Demand for local food far outstrips supply in our region. A prime goal of the Keep Growing initiative is to grow supply – and a key strategy is to increase local land in agricultural production. We are starting a land access project to link landowners with people who want to grow, graze, use land for haying, or offer other ways of bringing land back into agricultural production.
We will meet with landowners and land seekers in small groups and individually to understand farming interests and share ways to meet them through leasing or selling to next generation farmers or farm expanders. Each participating landowner will help create a conceptual agricultural site plan showing potential uses for their land, farm seekers will learn what land resources are available in the area and both will learn how they may work together to increase good local food.
Landowners and land seekers are invited to join us on Friday March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Rocks in Bethlehem to meet with Bob Bernstein (formerly of Land for Good, now Northeast Farm Access) who is working with us on this project. Bob has worked for many years on land access throughout New England.
Please RSVP as space is limited. To reply, or if you are interested but cannot make this meeting, please contact Rebecca Brown at the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-823-7777.
With the hard frost expected tonight, some gardeners may be making their last harvest of tomatoes, lettuce, and other tender vegetables. If you have more produce than you know what to do with, it’s a great time to share the bounty of our gardens. The Franconia Community Church offers an easy and excellent way to share your surplus with other families.
You can drop off your clean, ripe, fresh vegetables at the church, located at 44 Church Street in Franconia, on Mondays until 5pm and on Tuesdays until 1pm. Recent favorites at the pantry include tomatoes of all varieties, eggplant, and squash, thanks to the Littleton Food Co-op.
The community church is working with Keep Growing, the region’s local food and agricultural revitalization initiative. Their goal is to make more fresh local food available to area families by increasing the participation of backyard gardeners.
For more information, please call Holly at the church at 823-8421.
Free Film: Ladies of the Land
Lively Discussion: Featured speaker John Carroll, professor at UNH, author of The Real Dirt: Toward Food Sufficiency and Farm Sustainability in New England. Discussion with panelists John Carroll; David Craxton of Roots & Fruits Farm, Dalton, NH; Cindy-Lu Amey of Indian Stream Farm, Pittsburg, N.H.; Charlie Burke, NH Farm to Restaurant Connection; Tim Wennrich, Meadowstone Farm, Bethlehem, N.H.
And splendid local fare courtesy of the Littleton Food Coop, Meadowstone Farm, Luther & Zora’s Organic Farm, Four Corner’s Farm, Le Rendez-Vous Bakery, and Maplebrook Farms. Watch the video: Sam Brown and Jenny Johnson of Meadowstone Farm talk about food for the event.
Colonial Theater, Bethlehem, N.H.
Sunday August 7th 5:00 – 7 p.m.
Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust
The Colonial Theater
The Littleton Food Coop