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Building Community Through Food

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What do a seed project, an apple cider project, and a maple syrup project all have in common? They all work towards bringing healthy and accessible food to the whole community through the Abenaki Helping Abenaki Food Pantry. It’s time to help them complete a community space that will house updated food processing equipment and provide a place to gather. This will allow expanded production, help bring community members together, and continue to work towards greater food security. Donate today to support neighbors feeding neighbors!

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$5,000

Funding Goal

Mar 2024

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Funds Raised

$5,000

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Mar 2024

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Campaign Story

Darryl Peasley was looking up used cider mills online when he got a call from his cousin, asking him what he thought about trying to make some cider. They hadn’t talked about it before that point. Call it coincidence or call it fate, so began one of Abenaki Helping Abenaki’s (AHA) first food security projects.

Fast forward a few years, Darryl works alongside his friends, family, and community members on four different food-related projects: the Seed Project, Apple Cider Project, Maple Syrup Project, and the AHA Food Pantry.

The Seed Project is run in conjunction with the Kearsarge Food Hub and other partners. Each year they collect seeds at harvest, store them for the winter, and redistribute them to local growers during the planting season.

The Apple Cider Project is a joyful community effort that has produced over 100 gallons of apple cider. The apples are sourced from local farms or from people’s personal property. The cider is milled, packaged, and then either sold or gifted to community members.

The Maple Syrup Project builds upon the practices of the Algonquin, Abenaki, and Penacook people – the first tribes to make maple syrup. They tap the trees, collect the sap, boil it into syrup, and distribute it among the community. Their efforts will be even more expansive this upcoming sugaring season now that they are able to tap 11 more acres of sugar bush. 

Last but certainly not least, the AHA Food Pantry provides processed and locally grown foods to community members all year round. Community members can often find vegetables grown through the Seed Project, hand pressed apple cider from the Cider Project, and delicious maple syrup from the Maple Syrup Project stocking the food pantry shelves. These sit alongside other fresh and shelf-stable foods, as well as high quality meats.

So what’s next? Now it’s time to build out a community gathering place with upgraded equipment. A building with a new cider press and a larger syrup evaporator; dry storage space to keep sturdy boxes of seeds; a stainless-steel sink to wash and rinse the cider and syrup jugs. Having the proper infrastructure provides more opportunities to expand production, keep things up to code, and invite community members to come together during cider and syrup seasons. Donate today to help support these community food projects!

Campaign Contributions

Name Location Date
Kim Friedman South Newfane, VT March 02, 2024
Burlington, VT March 02, 2024
Nancy LaRowe Norwich, VT March 02, 2024
Debra Kraemer Thetford Center, VT March 01, 2024
Anonymous South Royalton, VT March 01, 2024
123423 Canaan, NH February 28, 2024
Eve Hiatt New London, NH February 27, 2024
Donna Reade Wilmot, NH February 27, 2024
Doreen Connor Henniker, NH February 22, 2024
Anonymous Henniker, NH February 19, 2024
Anonymous White River Junction, VT February 14, 2024
Janet Dowell North Thetford, VT February 01, 2024
Anonymous HOPKINTON, NH January 31, 2024
Anonymous Contoocook, VT January 31, 2024
Eve Hiatt New London, NH January 31, 2024
Anonymous Essex Junction, VT January 30, 2024
Elisabeth Shewmaker Hanover, NH January 21, 2024
David Manning Brick, NJ January 20, 2024
Lynn Zeltman Plainfield, NH January 19, 2024
Darryl Peasley Contoocook, NH January 19, 2024
Anonymous White River Junction, VT January 17, 2024

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