Food Solutions Forum

November 5, 2019

University of New Hampshire – Durham


The broad Family Food community, which includes everything from farmers to fisheries and organic start-ups, represents 88,000 jobs in New Hampshire* and together generate more than $270 million annually* in economic activity to the state.


Nationally, 11% of the US workforce* is employed in agriculture and food.


Agriculture, food, and related industries contributed $1.053 trillion to the US economy in 2017*.


On November 5th, the Food Solutions Forum connected these farmers, fishermen, food workers, small business owners and the public with presidential candidates as we discussed the challenges and opportunities facing our local food producers.

If you'd like to put together a Food Solutions Forum in your own state, we've compiled a toolkit to help you in all aspects of planning, outreach, and follow-up. 

Event Details

watch the forum here

pRogram & economic study

We were thrilled to offer a packed afternoon with expert panelists from all walks of life, the introduction of data supporting the economic interests towards building a strong community-based food system, and of course time for our candidates to speak. Download the full program here. You can also see the question themes that we sent to our candidates.

The economic report, "New Hampshire's Farm, Fish, and Food Economy" showed the value and possibilities that would emerge from strengthening the state's community-based food system. One particular highlight showed that if every person in NH spent just $5.00 a week on local food, we could add over $349 million to our farmer's income - 1.5 times current farm sales! 

Food solutions forum 

We all have to eat. But there is much more to that burger, lobster, bowl of cereal, gallon of milk, or head of lettuce than meets the eye. What we eat, how we eat, how much we eat, and even where we eat has major social, economic, ecological, and health impacts. Climate change, minimum wage, immigration, water rights, land use, indigenous peoples’ sovereignty, chemical production, small business viability, community infrastructure and even more are all wrapped up in the food that ends up on our plates.


Whether you are an eater or you catch, grow, raise, process, deliver, and/or serve the food we eat, food is your business. 

Neither the National Family Farm Coalition nor any of its partners expresses any preference for or against any of the candidates displayed on this site.  The National Family Farm Coalition does not support or oppose candidates or political parties.


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