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.
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!