|News & Events August 2012 |
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Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy and landscape. We do this by advocating for farmers, supporting good agricultural practices, fostering education and outreach, increasing food accessibility for the community, farm-to-table networking, promoting locally grown and produced food. Our goal is to keep farmers farming!
Monday September 24th - reserve your tickets now, this event sells out!
Reserve your place: $65 for Berkshire Grown members, join here
$75 a ticket if you are not a Berkshire Grown member
Celebrate Share the Bounty
Thanks to Frank Lowenstein, Climate Adaptation Strategy Leader for the Nature Conservancy, who spoke on "Climate Change and Local Agriculture" July 21st to celebrate Share the Bounty's 10th anniversary. And thanks to farmers from Cricket Creek Farm, Indian Line Farm, Leahey Farm, Three Maples Garden, and Woven Roots Farm for joining us, special thanks to Stonover Farm for hosting, and to the Berkshire Co-op Market, the Marketplace Cafe, and Windy Hill Farm for donating refreshments.
Two journalists tell the story of Share the Bounty:
"Some people get their best ideas in the shower or on long walks. For Jonathan Hankin inspiration came from a humble box of vegetables..." writes Sarah Todd of RURAL INTELLIGENCE about Share the Bounty. Her article sheds light on the project's tremendous regional impact.
"Share the Bounty's 10 years of doing good" by Brian Mastroianni in the Advocate Weekly reports
on Berkshire Grown's Share the Bounty project and our efforts to support farmers and food pantries at the same time.
Photo taken at Berkshire Food Project, a participant in Share the Bounty, by Caroline Alexander for BerkshireFoodJournal
"Grow Your Mind, Grow Your Food" Days
Get to know your farmers!
Work alongside Greenagers on a farm
Free lunch provided by the Co-op
Sign up at the Co-op
August 15th, 2012 from 10 - 3 pm at Woven Roots Farm in Tyringham, MA
Woven Roots has 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.
& Woven Roots is a partner in Share the Bounty.
August 20th at Community Cooperative Farm in Sheffield, a cooperatively owned CSA that is in its third full year of operation. & Community Cooperative Farm is a partner in Share the Bounty for the second year.
Sign up for the co-op farm programs at 42 Bridge Street in Great Barrington. For more info contact Jenny Schwartz at jschwartz(at)berkshire(dot)coop or 413.528.9697 ext. 33.
NORTHEAST ORGANIC FARMING ASSOCIATION
NOFA SUMMER CONFERENCE
AUGUST 10-12, 2012 UMASS AMHERST
Over 200 Workshops on Organic Gardening, Farming, Food Politics, Permaculture, Homesteading, Landscaping, Alternative Energy, Livestock, Cooking, and more! Hundreds of Vendors and Exhibitors. Live Entertainment. Children's and Teen Conference. Country Fair and Farmer's Market. Spend the weekend or come for the day. Activities for all ages. Read about workshops here
You can register at the Conference
Email: [email protected]
What we are reading
"Being a modest man of humble origins, it's difficult to glean from Jere Gettle just how he came to be something of an apostle for a pure food movement, or, according to a New York Times Magazine headline, one of "The Evangelists for Heirloom Vegetables. Lacking in bombast, not given to hyperbole or self-promotion, much less sermonizing, the seedsman from Missouri seemed pleasantly surprised by all the fuss when asked recently about the meteoric growth of the business he began just 14 years ago, when Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds sent out its first mailorder catalog. That was 1998. He was 17.
Farmers Markets are open!
Support your local farmer!
VISIT A FARMERS' MARKET THIS WEEK!
"Since 2000, the number of farmers markets has grown more than 170%, from 2,863 markets in 2000 to more than 7,800 in 2012. Behind this growth is the support of dedicated volunteers who sustain and support their local markets."
Read how "Farmers Markets Grow Economies and Jobs"
MORE FARMERS' MARKETS click on MAP-O-LICIOUS
What We're Reading
Fat or Fiction?
by Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty and Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cooking Mamas,
is a review of Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice and the Limits of Capitalism by Julie Guthman
"... Julie Guthman ably dissects America's attitudes toward our number one public health menace, obesity.
"Be prepared, however, to have your cherished obesity assumptions sliced and diced...." Read Winne's review
Publisher's description of the book: "Weighing In takes on the "obesity epidemic," challenging many widely held assumptions about its causes and consequences. Julie Guthman examines fatness and its relationship to health outcomes to ask if our efforts to prevent "obesity" are sensible, efficacious, or ethical.
She also focuses the lens of obesity on the broader food system to understand why we produce cheap, over-processed food, as well as why we eat it. Guthman takes issue with the currently touted remedy to obesity-promoting food that is local, organic, and farm fresh. While such fare may be tastier and grown in more ecologically sustainable ways, this approach can also reinforce class and race inequalities and neglect other possible explanations for the rise in obesity, including environmental toxins. Arguing that ours is a political economy of bulimia-one that promotes consumption while also insisting upon thinness-Guthman offers a complex analysis of our entire economic system.
Pick Your Own Berries and Apples
PLEASE CALL AHEAD FOR AVAILABILITY!
Blueberry Hill Farm, Mount Washington: PYO Blueberries in late July/early August. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Thursdays through Monday, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. CALL AHEAD 413-528-1479
Blueberry Hill Farm: (in Washington): PYO Blueberries: Fridays - Mondays 9 - 4 pm. CALL AHEAD 413-623-5859
Lakeview Orchard: Open Tuesday - Sunday at 9:00 a.m - 5pm. Closed Mondays. PYO tart cherries and red and black raspberries! CALL AHEAD 413-448-6009
Windy Hill Farm: PYO Blueberries and apples, open daily 9-4 (weather permitting) CALL AHEAD 413-298-3217
The Carrot Project: Agricultural Loans Available
The Carrot Project is pleased to announce that their Massachusetts and Greater Berkshire Agriculture loan funds now accept applications on a monthly basis. The application deadline is the 1st business day of each month.
Their programs are open to local farm, forestry and fishery businesses, with any type of local agricultural product. In addition, their Greater Berkshire Agricultural Fund also accepts applications from off-farm businesses involved in processing, storage, distribution and sales of local & regional agricultural products. Please check their website for updates as they add new program offerings frequently.
Or contact Benneth Phelps at: [email protected] or 617.674.2371
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 [email protected], thanks! Join Berkshire Grown here.
Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator