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  • November 21, 2021 8:06 AM | TLC Monadnock (Administrator)

    Give more this holiday season. How? By joining the Shop Indie Local movement!  From our Thanksgiving meal to our New Year's Eve celebration, we’re purchasing more of our holiday gifts and celebration needs from our friends and neighbors -- locally owned business owners.  Please join us!

    Shop Indie Local and Give More

    Think about the people you love. Instead of stuff, what do you truly want to give them?  Perhaps it’s more hope, inspiration, or connection.  Now, consider each person, place, and thing that plays a part in growing, making, and getting that gift to your loved one.  When you Shop Indie Local, you give more to everyone.


    Why Shop Indie Local?

    When you spend your dollars at locally owned retail businesses in the Monadnock Region, four times more money returns to our local economy than if you spend that same dollar at a chain store.  Spend a dollar at an independent business and 62 cents return to our local economy. (Spend it at a chain store and only 13 cents return; spend it at an online giant and only a couple pennies return.)

    Those 62 cents recirculate through our economy, generating ripple effects that increase job growth, charitable contributions, and community prosperity.  If everyone shifted just 10% of their purchases from national chains to locally owned retailers, we would return $27 million to our regional economy annually.

    Indie Impacts

    Shop Indie Local Online

    Check out TLC Monadnock Mercantile, a regional online marketplace featuring a diversity of products and services from locally owned businesses. Our virtual store compiles gift ideas, gift cards, and restaurant take-out options -- all in one place. Best of all, it is free for locally owned businesses to participate. 

    The site includes 200 businesses offering some fabulous gift ideas for your loved ones.  Many thanks to Monadnock Food Co-op and Savings Bank of Walpole for sponsoring TLC Monadnock Mercantile. 

    Shop Indie Local Online


    Get Ready for Shop Indie Local Week

    This week is a super busy one for the Shop Indie Local movement as we celebrate Plaid Friday, Small Business Saturday, Artists Sunday, Cider Monday, and Giving Tuesday.  Learn more!

    Plaid Friday

    For the twelfth year, independent businesses and community members in the Monadnock Region will celebrate Plaid Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. This year's event falls on Friday, November 26, 2021. Wear plaid on Friday to show your support for our local economy and commitment to buying local this holiday season.

    Learn More: Plaid Friday

    Twenty locally owned businesses will serve as Plaid Friday Hubs this year.  Hubs pledge to photograph you decked out in plaid and answer questions about Plaid Friday.  TLC Monadnock will post all Plaid Friday photos throughout the day on our Facebook page.

    Find a Hub Near You

    This Year’s AmbassaDOG

    Meet Rosco, this year’s Plaid Friday ambassador.  Carla Mansfield (Rosco’s human) shared, “Roscoe was up typing most of the evening. He asked me to share this with you.”

    “Hi! My name is Rosco, and I’m this year’s Plaid Friday mascot! I am a 3-year-old Corgi and can be seen hanging around with my mom and dad at Howard’s Leather Store in Spofford, NH.

    “I love belly rubs, tasty treats, and being in the great outdoors. I don’t like it when people don’t give me attention and don’t give me treats; I promise I’m sweet! My mom and dad have named all of my other brothers and sisters with R names -- a silly tradition, but I like it.

    “Feel free to come and visit me at Howard’s Leather Store, where we have so many warm and cozy things to chew on… I mean buy! I would love to meet some new friends, take a picture, and help you pick out the perfect holiday gift. See you soon! Love, Rosco.”


    Plaid Friday Launch Party

    To amplify this year's Plaid Friday event, Savings Bank of Walpole (SBW) will host a Plaid Friday Launch Party from Friday, November 26 to Tuesday, November 30. The bank will set up information tables at their Keene and Winchester branches with Plaid Friday swag to inspire more people to participate in this year's event. SBW invites community members to wear plaid throughout the week and stop by the bank to take a selfie in front of the bank's Plaid Friday backdrop. They will share these photos on social media to further promote this event.

    "With SBW being the community's local bank, we want to show our support for our local businesses," said Danielle Ruffo, Savings Bank of Walpole's AVP, Community Engagement. "SBW serves many customers in our community -- and keeping your money local is what we are all about. Supporting Plaid Friday and the Shop Indie Local movement is all part of helping our local community thrive and grow."

    Plaid Friday Photo Booth

    Ted's Shoe & Sport at 115 Main Street in Keene will host the Luxury Box Photo Booth inside their store on November 26, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Ted McGreer, owner of Ted’s, invites community members to get a free photograph that they can take with them.

