Our mission is to reinvigorate our community around a restorative local food system through community outreach, increasing food access, and promoting economic and environmental viability.
Since 2014, we have been working to restore the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region food shed through a wide scope of efforts that align with three primary objectives:
Community We believe that healthy communities are built around responsible agricultural practices and coming together over good, local food!
- Engaging in educational outreach opportunities through partnerships with local schools and by disseminating information through campaigns and events.
- Developing and maintaining key partnerships with local organizations who function under similar community-driven missions.
- Sponsoring community food-based events to bring people together over healthy food and local agriculture
Access We believe that access to adequate, healthy, culturally appropriate food at all times is a basic human right.
- Operating Sweet Beet Market to bridge the gap between producer and consumer through a reliable, consistent and inclusive marketplace.
- Working with wholesale restaurant clients to broaden the reach of local agriculture.
- Working with local pantries to ensure all our neighbors have access to healthy local foods.
Viability We believe that a resilient local food economy is based in responsible land and resource use, sustainable business practices, and a cooperation with an emphasis on long-term growth and success.
- Engaging with local farmers to share knowledge and build a network.
- Creating a physical and virtual platform for sharing key resources regarding best practices and business viability.
- Operating our own small farm based in the research and implementation of regenerative farming techniques.
What We've Achieved
- January 2017: Received NOFA-NH's 2016 Outstanding New Farmers of the Year award
- 2016: Donated 2,600 lb of food to local pantries.
- December 2016: Sweet Beet Market opened in a new location at the old Bradford Inn.
- Summer 2016: Began distributing to local restaurants
- Summer 2016: Raised over $6000 through our first fundraising campaign
- 2016: Launched a grant-funded business development workshop series
- Summer 2015: Sweet Beet Farm Stand opened it doors!