Past Webinars

Interested in viewing one of our previous webinars? You can access each monthly webinar by clicking on the links below!

 

2018 Webinar Series-

January

"Right to Farm" New Hampshire: A Toolkit for the Local Regulation of Agriculture

Amy Manzelli, lawyer with BCM Environmental Land Law; and Theresa Walker, farmer and chair of the Durham Agricultural Commission, spoke about the new Toolkit for the Local Regulation of Agriculture. The Toolkit was created for farmers and municipal decision-makers to guide the development of local, farm-friendly regulatory environments which encourage the successful operation of agricultural enterprises. 

The Toolkit: (1) Identifies and provides a flow chart of state laws governing farming and agricultural activities, (2) Provides a checklist for assessing the farm friendliness of local regulations and policies, (3) Discusses the relationship between state laws and town laws, and (4) Contains resources for assistance for farmers and municipalities to address conflicts and pro-actively develop farm-friendly regulatory environments. 

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February

Are We Really Making Change? Measuring Farm to Institution Markets

We heard from Nessa Richman, the Director of Research and Evaluation at Farm to Institution New England (FINE) about their tools to measure local food programs in K-12 schools, hospitals, and colleges/universities across the food supply chain. Their data comes from national sources like the USDA's Farm to School Census, Healthcare Without Harm's  annual survey of hospitals, and three original surveys implemented by FINE. 

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March

Nashua Food Council

Justin Munroe from Grow Nashua presented the work they are doing as a resource and partner in providing space, neighborhood activities, and nutrition education through collaboration with different schools, parks, hospitals, and community organizations. Grow Nashua focuses on low-income and immigrant populations to help increase food security and strengthen community ties. The Nashua Food Council (NFC) is a direct result of Grow Nashua's leadership. The food council addresses three strategies: improving distribution and production of healthy culturally appropriate foods, providing nutrition education, and using the collective impact model to create and support NFC.  Learn why your community needs its own food council, where to find interested stakeholders, and what skills and resources are needed to facilitate the conversation by watching the full webinar below!

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April

Intermediated Markets: What Farmers and Educators in New Hampshire Need to Know

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Daniel Prial, Community Food Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and its Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) program, shared information with us from the USDA-AFRI study on intermediated markets. The webinar addressed the most pertinent information for NH educators and farmers. The ATTRA program is a rich resource that provides technical assistance to help farmers adopt more regenerative agricultural practices. Their extensive website is home to hundreds of different resources including publications, videos, tutorials, webinars, and more!

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May

Agricultural Commissions: Keeping Farming Viable and Vibrant in Your Community!

“The purpose of an agricultural commission is to protect agricultural lands, preserve rural character, provide a voice for farmers, and encourage agriculture-based businesses. A New Hampshire town or city may choose to establish an agricultural commission to promote, enhance, and encourage the interests of farming, agricultural resources, and rural aspects of community life. Citizens can use an agricultural commission to help keep farming viable and vibrant in their community, whether rural, small town, suburban, or urban.” 

 - Lorraine Stuart Merrill, former NH Commissioner of Agriculture

For this webinar, John Carroll from Durham and John Porter from Boscawen focused on what agricultural commissions are, how one can be formed in your town, and what the commission can do to preserve farming and rural character locally. We also heard about what their respective agricultural commissions are currently working on. 

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