October is National Farm to School Month as well as hosting Food Day on the 24th. The National Farm to School Network has a variety of resources available to help you celebrate and highlight the local foods of New Hampshire and our region. Consider adding the farm to school month logo onto your menus or plan an all local foods lunch. If your school would like help planning an October event or would like someone to come in and provide education about local foods to your students such as an apple tasting, please contact the NH Farm to School Program.
For National Farm to School Month resources click here.
For usable Farm to School month logo click here.
New farming cooperative ready to provide you with apples and cider!
Carter Hill Orchard in Concord and Duane Family Farm in Barnstead partnered in 2006 to form NH Cider Works. This year they have started the NH Growers Cooperative, which works with other area orchards to market and distribute a wide variety of apples and pasteurized cider. If you are a school or institution in southeastern NH interested in buying directly from these orchards, please contact Rick Duane at email@example.com or Rob Laroque at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hampshire Healthy Meals Cooking Challenge slated for November 17
The NH Healthy Meals Cooking Challenge invites teams from high school culinary programs, public schools, and CACFP food service workers to create a healthy school lunch that meets USDA guidelines, incorporates local foods into the recipes, and meets a food cost of $1.22 or less. Recipes need to be submitted to the NH Farm to School program by October 31. Selected teams or persons will be invited to prepare their recipe at an event that will feature a panel of judges and prizes awarded to top entries. Event guidelines are being sent out in a separate e-mail. If you are interested in participating and do not receive the guidelines, please contact the NH Farm to School program.
School Food Service Culinary Workshops
Need to brush up on your knife skills or try new cooking methods? Are you wondering how to incorporate the new fruit and vegetable requirements into your school lunches? The NH Farm to School Program will be organizing 5 regional workshops during the school year to provide training to any school food service worker. Workshops will feature trained chefs teaching knife skills, food safety, nutrition and preparation of recipes using fresh, local fruits and vegetables. SNA credits will be available.
Specific information about the workshops will be sent out this fall.
Regional NH Farm to School Hubs
Thanks to Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and the John Merck Fund, the NH Farm to School Program has some funding for the next year to develop a NH Farm to School/Institution network. The funding will support work in three areas of the state: the North Country, Cheshire County and the Lakes Region. Watch for new names and faces contacting you!
Ordering local foods couldn't be easier!
nhfarmfresh.com makes it easy to order NH produce and products. For a minimum of $30 you can have fresh, local food delivered to your school or even your home. Orders need to be placed several days before delivery with delivery days determined by region. Try using nhfarmfresh.com to buy for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program or to supplement your salad bar.
School Fund Raising with Local and Regional Products
YouandICanHelp.org, based on the seacoast, organizes local and sustainable fund raising for schools. All products are NH or New England made and can be tailored to the schools needs with product mix and price points. If you school or school group is interested in learning more please contact: email@example.com.
New England Apple Day
4-9 pm Dimond Hill Farm, Concord
Get tickets here
Building a Community Supported Food System
Keene and Peterborough
contact Stonewall Farm
at Prescott Park in Portsmouth September 22
USDA's Kathleen Merrigan
at UNH September 24 4pm
Grow Local...Eat Local
at the NH Food Bank benefiting the Recipe for Success Program October 3
Miles Smith Farm Day
Educational family event in Loudon
9-12 pm Stonewall Farm, Keene Institutional buyers welcome. Registration required.
NH Ag History Workshop
for teachers October 11 4-6:30 pm at the Farm Museum in Milton
NH Healthy Meals Cooking Challenge
NH Farm to School
Upper Valley Farm to School
National Farm to School Network
NH Farm to School on Facebook
NH Ag in the Class
Farm to Institution New England
UNH Sustainability Institute
107 Nesmith Hall
131 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824