Event-Slider-2015-FOTFFThe Feast on This Film Festival features movies that educate our community about the diverse issues affecting our national, regional and local food and agricultural systems.  We choose films that will spark conversation and action around building stronger local, regional and sustainable food systems. All films are open to the public.

November 9 – 15, 2015

Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition and Monadnock Food Co-op, and sponsored by Healthy Monadnock 2020


5:30pm Monday, November 9, 2015 – Hosted by Prime Roast Coffee, Keene
3 Acres in Detroit
A willful urban farmer sets out to transform an abandoned house into a greenhouse

7pm, Tuesday, November 10, 2015Hosted by The Cornucopia Project, Peterborough
Lunch Love Community
Passion, creative energy and persistence come together when Berkeley advocates and educators tackle food reform and food justice in the schools and in the neigh­borhoods.

7pm, Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – Hosted by The Community Kitchen at Stonewall Farm, Keene
The Starfish Throwers
Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger.

7pm, Thursday, November 12, 2015 – Fair Trade Group, Keene State College, Mabel Brown Room
After I Pick The Fruit
Story of five-immigrant farmworker women who labor in NY, migrate seasonally to Florida, raise their families, and try to hide from the Bush-era immigration raids that were conducted in response to 9/11.

7pm, Friday, November 13, 2015 – Hosted by Community Garden Connections & The Orchard School at Antioch University New England
Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, and governance.

7pm, Saturday, November 14, 2015Hosted by the Monadnock Conservancy at Hastings Memorial Hall, Walpole
Growing Local
This Maine Farmland Trust-produced documentary includes three, poignant vignettes which educate on the interconnected fates of New England’s small farms, consumers and the buy-local movement.

1pm, Sunday, November 15, 2015– Colonial Theater, Keene
In Defense of Food, NH Premiere
This two-hour documentary, based on the NYT best selling book by Michael Pollan, sheds new light on one of the most important conflicts of our time—the one that each and every one of us fights when we sit down to a meal.

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$30 Film Festival Button on sale at Toadstool Bookshops in Keene and Peterborough and the Monadnock Food Co-op.
OR Suggested donation at each venue of $10.
All proceeds underwrite festival expenses.

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W.S. Badger
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More about films:

After I Pick the Fruit

after i pick the fruit

After I Pick the Fruit follows the lives of five immigrant farmworker women over a ten-year period as they labor in the apple orchards and fields of rural western New York, migrate seasonally to Florida, raise their families, and try to hide from the Bush-era immigration raids that were conducted in response to 9/11. Filmed in New York, Florida, and Mexico, this intimate, bittersweet, feature-length film illuminates a community that is nearly invisible to most Americans, and will change the way you look at our national ‘immigration problem.’”


Growing Local

seedingadream_stills_02While “buying local” is on the rise, the stories in Growing Local make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing.  In three short films we meet the young farm couple Ben & Taryn, who, on risky sweat-equity, have revitalized a famously fertile piece of farmland into a thriving community food hub, artisanal butcher Ben who helps us better understand how healthier, thoughtful meat production can be supported and sustained, and Richard and Adam, father and son organic dairy farmers struggling to keep their family farm going and in the family. These poignant vignettes help us understand the interconnected fates of Maine’s small farms, consumers and the buy-local movement.

In Defense of Food

From Active Voice Based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling book, In Defense of Food is a two-hour special for public television that uncovers how incomplete science, vested political interests, and clever marketing campaigns have shaped America’s eating habits in ways that have made us less and less healthy. As the film gears up for a national PBS broadcast in 2015, Active Voice is leveraging the film’s release as an opportunity to inform, engage, and mobilize a broad range of communities to create cultures of healthy eating. We’ll focus on ensuring that the film’s message reaches beyond the choir, and that it can be leveraged to advance programs and policies to improve healthy food access for underserved communities in particular.

Shift Your Shopping and bring your Local First Bag to any participating Keene Downtown Group merchant on these days for 20% off one item.

Bags are available at participating merchants beginning November 2, 2015. And don’t forget it’s a FREE parking weekend too.


Originally posted in the Monadnock Shopper News

With the holiday season fast approaching, life is about to get busier and busier for you and your family — maybe even frantic. Monadnock Buy Local extends, to you, an antidote to the mainstream consumer frenzy that descends upon us all each November. We offer you opportunities to have fun, reconnect with neighbors and shop with your values in mind.

