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 Summer 2019)!


 

Education

  • Finding partners to host a local film festival in different regions around the state, following the model of the Feast on This festival in the Monadnock region.

  • Coordinated and launched 2019 NH Eat Local Month in August and increased 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

  • Evolved into a statewide community of practice (CoP) for food hubs - producers, processors, aggregators, and distributors.

  • Working to secure grant funding this fall will allow us to hire a project manager to coordinate this collaborative network and enhance the sales and consumption of locally grown and processed products.

  • 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)

  • Recently received a $20,000 grant from the NH Children's Health Foundation to support their policy work and research around it. 

  • 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

Chair: 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 & 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

Co-chairs: Andrea Tomlinson (NH Community Seafood) and Gabby Bradt (NH Sea Grant)

 

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Action Teams