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CRAFT Apprenticeships, Fair Labor, and You!


Wednesday, December 5

Three Tomatoes Trattoria, Lebanon, NH

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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NOFA-NH and Vital Communities will host a FREE farmer mixer and panel this winter on fair labor and CRAFT apprenticeship models at the award-winning Three Tomatoes Trattoria restaurant in Lebanon, NH.


Come and enjoy a local, Italian meal on us, meet other farmers from our region, and learn from our knowledgeable panel of farmers and experts discussing the CRAFT apprenticeship model, with a focus on the experiences of Vital Communities' Upper Valley CRAFT program, and fair labor practices. Each participant will receive one complimentary drink (beer or wine), beyond which is a cash bar.

What is CRAFT? CRAFT stands for Collaborative Regional Alliances for Farmer Training. It is a national program of small, independent regional alliances focused on training for farm workers, interns and apprentices. CRAFT expands training beyond one farm at a time to bring apprentices together on farms within their regional collaborative to meet fellow apprentices and learn new skills at on-farm workshops.

Save the date and join us for a fun and educational evening, mingle with friends, meet new people, enjoy great food, and come away with new information to use on your farm!


About Three Tomatoes Trattoria: Three Tomatoes Trattoria is an award-winning Italian restaurant, and longtime supporter of local and organic foods. This cozy and casual restaurant is located downtown off of the Lebanon Green and has easy parking. Three Tomatoes awards’ include a 2018 Diner’s Choice Award, 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, and 2013 Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award.




  • Louis Battalen, New England Outreach Coordinator, Agricultural Justice Project, NOFA Interstate Council, Domestic Fair Trade Committee: Louis Battalen homesteads with his family on the eastern facing slopes of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts where his focus is on the confluence of agriculture & social justice in the field and with the pen. He is the Northeast Outreach Organizer for the Agricultural Justice Project and serves on NOFA's Interstate Council as a member of its Domestic Fair Trade Committee.

  • Nancy LaRowe, Local First Manager and Valley Food and Farm Coordinator, Vital Communities: Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Valley Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

  • Suzanne Long, Farmer & Owner of Luna Bleu Farm, and participant in Vital Communities' Upper Valley CRAFT Program.





6:00 PM – Arrive and Mingle

6:15 PM – Dinner

7:00 PM – Panel Discussion

7:45 PM – Q & A with Panelists

8:15 PM – Mingle

9:00 PM - Adjourn


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