What We're Reading, Watching, and Doing: July 2021
July is here! Read on for our round up of local events, news, and other nifty resources from across our food system and beyond. Don't see your event or resource listed below? Email us to have it added!
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Members of the NH Food Alliance 's Network Leadership Team met with Commissioner Shawn Jasper of the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
In June, two members of our Network Leadership team, Gavin Macdonald of Genuine Local and Belknap Foodshed, and Allan Reetz of Hanover Co-op Food Stores, attended an in-person meeting with Commissioner of Agriculture, Shawn Jasper.
Leading up to the meeting, the Network Leadership Team developed a list of items in need of funding if available through the federal COVID-19 recovery packages. The list was shared with Commissioner Jasper prior to the meeting and led to an eager discussion about New Hampshire agriculture and the challenges the industry is facing.
Of the ten investment items on the Network Leadership Team’s list, the following were discussed at length:
- Shortcomings in meat processing
- Needs for infrastructure, equipment, and supplies for value-added production
- Examples of external competitive threats to distribution channels
- Space-availability (lack of, cost of) to grow food hubs
- Food hub success stories and potential for high-impact improvements
In closing the meeting, Commissioner Jasper emphasized his interest in receiving news and updates from the NH Food Alliance and all agreed on frequent communication to maximize every opportunity to strengthen New Hampshire’s food economy.
NH Food Alliance awarded a grant from the NH Charitable Foundation.
We are excited to announce that the NH Food Alliance was recently awarded a grant on behalf of the NH Charitable Foundation to continue our work supporting the NH food system.
JUL 19-AUG 9
Building Equitable Farmland Tenure Models for Northeast Farmers Co-Learning and Training Series via the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust and Agrarian Commons REGISTER HERE
JUL 30-AUG 6
NOFA Summer Conference REGISTER HERE
SAVE THE DATE
2021 NH Eats Local Month LEARN MORE
AUG 15, 9-11AM
SELT's Farm Tour featuring Heron Pond Farm LEARN MORE
NH Food Alliance's Strategy Retreat REGISTER HERE
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!! The New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services has an update about Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits. If your student is enrolled in the NSLP, you are eligible for P-EBT. This program provides families additional nutritional benefits to offset the cost of meals students ate at home during the COVID-19 pandemic that they would normally have eaten at school. LEARN MORE HERE
COMMUNICATIONS MATERIALS FOR NH SNAP/EBT
NH WIC Fruits & Veggies Program Poster DOWNLOAD HERE
NH P-EBT Benefits Poster DOWNLOAD HERE
SNAP Legal Aid Poster DOWNLOAD HERE
SNAP for College Students Poster DOWNLOAD HERE
How to Use SNAP/EBT Benefits at Sweet Beet Market READ MORE
2021 NH EATS LOCAL MONTH CALL FOR PARTNERS! NH Eats Local Month is a month-long collaborative marketing and promotional campaign that brings Granite Staters together by harnessing the power of local food. We are seeking partners for the 2021 NH Eats Local Month celebration! SIGN UP HERE
NH Harvest of the Month for June is Herbs! Pick some up and tag us @nheatslocal to share how you're enjoying the harvest. Find places to shop local through UNH Extension's Farm Product map or any of the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food's CSA, Farm stands and Farmers' Market directories. Learn more and get recipes here
FOR MORE ON FINDING LOCAL FOOD CLICK HERE
"Interest in local food doesn’t always mean more sales for farmers," by Amanda Gokee for the New Hampshire Bulletin READ MORE
"34 Noteworthy Food and Farming Books for the Summer of 2021," by the Civil Eats Editors for Civl Eats READ MORE
July Gardening Tips by Granite State Gardeners for UNH Extensions READ MORE
"Climate Solutions for Farmers: Invest in Proven Federal Programs, Not Carbon Markets," from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition READ MORE
"Local Farmers As First Responders During The COVID-19 Pandemic: A New Hampshire Case Study," by the Fair Food Network READ MORE
"Building Community Food Webs with Ken Meter," from Inside Ideas WATCH HERE
"Food Sovereignty in the USA: a Selection of Stories," from the US Food Sovereignty Alliance WATCH HERE