|Buy Locally: Trees & Gifts|
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.
Support Berkshire Grown farmers!
Buy Locally Grown + Cut-Your-Own Trees
Frederick Christmas Tree Farm
360 Washington Road (Route 8)
413-655-8551 or email@example.com
Justamere Tree Farm
J.P. and Marian Welch
248 Patterson Rd.
Choose-and-cut trees or pre-cut trees available in a range of prices, beginning Nov. 27th, open 9am-4pm. Also fresh wreaths and swags made on the farm. Post-and-beam barn gift shop with organic maple syrup and maple products, and hand-crafted brooms.
Ioka Valley Farm
The Leab Family
3475 Route 43
Cut-your-own of pre-cut trees. Five varieties of Christmas trees and a hayride in "Santa's Cap" to the Christmas Tree Plantation. Open weekends from Thanksgiving to Dec. 19, 2010,
9:30 am-4:30 pm. Café open for breakfast.
Seekonk Tree Farm
Peter and Carol Sweet
32 Seekonk Cross Rd.
Great Barrington, MA
Cut-your-own or pre-cut trees in six varieties. Open Nov. 26th through Dec. 24th, Monday-Friday 12:30-5 pm and 9am-5pm on weekends, or by appointment.
Other Berkshire Grown members -- including
Dr. Lahey's Garden Center, Jaeschke's Orchard, Noble's Farm, Taft Farms and Ward's Nursery & Garden Center -- offer holiday items such as imported trees, wreaths, poinsettias and other holiday decorating goods. See our Web site for links to member businesses for details.
Picture from Workshop
at Ward's Nursery.
Connecting Communities, Farmers and Food
Meet with the Great Barrington Agriculture Commission &
reps from Glynwood's Keep Farming® Program
Monday December 6, 2010 @ 7pm
at the Great Barrington Town Hall
A Community Agriculture Partnership is forming. Join with citizens, farmers, land owners, businesses, neighboring towns and the Great Barrington Agricultural Commission to create a working plan to develop our agricultural resources.
or Ben Grosscup, Keep Farming® Regional Representative for Massachusetts Glynwood Center Office: 413-549-1568 firstname.lastname@example.org
*Vanishing of the Bees*
Sunday, December 12, at 1 p.m.
50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA.
A honey tasting, local honey sale, and beekeeping Q and A session will follow the 90-minute film.
As one beekeeper says in the film, "Bees are essential. One out of every three bites of food we eat is the result of bee pollination."
Admission is $5, and all proceeds will go to support the beekeepers association. The presentation is co-sponsored by Images Cinema and Storey Publishing.
Thanks to Julie Scott for the illustration, check out her website here.
** For more on *Vanishing of the Bees*, visit the film website.
| What We're Reading|
PVGrows Loan Fund to provide up to $1 million for agricultural enterprises
Loans aim to expand availability of local food
"A new $1 million Pioneer Valley-based loan fund has begun making direct loans to small businesses that strengthen local agriculture and the food system. The PVGrows Loan Fund aims to bring more local food to local markets through the financing of post-harvest agricultural infrastructure such as packing, processing, storage, and distribution.
"Beginning in December, start-ups, established enterprises, cooperatives and non-profits are eligible to apply for the loans, which range from $35,000 to $250,000. Successful applicants do not need to be farm-based business, but do need to demonstrate how their business model supports local farms. Ideal projects will also increase the availability of nutritious, local food to the many residents of underserved communities who are located in close proximity to the highly productive farmland of our region.
"'Demand for local food in the Pioneer Valley is booming,' said Philip Korman, Executive Director of the South Deerfield-based Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA). 'Farmer-to-consumer direct sales at farmstands and farmers' markets are the path to economic sustainability for many farmers, but they are only one piece of an economically robust local food system. We need processing facilities and other infrastructure that adds value to agricultural products in order to make more locally grown food available throughout our region. Together, the organizations that make up the PVGrows loan fund can support the creation of that infrastructure.'
"The fund's first loan will go to Athol-based Organic Renaissance, LLC to facilitate the provision of fresh, locally grown farm products to restaurants, retailers and other buyers. Organic Renaissance operates a unique web-based portal called the Northeast Food Exchange which allows local food producers to list products, availability, and pricing for direct sale to restaurants, retailers, schools, or other buying groups...."
Find out more here.
What We're Watching
Caroline Alexander's Berkshirefoodjournal.com
We are watching wonderful slide shows with Berkshire Grown member chefs and farmers, check it out here.
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+ Resources to support the local economy
Looking for locally grown or produced gifts for holiday giving? Check out Berkshire Grown's web site for ideas! Browse our Food Producer members here
and you'll find a wide variety of locally made foods, baked goods, yarns, candles, sheepskins, books such as The Locavore Way, and other items for a meaningful gift that supports farms and the local economy!
Or call us at Berkshire Grown, 413-528-0041, for our own notecards, tote bags, visors - or our custom-designed silver charms from local sculptor Dai Ban in the shapes of apples, forks, pea pods, cheese wedges or pigs.
Or you can always give the gift of a Berkshire Grown membership here!
MASSACHUSETTS GROWN...and FRESHER!
CHECK OUT MAP-O-LICIOUS FOR FRESH
LOCAL EGGS, CHEESE, MEAT & MORE
Stay In touch!
Berkshire Grown's e-newsletter will come out
twice a month, around the 1st & 15th, during the growing season. Please send
information to email@example.com, thanks!
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator