Thanks to the latest group of Seacoast Harvest sponsors!

We’re getting very close (just $3,781 to go!) to reaching our fundraising goal for the 2014-2015 edition of Seacoast Harvest. If you appreciate the work of Seacoast Eat Local and support local farmers and love local food, now’s the time to make your donation (of any size) or become a sponsor (sponsorships start at $100). Learn more and make your donation today! 

Our thanks to the following sponsors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea HoodBCM Environmental Land Law

 

 

 

 

 

Bear-Paw Regional GreenwaysBlue Moon Evolution

Farm Credit East

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Works Regional Land Trust

Moxy
Optima Bank & Trust

 

 

 

 

 

Portsmouth Harbor Cruises

Progressive Asset Management Group

Seacoast Growers' Association

 

 

 

Southeast Land Trust of New HampshireTVC SystemsVeris Wealth Partners

 

 

 

 

 

Zev Yoga

 

 

 

 

Donate to Seacoast Harvest

 

 

 

 

 

Farmers! Get listed for free in Seacoast Harvest

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Every year we update Seacoast Harvest, our guide to all the farms we can find in Rockingham, Strafford, and York counties. And every year, we are thrilled to find new farms to list.

The listings are free to farms, they just need to qualify by being in Rockingham, Strafford, and York counties and by selling food for people directly to people. Here’s the nitty gritty on the listing criteria.

All farms have to do to be listed is fill out this form. 

Questions? Need help? Anything else? Email Sarah at foodguide@seacoasteatlocal.org

Thanks to the latest and greatest Seacoast Harvest sponsors!

SeacoastHarvest2013Seacoast Harvest, our annually updated local farm and food guide, provides the community with information on the seacoast region’s farms, farmers’ markets, CSA programs, and farm stands, while giving farmers a great way to expand their markets and increase their business’s viability. Farm viability is a really big deal around these parts, where land is not easy to come by and the cost of living is high. It’s hard work to stay in business as a farmer in the Seacoast!

Publishing this guide is possible only with your help and the generosity of sponsoring businesses! Seacoast Harvest is a non-profit venture; we do not charge consumers for the guide nor do farmers pay for their listing. This means Seacoast Harvest relies upon the generosity of individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations that sponsor its publication.

We thank this latest round of businesses for their generous sponsorships!

Butternut Farm  —  Diary of a Tomato  —   Las Olas
Newmarket International   —   Salmon Falls Stoneware    —   Spiller Farm
White Heron Tea & Coffee     —    York Land Trust

Allergy Associates of New HampshireApplecrest Farm OrchardsCafe Services

 

Throwback BreweryHerb Farmacy

 

 

Frisbie Memorial Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastman's CornerFavorite Foods

 

 

 

 

Thank you Seacoast Harvest Sponsors!

Seacoast HarvestSeacoast Harvest, our annually updated local farm and food guide, provides the community with information on the seacoast region’s farms, farmers’ markets, CSA programs, and farm stands.

Publishing this guide is possible only with your help and the generosity of sponsoring businesses! Seacoast Harvest is a non-profit venture; we do not charge consumers for the guide nor do farmers pay for their listing. This means Seacoast Harvest relies upon the generosity of individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations that sponsor its publication.

We thank the following businesses for their generous sponsorships!

East Wind Farm  —  Figtree Kitchen   —   McDougal Orchards   —   Orange Circle Farm   —   PortsmouthNH.com   —   Riverside Farm   —   Stout Oak Farm

 

 

Food and Health Forum

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ValicentiOrganicoWinnipesaukee Chocolates

 

 

 

 

 

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Donations of all sizes are welcome; we have several sponsorship levels still available!

Donate online or mail a check, sponsorship details >

Help Wanted: Seacoast Harvest Sponsorship Coordinator

It’s Seacoast Harvest time again! This is going to be the 8th annual edition. How time flies when you’re having fun!

