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From our Director: Energy prices in New England create a competitive disadvantage for businesses located here.  And with the unpredictability in energy prices (except that we can generally count on them going up), a smart, strategic move for any business owner will be to identify energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that can reduce operating […]

Expert’s Corner: Wink Faulkner

Strategic Planning: What It Is and Why It’s Important! “A Strategic Plan is 1% Vision and 99% Alignment” On March 9th, I lead a workshop at the Hannah Grimes Center that focused on Strategic Planning. We had a great turnout of attendees, ranging from start-ups to fairly well established businesses offering products and services including […]

Food Day Events: Celebrate Entrepreneurship and our Local Food System

On 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 […]

Support Your Local Economy: Eat Local Monadnock Farm-Fresh

Buying local has become increasingly popular. And what could be tastier than supporting the local economy by buying locally grown and produced food? It’s an economic fact that when a purchase is made from a local business, on average, over 60 percent of your dollar works and stays in the local economy. When a purchase […]

Local Farming and CSA Farms: Good for You. Good for the Region.

Sign-up Now for Farm-Fresh Food This Season As this year’s cold, snowy winter slowly edges toward spring, here’s something you can do that will instantly transport you to warm, earthy, sunshine-filled days: sign-up now with a local CSA farm for farm-fresh foods this coming year. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms are an excellent way to […]

Farmers’ Markets as Economic Engines

Last week was National Farmers’ Market Week – and we were impressed by the information shared by the Farmers Market Coalition to celebrate Farmers’ Markets as economic engines. Please enjoy their news release, Farmers Markets Grow Economies and Jobs: While unemployment hovers at high levels this summer, entrepreneurship is thriving in unexpected places.  With little […]

Keene Sentinel Article on Starting a Value Added Food Business – Sweating the Small Stuff

By NICOLE S. COLSON Sentinel staff SentinelSource.com Inspiration is sometimes just an encouraging word away. The friend who’s quick to note that your brownies are the “best ever.” The family member who tells you that your pasta sauce is “amazing,” your homemade bread “out of this world.” Such compliments have surely served to launch a […]

From Apprenticeship to Independence: Cultivating the Next Crop of New England Organic Farmers

Back when small farms proliferated the countryside and the majority of the population was focused on crop and livestock production, learning how to farm was as easy as walking outside and supporting the family business. These days, learning how to grow food takes a little more effort and often requires uprooting from one’s community. A […]