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.
What we're thinking about. What's happening. What we are reading.
Berkshire Grown News & Events February, 2010
|meet the people who feed you
|KNOW YOUR FARMER,
KNOW YOUR FOOD EXPO
MONDAY FEBRUARY 8TH
49 Main St., North Adams
will feature local farmers, farmers markets, co-ops and restaurants that sell food in North Berkshire County and provide information about Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs).
Sample maple syrup products! Picture thanks to Ioka Valley Farm.
for more information call 413-672-1167
or write firstname.lastname@example.org & read more on theBerkshire Grown blog
sponsored by TARGET: HUNGER, North Berkshires a project of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
|BERKSHIRE GROWN RESTAURANTS
It's VALENTINE'S DAY
Where can you romance your beloved?
Find out by going to our list of local Berkshire Grown restaurants. click here
Love with abandon.
Happy Valentine's Day from Berkshire Grown
|WHAT WE'RE READING
IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO SUSTAIN A SMALL FARM,
by Steph Larsen
"I used to
think there were four distinct pieces to a local food system: production,
processing, distribution, and retail. Now I realize there is a fifth:
community. Without an involved community of customers who believe in what the
local farmer, miller, distributor, and grocer is doing, none of them will last
Read the whole essay here Grist: A Beacon in the Smog
How can you be part of the community that supports small farming?
Join Berkshire Grown today
The California Cook THE FACTS ABOUT FOOD AND FARMING, by Russ Parsons
"One of the more pleasing developments of the last decade has been the long-overdue beginning of a national conversation about food -- not just the arcane techniques used to prepare it and the luxurious restaurants in which it is served, but, much more important, how it is grown and produced.
The only problem is that so far it hasn't been much of a conversation. Instead, what we have are two armed camps deeply suspicious of one another shouting past each other (sound familiar?)..."Read the whole article here
INTERVIEW: JOEL SALATIN, by Gaby Wood
"Joel Salatin is America's most celebrated pioneer of chemical-free farming - but if you want to taste his beef or chicken you'll have to move to Virginia. He talks to Gaby Wood about why local is best and his role in the documentary Food, Inc
which attacks the giants of industrialised food production..."Read the whole article from Guardian.co.uk here
|Do you want to support your local farmers?
Sign up for a CSA!
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
Now is the time to choose your CSA and here is a list of farms that offer shares:
|HELP A FARMER
FARM GIRL FARM SEEKS HOUSING FOR 2010 APPRENTICES
Farm Girl Farm will trade veggies for a place to call home for dynamic up and coming farmer(s). If you are interested in helping to make an educational exchange possible, please contact Laura at email@example.com
or call 413.528.1952. More about Farm Girl Farm here
|Stay 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks!
Ashley Nelson, Outreach Coordinator