Plaid Friday SYS flyerWe share these offerings from November 1st to December 31st through our Shift Your Shopping Campaign, a national movement that empowers each of us to support job creation and economic growth through our holiday shopping. Every time you Shift Your Shopping and spend your dollars at locally owned businesses, you boost our local economy.  The money you spend recirculates through our economy and generates ripple effects that join with others to create new jobs, charitable contributions and more. That ripple effect is four times stronger when you spend your money at locally owned businesses instead of chain stores.

“When you spend money locally during the holidays, you are investing in the economic well-being of your community, your neighbors and your family,” said Michelle Long, Executive Director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.

All the events and opportunities below reinforce our Shift Your Shopping message. We encourage you to participate in the ones that inspire you the most.

Take the Shift Your Shopping Pledge

Make your commitment to Shift Your Shopping known to all — take the Shift Your Shopping Pledge on our website: http://monadnocklocal.org/pledge.

One sample pledge from last year reads: Rebecca P. of Keene pledges to shift 80% of her holiday shopping to locally owned & independent businesses like the Monadnock Food Co-op, Ted’s Shoe & Sport, Creative Encounters, Your Kitchen Store, Hannah Grimes Marketplace and the Knitting Knook.

Make your own Shift Your Shopping pledge today – and pass on your favorite local places to shop!

Plaid Friday

The Friday after Thanksgiving means Black Friday to most — but to Monadnock Buy Local, locally owned businesses and many community members, November 27th is PLAID FRIDAY!

Wear plaid on Friday, November 27th to show your support for our local economy and commitment to choosing gifts (and gift-making supplies!) from locally owned businesses this holiday season.  The plaid serves as a reminder that we’re not merely consumers in our economy, but also producers — creating a stronger local economy together through the purchases we make.


Some Monadnock Buy Local members are serving as Plaid Friday Hubs.  Hubs will photograph customers decked out in plaid and answer questions about Plaid Friday and Monadnock Buy Local. We will share this year’s Plaid Friday Hubs at monadnocklocal.org/plaid-friday-hubs.

Kimberly Peck Photography will set up a Plaid Friday Photo Booth in front of the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough. In addition to wearing plaid in your photo, we encourage you to show off your shopping bags from all the locally owned businesses that you’ve visited this holiday season. Photographs will be available for purchase through Kimberly Peck Photography via kimberlypeckphotography.com or kpeckphoto@comcast.net. Monadnock Buy Local will add all the photos taken to our annual collage, celebrating all who wore plaid.

Plaid Friday Collage

Thank you to this year’s Plaid Friday sponsors: Brown Computers, Cheshire Horse, Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Howard’s Leather, Jeni’s Skin Care, Joseph’s Coat, Keene Door, Keene Sentinel, Korvin Appliance, MB Massage Studio, Monadnock Food Co-op, Monadnock United Way, New England Everyday Goods, Of Moose and Mountain, One Stop Country Pet Supply, Paragon Digital Marketing, Small Business Journal, Ted’s Shoe & Sports and W. S. Badger. With their extra support, we’ll be able to spread the word about the power of Plaid Friday to more and more people.   Stay updated on all the Plaid Friday happenings at: monadnocklocal.org/plaidfriday.

Shift Your Shopping Spree

Your next opportunity is the Shift Your Shopping Spree where one lucky winner will receive $500 in gift certificates from their choice of Monadnock Buy Local member businesses.

To enter, first register to participate at http://monadnocklocal.org/shift-your-shopping-spree. Then, submit your receipts for purchases made at locally owned businesses from November 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 to us at MBL, 25 Roxbury St. #209, Keene NH 03431. You will receive one entry for each receipt you submit before January 1, 2016. A winner will be drawn at random on Monday, January 11, 2016.

We use this contest as a way to track our collective impact. Last year, we received 1,031 receipts from 353 individuals totaling $45,000 spent at locally owned businesses in the Monadnock Region! We can’t wait to tally this year’s response.


Cider Monday

That’s not a typo! Instead of Cyber Monday, a day when online merchant offer special deals, we invite you to a new tradition, CIDER MONDAY. On November 30th, stop in for a free cup of cider from participating Cider Monday businesses.

mulled-cider_194Willard Williams of the Toadstool Bookshops in Keene, Peterborough and Milford dreamed up Cider Monday as an antidote to Cyber Monday. He shared, “Stop in for a free cup, maybe a snack, see some real people and have a good time checking out what’s in our stores. It’s sure to be a heartwarming experience. We can promise no crashing websites, our ‘servers’ won’t be overloaded and we bet they will even smile at you!”

