Monadnock Farm to School Network
Monadnock Farm to School Network is a community resource for all schools and educators who are pursuing farm to school activities in the Monadnock Region.
The Monadnock Farm to School (F2S) network is a branch of the New Hampshire Farm to School Network. The statewide network is made up of interested Farm to School players from all regions, and across sectors including educators, food service, and procurement.
The purpose of the New Hampshire Farm to School networks is to strengthen the ability of Farm to School programs around NH to collaborate on key issues like funding, finding resources and tools, sharing contacts and brainstorming.
“As an educator I was lucky enough to personally experience the benefits of a local specialist joining our classroom throughout the year. My students were excited and engaged, all while learning skills that would last a lifetime. Forming relationships with local nonprofits and other community organizations strengthened the bond my students had with their community, resulting in a sense of social responsibility. My students completed the program with a deeper connection to the natural world and I am still grateful for that to this day.” -Rebecca Lancaster, Stonewall Farm
The Cornucopia Project, a Peterborough based nonprofit with a focus on healthy eating through school gardens, culinary programs, and farm to school learning, is a co-host of the Monadnock Farm to School Network.
Stonewall Farm, a nonprofit agricultural education center based in Keene, is a co-host of the Monadnock F2S Network. Stonewall Farm brings a 27 year history of agriculture education to the network and is the oldest and only working dairy farm in Keene, NH, offering a variety of farm based programs to all ages.
Together, Cornucopia Project and Stonewall Farm aim to facilitate local collaboration and make a range of resources available to interested parties, for the advancement of Farm to School programs in the Monadnock Region.
About the hosts:
Jess Gerrior, Cornucopia Project, Programs Coordinator, has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education and has taught in the science departments at ConVal High School and in two colleges in New Hampshire and Maine. Jess has been involved with Cornucopia Project since 2008 and has been involved in community garden construction and garden education with all ages. Jess is a Doctoral Fellow at Antioch University New England. Her dissertation research focuses on how community food systems in the Monadnock Region can meet local needs for food security and resilience.
Rebecca Lancaster, Stonewall Farm, Farm Based Education Director, holds an undergraduate degree in Ecology and Natural Resources as well as a Master’s degree in Education. Rebecca has over a decade of experience teaching science and math in grades 5-12. She has worked on ecology and sustainability based projects with EPA, NASA and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. She also serves on the Keene School Board.
Sam Bator, Stonewall Farm, Farm Based Assistant Education Director, holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Environmental Education. Over the past six years, Sam has worked in a variety of roles to create nature-based learning opportunities for people of all ages: infants through adults. She has also worked on two local farms.