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Editorial: A New Map Arrives on Ways to Increase Massachusetts Food Production

Jan 15 2016
FRESHWATER(1) The Daily Hampshire Gazette, January 15th, 2016.
The Midwest may be the nation’s breadbasket, but Massachusetts seems ready to earn at least the nickname of picnic basket, with many Pioneer Valley treats inside.
A comprehensive food system plan for the state, the first revision in more than 40 years, will get [continue reading]

Profile: Maple Valley Creamery

Jan 14 2016
cows in field By Aja Lippincott, Program Associate
Published in CISA’s January 2016 enews – Sign up here!
Find Maple Valley Creamery online here .

Do you know what makes Maple Valley Ice Cream so irresistible? [continue reading]

Valley Bounty: Winter Squash

Jan 9 2016
Source: www.taprootfarmcsa.comSource:
I am a fan of winter squash soup. I like how it’s possible to vary the flavors—add a celeriac, for example, or frozen peppers and coconut milk. Alas, my family does not like squash soup as much as I do, and for them I’m going to try squash chips. Most recipes recommend [continue reading]

Grants Available for Local Farmers| Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation & Big Y supermarkets

Jan 6 2016
rotator-grants The Recorder, January 6th, 2016
For a second year, the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, together with Big Y supermarkets, plans to support local farmers with projects that will help improve their farm business, and is expanding the program from $75,000 to $100,000.
The awards helped 33 farms in the Pioneer and [continue reading]

Local Food Action Plan Taking Root

Dec 30 2015
3020337-poster-p-1-with-farmplicity-the-farm-to-table-movement-meets-the-21st-century The Recorder, December 30th, 2015, by Richie Davis.
Here’s something to chew on as you digest a holiday feast:
After two years of work on a new “local food action plan” for the state, agricultural advocates and legislators will start the new year making hay from the 416-page document.
The [continue reading]

Seeking nominees for 2017 Local Hero Awards

Dec 1 2015
Since 2003, CISA has recognized farmers, institutions, businesses, and everyday community members whose work helps sustain local agriculture. Awardees will be profiled in Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide and will be honored at CISA’s annual meeting in 2018.
The nominee:
embodies CISA’s mission of linking farmers and communities to strengthen agriculture and [continue reading]

Meet the Locals: Coward Farms

Nov 12 2015
20151102_161006 By Aja Lippincott, Program Associate
Published in CISA’s November Enews – Sign Up Here !
In case you were wondering, the turnaround time on growing a Christmas tree is between seven and ten years. If you’re going to make a business out of this, you’d better have [continue reading]

A Growing Concern: Water-mold Blight Killing Crops in Sunderland & Deerfield

Nov 12 2015
The Recorder, November 12, 2015 by Richie Davis
Even in the risky world of farming, a particularly nasty risk is Phytophthora, the very name of which sounds scary.
A water-mold blight that can kill entire crops of pumpkins, cucumbers or peppers, Phyotopthora capsici is especially problematic because once its spores get [continue reading]

Shelburne Falls: Autumn Market!!

Nov 10 2015
farmThe Shelburne Falls Farmers’ Market is hosting a special Autumn market event just in time for Thanksgiving!
The market will be held on Sunday, November 22nd
at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School
from 11 a.m.-4p.m.!
You’ll be able to find local cheeses, meats, and veggies just in time [continue reading]

Hiring: Farm Leadership Positions – Red Fire Farm

Nov 10 2015
03c2ed3f3e4d7014e9f2c42b1ef3359c Red Fire Farm is looking to fill a few management positions for the 2016 season at our Granby location, including Production Manager, Harvest Manager and Packing Manager. We’re also looking to hire a Logistics Manager, based at our Montague farm, who would manage our daily deliveries and growing relationship with the Wegman’s supermarket [continue reading]

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