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

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

Find out about events, news, and other resources on food and agriculture in New Hampshire.

There is SO much happening this October! 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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Emery Farm Seeks Next Generation Farmers
David Hills and Catherine McLaughlin Hills, the tenth generation on the farm, are seeking next generation farmers. Click here to read the full description on New England Farm Finder. Those interested should submit a cover letter and two-page business proposal to Jennifer Wilhelm at FatPeachFarmers@gmail.com by October 15, 2021.


OCT 8, 7:30PM
Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust and the Abenaki Trails Project's Wild Thing  Film Series: Celebrating Indigenous Voices in NH BUY TICKETS

OCT 11, 1-3PM
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum's Indigenous Peoples Day: Erasure and Reclamation LEARN MORE

OCT 12, 6-8PM
NOFA-NH's Closing Up Your Garden, part of the "Feeding the Family" Organic Gardening Series REGISTER HERE

OCT 13, 2:30-4:30PM
UNH Extension's S.A.F.E Food Handling for Food Service Establishments REGISTER HERE

OCT 14 6-7PM
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture's Grant Writing Workshops: Agricultural Food Safety Infrastructure Grant (AFSIP) REGISTER HERE

OCT 15
NH Food Alliance's Network Development Retreat REGISTER HERE

OCT 16, 1-3PM
Monadnock Food Coop's 2021 Monadnock Food CoAnnual Meeting: Creating Space for Everyone in Our Food Economy REGISTER HERE

OCT 17, 7:30AM-12PM
Lee Agricultural Commission Farm Style Breakfast Fundraiser
Due to COVID-19 concerns at the Jeremiah Smith Grange Hall, The Lee Agricultural Commission is moving their Breakfast Fundraiser to Little River Park. Dress appropriately for weather and enjoy a 'Last Hurrah of the Year Cabin Fever Reliever' with proceeds going towards Strafford County Youth Agricultural Grant Program. Cost: Adults $12, children 14 and under $8. Eat at the park or take your breakfast to go! For more information contact Erick Sawtelle - 659-8106 or Laura Gund 659-2044.

OCT 19, 4-7PM
The Road to COP26 (United Nations Congress of the Parties)
, hosted by the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, League of Conservation Voters, Revers Center for Energy at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Sustainable Futures Consulting, and the Emerging Leaders Collaborative REGISTER HERE

OCT 19, 5:30-7:30PM
Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition's Monadnock Food Access Analysis Report: Community Forum REGISTER HERE

OCT 20, 2-3PM
Farm to Institution New England's Food Security on Campus, Part 1: Creating and Sustaining Food Pantries on Campuses REGISTER HERE

OCT 20, 6:30-8:30PM
University of Minnesota Extension's Small Farm Start-up School REGISTER HERE

OCT 22-23
Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire's 15th Annual Black New England Conference, Crossing River Jordan: Healing Racial Wounds Through Accountability & Truth-Telling REGISTER HERE

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

OCT 26, 6:30PM
Cheshire County Conservation District's 76th Annual Meeting 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

National Center for Appropriate Technology's ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program events calendar LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

Farm to Institution New England's Fall Webinar Series LEARN MORE & REGISTER

NOV 3-6

Women, Food, and Agriculture Network Annual Conference REGISTER HERE

NH Association of Conservation Commissions's Annual Meeting and Conference REGISTER HERE

NOV 8-11
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's 2021 It Takes a Region Conference REGISTER HERE

NOV 8-13
Food Connect's 2021 Taste of Food Connects Silent Auction LEARN MORE

NOV 13, 10AM-6PM
Strawberry Banke Museum's Dawnland StoryFest: New Hampshire's annual Indigenous storytelling festival LEARN MORE & REGISTER


Scale Your Local Catch Cohort-based Accelerator program
Scale Your Local Catch (SYLC) is a nation-wide, producer-centered business accelerator developed to strengthen local and regional seafood systems by addressing challenges associated with direct marketing and by building the knowledge, skills, and networks needed for direct marketing seafood businesses to scale up their operations and increase their capacity and viability for long-term resilience. LEARN MORE AND APPLY

Specialty Crop Producers Business Planning Course
The Cheshire County Conservation District, the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, and National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are partnering to host a free 7-week-long business planning course (waived fee of $600!) for speciality crop producers in New Hampshire. Specialty crops are defined in law as, “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture." LEARN MORE AND APPLY

