Fifty-three school administrators, youth educators, parents, farmers, food retailers and stakeholders participated in the "New Hampshire Harvest of the Month Kick Off" event at Stonewall Farm in May, 2017. NH Harvest of the Month offers professional development training sessions and provides ready-to-go education materials that can be utilized by classroom and home educators, food service professionals, farmers, families and more!
Beth Roy of Vital Communities, facilitated a brief panel discussion of how community members are promoting HoM materials at work sites, in food aisles, in libraries, and at the farm stand. MORE COMING...
Kick Off attendees chose two out of 4 breakout groups to hear how additional community members such as the Monadnock Food Co-op and Prospect/Woodward Home integrate Harvest of the Month materials into everyday activities. The four breakout groups included: Harvest Lesson (Hand-on classroom experience of a Harvest Lesson); Community Engagement: Year-Round Seasonal Eating (Keene Housing Farm to Family Buying Club, Keene Public Library activities); Food Retailers (Hannaford Supermarket, Monadnock Food Coop, Farmer John's Plot); and Hands-On Toolkit (UNH Cooperative Extension Nutrition Connections - recipes, food preparation).
Notes from Breakout Groups: COMING...
The NH Harvest of the Month website features healthy recipes highlighting the monthly fruit or vegetable that can be adapted to fit the needs of both food service professionals as well as individuals and families, as well. Finally, a reading list complements Harvest of the Month materials and can be incorporated into school and home classrooms.
Become a local food advocated and GET INVOLVED with Harvest of the Month!
Organized by: MFCC Education Working Group (EWG) Join us! All are welcome!
EWG member organizations: UNH Cooperative Extension Nutrition Connections, KSC Dietetic Internship, Cheshire Co. Conservation District, Cornucopia Project, Community Garden Connections, The Community Kitchen, Healthy Monadnock, Antioch University New England
The USDA Specialty Crop Block grant which underwrites NH Harvest of the Month was written by local food superstars: Cheshire County Conservation District, Cornucopia Project, Vital Communities, NH Farm to School, Antioch University New England, Monadnock Menus, and Food Connects.