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Berkshire Grown envisions a community where healthy farms define the open landscape,
where a diversity of fresh, seasonal food and flowers is available to everyone,
and where we celebrate our agricultural bounty by supporting our neighboring family farms.

News & Events 
January 2010
News from Ashley Nelson,
Berkshire Grown Outreach Coordinator
Ashley and gourd 

Dear Friends,
I have big news! I've been accepted in the California School of Herbal Studies in Forestville.
I'm really excited to continue my education, but it was a difficult decision to make. Working at Berkshire Grown has really made me feel like part of this community, and I treasure the relationships and friendships I've made and the experiences I've gained. I will miss learning what each farmer is growing each season, compiling the Professional Farm to Table: Business to Business Directory and Farm Map, both of which we consider the "Holy Grail" of BG, and planning and working at our exciting events. I will truly miss being involved in the rich agricultural foodie landscape that is Berkshire County.
Thank you to all of the Berkshire Grown team- that's farmers, chefs, food/beverage producers, the board, Barbara and everyday eaters like you and me. My classes begin in March, so I look forward to being a part of Berkshire Grown's busy winter months!
Ashley Nelson


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Job description:
Manages community and professional (farmer, food buyer, retail and restaurant) member recruitment, renewal, fulfillment and outreach.
Responsible for ensuring the office runs as smoothly as possible, a multi-tasker and problem solver who is responsible for database management, public inquiries, office support services, purchasing, facilities management and more.
Responsible for updating the Farm to Table Directory and the Farm Map and Map-o-licious online.
Actively involved in a variety of Events: publicize events, takes RSVPs for events, updates database for events, works at the events. Coordinates four major mailings throughout the year as key to outreach.
Works directly with farmers, restaurants, food producers, and local retail establishments that sell local agricultural products by informing them of news and events, training possibilities that can help them build their businesses.
Supports the Executive Director's fund-raising, communication, and networking activities.

Please submit resume and references as soon as possible, preferably by January 22, 2010 to Barbara Zheutlin, Berkshire Grown, P.O. Box 983, Great Barrington, MA 01230 and/ or [email protected].
 Job will begin mid to late February.

 More information about Berkshire Grown here

Job Opportunity:

Cricket Creek Farm Seeks a Cheesemaker

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Cricket Creek Farm is a small grass-based cow dairy located in Williamstown, MA where two award-winning cheeses are currently produced. The farm is looking for a cheese-maker to help take their cheeses to the next level.

Who they're looking for: a self-directed, well-organized cheese-maker with at least 1 year of hands-on cheese-making experience. The job will include attending various markets (holiday and summer farmer's markets) and other "friend-building" events in the area. A willingness to
engage in the farm beyond the cheese room and enthusiasm for marketing and sales is highly desirable.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. On-site housing and healthcare included. Please contact Jude or Topher Sabot via e-mail, [email protected].

To start immediately

Read more about Cricket Creek Farm here.

Meet Our Members

Stagecoach Tavern, Sheffield, MA.

The historic 18TH Century Stagecoach Tavern in Sheffield has long been a favorite stop for Berkshire South County and nearby Connecticut residents.

Now part of Race Brook Lodge, the Tavern was re-decorated by Innkeeper Allegra Graham to revive the cozy fireside ambiance of its early years. Chef Sarah Dibben presents her individual interpretation of American comfort food prepared with the finest of local ingredients. The menu features nightly specials and an eclectic, reasonably priced wine list.

Read more about Stagecoach Tavern here

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Polish inspired locally sourced dinner at Stagecoach Tavern
Photo presentation of Poland's heritage breed livestock and small farms
Presented by Slow Food Western Mass and Stagecoach Tavern
 Friday, January 15 at 6:15 pm

Slow Food Western Mass and the Stagecoach Tavern will host a presentation of Erik Hoffner's photographs of Poland's small farms taken for Heifer Project International at a Polish inspired dinner of locally sourced foods.

The prix fixe dinner, prepared by Chef Sarah Dibben, is $45 per person plus beverages, tax, and gratuity.  Limited seating, reservations required.  Call 413-229-8585. 
Dinner will follow Erik's presentation of photographs from his recent trip documenting Poland's heritage breed livestock and small farms for Heifer Project International which is working to save these historic breeds from extinction along with the communities that depend upon them.  Erik Hoffner is a photojournalist and organizer of the Orion Grassroots Network.  He lives and works in the Berkshires. Heifer Project International brings hope and pride of place to struggling rural communities around the world by teaching the wisdom of sustainable agriculture and small scale livestock farming.  This project was the cover story for the Summer 2009 issue of World Ark magazine.

Slow Food here

Keep learning
 Winter AG Commission Gathering & Forum
Hancock Shaker Village - Saturday, January 9th -- 8:30 - 3:30

All Farmers, AgCom Members, and Others Invited

Ag Commission Roundtable Discussion - Reports from each Western Mass Ag Commission, Success Stories, Problems, What's Working

Panel Discussion on New Agricultural Legislation, Current Laws and Issues, Hot Agricultural Topics (MDAR General Counsel Bob Ritchie, Asst Commissioner Nathan L'Etoile, Rep Denis Guyer, Cris Coffin of American Farmland Trust)

Buffet Lunch and Informal Discussion

Panel and Exhibits on New and Current Sources of Funding, Information, and Technical Assistance
 for Farmers - Energy Funding, Loan Programs, Incentives, Private & Government Programs, Farm Support Agencies, and More

For more information: Ann Gibson, RC&D, 413-256-1607; Pete Westover, 413-665-4077

Funding Available to Help Farmers Extend the Growing Season While Protecting Natural Resources

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a new pilot project under the 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative for farmers to establish high tunnels - also known as hoop houses - to increase the availability of locally grown produce in a conservation-friendly way.

Interested farmers should sign up by
January 15, 2010.

Local farmers who would like to sign-up for the high tunnel pilot should call or visit the NRCS office at a local USDA service center by January 15th. USDA service center locations are listed on-line here for MA or in the phone book under Federal Government, U.S. Department of Agriculture. General program information is available on the NRCS Massachusetts website at

BG logoStay In touch!

Berkshire  Grown e-newsletter will come out twice a month, around the 1st & 15th, during the growing season and once a month during the winter.  Please send information to [email protected], thanks!

Barbara Zheutlin, Director;
Ashley Nelson, Outreach Coordinator