Learning in the New Year: Farm & Forest Expo and More!

Deneé Woods

A warm welcome to the New Year! As students of all ages say goodbye to winter break and head back to school for the spring semester, we here at the Food Alliance want to encourage all our network partners, farmers, and foodpreneurs to think about investing in their own education this year. A recent study from LinkedIn reports those who prioritize learning in their work and careers are more productive, engaged and ready to grow than those who don’t. We want food businesses and producers in New Hampshire to prosper, so we are making it a priority to share educational material and events here on the blog.

Coming up in just a week, the New Hampshire Farm & Forest Expo Baby goatsis happening right here in Manchester on February 1st and 2nd. A winter tradition since 1984, this will be a fun, educational event with something for everyone – even the kids! The schedule boasts panels on soil health, talks on solar energy, discussions about raising poultry in the Granite State, a meet and greet with experienced Livestock Guardian Dogs, and much more. The expo is also one of the largest food and farm trade shows in the state, with over 100 exhibitors expected to participate. Younger attendees will enjoy the animals, KidZone, and playing FARMO at the local vendor booths. This event will be a great opportunity for everyone to learn something new or brush up on existing skills and topics, as well as for industry professionals and stakeholders to connect and share ideas. For more information about the Expo and to see a schedule of events, visit their website at www.nhfarmandforestexpo.org. We hope to see you there!

The Food Alliance is helping to co-sponsor another great learning opportunity from New Directions Collaborative. We recognize that collaboration, both within and across organizations and our communities, is vital to creating strong local food systems. That's why we're excited to share three online workshops hosted by Beth Tener, Principal of New Directions Collaborative. Each workshop will offer hands-on training and tools for working collaboratively, including designing meetings and working in teams virtually. Last fall, our staff members participated in these workshops and found them quite valuable! The cost of each workshop is $70.00, including handouts. Each workshop has distinct content, so sign up for one or more!

Meetings that Do More; Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 12:00PM - 2:00PM

Working in Collaborative Ways; Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM 

Working as an Ecosystem; Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 12:00PM - 2:00PM EDT


Direct Marketing Success BookWe’d also like to let you know about a new opportunity from The Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition and Cheshire County Conservation District - a FREE 2-day forum dedicated to Marketing Success for Produce Farmers! This training program is a part of the FamilyFarmed Growing Success series, which provides wholesale and direct marketing, and on-farm food safety training, for specialty crop farmers. You can choose to sign up for one training or for both! Participating farmers will receive trainings on creating individualized market plans, market assessment skills, and developing cost-effective strategies. You will also receive either FamilyFarmed’s Direct Market Success Manual or Wholesale Success manual (a $75 value!). If attending both days, farmers will receive both manuals. Atina Diffley of FamilyFarmed will facilitate the trainings. Diffley is an organic farmer and author of the 2012 award-winning memoir, Turn Here Sweetcorn: Organic Farming Works

“Marketing, Branding, and Promotion”; Monday, February 4, 2019, 8:30AM-4:00PM; Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd., Keene, NH

“Efficiency and Cost of Production: Postharvest Systems and Crop Planning” ; Thursday, February 7, 2019, 8:30AM-4:00PM;  Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd., Keene, NH


Be sure to keep up with us here on the blog as well as Facebook and Instagram for more information about future events and educational opportunities for food and farm stakeholders across New Hampshire!