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Posted 6/15/2015 9:26am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Good Morning to You All!

We are thrilled to announce that we've had some great support for our End 68 Hours of Hunger campaign for the 2015 season!  We'll start providing fresh vegetable shares to families in need beginning next week, the week of June 22nd.

Our work with Alton Central School to bring fresh foods to families in need through the  Alton Central School End 68 Hours Program is FULLY FUNDED! By reaching out to generous donors, once again, this year we'll help bring healthy, local food options to over 16 families in need.  This all made possible by all of your donations and the huge multiplier of all your donations being generously matched by, Alton residents Marc & Marie Hebert, the owners of The Harbor Group, Inc.

Due to some "last minute" contributions we were put over the top for our goal of funding all 16 families for the summer.  Although ALL donations were so much appreciated we'd like to mention that the significant donation by the Smith family made a huge difference in getting us there!

Another significant donation came in as a wedding gift, made on behalf of Monique Ricker & Armand Circharo who just took their vows, and gave instead of receiving on their wedding day, how great is that?!

Although you've seen some of this information below, I would like to include it again to remind everyone what a huge impact you're having on a nationwide issue.  What's more, due to the program we're going to be effecting approximately 25% of these families' yearly meals by providing these fresh, local vegetable shares.

A research bulletin, covered recently in the educator's publication NEA Today, was released in January 2015 by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF).  For the first time in recent history just over 50% of all children attending public schools today come from low income families...50%?!

On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., Liz and I got to speak with teachers from almost every state in our country that confirmed this statistic. We spoke with teachers from Las Vegas, NV to Salt Lake City, UT and Birmingham, AL to Farmington, ME who all shared shocking percentages of children eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

The SEF research collected data from the National Center for Educational Statistics pointing out the percentage of students who were eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches during the 2012-2013 school year. State-by-state figures showed that in 21 states 50% of students fit the NSLP eligibility criteria, 19 states have 40-48% eligible students and 10 have 38-42% of their students living in poverty.

Another stunning point is how quickly these numbers have changed. The article points out the nationwide low-income figures grew from 33% to 38% between 1989 and 2000, just over a 10 year period. However, from 2006 to 2013 that percentage jumped from 42% to 51%, making an almost two-fold percentage growth difference, but in four years less time.

“The trends are staggering, and yet the national debate over public education still provides inadequate space for a serious discussion about poverty and its effect on student achievement...”, The NEA Today article comments. The authors of the SEF study continue, “Without improving the educational support that the nation provides its low-income students – the trends of the last decade will be a prologue for a nation not at risk, but a nation in decline,”.

Many members of our community have little financial means to choose healthy food alternatives, let alone “vote with their dollar” to support local agriculture.  The End 68 Hours program may have only a small effect on the larger issues of social inequality, the global food system, or a society with an ever-expanding wage gap, but it has a huge reach right here in our community.  We thank you so much for your support of our local families in need!

Lastly, due to the success of our fundraising this year, we will further extend our reach by providing fresh vegetables to the Gilford Got Lunch Program! The GGL program provides similar support to families in need in Gilford, right around the corner from where our main farm operation is based.

More details about how these programs work can be found on our website under the "Donate" menu, or by clicking here. Thank you once again for your participation and we look forward to another great program next year!

With sincere thanks,

aaron & Liz

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

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Posted 5/19/2015 7:27am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

It has been extremely busy around the farm trying to catch up and get everything in the ground, I have been behind in communicating some great events happening right now!

Winnipesaukee Woods Farm is proud to announce our involvement with a new collaboration of local farms here in the Lakes Region.  The Lakes Region Agricultural Collaborative has its first project, teaming up with Got Lunch! Laconia, to provide fresh vegetables to families in need in Laconia.

Got Lunch! Laconia is running their annual fundraising event at local restaurants in the Laconia area this week.  Sadly, Monday has come and gone, but there's still time to treat yourself to a lunch or dinner out and support the program!  Got Lunch! Laconia provides food, during the summer months, for over 600 children in the Laconia area.  Learn more about their wonderful efforts by clicking here.Got Lunch Laconia Restaurant Week

We're also seeing donations start to come in for our End 68 Hours of Hunger program to help families here in Alton.  However, we still have some ways to go before we're fully funded to offer all families fresh vegetables for the summer season.  To learn more about it, check out our blog, go to the "Donate" page, or click here, to find out how were getting fresh local food to families in need here in Alton.

Thank you to all those who have already donated to these great causes to help get fresher, healthy foods to those that have difficulty affording it!

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 5/4/2015 6:42am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Hello to You All!

We are thrilled to see so many new members this year and are happy to see our “regulars” return for another year. It's hard to think that we're only 3 ½ weeks away from our first shares going out and we'd like to thank you all once again for your membership and support of our farm!

We're excited to announce that we are continuing our work with Alton Central School to bring fresh foods to families in need through the End 68 Hours of Hunger program.  We are reaching out to generous donors once again this year to help bring healthy, local food options to families in need. All donations will again be generously matched by The Harbor Group, Inc.  We feel that healthy foods should not be dependent on financial means and that challenge seems to resonate still...

 

A research bulletin, covered recently in the educator's publication NEA Today, was released in January 2015 by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF). For the first time in recent history just over 50% of all children attending public schools today come from low income families...50%?!

On our recent trip to Washington, D.C., Liz and I got to speak with teachers from almost every state in our country that confirmed this statistic. We spoke with teachers from Las Vegas, NV to Salt Lake City, UT and Birmingham, AL to Farmington, ME who all shared shocking percentages of children eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

The SEF research collected data from the National Center for Educational Statistics pointing out the percentage of students who were eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches during the 2012-2013 school year. State-by-state figures showed that in 21 states 50% of students fit the NSLP eligibility criteria, 19 states have 40-48% eligible students and 10 have 38-42% of their students living in poverty.

Another stunning point is how quickly these numbers have changed. The article points out the nationwide low-income figures grew from 33% to 38% between 1989 and 2000, just over a 10 year period. However, from 2006 to 2013 that percentage jumped from 42% to 51%, making an almost two-fold percentage growth difference, but in four years less time.

“The trends are staggering, and yet the national debate over public education still provides inadequate space for a serious discussion about poverty and its effect on student achievement...”, The NEA Today article comments. The authors of the SEF study continue, “Without improving the educational support that the nation provides its low-income students – the trends of the last decade will be a prologue for a nation not at risk, but a nation in decline,”.

Many members of our community have little financial means to choose healthy food alternatives, let alone “vote with their dollar” to support local agriculture.  The End 68 Hours program may have only a small effect on the larger issues of social inequality, the global food system, or a society with an ever-expanding wage gap, but it has a huge reach right here in our community.  We thank you so much for your support of our local families in need!

This year's efforts will once again be aimed at our needs here in the Alton Central School End 68 Hours Program, and will further extend our reach by participating with the Gilford Got Lunch Program once we have enough support for all the families here in Alton.  The GGL program provides similar support to families in need in Gilford, right around the corner from where our main farm operation is based.

More details can be found on our website under the "Donate" menu, or by clicking here.  You may access the donation page by clicking here.

With sincere thanks,

aaron & Liz

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 4/15/2015 5:37am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Good Morning!

I am reaching out this morning to remind folks that I'll do my best to communicate regularly with what is in season and available in the Online Farm Store.  However, this may not necessarily be a weekly email until the CSA & Farmer's Market season starts...and even then!?  ;)

So, if folks are interested in connecting with us to get what we have available you'll have to go to the farm store on the website and see what's new!  To go to the Farm Store Online now, click here...

Although our attempt at offering the on-line storefront for folks to be able to order from is aimed at offering an easy way to order from us, I understand that it may not be for everyone!  So, if you'd prefer to email me directly to get products before the farmers market and CSA season starts you're welcomed to...

1st Harvest 2015 Spinach!

