Masthead from old e-newsletter winter

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.


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What we're thinking about.  What's happening.  What we are reading.

Berkshire Grown News & Events   February, 2010
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Farm Chic poster 2.2010

meet the people who feed you

KNOW YOUR FARMER,
KNOW YOUR FOOD
EXPO
maple syrup glass jar ioka valley farm
MONDAY FEBRUARY 8TH

 5-7 p.m.
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 kimm@foodbankwma.org & read more on the
Berkshire 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?
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tomato, heart shaped
photo credit: Chiot's Run blog

Find out by going to our list of local Berkshire Grown restaurants.  click here

Eat local.
Love with abandon.


Happy Valentine's Day from Berkshire Grown


WHAT WE'RE READING

Grist logo  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 very long ..." 

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

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L.A. TIMES, logo 
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

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Guardian, UK, logo
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!
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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:

 
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HELP A FARMER

FARM GIRL FARM SEEKS HOUSING FOR 2010 APPRENTICES
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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 
 laura@farmgirlfarm.com or call 413.528.1952. More about Farm Girl Farm here

 

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 barbara@berkshiregrown.org, thanks!

Barbara Zheutlin, Director;
Ashley Nelson, Outreach Coordinator
413-528-0041