|News & Events November 2010 |
Berkshire Grown envisions a community where healthy farms define the open landscape, where a wide diversity of fresh, seasonal food and flowers continue to be readily available to everyone, and where we celebrate our agricultural bounty by buying from our neighboring family farms and savoring their distinctive Berkshire harvest.
|"Vanishing of the Bees"
Sunday, November 7, 11:00 am
at the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington, MA
Honey Tasting & Honey Market
Free event, public invited. Arrive early-theater seating is limited to 100 people.
Honeybees are an essential part of our farm and food system because they pollinate our food crops. In the United States they pollinate one third of our food supply. But around the world honeybees are disappearing. Scientists are just beginning to understand the disappearance of bees and make recommendations for ways to help them thrive. This event will open your eyes to the plight of the honeybee and show you what you can do to help make a difference.
Illustration by Julie Scott. Click to see her portfolio.
Panel discussion following the film with local beekeepers
- Laura Endacott, Co-founder/Pres. of Project Bee, New Marlborough, MA
- James Ferris, Jug End Apiary, South Egremont and Beelixir, Alford, MA
- Tony Lulek, Little Beehive Farm, Holliston, MA
- Jan Johnson, Berkshire Wildflower Honey, Great Barrington, MA
Sponsored by Slow Food Western Mass, Kwik Print, Sheffield Farmers Market, Stagecoach Tavern, Project Native, Berkshire Grown, Triplex Cinema, Old Inn on the Green, Project Bee, Berkshire Co-op Market, The Nutrition Center and Berkshire Living.
| What We're Reading|
"Wal-Mart to Buy More Local Produce"
by Stephanie Clifford in the N.Y.Times.
What do you think about this news?
Read these provocative articles and talk to your friends:
"Wal-Mart Stores announced a program on Thursday that focuses on sustainable agriculture among its suppliers as it tries to reduce its overall environmental impact.
"The program is intended to put more locally grown food in Wal-Mart stores in the United States, invest in training and infrastructure for small and medium-size farmers, particularly in emerging markets, and begin to measure how efficiently large suppliers grow and get their produce into stores.
"Advocates of environmentally sustainable farming said the announcement was significant because of Wal-Mart's size and because it would give small farmers a chance at Wal-Mart's business, but they questioned how "local" a $405 billion company with two million employees - more than the populations of Alaska, Wyoming and Vermont combined - could be..."
"Wal-Mart Promises Local Food, While Big Ag Gears Up for a Fight"
By Paula Crossfield on the wonderful site called CIVILEATS
"There is no doubt that by its sheer size, Wal-Mart's plan will have a huge impact on buying and growing practices worldwide. ...This initiative has the potential to push forward regional food systems more quickly than the government would be able to through policy-focused rural redevelopment programs...
"But while Wal-Mart aims to bolster local communities by putting more money into the hands of farmers, critics argue that much of the money the consumer spends at the cash register will still leave the community. Marion Nestle writes writes that the initiative could only truly help farmers if Wal-Mart, which has historically demanded the lowest prices from its suppliers, pays them fairly for their work..."
READ MORE IN CIVILEATS
What We're Reading
Farmers, food producers and all of us dreaming about creating a business in our kitchens, a few tips from this brief Small-Business Guide from the New York Times
"Getting Your Product Onto Retail Shelves"
By EILENE ZIMMERMAN
"It was vegan food bloggers, said Susan Johnson, chief executive of Confections, which produces all-natural specialty chocolates, who helped draw attention to Xan's line of vegan chocolates. Xan chocolates are now carried in 200 stores in 20 states.
"Everything about getting your product on store shelves has to do with building relationships," Ms. Johnson said. "Relationships with bloggers, brokers, buyers and, of course, the customer."
READ MORE HERE
Read More What We Are Reading
Pie + Design = Change
in the Special Issue on Food in The NY TIMES Magazine
By JOHN T. EDGE
"...Part of what has become known as the "design for good" movement, Project M was established by a designer named John Bielenberg in 2003. Based in Belfast, Me., it functions as a kind of idea incubator, where young designers are invited to two-week programs to generate solutions to social problems and enhance public life. Since 2007, Project M has been operating regularly in Greensboro.
"One of Project M's most successful projects in the area, Buy-a-Meter, was built around a series of pamphlets that helped raise money to hook up area residents to running water. Bielenberg, a contrarian who likes to challenge participants to "reject linear thought pathways," had turned to food before to promote social change.
"In Connecticut, Project M and a design group named Winterhouse held an event called Pizza Farm, inviting local farmers to an area park and using their produce to make pizza for residents, while educating them about where their food could come from.
MASSACHUSETTS GROWN...and FRESHER!
It's FALL. Visit a Farmers' Market, find one on
Meet your farmers, enjoy the harvest!
PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES AND PUMPKINS! Some of our members were hammered hard by the late freeze in May. Bartlett's Orchards 413-698-2559, for example, is closed for PYO apples because it had big losses in May when the trees were just setting fruit. But Bartlett's store is still open with retail apple sales as well cider and other goodies - so please consider supporting our growers that suffered losses this year by also visiting their retail stores. Use the "What's Fresh" link on our Web site to find all retail vendors for apples and pumpkins. BE SURE TO CALL IN ADVANCE FOR HOURS AND AVAILABILITY! PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES:
Green River Farms
2480 Green River Rd.
Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery
508 Canaan Rd.
413-698-3301 or 800-833-6274
94 Old Cheshire Road
Riiska Brook Orchard
101 New Hartford Rd.
Windy Hill Farm
686 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA
413-298-3217 PICK-YOUR-OWN PUMPKINS: Green River Farms (see above) Howden Farm (weekends only)
303 Rannapo Rd.
Ioka Valley Farm
3475 Route 43
Mountain View Farm
45 Old Cheshire Road
Riiska Brook Orchard (see above)
119 Park St. North (Rte. 183)
Gt. Barrington, MA
413-528-1515 or 800-528-1015
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Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator