Grant Projects

As a nonprofit organization, grant funding is an important aspect of our operations. We use these grant opportunities to explore topics relevant to our development and the improvement of the local food system


2018-2019 Local Food promotion program

Kearsarge Area Value Chain Assessment and Action Plan for a Resilient Local Food Distribution Enterprise.

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The Kearsarge area finds itself with an imbalanced supply and demand of local foods. On one hand there is strong institutional demand, and on the other is an uncoordinated supply which lacks the resources to overcome the obstacles it faces. This project proposes to help connect institutional markets and small-scale local producers within a 30-mile radius of Bradford, NH by assessing existing infrastructure, current institutional activities and producer capacities, and potential opportunities for expansion by planning for a wholesale local food transportation enterprise.  One of the goals of this project’s strategy of intensive and in-person engagement of key players of the NH food shed is to lay a foundation for a platform of discourse and collaboration, which are pivotal elements of a resilient local food system.

The expected outcomes of the project are threefold:

(1) Area Value Chain (Needs and Opportunities) Assessment

(2) Collaborative Statewide Focus Group and Resulting Action Plan

(3) Business Plan for Wholesale Distribution Enterprise


2016 Rural Business Development Grant

Bradford Area Food and Agriculture Business Training Program

A Merrimack County Conservation district implemented with the help of the KFH team.

Team members of this project assembled resources to help bring workshops to the Bradford area, and Bradford area folks to important workshops:

  • NHACD Soil health Conference

    • Hosted by MCCD Association

  • Direct Marketing Conference - New Product Marketing Workshop

    • Hosted by UNH Cooperative Extension

  • Post Workshop Processing Session (PWPS)

    • Discussion of Particulars: get to know each other, share specific product ideas, how to apply to our local system

    • Craft a take-home message and set goals for the workshop series and the future of the local food system.

  • Complying with food, FSMA, and labeling requirements Workshop

    • Hosted by UNH Cooperative Extension

  • NOFA NH Winter Conference

  • Labor Management Series Part I: Labor Law

    • Collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension

  • Field trip; Researching structures by exploring existing models

    • Food Connect, Brattleboro NH: Farm to school model

    • Vermont Food Venture Center, Hardwick VT: Value-added production and processing

  • Labor Management Series Part II: Leadership & Communication

    • Collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension

  • Farm Financial Management Workshop: Part 1

    • Collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension

  • Food Safety Workshop

    • Hosted by KFH

    • Facilitated by Connor Gorham of Vermont Food Venture Center

    • Panel discussion with three food safety experts: (1) Royann Bossidy of DHHS (2) Owen Davis of DHHS (3) Vicky Smith, formerly with the department of agriculture, now a “sustainable and organic agriculture specialist”.

  • Cooperative Models Workshop

    • Hosted by KFH

    • Facilitated by Lynda Brushett of the Cooperative Development Institute

  • Will Bonsall Ramial Chip Workshop