|News & Events September 2011 |
Berkshire Grown online
Join us! reserve now: $65 for Berkshire Grown members, join
here $75 a ticket if you are not a Berkshire Grown member
See story in Berkshire Eagle here Scroll down e-newsletter for links to participating restaurants!
Dates, Places, contact info here!
Berkshire Grown member-hosted workshops will present hands-on demonstrations. Huge variety of workshops, times, teachers, more here!
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!
Upcoming workshops, more information here:
September 10: Hancock Shaker Village & Berkshire Co-op
Sunday September 11: Mezze Bistro + Bar
September 17: Sheep Hill, Williamstown
September 18: Gala Steakhouse & Bistro @ the Orchards Hotel
September 25: Heirloom Meals, Stockbridge
October 15th, 11 am - 1pm: Great Barrington Farmers' Market
EXCHANGE your home-preserved goodies with others. Free swap with other home canners.
September 22, 8:00pm - The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Award-winning author and essayist Barry Lopez:
A Different Kind of Citizenship: Maintaining Good Relations with the Earth
Tickets support Project Native
Many Farmers Markets are still open!
Support your local farmer!
VISIT A FARMERS' MARKET THIS WEEK!
MORE FARMERS' MARKETS click on MAP-O-LICIOUS
What We're Reading
"Fresh and Direct From the Garden an Ocean Away"
by John Tierney
"Charles C. Mann has faced up to the locavore's dilemma. At his home in the Berkshires, he likes to eat food that has traveled directly from his own garden: heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, kale, chard, lettuce and other foods for his table. He and his family belong to a farm-share program in which they advance money each year to a farmer a few miles away in return for the farm's crops. He loves local food, but he knows too much about it to be a truly devout locavore..." read more in the New York Times.
|NOTE NEW DATE: Exciting series begins Wednesday October 5th -- 7 pm |
"Edible Education: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement"
Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser author of Fast Food Nation, author and founder of Chez Panisse, Alice Waters, Marion Nestle author of Food Politics will be among the speakers.
Sit in as we show a 10 week class coordinated by author Michael Pollan and Nikki Henderson of the People's Grocery featuring guest speakers about the food movement. The course is being taught this season at UC Berkeley.
Berkshire Grown will be screening the course free with co-host Bard College at Simon's Rock beginning October 5th in the Lecture Center.
Let us know if you are interested in watching the course, it's free, send an e-mail:
barbara(at)berkshiregrown (dot) org
Thanks to our sponsor for the series:
IREDALE MINERAL COSMETICS
Local Dairies to Offer Farm Tours
Massachusetts Raw Milk Dairy Days, September 10-11
Details about each farm, the hours they will be open, and directions can be found online at NOFA MASS --Northeast Organic Farming Association in Massachusetts.
Cricket Creek Farm, Williamstown 413-458-5888
Amy Cotler wins the second annual Victoria A. Simons Locavore Award, which recognizes notable achievement in bringing together local farmers and consumers in support of locally grown products.
Amy Cotler, a long time farm to table advocate, is the founding director of Berkshire Grown, and author of The Locavore Way: Discover and Enjoy the Pleasures of Locally Grown Food, a comprehensive guide to seeking out and savoring local food. She has worked extensively to bring local farm fresh food into the Massachusetts schools through her project and book, The Massachusetts Farm to Table Cookbook, which was distributed to every district in the state, is free on her website here and was recently adapted for the state of Missouri. She is currently organizing the up-coming Harvest Festival at the Berkshire Botanical Garden on October 1st and 2nd. She posts her offerings, including a blog with farm fresh recipes here.
Meet Berkshire Grown's Farmers
A personal farm tour with Jen and Phil Leahey of LEAHEY FARM
Sunday, October 16, 2011
1:00pm - 3:00pm
At Leahey Farm on Reservoir Rd. in Lee
$15.00 per person - (limited to 10, so please pre-register)
The Leaheys write: "More of us want to know not only where our food comes from, but who is producing it and how it is raised. Farming is a lifestyle which, for us, encompasses the physical, mental and spiritual.
We believe farming requires a direct and ongoing relationship to the land, animals - both wild and domestic, seasonality and rhythms of life.
photo: Jonathan Hankin
"Come experience what it means to be on our family farm where we raise heritage breeds of livestock - naturally, humanely and sustainably - to produce locally sold beef and pork.
"This will be a very personal tour that will honestly address the numerous rewards and equally numerous challenges faced with everyday life on the farm, ranging from animal care issues to coexisting with family and community."
For background information about Leahey farm visit Berkshire Food Journal:
go to the list of INTERVIEWS and scroll to Leahey Farm for a slideshow presentation.
To register or for further questions, email Phil and Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
|Berkshire Botanical Garden
Practices and Principles of Growing Nutrient Dense Vegetables
Friday, October 7 2011 & Friday, March 23, 2012 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
For information on specifics, contact the garden 413 298 3926 four weeks prior to the course.)
This course is for serious home vegetable gardeners as well as professionals caring for vegetable gardens. This course is an overview of how biological systems function and support you in addressing limiting factors in your garden. Examine: soil testing and mineral balancing, biological inoculation, seed sizing and sorting, potting soil, tillage, fertility, in season plant and soil monitoring and supplemental feeding based on plant needs.
Dan Kittredge is an organic farmer and co founder of the Real Food Campaign.
|$35 per person, Kids under 16 pay their age, cash bar.|
For tickets call, email or send Sean Stanton a check.
North Plain Farm
PO Box 61 Great Barrington, MA 01230
Stay In touch!
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Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator