Action Team Updates: Summer 2018

Author: 
Samantha Cave

The NH Food Alliance Action teams continue to collaborate on projects that support farm, fish, and food enterprise viability in the Granite State.  From statewide, collaborative local foods education and marketing to piloting Fruit and Veggie Prescription programs, the Action Teams are putting the Viability Initiative to work!  Learn more below about what the Action Teams are up to and how you can get involved!


EducationNH Eat Local Month

The Education Action Team (affectionately known as EAT), recruited some great new members at the Statewide Gathering and continues to build connections among groups that communicate with and educate consumers about NH grown food and agriculture. Our main focus is building on existing efforts to create a coordinated, statewide, grassroots education and marketing campaign designed to increase purchasing of local food. We are hard at work submitting grant proposals to fund creative involvement in this exciting project, and in the meantime, we are supporting and amplifying our partners’ education efforts across the state.

This summer, we’ll help to promote NH Eat Local Month and test out some of our campaign messaging ideas and strategies.  We’re also working closely with Food Solutions New England on their New Narrative Project to make sure we glean learning and ideas about how to communicate effectively about our vision for the NH food system!  

Market Development

Did you miss these great resources the Market Development team worked on last year? Check out the Salute to NH Foodpreneurs highlighting six food system businesses from across the granite state. Learn about the business development challenges they’ve faced and the support they had growing their enterprises. The Farm, Fish, Food Resource Directory is another great resource from this team. The directory identifies the organizations working to address food enterprise viability at all stages of business growth from exploratory through to succession and provides information about the types of services they offer.

This year, the Market Development Action team is focusing on coordinating a food hub feasibility study for the Seacoast Area as well as a monthly community of practice (CoP) call for anyone currently working in a food hub or interested in food hubs in NH.  Get in touch if you’re interested in participating in either of these projects! If you’re interested in food hubs in general, check out this great new publication about Food Hubs from our partner Farm to Institution New England (FINE)!

Food Access (Consumer)

The Food Access Consumer Team continues to foster collaboration among practitioners working to promote food access and nutrition incentive programs across the state.  Check out the infographic they published this winter summarizing their research about Fruit and Veggie Prescription Programs, and nutrition incentive and education programs across the state!

Food Access (Institution)

This group is wrapping up their toolkit for institutional buyers interested in purchasing from local farms. With contracting templates, lists of distributors, case studies and a definition of local, the toolkit will streamline and simplify the process of local purchasing, and open up new market opportunities for our farmers! This year the group is focusing on getting more local food into higher ed institutions and is working closely with Sodexo to make this happen.

Land Resources

Things are really moving forward with the Land Resources action team! At the statewide gathering we recruited three great new members who have already started to actively participate in the committee.  We have now broken into three sub-committees to get more work accomplished between meetings: (1) funding, (2) policy, (3) education. The bulk of our action team participated in the Land For Good Land Access Project closing event on land access, land transfer planning and farm seekers this spring.

Fisheries

The Fisheries Action Team is working to create a Young Fishers Foundation for Southern ME, NH, and Northern MA, with the goal of addressing the “greying of the fleet”.  By providing technical and financial support to new and aspiring fishers, the foundation will help nurture a new generation working in the industry and help to keep our small-boat fishing heritage alive!

 

Action teams typically meet monthly and are always open to new participants! Contact Erin Hale if you’re interested in learning more: