access to healthy, local and organic food options. The program’s launch coincided with Monadnock Food Co-op’s event A Place a the Table Event in Keene, sparking more conversation and collective action around hunger, obesity and national food policy in United States.
Farm to Family (F2F) is a buying club that allows Keene Housing families buy fresh produce directly from the farm at discounted prices.
The Granite State Market Match program allows SNAP customers to double the value of their benefits at participating farmers markets. For example, spend $10 at the market and receive an additional $10 to spend on fresh, locally-grown vegetables and fruit.
- 2011 Antioch Univ. New England Food Access assessment
- 38 Ways to Stem Hunger in the Monadnock Region - "A Place At The Table"call to action
- Keene Community Gardens Assessment
- GIS - Identifying existing Keene sites & possible new
- MFCC Food Access brochure
- NH Gleans
- Points of Intervention to Improve Food Access
- The Sustainability Project
- Why Every Church Should Start a Community Garden
forums & events
Despite the 2016 elections, over 250 people attended the "2016 Feast on This! Film Festival". Each critically acclaimed film had its own topic, screened in an appropriate venue (to the topic), and local experts on hand afterward to brainstorm solutions to our community’s food security issues.
At our Spring Forum, we deepened the dialogue and working relationships between the social services sector and the local food movement, identified barriers to purchasing healthy local food, and highlighted work that is already increasing the availability of locally grown food for individuals and institutions.
MFCC resurrected the Feast on This! Film Festival after a four-year hiatus because of its potential to inform, spark conversation and action that support a robust, local food system in the Monadnock Region. Over 365 festival goers attended 7 films over 7 days, at venues throughout the region. The films selected educated our community about the diverse issues affecting our national, regional and local food and agricultural systems.
One of MFCC's primary purposes is to provide the time and space for our 37 member organization constituency to network, engage in each other's work, promote and cross-pollinate information, share resources and tools, and form collaborations so that, collectively, we can continue to implement the changes needed to build a Monadnock Region sustainable local food system.
Our final 2013 forum, a screening of “A Place At The Table” at The Colonial Theatre, downtown Keene, played before a packed theater and served as the backdrop to a post-film panel discussion, moderated by N. H. Sen. Molly M. Kelly, D-Keene. Panelists included: Phoebe Bray, Executive Director of The Keene Community Kitchen, Kin Schilling, Founder of The Cornucopia Project, Donna Reynolds, ConVal Food Service Director, and Olivia Zink, activist and member of the NH Citizens Alliance.
"Educating on the Importance of Eating Healthy, Locally-Produced Food" forum was held at Heberton Hall on September 25th, 2013 and was attended by nearly 100 citizens, representing the education and health fields as well as farming, business, and both local and state government.