We of course have plenty of eggs and the spinach is really coming in now, with many more large leaves now, suitable for cooking or fresh eating as a salad.  You can find it in our farm store and is offered on a first come first serve basis.  We will continue offering the larger 1/3 pound portions and will pack our spinach this way for the rest of the season...so whenever you see our spinach this year, remember it's a bigger portion than last year's bags!

I hope you all have enjoyed the beautiful weather as much as I have, the pastures are clearing and our starts are anxiously awaiting some prepared ground to get into...

thanks again and enjoy the week!  aaron

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 1/30/2015 12:55pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Greetings Everyone!

We've placed our seed order an are planning for Spring, even though I'll be shoveling snow after sending this out!  We're reminding folks that the 2015 Summer CSA sign-up period is officially open and you will notice a small change in the checkout process if you intend to pay with a credit card.

We now are taking payments directly through the "Member Assembler" tool in our website.  This is a completely secure service offered by our webmaster and all information is held completely confidential and not released to anyone!

After you select your CSA program choices and proceed to checkout, you will have the option to pay in full or in monthly installments.  This option was expressed by some of you as something that would be helpful to manage your financial commitment to CSA and is now available!

The "Monthly Installment Plan" is intended still pay off your share before the season starts and is currently set up to have (4) monthly installments to pay off your share.  So, if you were to start now, the first payment coming in February, your payments would only end up being around $50-$75 a month for the average sign-up! (avg. based on what most folks choose)

Also don't forget that you may take advantage of the payment plan or the "Early Payment Discount" 

The 10% early Full Payment Discount is offered through April 1st, 2015...use discount coupon code APRILDISCO to receive your discount at checkout

You may still use the discount code, even if you plan on paying on your own "installment" plan schedule, as long you'll be paying off your share by April 1st, please email me if you have any questions about following your "own payment plan schedule"...thanks, and click here to sign up!...sign-up for your 2015 share 

I hope that you all have been able to deal with the snow alright and are enjoying the winter season that's finally arrived.  If you haven't already done so and still want to fill out our 2015 Survey to help us plan for next season, I appreciate your time in doing so!  Your input is helpful as it guides our decisions in the future. You can find it at winniwoodsfarm.com under “Contact Us” or just click here......until then, thanks again for the feedback and stay warm!

All our best,

Aaron & Liz

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 1/14/2015 7:15am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Happy New Year to everyone!

I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday and had plenty of time to relax with friends and family. We spent some time visiting with friends and family as well, and tried to take advantage of much needed down time. It has been an emotional 2014 for us here at Winnipesaukee Woods Farm, with a couple of friends and farm members struggling with new and old cancer diagnoses. It has been hard to keep a positive attitude at times, but having the farm AND our members support us in facing the day is reminder that, as my good friend that just passed away always said, “life is for the living”...so off we go into the future, all of us together, let's hope for a healthy and joyful 2015 for all!

Hopefully my opening isn't too sobering, but I assume that most of you who have gotten to know me over the years are aware that if you ever wonder what's on my mind, just ask (but be ready for anything, and sometimes everything)! That kind of honesty is how I live my life and how I run my farm...SO, as I plan and prepare for the coming season, I am now asking for that kind of candidness from all of you!  ...Please fill out our 2015 Survey to help us plan for next season!

I am aware that we all have quite busy lives and that asking for anything “extra” can sometimes be a burden. However, if you could take a moment to fill out our 2015 Survey, we'd greatly appreciate it. Your input is so helpful as it guides our decisions for the future. You can find it at winniwoodsfarm.com under “Contact Us” or just click here...

We're also happy to announce that the 2015 Summer CSA sign-up period is officially open!!...and although the sign-up period is open, some of the new additions aren't yet available. We are working to finalize an automated “payment schedule” option, as well as some other share options. In the meantime, you can still sign-up for your 2015 share anytime and take advantage of the 10% early payment discount offered through April 1st, 2015...use discount coupon code APRILDISCO to receive your discount at checkoutYou may still use the discount code, even if you plan on paying in “installments” as long as you'll be paying off your share by April 1st.

