Campaign Introduction

Food Connects wants to help nourish Farm to School programs in the Monadnock Region. Be part of the movement to create Healthy Families, Thriving Farms, and Connected Communities today!

Back to School with Food Connects

by Jen Risley

  • $10,000

    Funding Goal
  • $17,383

    Funds Raised
  • Sep 2021

  • Target Date

    Campaign End Method
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Brattleboro, VT

Jen Risley

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Campaign Story

Farm to School in a Neighborhood Near You!
Food Connects is an entrepreneurial non-profit on a mission to create healthy families, thriving farms, and connected communities. We partner with local schools throughout southeastern Vermont to develop and coach their Farm to School initiatives. And we want to bring our work to the Monadnock Region!
Our Farm to School program focuses on supporting the “three c‘s“ of farm to school—cafeterias, classrooms, and communities. Our experienced staff work with teachers, school nutrition professionals, and administrators in order to increase local food procurement, increase school meal participation, and improve teacher capacity to teach about food, farming, and nutrition. Food Connects helps school nutrition programs offer high-quality, nutritious meals with local ingredients, making school meals the best they can be and equipping teachers with professional development, ensuring engaging Farm to School activities are easily integrated into their curriculum.
Farm to School programming is an invaluable resource for students and teachers. Every dollar of this campaign will fund multiple district-wide initiatives in the Monadnock Region that will come at no cost to the schools.
We want to help Monadnock Region schools grow their Farm to School programming through collaborating with existing programs like the Cornucopia Project and Stonewall Farm and offering complementary services to strengthen Farm to School initiatives. Our work will help ensure more kids have access to local food, integrate more Farm to School curriculum, and supply more school staff with the support they need. When schools embrace Farm to School programming, students spend more time outdoors—gardening, engaging in hands-on lessons, and exploring the natural world.
We need you to support our Back to School with Food Connects campaign today to connect classrooms, cafeterias, and communities in the Monadnock Region and nourish young bodies and minds.
Farm to School Conference $3,500
Description: Providing school professionals engaging and impactful workshops at low cost.
Farm to School Institute $2,000
Description: Provides a 1:1 coaching opportunity for Farm to School teams.
District-Wide Professional Development $250
Description: Provides the Keene School District with Trauma & Nutrition training.
Monadnock Farm to School Forum $250
Description: An opportunity for celebrating Farm to School and learning from others’ success stories.
Harvest of the Month Calendars $1,500
Description: Small monthly wall calendars featuring the NH and VT Harvest of the Month and recipes, distributed to individual teachers.
Harvest of the Month Posters $500
Description: Full sets of 12 posters featuring each NH Harvest of Month distributed to Monadnock Region teachers.
Total = $8,000
Stretch Goals
School Coaching $2,500
Description: One-on-one coaching for Farm to School teams in one Monadnock Region school. Coaching includes technical assistance for local food procurement, communications support, granting writing support, garden planning support, and presentations to administrators.
Farm to School Grants $2,500
Description: Grants for kitchen equipment, garden materials, kitchen carts, or other Farm to School initiatives in Monadnock Region schools.



Sweet Tooth
A $10 gift certificate to Ye Goodie Shoppe on Main Street in beautiful downtown Keene, NH.

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Food Connects Swag
Show off your support for Food Connects with a tote bag, set of sticky notes and stickers, and a bike water bottle!

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Charcuterie Platter
Locally produced charcuterie platter, sponsored by Food Connects. Includes:
- VT Salumi Salami
- Blue Ledge Cheese
- Jasper Hill Cheese
- Parish Hill Cheese
- VT Shepherd Cheese
- Orchard Hill Bread
- Jack's Crackers
- VT Quince

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Round of Golf
Enjoy a day of golf for two! The 18 hole course (par 72 for men and women) measures 6455 yards, a slope of 130 with an index of 71.5 from the back tees. This course, with its water, forest, hazards, bunkers, and doglegs provides an interesting challenge for every level of play. Cart not included. Expires 10/31/2022. Contact the pro shop for date restrictions.

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Kids Cook 2!
Private, in-person cooking class with Food Connects' Marketing Manager, Laura Carbonneau. Class is for up to 5 kiddos at your home. All ingredients and supplies provided.

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  • 19-08-2021

    A Kick Off to a New School Year

    Food Connects wants to start the new school year off right and we need your help. We are excited to announce the launch of our “Back to School with Food Connects” crowdfunding campaign to fund our Farm to School program.

    We want to raise $8,000 to strengthen our current projects, like the Farm to School Conference and Harvest of the Month calendar, expand our offerings to include a Farm to School Institute, more professional development, and Farm to School grants, and grow our program to work with organizations and schools in the Monadnock Region!

    To kick the start of the upcoming school year off right, we hosted an intimate gathering of school principals, adminstrative assistants, and food service directors in a celebration of Farm to School achievements over the past school year and look forward to new iniatives and projects for the 2021-20221 school year. We are excited to continue our robust conversations and increase professional development for all school employees.

    Thank you to those who have already supported our campaign—we are nearly 40% of our way to our goal and have just added more rewards and a 1:1 match from New Chapter! Please be sure to share this campaign with your friends, neighbors, families, and coworkers and help grow our Farm to School program!

Name Campaign Location Date
Laura Carbonneau Keene, NH July 26, 2021
, September 30, 2021
Julie Hamilton Guilford, VT September 30, 2021
Stephanie Wright Keene, NH September 30, 2021
Elizabeth Gentile Brattleboro , VT September 30, 2021
Kim Brackett Rindge, NH September 24, 2021
Anonymous Rindge, NH September 24, 2021
Anonymous Brattleboro, VT September 08, 2021
Anonymous Brattleboro, VT September 08, 2021
Melanie Condon Brattleboro, VT September 08, 2021
Melissa Swim Brattleboro, VT September 08, 2021
Lisa Sieverts Nelson, NH September 07, 2021
, September 07, 2021
Jessica Heller Putney, VT September 07, 2021
Michael Foster Bellows Falls, VT September 06, 2021
, September 06, 2021
Conor Floyd Brattleboro, VT September 06, 2021
, September 06, 2021
, September 06, 2021
Andrew Darling Cary, NC September 06, 2021
Michael Levock Brattleboro, VT September 02, 2021
, September 02, 2021
Jean Prior Westmoreland, NH August 30, 2021
, August 30, 2021
meena neva keene, NH August 30, 2021
, August 30, 2021
Elsa Waxman E. Dummerston, VT August 29, 2021
, August 29, 2021
Paul Renouf Putney, VT August 27, 2021
, August 27, 2021
Karen Sprague Jacksonville, VT August 26, 2021
, August 26, 2021
, August 24, 2021
Lissa Harris Marlboro, VT August 24, 2021
Benjamin Mossberg Annandale, VA August 21, 2021
, August 21, 2021
Marcia Kayser Keene, NH August 16, 2021
Elizabeth Gentile Brattleboro, VT August 16, 2021
Linda Rubin Keene, NH August 16, 2021
, August 16, 2021
Ryan Powers Chesterfield , NH August 14, 2021
Paul Teitelman North Swanzey, NH August 13, 2021
Andrew Grimaldi Keene, NH August 11, 2021
Andrew Grimaldi Keene, NH August 11, 2021
Judith Hamm South Windsor, CT August 11, 2021
Monadnock Food Co-op Keene, NH August 09, 2021
Anonymous West Swanzey, NH August 09, 2021
Christy Wendlandt Keene, NH August 03, 2021
Vickie Case Brattleboro, VT August 03, 2021


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