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Seacoast Harvest Nearing Fundraising Goal!

Friday, April 15th, 2011

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This year’s edition of Seacoast Harvest, our fifth, is almost ready, and we’re tantalizingly close to reaching our fundraising goal. If you’ve stopped by the Seacoast Eat Local table at our Winter Farmers’ Markets or attended a Slow Food Seacoast event, you’ve probably picked up a copy. Together we co-produce this local food guide annually to ensure that you’re getting the most up-to-date information on local farms and farmers’ markets.

 

To continue making Seacoast Harvest available free to consumers, we’re asking for your help. The Seacoast Eat Local team needs to raise $2,000 more to print 8,000 copies of this year’s guide. We’ve already raised $9,000 from small businesses and farmers, and through personal donations from people like you who care about local food.

 

If you would like to help, you can make a personal donation by clicking on this link: Donate to Seacoast Eat Local — be sure to specify “Seacoast Eat Local” as your donation destination. Contributions of all amounts are welcome, $25 or more and a hot-off-the presses copy will be sent to you directly! For information on how your organization or business can become a sponsor, contact foodguide@seacoasteatlocal.org. Help us continue to get the good word out about local food!

Help Support Seacoast Harvest!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

shweb_link_logo.jpgWhat started out as a small leaflet in 2007, Seacoast Harvest has since grown substantially. This annual publication — a joint effort between Seacoast Eat Local and Slow Food Seacoast — serves as a guide to local food for Rockingham, Strafford and York counties. Last year’s 28-page edition included listings for 160 farms, 2 dozen farmers’ markets, and helped local farms survive and thrive during a difficult economy.

 

We update Seacoast Harvest every year to ensure that it is the most accurate resource for area residents to connect with farmers. 8,000 copies are printed and distributed free of charge at farmers’ markets, farm stands, local businesses, and community events throughout the Seacoast. The companion website, www.seacoastharvest.org, hosts over 10,000 visitors each year, and provides links to additional information about local food, a map of the area’s farmers’ markets, an interactive Harvest Calendar, and a searchable database of the farms listed in the print edition.

 

We are grateful to the many individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations that sponsor its publication, as well as those who give their time — Seacoast Harvest’s success depends on you!

 

Please donate to the 2011 edition of Seacoast Harvest so that we can continue our work in support of our communities’ farms and farmers. As thanks for contributions of $25 or more, we will mail you a copy of Seacoast Harvest as soon as it is published in late May. Donations may be made securely online via our fiscal sponsor, the New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF):

 

Donate to Seacoast Eat Local

Specify “Seacoast Eat Local” as your donation destination.

 

If you would like to make your donation by check, please make checks payable to “Slow Food Seacoast” and mail to: Seacoast Harvest, c/o Jeff Donald, 245 N River Rd, Epping, NH 03042.

 

Sponsorships: Individuals, businesses, or organizations that donate $100 or more can be listed as sponsors of Seacoast Harvest. Sponsors are listed in print and on our website. If you are interested in making this level of donation or higher, please contact us directly. Our Sponsorship Coordinator can be reached at foodguide@seacoasteatlocal.org.

 

Farmer Listings: Have you submitted your information for the 2011 edition of Seacoast Harvest? Listings are free for farms, all you need to do is fill out the form. The deadline is March 1, and you can submit your information online: tinyurl.com/seacoastharvest2011.

It’s Here!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

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Seacoast Harvest: A Firsthand View

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

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This year’s Seacoast Harvest is now getting ready to be printed. Seeing a copy of the proof reminded me of the dedication and long hours that went into researching it — special thanks to our volunteers and especially our 3 interns who helped to contact all of the farms listed.

 

One of our interns, Sarah, recalls her experience in a post for the UNH internship blog:

 

Supporting local food, farmers, and precious farm land

This semester I have been enjoying working with Seacoast Eat Local, a volunteer organization that works to promote eating locally through the publication of Seacoast Harvest and their website SeacoasteatLocal.org. They are also the coordinators of eleven winter farmers markets…. In between market dates my intern-mates and I have been helping with the Seacoast Harvest publication. Farm information must be updated, farmers are called for confirmation, new farms are researched and contacted, all of the information is edited, and then sent to print for the 2010 season. One of the best parts of this job is to talk to the farmers either at the market or over the phone. Over simple conversation you can learn about a farm’s history, what crops are going to be successful that season, or what new legislation is causing trouble for certain farms. It becomes apparent that farming is its own microcosm that most of our society is completely unaware of. You can’t help feel instantly connected to these people, their land, and their products. It becomes more than simply promoting a green lifestyle, it is about protecting a part of American culture that needs our assistance and support.

Hillary, another intern, remembers one conversation in particular:

I had an interesting conversation with a farmer from Saco, Maine yesterday. I had left a message for him to call me back on his cell phone.  He called me back very promptly, unlike others I have left messages for.  We went through the form which consists of various questions and check boxes, and updated some of his farm’s info from last year’s publication. He then went on to say that he was very thankful and appreciative of our website and organization’s outreach.  He has a couple from Massachusetts driving north to his farm soon to purchase a roaster pig for their wedding. The couple found his farm through our website. It was great to hear how excited this farmer was and that our online guide is providing the desired connection between consumers and local farms…

While our third intern, Michelle, overcame her own fears to help us reach our sponsorship goals successfully:

Since this is a free publication for consumers as well as the farmers, vineyards, markets, and orchards, we are looking to obtain sponsorship from local restaurants, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and generous community members to help us publish this valuable resource. I have been working with Jeff Donald to contact possible sponsors and it has proven to be more difficult than I had thought. It is one thing to get over the fear of asking strangers for money, but another to follow up with those who do not return my emails or phone calls. As of now we are very close to meeting our projected goal and working on finishing up our information and sponsorship gathering…

We are very grateful to all those involved who make Seacoast Harvest possible!