    In addition to what’s happening at SBW and Ted’s, other businesses will also offer specials in honor of Plaid Friday to thank community members for their support. TLC Monadnock will post specials at tlcmonadnock.com/specials.

    Small Business Saturday

    While Plaid Friday overshadows Small Business Saturday in our region, we encourage everyone to celebrate this event, too.  One way to participate is to play Shop Small Bingo.  Download your bingo card at tlcmonadnock.com/shopindielocal. No matter how you get involved, every little bit makes a big difference.


    Artists Sunday

    November 28 is Artists Sunday, an art shopping movement of over 4,500 artists and organizations coming together to encourage consumers to shop with their favorite local artists and makers during the holiday season. Think of it as Plaid Friday but for the arts.

    Cider Monday

    Instead of Cyber Monday, a day when online merchants offer special deals, we invite you to Cider Monday.  On November 29, stop in for free cider from participating Cider Monday businesses, including Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene.  The co-op will offer free pints of Champlain Orchard Cider, one per person and while supplies last.  Also, if you choose to shop online, choose local too!  Learn more!


    Giving Tuesday

    A global generosity movement, Giving Tuesday encourages you to give any way you can.  Organizers share, “Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.” Learn more!


    Together, we're generating ripple effects that create new jobs, charitable contributions, and community prosperity -- what a gift!  Thank you for supporting the Shop Indie Local movement.

  • October 27, 2021 6:14 AM | TLC Monadnock (Administrator)

    With an aging population, smaller family size, and stagnant wages, we need to pursue creative solutions to overcome our region's housing shortage. An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) -- a home built on the lot of an existing home -- offers one underutilized solution where a homeowner becomes a home creator.

    Learn more about ADUs at a free, virtual discussion called "ADUs: How Homeowners Can Become Home Creators" on Wednesday, November 3, 5:30 - 7 p.m. 

    Register today!

    Panelists will share the positive impacts of ADUs, what's preventing us from building more ADUs, and how we can overcome these barriers. We'll hear from   Christopher Lee from Backyard ADUs, RJ Adler from Wheel Pad, Tyler Maas from Vermont State Housing Authority, and Barbara Conrey from Sustainable Montpelier Coalition.

    James Vayo of Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission will moderate the discussion.  Event partners include Southwest Region Planning Commission, Vital Communities, and The Local Crowd Monadnock.



    Other TLC Monadnock News: Shop Early, Shop Local

    Why Shop Indie Local early this holiday season? Supply and staffing shortages mean locally owned businesses face even more challenges this year. Let's ensure that independent businesses have strong end-of-the-year sales by supporting them now: Pre-order gifts and supplies today, buy a gift card, support our crowdfunding campaign, and share on social media how much you love locally owned businesses (tag your post with #shopindielocal).


    Save the Date: Plaid Friday is November 26

    Wear plaid on Plaid Friday to show your support for our local economy and commitment to buying local this holiday season.  The day to wear plaid this year is Friday, November 26!

    Some independent businesses will serve as Plaid Friday Hubs.  Hubs will photograph customers decked out in plaid and answer questions about Plaid Friday and Monadnock Buy Local.  In addition to hubs, some members will offer special events to thank you for stopping in.  Stay tuned!

    We will add all the photos taken to our annual collage, celebrating everyone who wore plaid to honor the day.  Check out our gallery of 500 pictures from past Plaid Fridays.

    RSVP: Plaid Friday

    Also, don't forget that our Shop Indie Local crowdfunding campaign ends October 31. We're at 75% of our goal -- so close!  With your support now, we will inspire more and more AND MORE community participation in Plaid Friday this year.  Together, we will leverage the importance of supporting locally owned businesses, encourage more of us to shift our holiday spending to independent businesses, and affirm your dedication to the local economy movement.

    Contribute to our success and support us today! 

    Scroll down our page and claim a reward from Cheshire Garden, Life Is Sweet, or Monadnock Food Co-op (while supplies last).  If you prefer to send a check, please make one out to Monadnock Food Co-op with Shop Indie Local in the memo.  Please mail it to Monadnock Food Co-op, c/o Jen Risley, 34 Cypress Street, Keene, NH, 03431. Thank you!


    Don't Forget: TLC Monadnock Proposals Due October 31

     Do you have an incredible project just waiting to happen -- one that would strengthen your business, our community, and the local economy -- if only you had the funds to make it happen?  Will your project support community goals while keeping to a budget of $15,000 or less?
    If you said yes to these questions, please consider applying to launch a crowdfunding campaign with The Local Crowd.

