Monadnock Grows Together

Monadnock Grows Together is a free local resource for gardeners and small-scale urban farmers looking for advice, information, and support. Workshops and events provide a place to connect with other growers.

Gardening Resources for the Monadnock Region

 

As part of this project, local growers in Keene, NH and surrounding towns gain access to valuable gardening resources such as:

 

  • 1-on-1 gardening resource assistance from our Urban Ag & Gardens Coordinator

  • Free gardening workshops through 2022-2023

  • A Garden Tool Lending program at the Keene Public Library Makerspace

  • Free seeds and seed saving resources at Keene Public Library

Take advantage of free gardening workshops with Monadnock Grows Together! Workshops will be announced soon!

Check out Garden Tools from the Tool Lending Library!

 

Visit the Kingsbury Makerspace at the Keene Public Library (KPL) to check out any of our garden tools for 1 week intervals! Free of charge & no library card needed to participate! See a few of the tools available below! KPL also offers a wide range of adaptive tools for gardeners of all skill levels and abilities!

Seeds can also be checked out free of charge at the Frost Free Library in Marlborough, NH!

Broad Fork
Broad Fork

This is a tool used to manually break up hard soil, to improve aeration and drainage.

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Hand Seeder
Hand Seeder

This battery-powered seeder is great for any seed you wish to broadcast, from lawn grass, to cover crops, or baby greens.

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Flat Spade Shovel
Flat Spade Shovel

A spade has a flat edge (not a rounded or pointed edge). It is most useful for cutting. For example, if you need to line the edge of a garden bed.

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Garden Fork
Garden Fork

It is useful for loosening soil. For example, to prepare a garden bed or to loosed large weeds before pulling them out.

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Garden Rake
Garden Rake

Can be used to rake soil smooth and break up clumps, before planting in a seed bed.

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Hand Cultivator
Hand Cultivator

This is a great hand weeding tool! Really versatile in small spaces.

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Hand Fork
Hand Fork

A hand fork is a tool used for weeding and for loosening soil, on a smaller scale than a garden/digging fork.

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Hand Rake
Hand Rake

A hand rake is used for loosening soil in a garden bed. They can be useful when prepping small areas for seeds, or digging out weeds.

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Hoe
Hoe

Used for removing weeds. Best used when the soil is dry. You should stand as upright as possible, and aim to cut off the weeds just under the surface of the soil.

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Push Seeder
Push Seeder

This seeder is great for row crops. It has interchangeable plates, so it can be used with seeds of different sizes.

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Shovel
Shovel

A shovel has a rounded or pointed edge (not a flat edge). It is most useful for digging and moving soil.

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Trowel
Trowel

Garden trowels are used for digging small holes in the garden. For example, to transplant seedlings. They can also be used for digging out small weeds.

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Meet our Urban Ag & Gardens Coordinator!

Nicolette Gagnon, “Nikko”, is a Masters candidate in the environmental education program at Antioch University. She is a New Hampshire native but has been teaching environmental and outdoor education for the last 8 years in California, Washington, British Columbia, and Maine. She comes to Monadnock Grows with a strong scientific understanding of ecosystems and climate change from her undergraduate degree in environmental science. Her interest in community work has been growing over the past 5 years as she took on leadership roles that interacted with stakeholders and the general public. She is keenly interested in an organization's impact on its immediate community and how it can be accessible to everyone, culturally, emotionally, and physically. 

Nikko is available to answer questions and connect community members with gardening resources!

Reach out to Nikko via email: ngagnon@antioch.edu

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Seeking Workshop Leaders and Proposals!

 

Monadnock Grows Together is currently seeking workshop proposals from community members that have a specialty in urban agriculture, food justice, soil health, community gardening, garden planning, crop rotation, and related topics.

We encourage proposals from workshop leaders from diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences! 

We are interested in workshop ideas ranging from 45 minutes to 4 hours in length.

 

Stipends of  $400 per workshop available! Please send a brief introduction of yourself and outline the topic/content you plan on presenting to Benee Hershon: benee@cheshireconservation.org 

Thank you to our partners & funders!

 

Monadnock Grows Together is funded by the Urban Agriculture Conservation grant Initative. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) established the Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative in 2016 to help conservation districts and their partners provide much-needed technical assistance for agricultural conservation in developed or predominantly developing areas. Since July of 2016, NACD and NRCS have awarded six rounds of grants, totaling over $4 million to 81 conservation district projects across 34 states.

The CCCD is working in partnership with Antioch University New England's Community Garden Connections (CGC), the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition (MFCC), and the Keene Public Library within the city of Keene, NH to offer technical assistance, education, and gardening equipment to small-scale urban farmers and gardeners for growing their production capacity while conserving natural resources such as soil health, water quality, and pollinator habitat.

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