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2014 Local Hero Awardee: Adams Farm

May 1 2014
Published by under Farmstands and Markets
Each year, CISA presents three Local Hero Awards to farms, businesses, and/or individuals who exemplify our mission of strengthening the connection between farmers and the community. We applaud their hard work, social responsibility, and many contributions to sustaining local agriculture. Congratulations to our 2014 Local Hero Awardee, Adams Farm!
Adams Farm [continue reading]

On the Trail to Eden

Apr 28 2014
The Recorder, April 25th 2014
By Richie Davis.
It’s a wooly world north of Eden. Sheep and lambs roam everywhere and bleating echoes all around the property, which is bisected by a rutted dirt path off Bernardston’s Eden Trail.
A dozen or more of the cross-bred, larger yearlings — some with fluffy [continue reading]

Valley Bounty, April 19, 2014: CSA Shares

Apr 19 2014
CSA membership offers a concrete way to support local agriculture, know the people who grow your food, and add a seasonal rhythm to your table. On CISA’s CSA list , you’ll find a broad selection of vegetable CSAs , along with those offering meat , grain , [continue reading]

Four young farmers start Stone Soup Farm Co-op, on front of worker-owned farm trend

Apr 14 2014
Daily Hampshire Gazette, April 14th 2014, Rebecca Everett
HADLEY — Most farmers will tell you that cooperation is crucial to keeping a farm running like a well-oiled threshing machine.
But at Stone Soup Farm Cooperative in Hadley, cooperation is everything.
Four young farmers formed the worker-owned farm collective last fall [continue reading]

Valley Bounty, April 12, 2014: Parsnips

Apr 12 2014
Parsnips are a long tapered root, like a carrot, only bigger. They can be dug in the fall, but gain sweetness if left in the ground all winter, and dug right now, when the ground has thawed but they have not yet begun to regrow their leafy tops. They are a spring New England treat! [continue reading]

Profile: Left Field Farm

Apr 9 2014
By Jenny Miller Sechler
Published in the CISA April 2014 ENewsletter
Left Field Farm is an intimate place surrounded by forests full of life, with small greenhouses connected by stone walkways and a farm field alive with songbirds. “We didn’t grow this place,” says Maureen Sullivan, who, along with her [continue reading]

Dairy farmer warns proposed state rules governing manure would put him out of business

Apr 5 2014
The Daily Hampshire Gazette, April 5, 2014. By Richie Davis. 
“If you impose these regulations, there will be no dairy farms left in the state of Massachusetts,” Tedd White, a West Hawley dairy farmer with 114 Holsteins, told officials at the third and final Department of Agricultural Resources hearing on proposed “plant [continue reading]

Valley Bounty, March 29, 2014: Pork

Mar 29 2014
Pulled pork, pork chops. Empanadas, tamales, or dumplings.  Big roasts, or a little bit of bacon added for flavor. There are a lot of ways to eat a pig.  Local farmers are also growing different varieties of pigs, and can tell you about their choices. Locally grown pork is available direct from the farm through [continue reading]

Local Hero Farm Profile: Blossoming Acres

Mar 28 2014
Published by under Farmstands and Markets
By Abby Getman and Margaret Christie
Published in CISA’s 2013 Annual Report
Lenita and Jeff Bober grow vegetables, bedding plants and cut flowers, and operate an on-farm bakery on 80 acres in Southwick, Massachusetts. Southwick sits in the jog in the Massachusetts border with Connecticut, just south of Westfield, [continue reading]

Full and Part Time Farming Positions Available- Amherst, MA

Mar 16 2014
Old Friends Farm is a 22 acre farm with high quality produce, fun work environment, and a fantastic view. One full time (40 hrs/week) and two part time (24 hrs/week) positions available on this Certified Organic salad, veggie and flower farm in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Old Friends Farm is a 22 acre farm with high [continue reading]

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