As always thanks so much for your continued support, the biggest compliment we could receive is a referral to a friend, family member, or co-worker about our CSA program. Keep an eye out for future emails on other coupons or opportunities that may come available in the coming months...until then, thanks again for the feedback and stay warm!

Peace and all our best,

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 10/8/2014 6:22am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Hello & Happy Fall!

The colors are changing fast and the daylight is quickly waning! However, we're happy to tell folks about a fun event planned for next weekend, Saturday, Oct. 18th, at Johnson's Marketplace in New Durham.  There will be a pumpkin carving contest and other local producers at the event which should shape up to be a great time as long as the weather holds. There will be a tent set just in case, but lets hope for the best!

Johnson's has been a great supporter of our farm and the decorations as well as the pumpkins (not the giant one!) were provided by Winnipesaukee Woods Farm as well as Beans & Greens Farm in Gilford!  Be sure to stop in, meet other local producers from around the state and have fun!

 

Johnson's Marketplace Autumn Fest

Posted 10/3/2014 7:05am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Good Morning & Good Day To Everyone,

The Gilford Chapter of Interact can say, “Wow, that's a ton of potatoes!”...well, almost. Yesterday more than 20 (I couldn't count there were so many!) volunteers from the Gilford Interact Youth Rotary Group came out to Winnipesaukee Woods Farm to volunteer time and dig the remaining ¼ acre of potatoes that was still needed to get out of the ground.

The group, of mainly high school students along with their organizer and Winnipesaukee Woods Farm CSA Member Monica Sawyer, harvested over 1500 pounds of potatoes yesterday! They all did this in just about an hour! That effort from the kids saved our farm upwards of 20 hours of hand labor. The community involvement in supporting local agriculture cannot be understated here!

Food Solutions New England, a network organized to help transform the New England food system, proposes a goal to be self-reliant in producing as much as 50% of the food we eat by 2060...aka the “50 by 60” goal. Recent numbers that have been published, for the state of NH, report that we are currently around only 3%-4% of locally produced food providing our state's total food consumption! Here in NH our backbone organizer, the UNH Sustainability Institute, has helped coordinate the NH Food Strategy and assist in directing our state role in this regional effort. They put out a great “infografic” that can help point out specific factors in our local food system...please check it out by clicking here...

The efforts given yesterday are not just a big help to me, as a small scale and mostly human powered farm, but also a small piece in what it may look like to be a self-reliant food producing community. That 1500 pounds of potatoes could feed 640 students for a school week...off just barely 1/8 of an acre of my little farm...imagine the possibilities. That would mean 5 acres could give a half pound of potatoes to every one of those students, every school day, for the entire year...boy would they be sick of potatoes!

This little math exercise (you should check my math...school project?!) certainly isn't meant to figure out how to cram potatoes down our students, but one in how much food can be produced with our valuable farmland and just a little effort to collaborate with participants willing to engage in their community. The time these young adults spent yesterday may or may not stick with them, but their efforts will come back around to extend even deeper into their community.

Group organizer Monica Sawyer and Winnipesaukee Woods Farm are working to figure out where we'll go from here and how to organize more community involvement and impact from these efforts. Winnipesaukee Woods Farm will be donating a portion of yesterday's harvest to go towards whatever program in the Gilford community that may benefit from the kid's efforts. We'll keep you posted on what we cook up!

Please don't hesitate to share this great story with whomever you feel may be interested in hearing about the group's great work...they should be proud and recognized for their efforts!

A Sincere Thanks to You All!

Gilford Interact Team!

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

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Posted 10/1/2014 6:46am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Good Morning To You All!

We want to share with everyone that there will be a great event taking place this weekend right up the road, in Gilford, at Natural Roots & Remedies (in the Patricks Pub lot, next to The Wineing Butcher).

