WALPOLE, N.H. — This August, the Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) will join over 70 partners throughout the state to highlight New Hampshire Eat Local Month — a month-long celebration of local food and New Hampshire farmers and food producers. Increased interest in local food benefits us all by positively affecting the health of the economy, communities, and environment.
“New Hampshire residents and visitors, alike, are showing unprecedented interest in local food, and this month-long celebration offers a great opportunity to feature New Hampshire grown foods and farms,” said Gail McWilliam Jellie from the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food.
As part of the NH Eat Local Month festivities, the CCCD, Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition (MFCC), and the Monadnock Food Co-op are teaming up to produce the Monadnock Farm Tour & Film Festival, a 3-day celebration of our local food system, August 23rd-25th. For one day, hen houses, pastures, coops, and barns will be open to the public to provide rich experiences that are educational and fun for consumers while infusing much needed income into the pockets of local farmers. Films at the festival will highlight a diversity of topics related to agriculture, including soil health, climate change and farming, and innovations in growing food.
NH Eat Local Month also coincides with National Farmers’ Market Week, honoring farmers’ markets all across America. Cheshire County residents who receive SNAP benefits can shop at several local farmers’ markets in Cheshire County and DOUBLE THEIR DOLLARS thanks to the Granite State Market Match program. Every SNAP dollar spent at a participating farm, market, or farm store is matched $1-for-$1 thanks to Granite State Market Match. Visit www.cheshireconservation.org/
About the CCCD
The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and responsible use of our natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial, and educational assistance. Our goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds, and clean water to ensure those resources are available for future generations. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole NH where we work alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners. For more information, contact the Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext.115/116.
–Cheshire County Conservation District
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