Growing Local – 11/14/15

The Monadnock Conservancy, as part of the MFCC Feast on This! Film Festival, will host a community screening of Growing Local in Walpole, NH on Saturday, November 14 at 7 pm. The screening is part of a weeklong event that educates our community about the diverse issues affecting our national, regional, and local food and agricultural systems. Films were chosen that will spark conversation and action around building stronger local, regional, and sustainable food systems.

The critically acclaimed documentary, Growing Local, directed by Bridget Besaw of Seedlight Pictures, examines the challenges of creating a sustainable local food system through the eyes of three diverse Maine food producers.  The film will be screened at the Hastings Memorial House, 14 Union Street in Walpole, at 7 pm.  Parking is available on Union and Main Streets.  NOTE: the film will be shown on the second floor which is only accessible by stairs. The screening will be immediately followed by a moderated panel discussion featuring local farmers.

“We’re excited to be working with enthusiastic and thoughtful community organizations like the Monadnock Conservancy who are raising awareness of the challenges facing local farmers,” said Roe-Ann Tasoulas, Director of the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition, the organization that is co-producing the Feast on This! Film Festival with the Monadnock Food Co-op.

Film attendees are also encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations to be distributed to area food pantries.

For more information, please contact Stacy Gambrel at (603) 357-0600, ext. 106 or

For information and updates on the Feast on This! Film Festival, visit the event page,!


The film features three vignettes of diverse Maine farms and food producers, including an organic dairy farm owned by a father-son team, an artisanal butcher using innovative methods to market local meat, and a young farm couple’s efforts to create a thriving community food hub.


The Monadnock Conservancy, founded in 1989, is the only land trust dedicated exclusively to the 35 towns in the Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire. Its mission is to work with communities and landowners to conserve the natural resources, wild and working lands, rural character and scenic beauty of the region. Based in Keene, NH, the Conservancy is an accredited organization that has protected 18,000 acres of forest, farmland, shoreline, wetlands, wildlife habitat and recreation trails in the region. For more information, visit or call 603-357-0600.

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