NH Gleans Survey
NH Gleans has paired with marketing students at UNH to create a survey to learn about farmers' and community members' interests in gleaning. The survey is anonymous and takes 5-10 minutes. Results will be used by NH Gleans to plan outreach and build gleaning efforts statewide. Both surveys are open to all, regardless of current participation in gleaning.
Farmers, please click here
General public and interested volunteers, please click here


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!  New SNAP benefits will be available starting October. Learn more with the flyer from NH Legal Aid. DOWNLOAD 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

603 Diversity magazine
603 Diversity Magazine, a new quarterly publication from McLean Communications, is dedicated to sharing the stories at the intersections of business and culture in New Hampshire’s diverse communities. READ MORE

"USDA Announces $3 Billion Investment in Agriculture, Animal Health, and Nutrition; Unveils New Climate Partnership Initiative, Requests Public Input" READ MORE
"Professor's book details Native American history in Monadnock Region" via Keene Sentinel
Robert Goodby, an archaeology professor at Franklin Pierce University, has used his lectures and his 22 years of local archaeological research with his Franklin Pierce students, as the foundation for his new book, “A Deep Presence: 13,000 Years of Native American History.” READ MORE

"North Country Growers breaks ground on greenhouse project" via The Berlin Sun
Site work is underway for North Country Growers commercial hydroponic greenhouse project off the East Milan Road. AB Excavating of Lancaster has been working on the 170-acre site for several weeks and a new access road is clearly under construction. READ MORE
"Conserving land and building homes: Can we have both?" via NH Business Review
Protecting rural land from development and building new homes for New Hampshire’s growing population are two popular and worthy goals. It often seems, however, that these two goals conflict with one another and that we must choose one and jettison the other. I would like to argue that it is possible to reduce the tension between land conservation and home building and achieve some of both. READ MORE

"With in-person and virtual options, annual summit makes radical return" via Keene Sentinel

Sarah Rocker’s interest in social networks — especially systems that connect local food producers and markets — began about 14 years ago on a farm in the South Puget Sound region of Washington. But in her keynote address at the Radically Rural summit Wednesday morning at the United Church of Christ in Keene, Rocker said her research since then applies to any sector and any part of the country. In her early work in Washington, Rocker said, she realized the key to engaging her local agricultural network lay in making real, human connections, which she characterized as “soft infrastructure.” READ MORE

"Loudon greenhouse expansion is part of a big trend to local salad greens, grown indoors" via Concord Monitor
Lef Farms, pronounced Leaf, opened its hydroponic, automated greenhouse in 2017 on a former gravel pit on Route 106. Brightfarms, which owns six similar greenhouses throughout the East Coast, hopes to triple its size by the end of 2022 and eventually expand the amount of growing space from 1 acre to 14 acres, Prior said. Up to 70 people could be working there when all is said and done. READ MORE

"City Matters: Restaurateur brings Amoskeag worker housing back in style" via Union Leader
With that spirit in mind, two years ago Sandra Almonte bought the triple decker adjacent to her successful business, Don Quijote Restaurant. She keeps it filled with cooks, waitresses and kitchen help who can walk from their back door to the kitchen entrance in a rush-hour commute measured in mere steps. Steps that wouldn’t rouse a Fitbit from a low-power slumber. READ MORE

The Common Ground Initiative Podcast 
Columnist and freelance writer, Anthony Payton, launched The Common Ground Initiative with the Collaborative. The podcast, accompanied by a Q&A column, aims to highlight the state's diversity through Payton's own insights and interviews with Granite Staters who defy stereotypes. LISTEN HERE

A Deep Dive into Community Gardens with the Kearsarge Food Hub 
Check out three featured posts on the Kearsarge Food Hub Blog all about community gardens READ MORE

"A Blue Food Revolution" via The Current at UC Santa Barbara
Doubling of global demand for aquatic foods calls for a ‘blue food revolution’ to tackle climate change and malnutrition, new research argues READ MORE

"Black Heritage Trail of NH unveils new marker in Hancock" via WMUR News 9 WATCH HERE

"Danone Drops 89 Organic Dairies and exits New England and Upstate New York" statement via Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance READ MORE