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Meet Our Members | December 2018

Name and Occupation: Joanne Ducas, Owner and Operator

Business Name: Mountain Heartbeet

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How long have you been a member of NOFA-NH? I've been a member on and off for probably 8 years.


Why did you become a member of NOFA-NH?  As an organic farmer, I feel it's really important to be a part of the organic movement in New Hampshire, and being a member of NOFA-NH is a great way to do that! 


How has NOFA-NH impacted your business?  Most recently I participated in the the Fall Farm Share Program. This NOFA-NH program allowed me to give out two subsidized fall farm shares to folks in need in my community. I've also participated as a participant and presenter at several of the NOFA-NH Winter Conferences. NOFA-NH has helped me make connections in the greater community of eaters and organic growers in New Hampshire. 

What's your number one priority for NOFA-NH this year? There are at least two! There's a lot of policy stuff going on right now in terms of organics getting watered down. So, I'd like to really encourage education on what local organic means vs what big business organic means. My first priority, though, is growing the organic movement in New Hampshire and helping it become more visible: letting people know we're here, we're vibrant and we can do a lot for our state if we work together. This also means working on cultivating the next generation of farmers. If we want to keep feeding our community we need to grow more farmers and increase awareness about the benefits of eating local. 


What advice do you have for anyone thinking about becoming a NOFA-NH member? That they should absolutely do it! It's a great resource for people interested in the organic movement in New Hampshire. 


Does your business have any upcoming activities or events you would like to share with the NOFA-NH community? I'd encourage people to get out to the winter farmers markets. I go to the Wolfboro and Tamworth markets, but there are plenty of great markets all over the state. It's important that we let people know that they can get delicious organic food all year round at the farmers markets, and that local farmers really benefit from that support. So, come on out and show your support!

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