Earlier in the summer I began to network with Jeff Thayer of The Brinery and have been providing vegetables for his great brined and fermented products.  He is extremely knowledgeable and has a wealth of information to offer about how to use the summers bounty so that we can have nutritious local foods throughout the winter months!  He'll be talking about how to brine vegetables, offering samples to taste, as well as sharing all about the health benefits of this type of food preparation.

Please visit the link to his flyer by clicking here...and please join him this Saturday, 11 am-2 pm at Natural Roots & Remedies to taste some of the great work he is doing with some of our vegetables.  Thanks in advance for coming out with your support of local food!

I'll sadly not see you there as our first flock of laying hens are going on to the next task of feeding us in different ways, now beyond their duties of laying us wonderful eggs these past couple of seasons, for it is time for them to move on...just think of a nice, rich chicken stock this winter for a soul warming soup!

thanks for your support and all our best,

aaron & Liz

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 9/1/2014 12:45pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Good Afternoon to all,

We want to thank everyone who donated to the End 68 Hours of Hunger and Gilford Got Lunch programs for the 2014 summer season. Each time the program's families arrived, they went through the bag, asking questions and getting excited about trying new things. This all because of your generosity and support of these great programs.  

We want to take a moment to share with you some of the wonderful comments we heard and witnessed over the summer's season:

One family shared that this summer is only the second opportunity her children have had a chance to have fresh instead of canned vegetables...  The first time was last summer's End 68 program.

Another mother shared with us that her children were fighting over who would get to eat the broccoli each time it showed up in their share.

At one pick up a recipient spoke with great animation about how, for the first time ever, she is thinking about the winter and the future.  She was asking what she was able to freeze and store away for the winter season to come.  She also shared with Aaron that she has been baking less and exercising more and she was feeling great!

An illustration of how little some of these folks have had the opportunity to cook with fresh foods came when one of the recipients asked Liz, "What do I do with basil anyway?".

These are just a few of the wonderful opportunities we've had this summer to share recipes and new ideas about healthy eating and living with our End 68 Hours Program recipient families.  We share them with you not to point out how much some folks are struggling, but to show that we can all make a difference, no matter how seemingly small.  Think of it this way, for the 15 weeks these families received their fresh vegetable share, that works out to be almost 30% of their total year's meal potential!   

At the Gilford Got Lunch program, we witnessed volunteer delivery drivers sharing heartfelt stories that were shared with them at their deliveries.  So many different circumstances that brought each family to the position of being in need.  Folks were so grateful for the help that they felt compelled to share their story about how unexpected circumstances left them in their current position.  Some are not so lucky to have savings and many are one broken-down car or health emergency away from really struggling to get by.

Some families are taking care of grand-children or other relatives' children, and still more are just struggling to make ends meet while holding 4 jobs!  Your help was more than them being able to have something beyond boxed food from the middle aisles of the grocer, and even beyond the chance at a fresh head of broccoli.  You helped some folks feel, for just a moment, that they had something more, a fresh start, that someone cared, and they were a part of a community.  Thank you for your contributions and helping your community, your generosity matters.  

This season we distributed 12 full size summer season shares to families in need.  This does not even include those shares that have been graciously donated by CSA members on vacation weeks. With that, we hit over 180 donated weekly shares over the 15 week season (each of those shares are the same as the Full Shares you get each week)!

We do not want to single out any of our specific donors for recognition, however, we cannot go without sharing our gratitude to Marc & Marie Hebert, Alton community members and owners of the Harbor Group, for putting this program over the top.  With their help in matching each donated share in kind, we were able to give out almost $4000 in fresh produce to families in need!

Thank you so much to all of our farm members this year and thank you to our donors to the End 68 & Gilford Got Lunch programs.  Your commitment in engaging with the local food system makes a big difference in our community and to our world...think globally, act locally!

Should you be interested in donating to the cause next year or want other information about the farm's activities and CSA share seasons, check out our website...and look out for what we hope will be a great fall season and another great summer season next year!

Thank you for all of your support and membership with our farm!

All our best,

aaron & Liz

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

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