"Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let's stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another." - Anne Raver

Come to "Policy on Your Plate": Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition's Quarterly Forum on July 10



Click here for the Eventbrite page - to register and to get in touch with Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition.





Those at the March forum responded overwhelmingly that more officials, lawmakers and representatives need to be at the table in order to grow a vibrant, safe and efficient local food system that:
enhances the health of our community
is profitable for farmers and producers
is accessible to all community members
conserves natural resources
is sustained by strong leadership and commitment in the Monadnock Region
learn what an Agricultural Commission is, and how to start one if it is right for your town
support established Agricultural Commissions
identify and advocate for State policy in support of our local food system
identify and advocate for National policy in support of our local food system





Therefore, this forum addresses the policy-focused goal of our region's Strategic Plan.





Meet State Representatives, national advocates, local leaders and Agricultural Commission members who are already involved with local food. Hear examples of food policy at work right here!


Find out why and how we can impact their work, so they can impact our work in a positive way.


Share your experience making, changing, or being affected by policy on any level.


Highlight laws and programs that help or hurt our work, and take action to:



learn what an Agricultural Commission is, and how to start one if it is right for your town
support established Agricultural Commissions
identify and advocate for State policy in support of our local food system
identify and advocate for National policy in support of our local food system


Our work is for naught if we don't show those making the laws that bind us what is important to us both as individuals and as a Coalition.


TO LEARN MORE visit www.MFCCoalition.org






Agenda for Wednesday, July 10th


8:40 - Registration


9:00 - Welcome & Introduction to MFCC


9:20 - "Healthy Helpings of Local Participation" - with Beth Hodge (Cheshire County Farm Bureau) and Rhett Lamb (supporting Keene's Agricultural Commission and Town Planning Board)


9:50 - "National and State on Your Plate" - with Tara Sad (NH State Representative and Chair, Agriculture & Energy Committee) and Roger Noonan (New England Farmers Union)


10:20 - Break


10:35 - Action Planning


11:35 - Report Out


11:45 - MFCC Members report on progress since March Forum


Noon - Networking Lunch






As a coalition we are more than the sum of our parts. We each hold a piece to the puzzle and can support and enhance each other's work to make life better for all Monadnock Citizens.