A Champion of Local First: Mascoma Savings Bank

Upper Valley businesses choose to be members of Local First Alliance because they want to strengthen our region’s economy. They also believe that a strong economy starts with ensuring a vibrant, engaged community.

While Local First Alliance member Mascoma Savings Bank gives to countless nonprofit organizations, for the last 6 years they have been an active supporter of our Valley Food & Farm program here at Vital Communities.

Each year, we host Flavors of the Valley, a local food tasting expo aimed at introducing area residents to their local food producers and purveyors. The goal of Flavors is to encourage local food consumption and support the farmers who are so crucial to our region. This year, Mascoma Savings Bank will sponsor our Upper Valley Farm to School activity section at Flavors of the Valley. Children will be able to celebrate local agriculture while learning about our farming system with hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations. The above picture shows 3-year-old Willow Wood, of Sharon, studying beans, the April Harvest of the Month, at Flavors of the Valley 2015.

When Mascoma Savings Bank isn’t supporting new farming initiatives, they are engaging with the seniors of the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center as they design our new Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for Local First Alliance.

“We all really appreciate having a meaningful class assignment for an organization that helps our communities,” said Damien Murray , 2015 graduate of HACTC and Television PSA Submission Winner from Lebanon. 

Watch for our new PSAs this spring as we kick off our 3rd Annual High School Communications Competition. Students will work with Local First Alliance members to create professional pieces for their marketing portfolios. Winners will be chosen in the 3 categories of television, print, and radio.

Together our Local First Alliance businesses are making our Upper Valley a more beautiful place to live. Join Mascoma Savings Bank and our other members at Flavors of the Valley on Sunday, April 10, from 11 am – 3 pm at Hartford High School.

For more amazing Local First members committed to revitalizing our region, please check out our local directory.

Remember to keep it local, and look for the logo!