Volunteer for the Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner!

Tickets for this year’s Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner are now sold out! Become a participant and volunteer at this annual event — all of the volunteers have been a critical part to making this event such a success in the past, help make this dinner the best ever!

The Heirloom Havest Barn Dinner is an exquisite multi-course dinner in a real working barn. Led by Chef Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet, the  chefs will each prepare one course highlighting heirloom vegetables grown by local farmers. This year the theme will be vegetarian, and include locally produced beverages and live music.

Contact: slowfoodseacoast@gmail.com

Sign-up online: http://tiny.cc/nnzi2w

The Maine Food Strategy — Open Call for Steering Committee Nominations

Be part of creating a strong food future for Maine! The Maine Food Strategy — an action plan for strengthening Maine’s farming, fishing and food economy — is calling for Steering Committee nominations (deadline: September 6th):

Open Call for Steering Committee Nominations

The Maine Food Strategy is an initiative to create a broader and more strongly connected network of organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals contributing to the food system in Maine. The initiative seeks to convene a statewide participatory process that will identify and advance shared goals to support a robust food economy and a thriving natural resource base in our state.

The initiative is building a Steering Committee to guide this work for the next year and create a solid foundation for future work. We invite nominations from individuals and organizations who meet some or all of the following criteria:

• Passionate about strengthening Maine agriculture, fisheries and related businesses.
• Knowledgeable in their field of expertise and interested in learning about the broader food system in Maine.
• Maintain strong personal networks within their field and/or the broader Maine food system.
• Representative of a stakeholder interest (including but not limited to food producers, farmers, fishermen, processors, distributors, retailers, service agencies, policy advocates, government agencies, workers, resource conservation interests).
• Able to serve up to a year and to commit 10-16 hours per month to the project (including travel time).
• Resident of Maine.

Nominations will be accepted through 5 pm on September 6, 2013. ONLINE NOMINATION FORM

For more information on the Strategy and the Steering Committee Nomination Process, please contact: Tanya Swain, Project Co-Director, (207) 592-4369 or tswain40@yahoo.com.

For more information: www.mainefoodstrategy.org

Crop Mob at Stout Oak Farm, July 13

Stout Oak Farm in Brentwood, NH, is hosting a Crop Mob on Saturday, July 13th:

Crop Mob at Stout Oak Farm
83 Middle Rd, Brentwood, NH
Saturday, Muly 13, 2013
8am – 12pm

A crop mob is a group of people who come together on a specific day to tackle a labor-intensive project on a local farm. It’s an opportunity to visit a farm, work alongside the farmers, learn some new skills, and be part of a collective effort to get some good work done, giving the farm a huge boost.

Join the Stout Oak Farm crew for a few hours on Saturday July 13, 8:00am – 12:00pm. We’ll start in the potato field and see what happens! Projects include weeding, hilling potatoes, and possibly rock picking a new field. Meet at 8:00am at the Stout Oak Farm Store, 83 Middle Rd, Brentwood, NH. Bring your friends!

For more information: www.stoutoakfarm.com

Gleaning with Seacoast Eat Local!

Through a new grant from NH Farm to School, Seacoast Eat Local will be coordinating gleaning projects in the Seacoast region! Through this work we aim to make a critical connection between local farms, gardeners, and other producers, and the many food pantry’s in our area.

Gleaning is an ancient practice of gathering post-harvest fruits and vegetables from farmers fields, reducing the amount of produce that goes to waste. Gleaning, or harvesting surplus produce, is also one of the most significant ways we can provide fresh food to the needy families in our community. With the invitation of the property owner, farmer or gardener, volunteers will pick surplus vegetables and fruit and deliver them to the local food pantry, shelter or soup kitchen.

We will be organizing gleaning days through out the summer and fall, and will have more information soon.

Farm to Pantry: We will need volunteers to help us harvest foods on the farm, and transport foods to food pantrys.

Market to Pantry: We will also continue our Farmers’ Market Gleaning, where we invite patrons of the market and farmers to donate fresh foods to a local pantry. We will need a volunteer to help collect foods at the end of the market day, and deliver it to a local pantry.

Great Overview of Gleaning from NPR – Gleaning A Harvest For The Needy By Fighting Waste

If you are interested in becoming a gleaner and joining our volunteer email list, please email Snap@seacoasteatlocal.org.

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!

Become a Member of FoodCorps

Become a FoodCorps service volunteer in 2013 and help be part of the future of food!

Since August, our current crop of service members has reached nearly 40,000 kids around the country, introducing them to kale and purple carrots, bringing them out into the garden to grow and harvest, and giving them a shot at a healthier future.

At the same time, through their service, our 80 service members have become better teachers and better gardeners— paving the way for their future careers as educators, farmers, chefs, and public health advocates.

We are seeking up to 130 future leaders to address childhood obesity and food insecurity through our three-ingredient recipe for change: teaching kids about healthy food and where it comes from, growing school gardens, and getting high-quality local food into public school cafeterias.

Service member Jacob Marquez explained his passion for his position saying “My time in the classroom has given me new hope for the future of our food in this country.”

You can read more about what we’re looking for and apply here — deadline March 24th >

For more information: www.foodcorps.org

Volunteers Are The Gifts That Keep On Giving!

Winter Farmers' Market, Rollinsford - 12/1/12We are quickly approaching our last Winter Farmers’ Market before the new year! We hope you will join our wonderful set-up crew this coming weekend, Saturday, December 22nd  — there’s no doubt that the holiday market will fill you with joy and the holiday spirit!

Being so close to Christmas, we are expecting some of our volunteers to be out of town. We could use one or two more people at the information table, but our primary need is during the set-up of the market (7:45 – 10am). If you have a friend or relative that can also help and volunteer this Saturday please let us know!

To volunteer or be placed on our volunteer email list, please contact Sarah Jacobson,Winter Market Volunteer Coordinator, snap@seacoasteatlocal.org.

For more information: www.seacoasteatlocal.org



Help Needed at Manchester Community Garden, November 13

Via the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group:

Rooting for Families Community Garden – Fall Clean Up and Expansion of Garden Beds
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Manchester, NH
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
10:30 am – 2:30 pm

The Rooting for Families Community Garden serves Manchester families giving them a place to grow food. It was developed in May behind Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Manchester. Two of our new Natural Resource Stewards will be helping lead this project that will put the gardens to bed using permaculture techniques, and also expanding the new beds. Please join us and bring your friends and family! All are welcome! We can use all the help we can get. Snacks will be provided and you may want to bring a lunch (although there is a cafe on site). Also we really need you to bring tools!!!!

• Especially, wheelbarrows or garden carts and/or tarps to help move organic material, onto the garden! Along with:
• Shovels
• Rakes
• Hedge clippers or loppers to cut back plants
• Gardening gloves

If you are interested in carpooling from the Seacoast email or call Stephanie at sbarnes620@students.ccsnh.edu or 603-300-8172. Please RSVP by email so we know how much help we can expect!

Update: Due to weather, the cleanup is postponed until Sunday, November 18th.