Stories From the Field: Celebrating our Local Food System in Words

Yarden of Eatin'

Farmers and community members from throughout the Monadnock Region take to the stage to share their stories at Stonewall Farm on Thursday, April 16, 2020, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Join Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition as we celebrate our newly updated strategic plan and the Local Heroes who make our thriving local food community tick!

Dinner | Potluck dessert | Cash bar

$10 pp/ 75 maximum
Kids 12 & under eat free
Cash donations for dinner accepted – we want everyone there!
RSVP REQUIRED

RSVP or NOMINATE SOMEONE
DO YOU KNOW someone who is a natural-born storyteller? MFCC is taking nominations to join others on stage. We are NOT looking for Broadway actors…we ARE looking for stories from the tragic to the hilarious that provide a glimpse into the lives of those working in the local food system. View details.
Nomination deadline: February 17, 2020

a6b84042-b579-4d1e-ae8f-78150da2174c

View original post

A Decade of Plaid Friday Celebrations in the Monadnock Region

Yarden of Eatin'

For the tenth year, independent businesses and community members in the Monadnock Region will celebrate Plaid Friday on the day after Thanksgiving. This year’s event falls on Friday, November 29, 2019.

Individuals will wear plaid on Plaid Friday to show support for the local economy and their commitment to spending more of their dollars at locally owned businesses during the holiday season. Last year, nearly 400 community members pledged to participate in Plaid Friday.

To amplify this year’s event, Savings Bank of Walpole will host a Plaid Friday Week from Friday, November 29 to Tuesday, December 3.  The bank will set up information tables at each of their branches with Plaid Friday swag to inspire more people to participate in this year’s event.  Community members are encouraged to wear plaid throughout this week and stop by the bank’s Marlboro Street branch to take a selfie in front of the bank’s…

View original post 415 more words

Are You Ready? TLC Monadnock RFP Period is Open

  • Do you have an incredible project just waiting to happen — one that would strengthen your business, our community and the local economy — if only you had the funds to make it happen?
  • Is your business a “social enterprise” that addresses social and/or environmental issues?
  • Will your project support community goals, while keeping to a budget of $15,000 or less?

If you said yes to these questions…THANK YOU!  You are part of the emerging Fourth Sector economy — a sector that uses the power of business to do good things for people and the planet.

The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock believes in people like you.  That’s why we’re participating in a new research project in conjunction with the National Science Foundation and The Local Crowd designed to uncover the best ways to support Fourth Sector enterprises. We are pleased to invite you to participate in this project.

Learn more and download our Request for Proposals

We will accept proposals until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019.  TLC Monadnock will select up to six local businesses to participate in this pilot study — and the top proposal will receive a free crowdfunding video from 710 Main Films to support their campaign.

Have questions? Please contact Jen Risley at marketing@monadnockfood.coop or 603-283-5401.

TLC Monadnock is hosted by the Monadnock Food Co-op and supported by our community partners: Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, New Hampshire Small Business Development Center and Monadnock Economic Development Corporation.

The Local Crowd Monadnock – Mailing Address: 63 Emerald St. #114, Keene, NH 03431

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software

First Friday Pilot Project in Keene

cropped-lle-blog.jpg

On March 20, eight local organizations gathered to explore a collaboration to launch a First Friday pilot project in Keene, NH this summer.  The goal of this pilot includes developing a year-round First Friday program that strengthens the economic and cultural well-being of downtown Keene.

Inspiration

Current Partners

Next Steps

  • Form action groups around community engagement, funding, communications and pop-up galleries.
  • Plan for a soft launch in July or August.

Ways to get involved?

To learn more, please contact Carolyn Sweet at carolyns@machinaarts.org or 603-309-6339

 

 

Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund

Yarden of Eatin'

2018 Grant Cycle Request for Proposal Applications are due February 1, 2018.

You can find the Request for Proposals HERE, then you can apply by filling out the word doc application here and or the PDF version here.

Funds can be used for a range of needs including the purchase of equipment or infrastructure, packaging and labeling design needs, and technical assistance. Eligible applicants include farms in Cheshire County and abutting NH towns who would like to develop or expand their production for wholesale markets, including the Monadnock Food Co-op and Monadnock Menus.

Learn more about the Co-op’s Farm Fund.

View original post

Banking on “Green” of the Sustainable Kind

Originally Published at Bensonwood

When the Savings Bank of Walpole wanted to reimagine their new Keene, NH, branch to service the city’s northernmost sector, they hired local green-builder, Bensonwood, of Walpole, NH, to break different ground. As a harbinger for their new branches going forward, the new branch would need to be energy efficient, friendly, open and accessible, all while providing a superior experience for customers and employees alike.

MoCo Moves: Building MoCo Arts’ Future

If you haven’t driven down Roxbury Street in Keene in recent months, it might look a bit different. The spot where the former YMCA once stood is now a clean slate ready for MoCo Arts to build anew.  This prime site, directly across from Hannah Grimes Center, will have the chance to serve the families of the Monadnock region once again.

MoCo Arts was founded 25 years ago in its current building, a modest former machine shop. Since then enrollment has grown 225%; the building has not! MoCo is an important part of Keene’s creative economy and a significant contributor to a vibrant Main Street.  Serving 2,300+ students a year, MoCo children and their families are patrons of local coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and many other businesses that keep Keene’s downtown thriving.  Many community leaders believe this hub for the arts will have a spillover effect to further redevelopment of Keene’s East Side.

For MoCo, the chance to create a vibrant downtown hub for creative arts education for children — just steps from Main Street and Central Square — is a chance to enhance their mission of Transforming Lives Through Movement and Creative Expression. For many young people, transportation to activities and events is a barrier to opportunity. Remaining downtown ensures that students can access MoCo’s highly-regarded dance and theatre classes and award winning multi-arts camps by school bus, public transportation, bicycle, or on foot. Accessibility is a MoCo guiding value; welcoming and inclusive arts education for all, regardless of financial, social or other barriers.

Support MoCo Moves Today!

MoCo Moves: Building MoCo Arts’ Future is a $5 Million dollar capital campaign to build new studios and reach more students. Currently, $4.1 Million has been fundraised and MoCo needs your help to get to the finish line. For more information about this exciting project, visit www.move.moco.org, or call MoCo Arts at 603-357-2100.