Action Teams collaborate to implement projects that support the Viability Initiative.

Below you will find the project(s) each team is currently working on.


 

Education

  • Creating a coordinated, grassroots, statewide education and marketing campaign focused on increasing local food purchasing
  • Submitted a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant proposal with the purpose of creating coordinated statewide messaging
  • Recently promoted NH Eat Local Month in August with messaging and an NH Eat Local Hunt Instagram campaign
  • Working with Food Solutions New England on their New Narrative Project

 Chair: Erin Hale, NH Food Alliance (erin.hale@unh.edu)

Market Development

  • Creating the Salute to NH Foodpreneurs highlights 
  • Compiling a Farm, Fish, and Food Resource Directory
  • Coordinated and administered a survey to various stakeholders to determine needs and demand for a Seacoast food hub
  • Helped to create a Community of Practice (CoP) with other food hubs across New Hampshire
  • Submitted a USDA planning grant proposal to conduct a feasibility study for food hub infrastructure on the Seacoast

Chair: Jennifer Wilhelm, NH Food Alliance (jennifer.wilhelm@unh.edu

Food Access (Consumer)

  • Developing a toolkit and other resources for a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx) program in NH
  • Submitted a proposal to fund a plot FVRx program in the state
  • Recently published an infographic summarizing FVRx and other nutrition incentive programs across the state
  • Continuing to evaluate multiple different nutrition incentive and education programs around New Hampshire to determine best practices

Co-chairs: Heidi Barker, UNH Cooperative Extension & Alexis Dwyer, NH Food Bank

Food Access (Institution) 

  • Finishing a toolkit for institutional buyers who are interested in purchasing from local producers 
  • Working with Sodexo to get more local food into colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions

Chair: Stacey Purslow, NH Farm to School

Land Resources

  • Recruiting new members; recently created three sub-committees for funding, policy, and education goals.
  • Participated in the Land for Good Land Access Project closing event
  • Recently received a generous $90,000 grant from an anyonymous donor to help fund farm viability planning and the conservation of agricultural soil health
  • Helped to create a bridge loan program with the NHCLF, and are working on a dedicated loan fund with them for conservation easements
  • Currently developing a toolkit for peer-to-peer conservation easement workshops

Co-Chairs: Cara Cargill, Land For Good and NH Agricultural Mediation Program,  Amanda Littleton, Cheshire County Conservation District

Fisheries

  • Working to establish a Young Fisher's Foundation for NH, Southern ME, and Northern MA.
  • Provide training and assistance to ensure the success of the next generation of fishers. 

Chair: Andrea Tomlinson, NH Community Seafood

 

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Action Teams