(originally posted by the Keene Sentinel on Oct. 2)
Just this past week, the Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) was awarded two federal grants to help local farmers increase produce sales! These grants will create new programs in the Monadnock region that will encourage local businesses and restaurants to carry more local food products. Part of this new campaign will be to provide farm fresh produce to local schools and the Cheshire County Jail.
CGC is excited to be a part of this project as a partner that is expanding Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Through this grant, CCCD will be able to provide 10 CSA shares to low and moderate income families at little to no cost. CGC will be involved by identifying interested families for the reduced cost CSA program.
Amanda Costello, CCCD’s District Manager and director of this new program, believes these programs will foster a stronger local economy and a healthier population.
In our view, this program will be an incredible step for improving access to locally grown produce in our region as it directly takes down some of the biggest barriers to connecting families to farms. It also benefits the farmers by providing them with increased market visibility.
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