The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Cornucopia Project partner up for education

  • Cornucopia Project volunteers load boxes for the Cool Chefs program in the kitchen at Cranberry Meadow Farm in Peterborough Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Cornucopia Project volunteers load boxes for the Cool Chefs program in the kitchen at Cranberry Meadow Farm in Peterborough Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Published: 6/8/2021 10:24:27 AM

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, based in Dublin, has partnered with the Cornucopia Project to expand garden and culinary opportunities to students in New Hampshire. Cornucopia Project is a nonprofit headquartered in Peterborough that is focused on educating the next generation on sustainable gardening and healthy eating.

“Cornucopia is a natural partner for the Almanac with their focus on healthy living, self-sufficiency, and community,” said Sherin Pierce, Publisher, Old Farmer’s Almanac. “The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a name known throughout the country, but we are proud of our New Hampshire roots and are always looking for ways to support local. This is why we are so enthusiastic in working with Cornucopia and helping to enhance their already great work.”

The partnership includes a financial contribution by the Almanac to Cornucopia coupled with a gift of several Old Farmer’s Almanac titles and products. Many of the publications – which include the Field to Fork Cookbook, 2021 Garden Guide, The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids Vol. 8, and Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook – have been provided to the organization’s students in their farming and culinary programs. Cornucopia serves kids from pre-school through high school with the majority of their programs operated in the Monadnock region.

Other donated products will be auctioned off during Cornucopia’s fall fundraising event, Harvest Hoedown, an online fundraiser featuring local food producers and businesses.

The Almanac’s financial support will help the organization’s student programs, which are held at school gardens (mostly throughout the ConVal school district) or at Cornucopia’s two-acre educational farm in Peterborough. At these locations, produce is grown to support the organization’s food and culinary programs, including their latest – Cool Chefs at Home, a kids meal kit highlighting locally-produced foods.

The two entities are also working together on enhanced educational opportunities, including a possible Growing Well workshop featuring Almanac Editor Janice Stillman. Growing Well workshops are an opportunity for community members to learn from experts on a variety of topics related to gardening.

“We’re always looking for ways to deepen our connection to the community and even though the Almanac is a national brand, we think of it as local,” said Lauren Judd, Executive Director of Cornucopia Project. “It is important to us that our partners share our values so this is why our connection with the Almanac is perfect. This partnership represents new opportunities for us.”

While it may not be able to boast quite the longevity of the Almanac, Cornucopia was founded in 2005 by Kin Schilling, who led the organization through 2014. Cornucopia Project’s mission is to plant seeds for a lifetime of healthy eating through garden, kitchen, and farm education.

“As more people have taken up “back to basics” hobbies, like gardening, baking, or cooking, we’ve certainly seen an increase in those seeking out beginner tips on these subjects and more,” said Pierce. “There is a shift happening and not just because of the events of the last year. People are recognizing more and more the importance of fresh, locally grown, nutritious foods and the need to educate our children about the role this plays in health and overall wellness. Cornucopia Project helps to fill this essential need.”

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