What We're Reading, Watching, and Doing: September 2021

Explore events, news, and resources from across the New Hampshire food system

Nh food system roundup September 2021

Can you believe it's already September?! Read on for a round up of local events, news, and other nifty resources from across the New Hampshire food system and beyond. Don't see your event or resource listed below? Email us to have it added!

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NH Food Alliance Announces Three New Network Leadership Team Members
The NH Food Alliance welcomes Nikki Kolb, the Operations Manager at NOFA-NH, Eileen Liponis, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank, and Elise Bolster, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Programs Manager at the New Hampshire Food Bank, to join the Network Leadership Team. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TEAM



SEPT 10-12
Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair LEARN MORE

SEPT 16-26
Granite State Fair in Rochester LEARN MORE


Deerfield Fair LEARN MORE

OCT 9-11
Sandwich Fair LEARN MORE

SEPT 1-31
Veteran Appreciation Month: each September, the Cheshire County Conservation District partners with local farmers' markets to celebrate Cheshire County Veterans! Each market day in September Cheshire County Veterans are invited to participating farmers' markets to receive a $20 voucher to purchase food items. LEARN MORE

SEPT 8-24, 9:30AM-11:30AM
Oyster Workshops at Durham's Community Oyster Garden with The Nature Conservancy SIGN UP HERE

SEPT 10 & OCT 22, 11AM-12:30PM
Voices of Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series REGISTER HERE

SEPT 11, 9:30AM-1:30PM
New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions's 50th Celebration REGISTER HERE

SEPT 11, 11AM-3PM
2021 Cornish and Plainfield Energy Expo hosted by the Cornish and Plainfield Energy Committees LEARN MORE

SEPT 11, 10AM
Tour the Walpole Community Garden with the Hooper Institute CONTACT FOR MORE DETAILS

SEPT 15, 8AM-10:30AM
DEI From Talk to Action: Building an Inclusive Culture with NH Business Review REGISTER HERE

SEPT 16, 9AM-12PM
NH Land Trust Coalition's Creative Communications and Education: COVID Success Stories REGISTER HERE

SEPT 16, 9AM
SAFE Food Handling for Foodservice Workers REGISTER HERE

SEPT 16, 6:30PM
"Wasted! The Story of Food Waste" with Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust & Littleton Food Co-op BUY TICKETS

During National Hunger Action Month in September, NOFA-NH is raising funds for its 2022 Farm Share Program, which helps limited-income NH residents access certified organic CSA shares. Support by participating in Share the Bounty Day on September 19; dine in, take out, or shop with the Kearsarge Food Hub, Revival Kitchen & Bar, The Works Café, and Warner Public Market. Partner businesses will donate a portion of their sales or a predetermined amount to the 2022 Farm Share Program. LEARN MORE

Boston Local Food Festival LEARN MORE

SEPT 20, 5-7PM
Landscapes that Work for All of Life: Growing Community and Climate Resilience by Regenerating the Soil Sponge REGISTER HERE

SEPT 22, 2-3PM
Farm to Institution New England's "From boat to food bank to dining hall: how local chowder became a community solution" REGISTER HERE 

SEPT 22-23
Radically Rural REGISTER HERE

UNH Extension's Agriculture & Horticulture events and workshops  Learn more and register

UNH Extension's Home, Yard, & Garden events and workshops Learn more and register

Monadnock Food Co-op's events and workshops LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

Co-op Food Store's events and workshops LEARN MORE AND REGISTER


OCT 1, 12-1PM
It's NH Farm to School Month, part of NH Food Alliance's 2021 Network Cafe Series REGISTER HERE 

OCT 3, 4-8PM
Farm-to-Table Dinner & Fundraiser at Colby Hill Inn, part of NOFA-NH's 50th Anniversary Celebrating Five Decades of Organic Farming, Gardening and Food BUY TICKETS

OCT 7, 12:30PM
Building a Sustainable Food System Through Democratic Empowerment and Enlightened Leadership part of the Sustainable UNH Changemaker Collaborative's Changemaker Speaker Series REGISTER HERE

OCT 15
NH Food Alliance's Strategy Retreat REGISTER HERE

OCT 26, NOV 3, NOV 9 6-8PM
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture's Late Fall Remote Workshops 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


NH WIC Fruits & Veggies Program Poster DOWNLOAD HERE



SNAP for College Students Poster DOWNLOAD HERE

How to Use SNAP/EBT Benefits at Sweet Beet Market READ MORE

NH Harvest of the Month for September is Broccoli & Cauliflower! 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 directoriesLearn more and get recipes here

Although it's starting to feel like Fall, our Indigenous NH Harvest Calendar still has Summer left to share. View the Niben (Summer) Harvest Calendar here



Seacoast Eat Local is looking for volunteers for their Mobile Market program. LEARN MORE & SIGN UP

Taproot is looking for volunteers for their Plant-a-Row, Gleaning, and Lancaster Community Garden programs. Learn more & Sign up

Kearsarge Food Hub is accepting volunteers on a rolling basis for their various programs. Learn more & Sign up

Super Quest 2021: Climate Connections with Vital Communities
Explore the Upper Valley through a lens on climate with these 12 adventures: beautiful places, local lore, and discovery await! Complete any 5 to receive this cool patch and be entered in a drawing for additional prizes. LEARN MORE

"'BackPack' Food Programs Linked to Higher Test Scores for School Children," research from the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH 
This brief summarizes our recently published article at the Economics of Education Review, which aimed to understand how these BackPack programs relate to academic success. READ MORE

Sweet Beet NH: Day in the Life of Farm Fresh Veggies! WATCH HERE
"Developing a Food Hub Network In New Hampshire" by Kearsarge Food Hub
Follow along as Kearsarge Food Hub recounts the work put in by food hubs from across New Hampshire to form the NH Food Hub Network with consultant, Jessica Gorhan. READ MORE
"Farmers at the Heart of NH Eats Local" by Land for Good READ MORE

"NH town’s agricultural commission helping connect farmers with land" by Land for Good READ MORE

That's Rad, Littleton Food Co-op's podcast, listen to the latest episode "Women in Farming" LISTEN HERE

"Scientific Societies release 'Advancing Resilient Agriculture' statement" released by the American Society of Agronomy READ MORE
Over the past several years there has been a rapidly increasing focus on agriculture as a climate solution. Three scientific societies are uniquely positioned at the interface of climate, agriculture, and the environment: the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America. They released a statement, Advancing Resilient Agriculture: Recommendations to Address Climate Change, this week.

The statement provides recommendations under seven categories:

  • agricultural practices
  • data
  • research
  • food system resilience
  • communication and outreach
  • diversity
  • collaboration

"Shifting Power and Centering Racial Equity in the Food System" with the National Farm to School Network WATCH HERE

Food Solutions New England's Narrative Strategy Resource Library LEARN MORE

DEI in the State House from Stay Work Play WATCH HERE
 From a bill seeking to institute recommendations made by the Commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Community, and Transparency (LEACT) to a budget provision banning the teaching of so-called "divisive concepts," the 2021 legislative session has featured various pieces of legislation seeking to both advance - and reverse - diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in New Hampshire.

"True Cost of Food: Measuring What Matters to Transform the U.S. Food System" by The Rockefeller Foundation READ MORE
This report outlines the true cost of food, which includes the impacts on our health, the environment, biodiversity, livelihoods, and much more. With this new analysis, governments, advocates, corporations, and individuals are better equipped to catalyze the change needed to develop a truly nourishing, equitable, and sustainable food system in the United States.

Introducing the Refresh Program from Seacoast Eat Local LEARN MORE
Seacoast Eat Local launched a new pilot program REFRESH! In partnership with Red’s Good Vibes, REFRESH will connect SNAP and low-income recipients to healthy, locally sourced food.