Wednesday, January 29, 2014

MFCC invites you to "Farm to School: Classrooms to Cafeterias" - Thursday, February 6

Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition invites you to the winter forum: Farm to School: Classrooms to CafeteriasFebruary 6th at 4:00pm - 6:30pm Heberton Hall (next to Keene Public Library)RSVP here!Panelists: Sarah Lovitz & Richard Berkfeld, Monadnock Menus; Donna Reynolds, ConVal Food Service; Jenny Wichland, Surry Village Charter School; Eloise Clark, The Hooper Institute

Exhibitors: NH Farm Bureau, Early Sprouts, NH Farm to School, The Cornucopia Project, Stonewall Farm, Keene SC Sustainability, The Hooper Institute
Stations: Monadnock Menus, Surry Village Charter School, NH Healthy Eating Active Living, Keene State College Dietetic Internship Through presentations, takeaways, displays, and learning stations, we will learn how other communities successfully implemented farm to school food programs, make available innovative lessons for learning in the classroom, and identify next steps for our Education Working Group toward the completion of our goals:
Improve students' food literacy
Increase access to local food
Present engaging nutrition education
Promote healthier school meals
Share information, tools and resources
Build collaborations with local schools, service agencies, agricultural organizations and farmers We invite your input to guide the actions of our Education Working Group. OPEN TO EVERYONE, this network of people at the intersection of food systems and education are working to raise the awareness of the social, physical and economic impact of eating healthy, locally-produced food. In addition, we will provide an update from our Policy Working Group. Please bring your updates to share with the coalition. Find out how we can impact each others' work in a positive way!Networking light dinner will be provided. Bring your appetite!Questions? Contact:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Farmer Appreciation Night 2014

Sharing this invitation from the Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition:

Join the Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition for a night of merriment and tribute to the farmers who enable us to eat local, farm-fresh foods throughout the season, contribute to our community, and help preserve the rural feel and agricultural heritage of the beautiful Monadnock Region. This volunteer-run event brings farmers and the broader public together to kick back, eat, drink, and be merry together - and perhaps even dance a little!


Buffet dinner! 5:30pm-7pm

Featuring a dinner of many local ingredients,

generously prepared by Inn & Out Hospitality

and an army of volunteers!*

Potluck - casseroles, salads, and vegetable dishes welcomed.
Cash bar!

Dance! 7:30pm-10pm

Get your groove on with The Bump Road Band,

The Cold River Ranters, Contradance & more...

Awards! Oldest farmer and newcomer!

*Local foods are cooked by a fantastic & fun team of volunteers - if you would like to help us cook, serve, decorate, greet, clean up or anything else, call Roe-Ann at 603.852.3198 or email

MFCC would like to thank Denise Meadows of Inn & Out Hospitality for her abundant contributions of expertise, coordination, cooking, and patience. We could not do this without you!


Farmer Appreciation Night

Heberton Hall, next to

Keene Public Library

60 Winter Street, Keene


The Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition is a regional coalition whose mission is to support a sustainable food system by cultivating community action and building collaborations to implement effective programs, projects and policies.

Our vision is 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, and is sustained by strong leadership and commitment in the Monadnock Region.