Past Webinars

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2018 Webinar Series-



Agricultural Food Policy in NH

This webinar focused on understanding the agricultural food policy landscape in NH. We learned about existing state and federal policies that support NH farmers and food producers, as well as priorities for policy changes that could help to grow our local food economy, strengthen our support of food producers, and sustain our natural resources. We also heard more about the ways individuals and groups can shape and influence agricultural policy and engage others in their efforts. 

Presenters included:


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Farm to School as a Catalyst to Local Food System Change

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This month, we learned about the New Hampshire Farm to School (NHFTS) program which facilitates connections between New Hampshire farms, fishermen, K-12 schools, and communities that support learning, community building, and economic opportunity.  Since it began in 2003, NHFTS has helped over half the public schools in the state bring local food into the cafeteria and classroom. In 2016, NHFTS launched the Beacon Community project, a three-year collaborative effort intended to align communities around a shared vision and goals to support healthy, local food choices in schools and in the community at large. NHFTS and the Beacon Communities are transforming the culture of how kids, schools, and communities think about food; transforming the food system relationships of schools and food businesses, of classrooms and cafeterias, of students and communities. Our presenters were Stacey Purslow of NH Farm to School and Beth Tener of New Directions Collaborative

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Design Thinking and Social Innovation for Farm and Food Businesses

Fiona Wilson, the Executive Director of UNH's Center for Social Innovation, discussed the competing challenges for sustainable food businesses, including keeping food affordable while maintaining living wages for producers and workers.  She offered examples of food businesses that have succeeded in maintaining their triple bottom line (profit, people, planet) with innovative approaches to diversification, aggregation, and marketing.  Fiona also introduced the idea of design thinking, a methodological tool that food businesses can use to find creative solutions to their challenges. In addition, Fiona talked about the NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC), an idea-based challenge that hopes to inspire students and community members across the state to develop creative, solution-oriented ideas to today's most pressing social or environmental issues.

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New Food Story

A New Food Story for New England

How we talk about food and our food system has the power to reinforce existing “narratives” or stories. But our communications can also change the way people think about food, their roles in the food system and, ultimately, change their actions and behaviors.  Lisa Fernandes, Communications Director with Food Solutions New England, gave our audience foundational knowledge about the importance of recognizing underlying food system narratives. We also learned about the New Narrative work being coordinated by Food Solutions New England to elevate the stories that will help shift our region toward a strong, healthy and just food system for all. Lisa offered specific ideas and tools for how to craft your food system communications to avoid pitfalls and to achieve your desired goals more effectively





NH Eat Local Month

August is NH Eat Local Month!

Let’s get ready to celebrate NH Eat Local Month! Each August, we hope to inspire you to eat more locally grown, raised and made foods, meet the farmers, growers and chefs behind your food and learn new skills that keep you eating locally throughout the year. We had a conversation with Jen Risley from Monadnock Buy Local to learn more about the delicious bounty of the season and the ways that organizations and businesses are collaborating across the state to promote NH food and food culture.

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Getting Local! New Hampshire’s Regional Food Systems

There are many people and organizations working to support the local food economy. In this month’s webinar, we heard about regional food system work from the North Country to Monadnock to the Seacoast. Participants learned more about what is happening throughout the state, and how they could get involved!

The presenters from this webinar were:

Roe-Ann Tasoulas from Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition

Julie Moran from North Country Farmers Coop

Jillian Hall from Seacoast Eat Local

Jesse Wright from Upper Saco Valley Land Trust

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


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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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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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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"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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