NH Food Alliance News
The NH Food Alliance blog highlights the fascinating and diverse happenings throughout the Granite State food system. Read on for information and inspiration!
Expanding access to locally produced food benefits both NH consumers and producers who have new customers for their products. For example, the Granite State Market Match program allows SNAP (food stamp) customers to double the value of their benefits at participating farmers markets. Not only does Granite State Market Match provide low-income residents access to affordable, healthy, local foods, it also brings economic benefits to the participating vendors/farmers, and host communities. As one participating farmer describes it, “we benefit financially, the customers benefit financially, and we all are happier and healthier.”
Over 100 community members, students, and state officials gathered in the Huddleston Ballroom on February 22nd to celebrate a maple syrup, an integral piece of New Hampshire’s identity. The pancake breakfast and discussion aimed to highlight the effects that climate change is having on the maple industry. The event was co-sponsored by the UNH Sustainability Institute, League of Conservation Voters, The Union of Concerned Scientists, National Health Services Corps, Mom’s Clean Air Force, Environment New Hampshire, and NH Sierra Club.
The holiday season is around the corner and you are likely brainstorming unique gift ideas for your family and friends. The NH Food Alliance Backbone team also has struggled with this in the past, though we have come to a simple solution: Support your local farmers, fishermen, and food businesses! We have been compiling some resources for gift ideas, and welcome suggestions from the broader network. Please visit our Facebook page, like it, and tell us about your favorite places to buy local food products.
The Second-Annual Statewide Gathering was held on November 15th at the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in Whitefield. The gathering drew close to 100 people, representing various sectors of New Hampshire's food system, including agriculture and fisheries industries. Some of the organizations and businesses present at this year's event included
In attempts to highlight producers throughout New Hampshire and the struggles they face to remain viable, we've interviewed several farmers, fishers and food producers. This October, we sat down with Andrew Orde of Lull Farm to discuss the impact the drought has had on their business and livelihood. Andrew and his father David Orde run the farm in Hollis, where they cultivate over 250 acres of mixed vegetables, hay, tree fruit, beef cattle, turkeys, chickens and laying hens.