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Sugar Maples, a Proverbial Canary in the Changing Climate

Sep 24 2017
Cornucopia’s Take: As our climate changes, many species are disappearing from their native habitat, and sugar maples are one that is in danger. Sap farmers are tapping other trees for syrup now, including the more hardy red maple. Many people are planning adaptations to the changing climate, and more study and discussion [continue reading]

Future of Leadership in the Pioneer Valley | Sprinfield | May 31

May 25 2017
Leadership Pioneer Valley invites you to join us to engage in a dynamic discussion about the future of workplace leadership in the Pioneer Valley. Leaders from MassMutual, AAA Pioneer Valley, Paragus Strategic I.T. and the YMCA will share opportunities in their own organizations, including how increasing diversity and inclusion can drive business results.
We’ll [continue reading]

Civics Fest Amherst, March 24

Mar 16 2017
Civics Fest
Plan now to attend the First Annual Civics Fest celebrating government and politics on Friday, March 24, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium. This event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Amherst, will include food, music, theater and competition. The theme for the 2017 [continue reading]

Pioneer Valley Regional Meeting for Nonprofits, April 7

Mar 6 2017
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Regional Meetings: Pioneer Valley
There are a number of emerging public policy issues at the state and federal levels that will have an immediate impact on Massachusetts nonprofits. These issues span across subsector, budget size, and region. It is more critical than ever that nonprofit leaders are informed, involved, [continue reading]

Mobilizing the Democratic Party from the Bottom Up, Feb. 15

Feb 12 2017
This is a meeting of the Northampton Democratic City Committee for Democrats and allies to energize the Party at the grassroots level.
LOCATION: Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School (80 Locust St, Northampton) Cafeteria
6:00-7:30 pm | COMMUNITY DISCUSSION Discussion topic: Mobilizing the Democratic Party from the Bottom Up: Using our most strategic [continue reading]

Climate Action Event with MA Legislative Reps, Jan. 28

Jan 25 2017
On Saturday, January 28 at 3 pm we will be holding a forum “Climate Action in a Time of Crisis” in the sanctuary of First Churches, 129 Main Street in Northampton . Featured will be representatives from the Massachusetts legislature, climate scientists and activists to discuss the problem and an action plan that [continue reading]

Conway Agricultural Commission to Hold Public Forum on ‘Right to Farm’

Jan 18 2017
The Recorder, January 18, 2017, by Andy Castillo
Town officials are seeking input on a proposed Right to Farm bylaw that might be voted into law at this year’s annual town meeting.
To that end, the Agricultural Commission will hold a public forum today seeking comments and input from town residents [continue reading]

MA Question 3 Roundup

Nov 3 2016
At CISA, we’ve been following the debate around Ballot Question #3 with great interest. The proposed change to the rules around animal confinement would impact the practices and livelihood of one farm family in the state, and it would prohibit the sale of eggs and meat from animals that have been confined.
Our work [continue reading]

Question 3 Would Phase Out ‘Extreme’ Confinement of Farm Animals

Oct 25 2016
Published by under Politics and the Economy
The Daily Hampshire Gazette, October 20th, 2016, by Kaitlin Junod
While proponents of Question 3 on the Nov. 8 ballot praise it as a way to prevent animal cruelty and promote responsible farming, some in Massachusetts worry the measure will have unintended economic consequences.
“An Act to Prevent Cruelty to Farm [continue reading]

The Cultivator – Fall 2016

Sep 8 2016
The Fall 2016 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF  here .
In it you’ll find:
Cover story: Toothless GMO Food Labeling Bill Becomes Law Commentary: A REAL Apple a Day Feature: Cornucopia Asks Regulators to Block Merger Beneficial Wildlife Preserving Organic History Local Food [continue reading]

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