    TLC Monadnock will select up to six teams to participate in its next crowdfunding cohort, based on each project's potential to positively impact their local economy and community. Accepted proposals will launch their campaigns in winter or early spring 2022.

    Additionally, TLC Monadnock will award one proposal a free video produced by 710 Main Films to support their crowdfunding campaign. Studies show that crowdfunding campaigns with videos raise four times more funds than campaigns without videos.

    While we welcome all for-profits, nonprofits, and community initiatives to apply, we'll give preference to projects that address affordable housing, local food and farms, and equity.   

    All proposals are due before 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2021.

    View all the details.

  • October 20, 2021 11:20 AM | TLC Monadnock (Administrator)



    We invite businesses and organizations to participate in the Monadnock Region's Plaid Friday event on Friday, November 26.  Celebrate in creative ways that work best for you, your staff, and neighborhood.

    Here's one great way to participate: Become a Plaid Friday Hub

    As a Plaid Friday Hub, your business commits to:

    • Printing out and posting our Plaid Friday Poster before the event
    • Having you and your staff wear plaid on November 26
    • Photographing customers who visit your business wearing plaid (browse past year's photos for inspiration) -- please follow all COVID-19 state and local requirements
    • Sharing information about Plaid Friday with all your staff, clients, and customers

    Other Ways to Participate in Plaid Friday

    Here are some other ideas -- but get creative, too!

    • Encourage your staff (and your partner’s staff) to wear plaid (Not open on Plaid Friday? Check out what Badger Balm does the day before Thanksgiving)
    • If you offer any holiday specials/sales/event, please share them with us and we'll post them on our Plaid Friday Members Specials Page
    • Create a display featuring locally made items
    • Use plaid ribbon, tissue paper or buy local bags
    • Add #shopindielocal and #plaidfriday to your social media posts

    If you'd like to serve as a Plaid Friday hub this year, please contact us today.

    I want to be a Plaid Friday Hub



  • October 19, 2021 5:00 AM | TLC Monadnock (Administrator)


    What are “accessory dwelling units” (ADUs), and how can they help address our regional housing shortage? Find out in this free, virtual discussion, ADUs: How Homeowners Can Become Home Creators, on Wednesday, November 3, 5:30-7 pm.

    Register today!

    New Hampshire and Vermont, like much of the nation, are struggling to create housing options that meet the needs of a changing population and a shifting economy. Our population is aging, with many older adults wanting to remain in their communities but who cannot find appropriately scaled, universally accessible homes nearby. Households are becoming smaller, with families choosing to have fewer children and consequently looking for housing that’s smaller than the conventional single-family home. Wages have remained flat while housing costs have soared, straining household budgets and putting much of the housing market out of reach for working and middle-class families.

    Addressing these challenges will require pursuing a variety of strategies and creating a range of housing types. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)—a home built on a lot of an existing home—offer one approach that communities and ordinary homeowners can use to create much-needed housing that fits within the context of a surrounding neighborhood.

    Join us for a virtual discussion about:

    • How ADUs have positively impacted the lives of their inhabitants
    • What’s preventing more widespread construction of ADUs
    • What are some strategies for addressing barriers.

    Our panelists will include:

    This virtual discussion will be moderated by James Vayo of Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission and is brought to you by Southwest Region Planning Commission, Vital Communities, and The Local Crowd Monadnock.

  • October 03, 2021 8:23 AM | TLC Monadnock (Administrator)

    Do you have an incredible project just waiting to happen -- one that would strengthen your business, our community, and the local economy -- if only you had the funds to make it happen?  Will your project support community goals while keeping to a budget of $15,000 or less?

    If you said yes to these questions, please consider applying to launch a crowdfunding campaign with The Local Crowd.

    TLC Monadnock will select up to six teams to participate in its next crowdfunding cohort, based on each project's potential to positively impact their local economy and community. Accepted proposals will launch their campaigns in winter or early spring 2022.

    Additionally, TLC Monadnock will award one proposal a free video produced by 710 Main Films to support their crowdfunding campaign. Studies show that crowdfunding campaigns with videos raise four times more funds than campaigns without videos.

    While we welcome all for-profits, nonprofits, and community initiatives to apply, we’ll give preference to projects that address affordable housing, local food and farms, and equity.   

    All proposals are due before 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2021.

    Apply Today!


