Local Harvest Initiative

As a Land Grant University, UNH is committed to supporting and advancing the state's agricultural economy. Small, family farms are not only part of our state's heritage, but play a vital, active role in our current economy and culture. In recognition of the many benefits a vibrant agriculture affords in NH, the Local Harvest initiative will raise awareness and educate students, staff and community members about our local agricultural landscape and its role in sustaining our physical and economical health and well-being, now and in the future.

Local Harvest Feast

Held each September, the Local Harvest Feast is an evening of fine dining on mouth-watering creations, produced from local foods. Open to the public and students alike, this hugely popular event is a chance for attendees to learn why supporting local agriculture and food producers is so important. You'll have the opportunity to meet various local producers and browse their presentation tables before or after dinner.

Event Feedback

  • Foster's Daily Democrat - "DURHAM — Students enjoyed what's become one of the University of New Hampshire's most popular annual events on Wednesday: the Local Harvest Feast..." Read more>>
  • "One of the best meals I've had in a long time. Really, thank you for a great event."
  • "Do this event more often, please! I really enjoyed it!"
  • "I learned so much about how many different local products there are. It was tasty."
  • "The food was great and felt healthier and better. There was an amazing selection"
  • "I learned how much impact UNH has on the community and vice versa."
  • "Thank you! This is a great event. I learned a lot and felt connected to the community."
  • "It was a truly inspired event and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Count me in for next year."
  • "I jumped at the chance to attend this years' local harvest dinner for several reasons. Growing up in Durham and being an organic gardener since 1973, it was great to see this type of event being hosted by UNH. Secondly, being a UNH grad (90) and a Culinary Institute of America grad (80), I have a deep love of food and its connection to the land. These connections have been removed from a whole generation of Americans because of various reasons. It is so wonderful to see the connection between local grower and consumer being restored. Thank you again. I am already looking forward to next years' event. Judging by the line of people waiting to get in I would say it was a sellout."