The Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund empowers local farmers to grow their businesses in ways that feel sustainable and right to them. It also helps our Co-op broaden its offerings of locally grown, raised, and made foods — that means more local food for you, your family, and our community.
Manning Hill Farm: Sarah & Sam installed a large energy-efficient cooler to increase the storage capacity of their grass-fed milk before distribution. Sam says the new walk-in cooler also reduces his backache, which is worth a lot to a farmer! In 2021, they received a second award to purchase and install a walk-in freezer to store their inventory of cut meats. In 2023, they will upgrade to a new milking parlor, saving time, increasing farm efficiency, and boosting milk production.
Flying Cloud Dairy: Bill & Kelly installed a freeze-free water system that more efficiently gets water to cows, allowing them to increase the production of their organic, raw milk dairy products. Since this system also makes water available to cows 24/7 in the summer too, year-round milk production will likely increase. In 2022, they received a new award to update their milk cooling tank to ensure product stability. Upgrading to a new cooling tank will allow increased production and more time for deliveries. The upgraded tank will also increase energy efficiency.
Archway Farm: Mark at Archway Farm built a new walk-in freezer to store his own pasture-raised pork products and provide freezer space for other local producers to utilize at a reasonable cost. Being able to freeze and store pork has enabled Mark to better meet customer demand. For example, he was able to double his supply of Easter hams to our co-op in the first year. Mark received a second grant to design and print new custom labels for four of his pork products.
Picadilly Farm: Demand for year-round locally grown produce continues to rise, and in past years, Jenny and Bruce sold out of root crops by early February. To catch up with demand, they added a 25-foot-long storage space that will accommodate another 18,000 – 20,000 pounds of root crops. In 2020, Picadilly Farm received a second grant to purchase a new set of precision vacuum seeders for field seedings of root crops and greens. In 2022, the farm received a grant to upgrade to a more efficient cooling system for one of their walk-in coolers.
Echo Farm: Courtney oversees pudding production and knew it was time to replace their 20-year-old packaging machine. The Fund Fund award allowed her to purchase a more reliable, efficient machine that will help increase sales of their 16 oz line of puddings, as well as add larger containers for food service kitchens. She expects sales to increase by 10-20%.
Brookfield Farm: Christian and Holly used their Farm Fund dollars to develop new product labels, their first-ever website and other promotional materials needed to better promote their grassfed beef. These marketing materials better reflect the story behind Brookfield Farm’s products, and they expect sales to double as a result. In 2022, they will upgrade its transport cooler system for frozen meat sales. Upgrading this system will increase sales by allowing for further transportation to farm stands and a new delivery service direct to their bulk customers.
Dog Days Farm, formally Tracie’s Community Farm, purchased a Jang 6-Row Seeder. Picture it, instead of seeding one row at a time as they did with their previous seeder, they can now seed up to six rows at a time. This significant time-saver will boost productivity, grow sales, and provide more delicious food for our community. In 2023, they will construct an automated, heated high tunnel to increase production of retail-ready plant starts.