We’re looking for someone to help the sponsorships for Seacoast Harvest. This is a very significant job, as Seacoast Harvest is entirely funded by sponsorships and donations. It’s also a job that builds on a solid foundation of an amazing community of local businesses that support this publication year after year. Please forward widely!

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Sponsorship Coordinator for Seacoast Eat Local’s Seacoast Harvest Publication

Seacoast Eat Local seeks a contract Sponsorship Coordinator to provide support in all areas of the Sponsorship department, in order to meet or exceed Seacoast Eat Local’s Seacoast Harvest fundraising goal of $20,000 in sponsorships. The Sponsorship Coordinator reports to the Seacoast Harvest Committee.

Responsibilities:

  • Seek and secure financial and in-kind support from the sponsorship database
  • Cold calling potential sponsors
  • Assisting with Preparing Sponsorship Proposal documents and mailings
  • Maintain excellent relationships with existing corporate and business donors and partners
  • Communication with the sponsors throughout the mandate (emails or phone calls)
  • Ensure collection of donation checks and maintain complete records
  • Liaise with graphic designers for sponsors and start to finish design requirements
  • Maintain accurate records of all sponsors approached and outcomes
  • Maintain a solid understanding of Seacoast Eat Local, its programs and initiatives, history and goals
  • Write relevant correspondence, including letters, as appropriate develop and edit proposals, reports, correspondence, solicitations, and receipts

Useful skills and experiences: Friendly assertiveness; excellent and clear communication; previous experience in applying for sponsorship contracts (preferable); basic marketing knowledge (preferable)

Duration
The time commitment required to complete the responsibilities of the Fundraising and Sponsorship Coordinator of Seacoast Harvest  is estimated to be a total of 100 hours, to be completed between February and April 30.

Compensation
Compensation for successful completion of the responsibilities will be $2,000. Additional compensation will be awarded for surpassing the fundraising goal.

How to apply
Forward a copy of your resume to Brendan Cornwell at brendan@seacoasteatlocal.org. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Help Seacoast Harvest Reach Fundraising Goal!

Seacoast HarvestSeacoast Eat Local is in the midst of updating our annual publication, Seacoast Harvest — our 7th edition! This guide to local food provides listings of farms, farm stands and farmers’ markets in Rockingham, Strafford and York Counties, and is distributed as a free resource for consumers. It’s a big project, and gets better every year —we anticipate including 200 farms in this year’s guide.

We plan to print 8,000 copies and rely on the continuing support of the local food community to help make this happen. As we near our fundraising goal, donate now to support local food and agriculture — any amount is needed and welcomed!

If you would like to contribute, you can make a donation online: Donate to Seacoast Eat Local (you don’t need a paypal account, you can select pay by credit card). Or, you can send a check via snail mail:  please make checks payable to “Seacoast Eat Local” and mail to 67 Airport Road, Newington, NH 03801.

Thank-you for your support!

Halfway there!

We’re halfway to our fundraising goal for this year’s edition of Seacoast Harvest!

Last year’s edition of Seacoast Harvest, the local food guide we publish annually, listed more farms and farmers’ markets, as well as food pantries accepting fresh food donations, than ever before. We feel this reflects not only the growing number of farmers in the area and an increasingly engaged community of consumers, but also our generous group of sponsors – and we would like to include you among the latter!

Please support this important community resource with your donation today! Seacoast Harvest is a non-profit venture, and is made possible only by the generosity of individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations that sponsor its publication.

Donations of all sizes are welcome. If you are able to donate $25, we will mail you a copy as soon as it is published in late spring. Please click here for the sponsorship benefits of $100 or more. All donations are tax-deductible.

Please make checks payable to “Seacoast Eat Local” and mail to 67 Airport Road, Newington, NH 03801, or donate securely online.

Join the Seacoast Harvest Team!

We’re gearing up for Seacoast Harvest 2013, our annual publication of farms, farm stands, and farmers’ markets. This fabulous guide is in its seventh year, and has become an invaluable resource for the local food system in the Seacoast.

