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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.

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

Berkshire Grown News & Events   March 2010
Farm Chic poster 2.2010

MARCH MAPLE DINNER  -- Monday March 22, make your reservations now!

Celebrate the first harvest of the growing season at The Red Lion Inn with tantalizing hors d'oeuvres and an extraordinary 5 course dinner created by celebrated Berkshire Grown chefs:
Kate Baldwin, Kate Baldwin Catering
Chris Bonnivier, Gala Restaurant and Bar
John Dudek, Bascom Lodge
Daire Rooney, Brix
Dan Smith, John Andrews Restaurant
Peter Platt, Old Inn on the Green
Host Chef, Brian Alberg, Exec. Chef at The Red Lion Inn

Beverages: Berkshire Mountain Distillers and Barrington Brewery

6 pm Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres ~ 7 pm Dinner Benefit for Berkshire Grown
$95 for Berkshire Grown Members, $120 for non-members
$65 for Berkshire Grown Farmers

Tickets to benefit for Berkshire Grown are by reservation only: 413-528-0041
A dozen documentary films about our food: who produces it, how it reaches us, and how it affects our health, our environment, and our local and global communities.
March 10 -14th, click for the full

Saturday 6:30 pm March 13 - Dinner to Honor Our Local Farmers at Williams College Faculty House
Dine on delicious locally produced food prepared by Berkshire Grown member chefs at Williams College.
Separate admission $35 a person: Please make reservations by March 5 at 413-597-3089 or; request vegetarian or meat entrée.

Saturday 8:30 pm March 13- FREE:   "The Future of Farming" a panel discussion with farmers and a screening with the director of Greenhorns a film in process.

            Storey Publishing in conjunction with Images Cinema, Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Mezze Restaurant is proud to present Farm Film Feast: Five Days of Film, Food, and Discussion in Williamstown, MA from March 10 to 14. 
            This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; and by Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Storey Publishing.

King Corn and Big River Wednesday March 10 at 8 pm at Williams

King Corn film
March 11 12:30 at MCLA: Aaron Woolf, director of King Corn and Big River, speaks to Environmental Studies class, 218 Murdock Hall, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Free; public invited.

March 11 6 pm "Community Night" at the Farm Film Feast
Reception, artist talk with photographer Jason Houston, plus films Food Matters: From the Ground Up, a screening with filmmaker Sharon Wyrick, and Coming Home: E.F. Schumacher and the Reinvention of the Local Economy. Free with suggested $5 donation to Target Hunger.

Friday March 12th 7 pm at Images Cinema

With Do you miss the cows?

 and Sweet Soil

More about Fresh here
farm for the future film image FARM FILM FEAST
Saturday March 13

Click on the title for more information about the films.

10 am "Whats On Your Plate?"

11:30 am "Mad City Chickens"

1:30 pm "The Garden" in LA, CA

3:30 pm "A Farm for the Future" (UK) (pictured)

4:30 pm "DIRT!the movie"

Tickets for films:
Films are shown at Images Cinema in Williamstown unless otherwise indicated on the schedule. Single ticket: $5
All-movie festival pass: $35
Tickets will be available at the Images Cinema box office.


Meet your farmers!  Mezze Restaurant Group hosts a celebration of farmers and community members who enjoy local seasonal food.


"Because anywhere there's dirt, a community can grow."
Crop Mob from the NYTIMES
Photo credit: David La Spina for The New York Times

The Crop Mob gathers mulch and finishes the greenhouse - just two of the day's tasks at Okfuskee Farm in Silk Hope, N.C.

"...The Crop Mob, a monthly word-of-mouth (and -Web) event in which landless farmers and the agricurious descend on a farm for an afternoon, has taken its traveling work party to 15 small, sustainable farms. Together, volunteers have contributed more than 2,000 person-hours, doing tasks like mulching, building greenhouses and pulling rocks out of fields.

"The more tedious the work we have, the better," Jones said, smiling. "Because part of Crop Mob is about community and camaraderie, you find there's nothing like picking rocks out of fields to bring people together."

Do we need a Crop Mob in the Berkshires???

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:



Barbara Fields of Berkshire Preserves
Taste Berkshire Preserves at Guido's in Great Barrington on Thursday March 25
Read her blog here

Shady Acres of Canaan, NY: Eggs, pork, beef, goat, berries

Zehr & Sons of Ghent, NY: Mushrooms


Farm chic AshleyCome to Farm Chic this Sunday February 28th at allium in Great Barrington from 11 am to 3 pm

to say goodbye to Ashley Nelson on her last day as Berkshire Grown's Outreach Coordinator;

and welcome the new Coordinator: writer and editor Sheryl Lechner.

Rural Intelligence on FARM CHIC here

Pictured: Ashley is wearing some of the  jewelry and a scarf that you will be able to purchase at Farm Chic.
photo by Peter Cherneff

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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, thanks!

Barbara Zheutlin, Director;
Ashley Nelson, Outreach Coordinator