Agricultural Commissioners Workshop with NH Commissioner, Lorraine Merrill

"Agricultural Commissioner/Policy Advocate Workshop"
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Thursday, September 28, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd., Keene, NH

Join NH Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food, Lorraine Merrill, Rockingham & SW regional planners, and Durham Ag commissioners  for a workshop designed for ag commissioners but open to all who are interested in becoming an advocate for farms and local food.  

Dinner will be served. 

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2017 Feast on This! Film Festival

November 10-12, 2017

11/10 Friday – Hosted by Community Garden Connections
Can You Dig This 6:30pm at Antioch University New England
South Central LA. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape.

Can You Dig This follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners as they discover what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. It’s the story of the Human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some @#%!”.

11/11 Saturday – Hannah Grimes Center, The Hive, Open bar and locally sourced hors d'oeuvres
Real Food Films Shorts Popup Film Festival, 7pm – 9pm

*Ten, 4-minute films tackle the following themes:
Taking on Big Soda
Building Power With Food Workers
Tackling Climate Change Through Food

*2017 Short film winners will be announced in October 2017.

11/12 Sunday – Stonewall Farm

The Last Crop
5:30 Locally sourced hors d’oeuvres
6pm Screening followed by discussion
Every week, 330 farm families leave their farms. The Last Crop is an intimate exploration into the lives of small family farmers Jeff and Annie Main of California’s Central Valley. Inextricably woven within these organic pioneers’ story is their ten-year pursuit to ensure that a farm need not be imperiled at the end of every generation.

In the last year, NH lost 16% of its dairy farms. What is happening in the Monadnock Region? What are MFCC member organizations doing to address the issues involved with farm transfer and planning? Join us for a community discussion after the film. 

MFCC member organizations will bring the festival to life by leading discussions on local efforts working to address issues identified in films.  

Feast on This! Film Festival website
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NH Harvest of the Month Kick Off Event

NH Harvest of the Month Kick Off Event

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! 

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Winchester Celebration of Local Food

One hundred and fifty Winchester men, women and children and got even cozier with local farmers and the bounty they provide!

EBT machines and Granite State Market Match at the Winchester Farmers Market and Picadilly Farm, as well as 12 – week Picadilly Farm CSA "12 – week floating shares" get local food on the plates and in the tummies of all community members. These new programs were featured at the Celebration of Local Food through announcements, flyers and posters highlighted at the event. 

A beautiful banquet lovingly prepared by Pamela's Pantry was enjoyed to the sweet sound of the WINchester School choir singing songs praising the earth and it's edible gifts. An impromptu jam session led by David Duhon and children's art on display made the event even more joyous!

Thank you to all the community members who made such an incredible event possible including: Robert and Gloria Leustek of Winchester Farmer's Market on MainJenny Hausman Wooster of Picadilly FarmPatti Powers of Cheshire Garden, and the MFCC Education Working Group members - Cheshire County Conservation DistrictUNH Cooperative Extension - Nutrition ConnectionsKeene State College Dietetic Internship.

Manning Hill FarmWingate FarmKernel Bakery, and Cat Den Mtn. Farm Bakery provided meat, greens, squash, carrot sticks, vegan pasties, and cookies to complete a delicious meal.

Thanks also to Porcupine AcresShire Sunshine Preserves, Teen ACCESS, Winchester Food, Thayer Library in Ashuelot, NH, and Monadnock Beekeepers for tabling.

Special thanks to EWG member, Sharon Arnone, for sharing some of her pictures with us.

The Celebration served as a springboard to promote Cheshire Co. Conservation District  collaboration with Picadilly Farm and the Winchester Farmers Market to provide EBT machines at the farm stand and at the farmers market. Additionally, SNAP recipients can "double up" their fruit and vegetable purchasing by using "Granite State Market Match" a matching fund.