Interested farmers are invited to attend the Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund Information Session:
- Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at the Cheshire County Conservation District in Walpole
We are proud to offer the Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund, a grant opportunity for local farmers through a partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District.
The Farm Fund empowers local farmers to grow their businesses in ways that feel sustainable and right to them. It also helps the co-op broaden its offerings of locally grown, raised, and made foods — that means more local food for you, your family, and our community.
The Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund’s mission is to support local farmers in increasing sustainable food production and wholesale sales to contribute to a thriving local farm economy.
This grant supports several of our co-op’s End’s Statements, and the Cheshire County Conservation District’s focus on supporting the viability of farm businesses and the stewardship of natural resources that farmers provide.
So far nine local farms received approximately $39,000 to increase their wholesale food production. Find out what they have used this grant for.
Apply for a Grant
2020 Grant Cycle is OPEN. Applications for the 2020 Grant Cycle are due February 1, 2020.
Make a Donation to the Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund
During months where we do not have a specific Round it Up Donation Drive at our co-op’s cash registers, you can always ask to round your total up when you shop at the co-op.
Tax-deductible donations to this fund can also be made to the Cheshire County Conservation District by using the button below and writing “Farm Fund” under “Add Special Instructions,” or by making a check payable to “Cheshire County Conservation District” and write “MFC Farm Fund” as a note. Mail your check to:
CCCD, 11 Industrial Park, Dr., Walpole, NH 03608
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 back ache, which is worth a lot to a farmer!
Flying Cloud Dairy: Bill & Kelly installed a freeze-free water system which 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tracie’s Community Farm: Tracie 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.
Sun Moon Farm will use their grant to build a greenhouse structure to expand space for curing onions and garlic and will purchase a rolling dibbler to reduce transplanting time.
Bascom Farm will use their grant to remodel and equip their current barn to serve as a packaging and processing area for their produce.