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

Below you will find the project(s) each team is currently working on (updated Spring 2019)!


 

Education

  • Gathering around a shared message to engage communities on the benefits of local foods in New Hampshire using storytelling and existing resources

  • Will be taking on NH Eat Local Month in August and increasing the reach of this effort to the entire state, as well as promoting the New Narrative work by Food Solutions New England

  • Creating ways in which food producers and businesses can more easily share their stories

  • Coordinating with other teams and partners of the NH Food Alliance to draft policy recommendations

 Co-chairs: Jessica Gorhan (Greater Nashua Food Council) & Samantha Cave (NH Food Alliance, samantha.cave@unh.edu)

Market Development

  • Working with sub-state regional food hubs in NH to develop a Food Hub Network & Community of Practice

  • The network will create an action plan detailing concrete steps that will allow producers to create new sales opportunities, deepen existing market engagement regionally, and improve farm viability.

  • Coordinating with other teams and partners of the NH Food Alliance to draft policy recommendations

Co-Chairs: Nancy LaRowe (Vital Communities) & Richard Berkfield (Food Connects)

Food Access (Consumer)

  • The Food Access (Institution) and Food Access (Consumer) teams have merged into one Food Access team!

  • Finished a Farm to Institution Purchasing Toolkit outlining the steps to hiring a food service management company; making any food purchases for institutional dining programs; and outlining local food requirements in contracts

  • Focusing on developing a Community of Practice for food access professionals across NH.

  • Coordinating with other teams and partners of the NH Food Alliance to draft policy recommendations

Co-chairs: Alexis Dwyer (NH Food Bank) & Sara Oberle (UNH Cooperative Extension)

Land Resources

  • Created a Farmland Conservation Community Education Guide that will be distributed widely soon.

  • With help from the NH Community Loan Fund, developed a Bridge Loan Program to support farmland conservation efforts

  • Received a generous $90,000 grant from the NH Charitable Foundation to begin a Farmland Conservation & Viability Grant Program, which would leverage the opportunity to put a conservation easement on farmland and offer business and succession planning

  • Currently securing additional funding to launch this program soon, in partnership with the NH Association of Conservation Districts

  • Coordinating with other teams and partners of the NH Food Alliance to draft policy recommendations

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

Fisheries

  • Hosting ongoing roundtable discussions with fishermen to develop a strategic action plan for how to address the decrease of young (under 40) fishermen

  • Working to unify young fishermen by creating a Young Fisher’s Foundation for those in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts

  • Coordinating with other teams and partners of the NH Food Alliance to draft policy recommendations

Chair: Andrea Tomlinson (NH Community Seafood) and Gabby Bradt (NH Sea Grant)

 

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Action Teams