This year’s coordinator, Heather Hughes, is looking for a volunteer staff to assist in the farm data update and collection. The bulk of our work happens in late February and March, and requires around 4 hours a week. We’ll be reaching out to farms via email and phone to update their listings for the guide. We use google docs to share our work, and will meet a couple of times during the 6 week process.

Please contact Heather for more info and to let her know you’d like to help: foodguide@seacoasteatlocal.org. This is one of Seacoast Eat Local’s biggest projects annually, and is an inspiring way to learn about Seacoast agriculture.

Thank you!

Be a Vital Part of Seacoast Harvest!

We’re gearing up for Seacoast Harvest 2013, our annual publication of farms, farm stands, and farmers’ markets. This fabulous guide is in its seventh year, and has become an invaluable resource for the local food system in the Seacoast.

This year’s coordinator, Heather Hughes, is looking for a volunteer staff to assist in the farm data update and collection. The bulk of our work happens in late February and March, and requires around 4 hours a week. We’ll be reaching out to farms via email and phone to update their listings for the guide. We use google docs to share our work, and will meet a couple of times during the 6 week process. Please contact Heather for more info and to let her know you’d like to help: foodguide@seacoasteatlocal.org. This is one of Seacoast Eat Local’s biggest projects annually, and is an inspiring way to learn about Seacoast agriculture. Thank you!

Local Food Report: Summer Recap

It’s been a stellar summer for local food on the Seacoast, and access to fresh, locally grown has grown by leaps and bounds. Just in case you were away on vacation, here’s a quick summary of some of the happenings you may have missed this past season:

First up, we were very excited to expand Seacoast Eat Local’s SNAP/EBT Farmers’ Market Program through a partnership with Seacoast Growers Association this summer, with the addition of Portsmouth and Dover to the growing list of farmers’ markets that now accepts food stamps. That company includes farmers’ markets in North Berwick, Manchester, Newfields, Salem, and Sanford that also accept SNAP.

On the seafood front, the Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative opened a retail outlet in Seabrook, NH. The market is open 7 days a week, and is a long-awaited source for fresh lobster and local groundfish right off cooperative members’ boats. Just over the border in Maine, the newly formed Kittery Point CSF began a pilot run, and got off to a great start with 48+ shares for fish and lobster. Current members are voting on a new name, with plans to continue the CSF this fall and a possible pick-up location in Portsmouth.

The first annual Heirloom Harvest Farm-a-Que took place at Tuckaway Farm in July, bringing together an all-star team of local chefs and led by long-time supporter Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet Bistro. A collaboration of the Heirloom Harvest Project and Slow Food Seacoast, this sold-out event showcased locally-grown heirloom produce and heritage meats. ReRootEd also held a series of Field & Spoon dinners that paired Seacoast chefs with local farms. These on-site events featured Chef Mark Segal of The 100 Club and Tuckaway Farm; Chef Ken Young of Young’s Restaurant and Osprey Cove Farm; Chef Jake Smith of The Black Birch and New Roots Farm; and Chef Ben Hasty of When Pigs Fly and Hurd Farm.

Seacoast chefs continued cooking up a storm with local ingredients. With 50% of the average food dollar spent on eating out, their commitment to sourcing locally helps to put money directly back into the Seacoast economy. We were pleased to be able to add to our list of restaurants that source locally — Moxy in Portsmouth, Popper’s at the Mill in Newmarket, and Stages at One Washington in Dover are just a few of the many now making it possible to eat local while eating out. At the state level, NH Farm to Restaurant just added Cotton, bringing their list up to six restaurants now certified under their Certified Local program.

And, on the brew front: Throwback Brewery successfully bid on new digs at Hobbs Farm in North Hampton, NH, while Smuttynose Brewing broke ground  for a new brewery in nearby Hampton.

Lastly, a couple of House Bills of  interest to local food supporters were signed in New Hampshire — HB 1172 makes it possible for nano breweries to sell at farmers’ markets, while HB 1402 allows for the direct sales of raw milk products without a license for certain small scale dairy producers.

This fall is promising to be just as full — visit the Seacoast Eat Local’s Calendar for listings of future events.