    New Crowdfunding Campaign: Shop Indie Local

    For a decade, our community has come together to support our locally owned businesses and the Shop Indie Local movement.  This year's Shop Indie Local efforts (including our community's signature Plaid Friday and Cider Monday events) will provide critical relief to local business owners -- our friends and neighbors.   

    With your support now, we will inspire more and more AND MORE community participation.  This is THE year to support this movement.  Together, we will leverage the importance of supporting locally owned businesses, inspire more of us to shift our holiday spending to independent businesses, and affirm your dedication to the local economy movement.

    Contribute to our success and support us today!

    If you prefer to send a check, please make one out to Monadnock Food Co-op with Shop Indie Local in the memo.  Please mail it to Monadnock Food Co-op, c/o Jen Risley, 34 Cypress Street, Keene, NH, 03431. Thank you!

    The Farm Café: Outdoor Patio Campaign

    Congratulations to The Farm Café in Keene. They surpassed their crowdfunding campaign goal!  They raised $3,593 to purchase new outdoor tables, chairs, and umbrellas to create a welcoming and safe outdoor dining patio area in front of their business. 

    More about TLC Monadnock

    TLC Monadnock is a community-based crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals to support the businesses, organizations, and initiatives that grow wealthier and healthier communities in our region.  Crowdfunding, or the practice of raising funds to support a project from a large number of people, is a viable alternative to recruiting businesses from outside the region to boost economic activity.  Our goal is to raise at least $100K for ten campaign teams in 2021.  We’re thrilled to share that, as of today, we’ve supported eight campaign teams who have raised over $90K.  We’re so close to reaching our goal with just two months to go!

    TLC Monadnock is currently hosted by Monadnock Food Co-op and supported by the Greater Keene and Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, and Monadnock Economic Development Corporation.   Have questions? Please contact me at jen@thelocalcrowd.com or 603-400-9157.

  • October 03, 2021 8:17 AM | TLC Monadnock (Administrator)


    Harvey Edwards shared a local food and farm update with us. In turn, we wanted to share it with all of you!  Josie Britton painted as mural on the barn of her family’s farm, The Britton Farm in Walpole.  

    “We can always use a smile, especially when feeling stressed,” shared Harvey.  “And this mural that Josie Britton created certainly makes one stop and smile. Even more so when one of the cows or bulls at their farm is also looking out the real window and admiring this work of art.”

    Josie's father, Larry Britton, recently finished renovating this barn -- built in the 1700s by his Great-Great-Grandfather. Josie worked with her sister, Emily, to add a colorful mural to the barn this August.

    We hope you’ll check out Josie’s mural the next time you travel down Watkins Hill Road.  Thank you, Harvey, for sharing this story with us!


  • September 25, 2021 7:38 AM | TLC Monadnock (Administrator)

    Shop Early, Shop Local: October is the New December


    Why Shop Indie Local early this holiday season? 

    Supply and staffing shortages mean locally owned businesses face even more challenges this year.

    Let’s ensure that independent businesses have strong end-of-the-year sales by supporting them now:

    A huge thank you to the American Booksellers Association for creating the October is the New December campaign to boost the Shop Early, Shop Local message.  Check out their campaign here.

    “Bookstores Need Your Help. As booksellers are in the midst of the important fourth-quarter sales season, the American Booksellers Association encourages readers to shop local. Check with your local independent bookstore how you can shop with them — whether in-store, online, or both.”

  • September 11, 2021 6:12 AM | TLC Monadnock (Administrator)


    Arts Alive! is offering mini-grants to artists and creative businesses in the Monadnock region. Applications are open from September 1 - October 31, 2021. Grants will be awarded to projects that further either the artist or creative business - expanding their professional abilities or increasing how many people artists or creative businesses can reach with creative arts experiences.

    The money will be given to artists, writers, performers, and creative business entrepreneurs. Grant awards will be distributed via a check. Awardees will need to fill out a W9 form to receive their payment.

    Arts Alive!’s mission is to support, grow, and connect a sustainable arts landscape in the Monadnock Region. “We want the Monadnock region to have a flourishing cultural community that values arts and culture and provides support to facilitate success.” The organization’s vision is that the greater community will take pride in the arts, which are seen as integral to a thriving society and economy.

    Apply online!

    OR

    Download the Application

    Mail your completed application to Arts Alive! 15 Eagle Court, Keene NH 03431.


  • August 24, 2021 2:43 PM | TLC Monadnock (Administrator)

    This month, The Local Crowd Monadnock (TLC Monadnock), a community-based crowdfunding program, launched two local food-related campaigns. Perfect since August is NH Eats Local Month! One campaign for The Farm Café in Keene and the other for Food Connects in Brattleboro.  Whether you give $5 or $500, it all comes together to strengthen our local food system.

    The Farm Café: Outdoor Patio Campaign

    With more of us looking to dine local and outdoors, The Farm Café in Keene wants to meet this community need.  They recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to purchase new outdoor tables, chairs, and umbrellas to create a welcoming and safe outdoor dining patio area in front of their business.      

    “Here at The Farm Café, our mission is to support small farms, businesses, and a local economy in the most eco-friendly way that we can,” said Chef Skip, owner of The Farm Café.  “We work hard to bring local, organic, real foods to you, our patrons, for your enjoyment.”

    As I write this article, they have reached 40% of their $3,000 goal. Give at certain levels and claim a great reward (or two) while they last.  Rewards include a Farm Café gift card, t-shirt, hoodie, the privilege of naming a new menu item, and a Chef’s VIP Night (a 3-course meal for two).

    Give Today!


    Food Connects: Farm to School in a Neighborhood Near You

    Food Connects is an entrepreneurial non-profit on a mission to create healthy families, thriving farms, and connected communities. They partner with local schools throughout southeastern Vermont to support their Farm to School initiatives, and they want to bring this work to the Monadnock Region!

    “We want to help Monadnock Region schools grow their Farm to School programming by collaborating with existing programs like the Cornucopia Project and Stonewall Farm,” said Laura Carbonneau, Food Connects Marketing Manager.  “Our work will help ensure more kids have access to local food, integrate more Farm to School curriculum, and supply more school staff with the support they need. When schools embrace Farm to School programming, students spend more time outdoors—gardening, engaging in hands-on lessons, and exploring the natural world.”

    After just one week, they have reached 40% of their $8,000 goal.  Rewards include Food Connects swag, a charcuterie platter, and a private kids’ cooking class. 

    Give today!

    More about TLC Monadnock

    Watch for more crowdfunding campaigns launching this fall, including a campaign to support this year’s Plaid Friday and Cider Monday campaigns.  Also, we plan to recruit more affordable housing, sustainable agriculture, and equity campaigns for a 2022 launch.  Please stay tuned.

    TLC Monadnock is a community-based crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals to support the businesses, organizations, and initiatives that grow wealthier and healthier communities in our region.  Crowdfunding, or the practice of raising funds to support a project from a large number of people, is a viable alternative to recruiting businesses from outside the region to boost economic activity.  Our goal is to raise at least $100K for ten campaign teams in 2021.  We’re thrilled to share that, as of today, we’ve supported eight campaign teams who have raised over $80K.  Our 2021 goal is in sight!

    TLC Monadnock is currently hosted by Monadnock Food Co-op and supported by the Greater Keene and Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, and Monadnock Economic Development Corporation.   Have questions? Please contact me at jen@thelocalcrowd.com or 603-400-9157.

  • July 27, 2021 4:45 AM | TLC Monadnock (Administrator)


    For the ninth year, let’s shine a light on local food, farms, and our Monadnock Region food system during New Hampshire Eats Local Month, a month-long celebration of our state’s harvest in August. 

    Discover more

    What do we mean by a food system?

    Our food system includes all the pieces needed to bring local food from the farm to our plates: the soil, farm workers, transportation networks, markets, and more -- everything needed to grow, harvest, and distribute these goods to us.  These pieces come together to form our local food system.

    Please dig in and enjoy this year’s bounty of updates!

    A Profession of Hope

    Land access remains the top challenge for beginning farmers in New Hampshire. Land For Good, a leader in farmland access based right here in Keene, helps address this challenge. Their New England Farmland Finder helps connect transitioning farmers with farm seekers. Over 4,000 farm seekers have subscribed to this service, hoping to secure land.

    “Farming is a profession of hope. Farmers of all types and scales anticipate every new growing season and production cycle with hope, now more than ever,” shared Lisa Luciani, Land For Good’s communications manager. “They move forward with hope about weather, market conditions, and sustaining their farms. We all remain hopeful for a more robust, equitable, and resilient post-COVID food system that strengthens our communities, economies, and ecosystems.” 

    Garden Angels

    Thirty gardeners are growing produce on more than forty plots at Monadnock View Community Garden (MVCG) on Park Avenue in West Keene this season.  MVCG also includes a pollinator garden and a communal raspberry patch. Subsidized plots are available for community members who may need assistance, courtesy of Antioch University’s Community Garden Connections.

    Area businesses donated 250 plants and “garden angels” planted them in available plots to grow vegetables for The Community Kitchen and Hundred Nights Shelter.  Garden angels share in the watering, weeding, and harvesting in these plots.

    If you are interested in securing a plot at the garden, contact Kristy Morrison with the City of Keene at kmorrison@ci.keene.nh.us. Contact Rowland Russell to learn more about becoming a garden angel at rrussell@antioch.edu.

    Food Hub Grows to Meet Demand

    Food Connects, a food hub based in Brattleboro, VT, has leveraged its longstanding ties with community producers and wholesale customers to meet increased demand for local food.  This year, they hired six new employees—doubling their staffing levels. They also built a second walk-in cooler and added a fourth refrigerated delivery vehicle.

    "As we responded to the community’s need for fresh, regional foods, we saw our sales double in 2020, growing to over $1.1 million," said McKenna Hayes, Food Hub Co-Director, "The year 2020 shined a bright spotlight on regional foods. Our challenge going forward will be to keep that light focused and carry the momentum of 2020 forward."

    From Farm to Fork

    During its 15th anniversary, Cornucopia Project in Peterborough expanded school garden programming to thirteen classrooms. Garden Educators delivered in-person lessons and developed classroom-ready lesson kits to support outdoor learning during the pandemic.  Culinary programs continued with meal kits designed for kids, bringing locally produced ingredients and fun lessons into families’ home kitchens.

    Cornucopia Project also worked with twenty-five restaurants and the Town of Peterborough to sponsor Peterborough Community Meals To Go. This innovative project raised over $85,000 to pay local restaurants to prepare free, healthy meals for community distribution through May of this year.

    Another new project, the Monadnock Farm to School Network (MF2S), is a partnership with the New Hampshire Farm To School Network and Stonewall Farm. The Network builds capacity for our region’s farm to school programs by collaborating on key issues like funding, finding resources and tools, sharing contacts, and brainstorming strategies.

    “By introducing food systems programs to students from preschool onward, we prioritize education that is rooted in sustainability and nutrition,” said Executive Director Lauren Judd. “These experiences enhance personal connections to food and the environment. We are committed to strengthening our community with healthy food education from farm to fork.”

    Local Food Stars

    Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition (MFCC), Monadnock Food Co-op, and Food Connects plan to launch a new “Local Food STAR” campaign, highlighting restaurants that source from local farms.  Stay tuned for more program details.

    MFCC also invites you to this year’s Monadnock Farm Tour on Saturday, August 21, from 12 pm – 5 pm. Seven Monadnock farms are opening their barns, pastures, hoop houses, flower gardens, and pudding plant.  Purchase tour wristbands at each farm for $5 per person ($10 per car).

    "Our community looked to local farms and farm products for secure, accessible, and affordable food over the last year, and our local food system answered the call,” shared Roe-Ann Tasoulas of MFCC. “Farmers worked together to offer each other’s products at farm stands, CSA sales were at an all-time high, and new programs were developed to get local and charitable food onto the plates of all members of our community. We are grateful to be an integral part of our Monadnock Local Food System.”

    Mobile Food Pantry

    The Community Kitchen and MFCC collaborated with food systems consultant Russ Moore to complete the Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry feasibility study.  The study found strong community support for enhancing food security services, emphasizing healthy, locally grown foods, by bringing a mobile pantry into communities across the Monadnock Region. Stay tuned for updates.

    “As The Community Kitchen celebrates NH Eats Local Month with more than a year of the pandemic behind us, we find our strength lies more than ever in community partnerships,” said Sarah Harpster of The Community Kitchen.  “There’s an incredible commitment within the community to close the loop between a strong local food system and people struggling to meet their nutritional needs.”

    Ten Years Growing

    Community Garden Connections celebrated its tenth year of educating gardeners and supporting garden programs throughout Keene. They assist social service agencies and community-based non-profits by providing funds for infrastructure, plants and seeds, and quality education and technical support.

    During the pandemic, they distributed 150 free container gardens and hundreds of seed packets to individuals throughout Cheshire County, donated over 1,000 pounds of fresh produce to The Community Kitchen, and provided take-home soup kits to Antioch University students.  

    Join them at a volunteer garden work party at the Westmoreland Garden Project at 702 River Road on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 pm.  Contact CGC at communitygardens@antioch.edu.

    Thank you to all the individuals, programs, policies, and initiatives that continue to build more robust local and regional food systems in our corner of the state and throughout New England.  Together, we’re cultivating healthier citizens, communities, and economies.

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