|News & Events August 2011 |
Berkshire Grown online
Workshop dates, fees, session leaders and topics vary throughout the region and will include a selection of foods to take home and enjoy. Workshops begin THIS WEEK, Dates, Places, contact info here!
Berkshire Grown member-hosted workshops will present hands-on demonstrations on canning and preserving using techniques including freezing, canning, pickling and drying, as well as making salsas, sauces and ketchup. Huge variety of workshops, times, teachers, more here!
Sponsor Storey Publishing Sherri Brooks Vinton, nationally recognized author of Put 'Em Up, will host two workshops in late August as part of the event series.
In support of the Berkshire Grown mission and in partnership with this preservation effort, the Berkshire Co-op Market, Mezze Restaurant Group, The Red Lion Inn and Storey Publishing are official sponsors of the Preserving the Bounty event workshops.
Registration is required for these classes. Please contact participating workshop host locations directly to register for specific events, contact information is here!
Reserve your place: $65 for Berkshire Grown members, join here
$75 a ticket if you are not a Berkshire Grown member
Meet Berkshire Grown's Farmers
Interns report from the farms:
Nichole Calero: Moon on the Pond Farm
"Moon in the Pond Farm raises cattle, pits, goats, chickens, geese, turkeys, and ducks. A visit to the farm brings one up close and personal with the livestock, many of whom roam freely throughout the property; you can see the calves kicking up their heels as they chase each other, follow piglets as they roam in a pack, or watch the tom turkeys fan out their feathers for the hens."
Read more here
Gina Iannitelli: East Mountain Farm "Kim Wells adores his livestock. For a farmer who spends much of his time raising pigs, cattle, and chickens for slaughter, he is remarkably in tune with the animals themselves. In mid-July he gave a pair of visitors to his domain, East Mountain Farm, a thorough tour of not only the chickens and cattle, which were on the central portion of the farm, but also of the pig breeds up in the woods. The pigs saw that they had human visitors and sprinted down the hill..."read more here
Hawk Dance Farm
"'Listen,' Damon Clift says as he holds a hand to the back of his ear, 'You can't hear a thing out here.' He pauses for a moment, basking in the silence. 'That's why we decided to leave the city.' Less than five years ago, Damon Clift and Diane Creed were living in Queens, New York, before they gave it all up - the sirens, the horns, the roar of traffic - to begin an entirely new life. Hawk Dance Farm is, in almost every aspect, the polar opposite of New York City . . . " read more here
Farm Tours + "Grow Your Mind, Grow Your Food" Days
Berkshire Co-op Market Farm Tours:
August 6: Sol Flower Farm in Ancramdale
August 20: Project Native Gardens in Housatonic
September 17: Community Cooperative Farm in Sheffield
September 23: Blue Hill Farm in Great Barrington
The Grow Your Mind, Grow Your Food program will provide volunteer agricultural work experience for co-op owners and customers. The program kicks off at Woven Roots Farm in Lee on August 15th. Woven Roots has recently become a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm and is one of the few farms in our area that has developed four-season growing practices. Farmers Jen and Pete Salinetti will guide the group.
August 22nd the group will visit Laura Meister's Farm Girl Farm in Egremont where chef Brain Alberg from the Red Lion Inn will be giving a presentation with youth workers from the Railroad Street Youth Project, a nonprofit that works with southern Berkshire youth.
August 24th at Community Cooperative Farm in Sheffield, a cooperatively owned CSA that is in its second full year of operation.
Sign up for the co-op farm programs at 42 Bridge Street in Great Barrington. For more info contact Outreach and Education Coordinator Jenny Schwartz at education(at)berkshire(dot)coop or 413.528.9697.
NORTHEAST ORGANIC FARMING ASSOCIATION
NOFA SUMMER CONFERENCE
AUGUST 12-14, 2011
Keynote Speakers: Eric Toensmeier, Perennial Edibles Expert, and Dr. Ignacio Chapela of UC Berkeley, GMO Activist.
Over 200 Workshops on Organic Gardening, Farming, Food Politics, Permaculture, Homesteading, Landscaping, Draft-Animal Power, Alternative Energy, Livestock, Cooking, and more! Hundreds of Vendors and Exhibitors. Live Entertainment. Children's and Teen Conference. Country Fair and Farmer's Market. Silent Auction. This year NOFA is proud to partner with the Draft-Animal Power Network. Spend the weekend or come for the day. Activities for all ages.
To register: www.nofasummerconference.org
Farmers Markets are open!
Support your local farmer!
VISIT A FARMERS' MARKET THIS WEEK!
MORE FARMERS' MARKETS click on MAP-O-LICIOUS
What We're Reading
In March, Sedgwick, Maine declared "food sovereignty."
"The town of Sedgwick, Maine, currently leads the pack as far as food sovereignty is concerned. Local residents recently voted [March 2011]unanimously at a town hall meeting to pass an ordinance that reinforces its citizens' God-given rights to "produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing," which includes even state- and federally-restricted foods like raw milk.
Learn more in Natural News
by David Gumpert, writing online for Grist.
Small towns are trying to make it easier to farm, read more here
Photo: Chewonki Semester School from GRIST
Share the Bounty = Berkshire Grown's win - win project:
Helps local farms + food pantries.
See and hear more about Share the Bounty here & here!
Berkshire Grown Online Farmers' Market
a 24 hour Farmers' Market!
Berkshire Grown has created a Facebook page
called Berkshire Grown Online Farmers' Marketplace
- a central place for Berkshire Grown members to congregate and talk supply and demand.
Self-propelled by Berkshire Grown members, the page will benefit those of you who choose to participate in it. Farmers and food producers can post what they have available, and chefs and community members can comment or contact suppliers directly with requests for product or more information.
Thanks for the photo to Nicole Calero, taken at Hawthorne Valley Farm
Berkshire Grown offers this as a networking service and bears no responsibility for transactions.
MASSACHUSETTS GROWN...and FRESHER!
If you are traveling through Massachusetts check out this map, support our local farmers throughout the state!
CHECK OUT MAP-O-LICIOUS FOR FRESH
LOCAL EGGS, CHEESE, MEAT & MORE
Stay In touch!
Berkshire Grown's e-newsletter comes out monthly. Please send information to firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks! Join Berkshire Grown here.
Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator