NOFA-NH E-Newsletter: January 2019
Save the Date for NOFA-NH's Organic Vegetable Gardening Workshop Series
Apply to Participate in the Farm Share Program
Are you certified organic, a member of NOFA-NH and have a CSA? If so, apply to participate in our Farm Share Program for financial assistance providing a subsidized farm share to limited-income individuals and families. Applications due February 15, 2019.
NOFA-NH E-Newsletter: July 2019
Attend the Fundamentals of Organic Lawn Care Workshop Series
The Merrimack County Conservation District and NOFA-NH are hosting four FREE workshops presented by Britt Phillips, owner of Complete Land Organics this July and August. Creating a sustainable, healthy, chemical free lawn begins with understanding what is happening biologically in your soil. The soil holds the main clues in terms of why a lawn is thriving or struggling. By understanding your property’s soil structure and soil composition, we can take the next step to a healthy and sustainable lawn! Register for Franklin, Thurs. July 25, 6 - 7:30 PM or Concord, Tues. July 30, 7 - 8:30 PM. More dates coming soon.
The CRAFT of Farming: Tour Work Song Farm
August 3rd, 3 - 5 PM | Hopkinton, NH
Join NOFA-NH and Work Song Farm for an educational program for farmers, farm workers, gardeners, students and families as part of NOFA-NH’s CRAFT Program (Collaborative Regional Alliances for Farmer Training) and farm tour series. See where real, local organic foods are being grown while discovering employment opportunities. This tour will focus on extending the season in the midst of abundance. This event is FREE to NOFA-NH Members, Farmers and Farm Workers. Tickets: $5 per person, $10 per family. All proceeds go to the host farm. Registration Required.
NOFA's Summer Conference: August 9 - 11 | Hampshire College, MA
Enjoy a festive weekend, educational workshops for adults, kids and teens, 60+ vendors, live music, games, amazing food, and a keynote address from Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation, at NOFA’s 45th annual Summer Conference! This year's conference theme is "Nutrition Matters: Soil Health Builds Human Health." Registration is now open, and all NOFA members get 20% off!
Work With Us: NOFA-NH is Hiring an Intern
NOFA-NH seeks an intern for 2019 to work in the NOFA-NH office in Concord primarily supporting existing NOFA-NH staff in the fulfillment of NOFA-NH objectives. Duties include office administration, membership coordination, and program assistance. Applicants must be self-motivated, organized, and flexible. Excellent communication skills are a must. This is a part-time, temporary position to start as soon as the right candidate is identified. Pay is $9-15 per hour, depending on skills, qualifications, and availability. Please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOFA-NH is Hiring a Gleaning Coordinator
NOFA-NH is hiring a Gleaning Coordinator to work in the Grafton County/Plymouth area. The Gleaning Coordinator will develop relationships with local farms and recipient organizations, recruit and train volunteers, and implement gleanings throughout the area. This is a part-time, seasonal position, beginning ASAP and running to December. Please send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. This position will remain open until filled. View the job description at the link below.
"Round Up" in August for NOFA-NH at The Co-op Food Stores
The Co-op Food Stores will be donating a portion of proceeds to NOFA-NH from their Pennies for Change program running throughout August! Next month, customers will have the option to "round up" their total to the nearest dollar at the register, and the difference will be donated to NOFA-NH and other community partners. This program will be running at The Co-op Food Stores in Hanover, Lebanon and Lyme, NH, and White River Junction, VT. Thank you to The Co-op Food Stores and your customers!
August is NH Eat Local Month
We’re joining over 100 local businesses and organizations to celebrate the harvest! It’s no secret that locally-grown food is usually bursting with flavor. Next time you shop, choose a farmer’s market, farm stand, co-op grocer, or locally grown food at a conventional grocery store. And check out this list of events to discover local food-based activities near you all month long.
Monadnock Farm Tour & Film Festival | August 23 - 25, 2019
The Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition is hosting it's annual Feast on This! Film Festival August 23rd - 25th. This year's festivities will also coincide with The Monadnock Farm Tour. Films include "The Need to Grow" and "Secret Ingredients." Check the MFCC website for a map of this year's farm tours, films and other information.
The Organic Center Releases Study Comparing Organic and Conventional Milk
Researchers at Emory University studied milk sold in supermarkets and found that non-organic milk tested positive for illegal antibiotics, high levels of growth hormones and controversial pesticide contaminants
Civil Eats Asks: "After 10 Years of Rapid Growth, What Does Organic Mean Today?"
Civil Eats invited four organic industry experts to discuss issues surrounding organic food. Kathleen Merrigan, professor and executive director of the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture (2009 – 2013); Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA); Abby Youngblood, Executive Director at the National Organic Coalition; and Rudy Arredondo, a former farmworker and the founder and president of the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association, share their thoughts.
Welcome New & Renewing Members
Thank you to our NOFA-NH Members who became new members and renewed their membership in April through July 2019.
Work Song Farm Seeks Full-Time Year-Round Employee
Work Song Farm seeks full-time year-round employee to start before Aug. 2019. We’re a small-scale diverse organic vegetable farm located just outside Concord. No experience needed. Enthusiasm required. Contact Dan and Abby for more details. Worksongfarm@gmail.com; 603-219-0297.
NOFA-NH Members may post 1 free Classified per month on our Classifieds page and in this newsletter. Not yet members may post a Classified in the e-news and on our website for $45 per Classified per month. To inquire about this program and to share your Classified with our community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, July 25: Fundamentals of Organic Lawn Care Series, Franklin, NH
Tuesday, July 30: Fundamentals of Organic Lawn Care Series, Concord, NH
August 1 - 31: NH Eat Local Month
Saturday, August 3: The CRAFT of Farming: Tour of Work Song Farm, Hopkinton, NH
August 9 - 11: NOFA Summer Conference, Amherst, MA
Tuesday, August 13: NOFA-NH Board Meeting, Concord, NH
Saturday, August 17: 7th Annual NH Permaculture Day, Canterbury NH
August 23 - 25: Monadnock Farm Tour & Film Festival
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