Learn more about Cider Monday at monadnocklocal.org/cidermonday. For even more opportunities to Shift Your Shopping, visit monadnocklocal.org/shiftyourshopping.

Please help spread the word to your neighbors, friends and family — invite them to shift their shopping habits and give a true holiday gift to our entire community, one that will keep on giving throughout the New Year. Together, we can strengthen our local economy, expand employment and nurture community through our holiday purchasing choices (while having fun to boot!).

From the Westmoreland Lions Club

The Westmoreland Lions Club is bringing back “Home for the Holidays,” the local holiday shopping event started by Missy Blanchard in 2013. This will be a one day event offering holiday gifts, decorations, food items, and gift certificates from Westmoreland and area businesses, farms, and groups. We participated in the 2013 event and look forward to hosting the event this year and, hopefully, for many years to come.

This event is intended to help Westmorelanders remember to think locally for our purchasing and service needs. We will work hard to make everyone aware of this year’s event to give local folks the opportunity to buy local from YOU this season.

View event details and an application.


Originally posted at Monadnotes

World-class blues acts come to Wilton about a dozen times a year to play at Local’s Café on Main Street in Wilton.  Brainchild of Nelson’s Candies’ owner Doug Nelson, the café is a side room to the candy shop with comfortable seating for about 50 people.  The room is long, with benches and a long table running along the sides, and tables in the middle.  Posters and guitars adorn the walls, and when the lights go low the room has an urban vibe that makes you feel as if you were in a blues club in any major city. Except, perhaps, for the unusually warm hospitality offered here.  Doug and his crew serve up free munchies throughout the evening, including a generous sampling of his chocolates.

Local’s Café was first launched in 2002 as a place for open mics and jams. “My family is musically inclined,” explained Doug, “and I thought it would be a good idea to start a café.”  After a few years, Doug started booking local bands to do shows several times a year.  At the same time he formed his band, Sweet Tooth.  Doug was ready to try bringing some bigger acts to the Café, and now there was a house band to open.

Cheryl Arena plays Local’s Cafe on October 14. Photo courtesy of cherylarena.com


On October 17, Local’s Café presents Cheryl Arena, a Boston based singer-songwriter and harp player who won the 2013 Blues Audience Newsletter Reader’s Poll for Most Outstanding Harmonica Player. “Cheryl used to play at the Rynborn and was very popular,” said Doug.  “I expect our audience will include some of those fans.” Tickets are $20 and can be reserved in advance by calling 603-654-5030.

Celebrate Food Day!

Originally posted on "Yarden of Eatin" Blog:

FoodDayLinearNoDate_JPEG_410x109On October 24th, Americans from all 50 states will celebrate the fifth annual Food Day at thousands of events, building a movement to change the American food system.  Join the 2015 Food Day campaign!

Also, check out this year’s Food Day Barnraiser — an effort to double Food Day’s impact and reach 10 million new people.

Food Day Priorities

– Promote safer, healthier diets
– Support sustainable farms
– End hunger
– Reform factory farms
– Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

Food Week: Monadnock Region Events

Tuesday, October 20, 4 – 6 pm: Keene Community Garden Connections Garden Party (at the Cheshire County Farm, Westmoreland)

Wednesday, October 21, 5 – 6:30 pm:Food Day Pitchfest(at the Hannah Grimes Center, Keene)  Please register!

Friday, October 23, 3 – 6 pm:  Monadnock Food Co-op Food Day Fair(at Monadnock Food Co-op, Keene)

Saturday, October 24, 5 –…

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The Shift Your Shopping Spree!  One lucky winner will receive $500 in gift certificates from their choice of Monadnock Buy Local member businesses.


To enter:

  1. Register for the Shift Your Shopping Spree online: http://monadnocklocal.org/register.
  2. Submit your receipts for purchases made at locally owned businesses from November 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 with your name and phone number to us via mail, email or text.

Mail to: MBL, 25 Roxbury Street #209, Keene, NH 03431
Email: monadnockbuylocal@gmail.com
Text: 318-MBLocal (318-625-6225)

You will receive one entry for each receipt mailed to Monadnock Buy Local and postmarked before January 1, 2016. A winner will be drawn at random on Monday, January 11, 2016.

This contest is part of the Shift Your Shopping annual campaign sponsored by Monadnock Buy Local which encourages residents to shop at locally owned businesses during the holidays to grow our local economy and strengthen our community. Need ideas for how to Shift Your Shopping?  Check out Monadnock Buy Local’s Online Member Directory.


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