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Nonprofit moves to Vose Farm business complex

  • —Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, July 10, 2017

The Cornucopia Project has moved into new offices, to better accomodate is growing programs, according to Executive Director Karen Hatcher.

“It was time to make a move,” said Hatcher, who attributed the Cornucopia Project leaving its former Main Street offices to three primary reason: They needed a space that could accomodate additional volunteers and Farm-to-Fork fellows as their programs grew, a closer proximity to the Farm-to-Fork program, which operates adjascent to the ConVal High School, and a better layout that’s more suited to a collaborative work environment.

The Cornucopia Project is a nonprofit dedicated to eduactional programs with the local schools and community that teach the importance of growing your own food, teaches about sustainable and organic growing methods, and encourages healthy food choices.

One of their programs, Farm-to-Fork, teaches high school fellows from ConVal about agriculture as a career, where students develop a business plan and manage a small year-round agricultural operation with crops they grow at hoop houses. 

The program started last year with four students, said Hatcher, and this year grew to eight, and next is expected to hit its current maximum capacity of 12. Since the fellows do some of their work at the Cornucopia headquarters, as the program grows, so do the needs for hosting it, said Hatcher. The new Vose Farm space has a large office they will use for their programming needs that was lacking in their Main Street facilities. 

This summer, Cornucopia is also starting a new venture, called Kids Connect, with is a partnership with the Monadnock Conservancy and Four Winds Farm, and the extra space was needed for that program as well.

“There are a number of things happening at the moment that made the move make sense, including having more space to includ volunteers who are working, staff, and interns we would like to hire,” said Hatcher. 

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.