The Farm Fund is a partnership between the co-op and Cheshire County Conservation District. The fund’s mission is to support local farmers to increase sustainable food production and wholesale sales that will contribute to a thriving local farm economy. 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.
Co-op Member-Owners and our shoppers support the Farm Fund with generous Round It Up donations held several times throughout the year. In addition, Member-Owners cooperatively make an additional donation to the fund through our annual budgeting process.
Using drone footage is an ideal way to tell your story. The Monadnock Food Co-op recently worked with us to help them communicate with their member-owners on an expansion exploration project. Have a story that needs telling? Contact us today.
Here’s a short video on the adaptive reuse of historic buildings in Keene, NH, focusing on the Brick Roastery of Prime Roast Coffee. Interviews with Judy Rogers owner, Rhett Lamb Keene City Planner and Alan Rumrill the Director of the Cheshire County Historical Society.
We’re excited to announce that 710 Main Films will donate a free video to one lucky crowdfunding proposal accepted into The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock. Check out the video we produced for Archway Farm — they raised over $5,000 through TLC Monadnock.
Learn more about this free video offer from TLC Monadnock:
Locally Based Crowdfunding Platform Seeks Proposals
Top Proposal Will Receive Free Crowdfunding Campaign Video
Entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations based in Keene, Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Swanzey and Winchester, NH are invited to submit project proposals to The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock, a new crowdfunding platform serving the Monadnock Region. Successful proposals will launch their campaigns this fall, based on their ability to positively impact local economies and communities.
Unique to this particular crowdfunding platform is the free hands-on technical assistance accepted proposals will receive to help create and launch their campaigns. In addition, TLC Monadnock will award one proposal a free video, donated by 710 Main Films, to support their crowdfunding campaign. Studies show that crowdfunding campaigns with videos raise four times more funds than campaigns without videos.
This request for proposals is available online at monadnocklocal.org/rfp. All proposals are due before 5:00 p.m. on July 7, 2017.
Archway Farm in Keene successfully raised $5,000 for its “Farm to Table Wheels on Wheels” crowdfunding campaign through The Local Crowd Monadnock this spring. Owner Mark Florenz invested the funds into a mobile sausage cart to expand his direct sales to customers. The success of this campaign will help Archway Farm increase revenues and support the sales of more locally grown and made agricultural products.
Crowdfunding is the process in which an entrepreneur, business or organization asks a large number of people (usually through the Internet) to contribute a certain amount of money for a specific project. By leveraging the power of crowdfunding, TLC Monadnock’s fundraising platform will help start-up ventures, early-growth stage companies and community-based projects find access to capital while creating a new way for community members to support the projects they care about.
TLC Monadnock is a collaboration of regional economic development organizations working together to cultivate a stronger ecosystem of investors, service providers and local economy champions in the Monadnock Region. For more information, visit monadnocklocal.org/tlclaunch or contact Monadnock Buy Local at 603-499-7950.
TLC Monadnock is one of fifteen nationwide pilot sites demonstrating the effectiveness of this crowdfunding platform as an economic development tool in rural areas. This research project is managed by The Local Crowd, a Wyoming-based company, and funded by a United States Department of Agriculture Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. Learn more about The Local Crowd at thelocalcrowd.com.
Hidden in Plaid Sight Film Showing at the Peterborough Community Theatre on April 25, 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds benefit Hundred Nights Shelter in Keene, NH.
This documentary film from 710 Main Films features the stories of nine homeless individuals and the staff and volunteers at Hundred Nights Shelter, the single men’s and woman’s shelter in Keene, NH. Each homeless person was asked a series of ten questions, highlighting the diversity of circumstances that led them to their current situation. Leaders, workers and volunteers of the three shelters share their experience and reflect on how homelessness in Keene may be diminished.
The Behemoth Short Film Festival showcases some of the very best in up and coming cinematic talent from around the world. From horror to sci-fi, comedy to drama, The Behemoth Short Film Festivals goal is to bring unique voices to new viewers and broaden the audiences horizon by delivering something different.