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Harvest of the Month is coming to New Hampshire

During school year 2016-2017, a NH Harvest of the Month program is being pilot tested in four school districts: Keene, Monadnock, Fall Mountain Regional and Con-Val. Thanks to a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the NH Department of Agriculture, funds are available to support this pilot year and a state-wide roll out of the program in school year 2017-2018. The program focuses on fruit and vegetable crops grown in New Hampshire and provides learning and promotional materials for download and printing by schools. Cafeterias are encouraged to purchase the specialty crops locally and serve them for lunch several times each month. Teachers are provided classroom activities and suggested readings for each month. The NH Harvest of the Month website is now live! We also have a Facebook page!  Partners on this project include Cheshire County Conservation District, Food Connects, Upper Valley Farm to SchoolThe Cornucopia Project as well as NH Farm to School.
   NH Harvest of the Month:       
September:  Broccoli and Cauliflower
October: Kale
November: Sweet Potatoes
December: Winter Squash
January:  Parsnips 
February: Cabbage
March: Beets and Rutabega
April: Carrots
May: Mixed Greens
June: Herbs
July: Berries
August: Tomatoes

WANTED: Teams of teens to participate in the
NH TEEN Cook-Off!
 The NH TEEN Cook Off  is open to 6-12th grade students. The idea of the contest is for teams to create a healthy school lunch that meets current USDA nutrition guidelines, incorporates locally grown or raised foods, and can be replicated by any school meals program. Recipes will be judged on taste, presentation, use of local ingredients and adherence to nutrition and cost guidelines. Seven regional competitions will be followed by a state competition featuring all of the winning teams from the regional competitions. The theme for the 2016-2017 contest is Breakfast for Lunch and all entries will need to include NH eggs. Thanks to Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs and Chef's Dinner for sponsoring the event. More information and dates of regional competitions can be found here. 
Teams need to register to participate!

Fremont's Ellis School Garden and Greenhouse Program

Part-time farmer and full-time science teacher John Hermann and his students, over the years, have built a greenhouse, installed solar panels to heat it, grown and sold food they produce and continue to make improvements and upgrades to the greenhouse and gardens as funding allows.

The solar panels heat the liquid that is pumped through tubing underneath the grow trays in the greenhouse. Every year students grow pumpkins, peppers, squash, tomatoes, lettuce, basil and garlic. The peppers and tomatoes get turned into salsa, the garlic and basil become pesto and the other produce is either sold or taken home by students who care for the garden and greenhouse over the summer. The processing is done at John's farm, Knife and Plow LLC's, commercial kitchen. Plants and prepared foods are sold to cover the cost of paying students to tend the gardens in summer and to support the purchase of seeds, fertilizer and other needed materials. Another unique activity the students do is to harvest their rye cover crop from their outdoor garden, attempt different techniques like winnowing to remove the grain from the chaff, and then grind the rye to make a few loaves of bread.

Events and Resources

Sea to School: A Lunch Voyage  A new video available for classrooms to learn about fish and fishing in the Gulf of Maine. An accompanying Sea to School resource guide for school food service will be available soon!

January 28, 2017: NOFA NH Winter Conference featuring a full day of workshops on school and youth gardens. Early bird discounted registration is open until December 1.

February 17-18, 2017: NH Farm and Forest Expo

School garden grant resources.

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