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News & Events December 2012
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Edible Education: 


The Global Food Crunch  

Special Live Event


On Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Climate Change, Population Growth, Landgrabs, and Other Threats to Food Sufficiency

Join Author and Five Colleges Professor of Peace & World Security Studies, 

Michael Klare

Klare wrote: "The Hunger Wars in Our Future 
Heat, Drought, Rising Food Costs, and Global Unrest" here 
3 Terrifying Things About the Earth We're in Denial About
This year's edition of the World Energy Outlook was greeted with jubilation when it revealed that the US might become top oil producer. But this comes at a catastrophic cost.  Here

This event will be held at the Clark Lecture Hall (click for map) in the Fisher Science Building at Bard College at Simon's Rock.
84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA .  Enter through the main campus entrance off Alford Road.  Take first right. Seating first come first served.
Co-sponsored by Bard College at Simon's Rock, Berkshire Co-op Market, Berkshire Grown.


America the Possible, Manifesto for a New Economy


  America the Possible book cover, Speth  

Gus Speth 


Friday December 7th at 7:30




Known as the "Dean of the Environmental Movement," Gus Speth is Professor at the Vermont Law School, Senior Fellow with Demos and  the United Nations Foundation, former Dean of the Yale School of Forestry, former administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, founder of the World Resources Institute, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and board member of the New Economics Institute. 






First Congregational Church  
251 Main Street 
Great Barrington, MA 
Admission is Free


Cosponsored by the Berkshire Office of the New Economics Institute, Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires, Project Native, BerkShares, Orion Magazine, Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire, Berkshire Grown, Sheffield Land Trust, Egremont Land Trust, and Great Barrington Land Conservancy. 


Support Berkshire Grown farmers!


Buy Locally Grown + 

Harvest -Your-Own Trees!


Frederick Christmas Tree Farm

Mike Frederick

360 Washington Road (Route 8)

Hinsdale, MA 

413-655-8551 or

Choose-your-own trees


Justamere tree

 Justamere Tree Farm:


J.P. and Marian Welch

248 Patterson Rd.

Worthington, MA 




Justamere Tree Farm's Annual Holiday Choose & Cut Organic Christmas Trees

will be available on the farm Saturdays and Sundays in December from

9am-4pm. All trees at $35 with plenty from 3-8 feet available.  Come by our

picturesque farm in Worthington, MA for a idyllic winter experience.

Explore our acres of trees and woods while searching for the perfect tree.

All of our Pure Maple Syrup products as well as our Handcrafted Brooms will

be available for sale at the farm, along with our handmade holiday swags and

wreaths!  For more information visit our website or call the farm at 413-238-5902




Ioka Valley Farm

The Leab Family

3475 Route 43

Hancock, MA



Winter Santa Ioka  Valley Farm 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 Christmas

9:30 am-4:30 pm. Café open for breakfast. 
They also have an online Maple Store, Natural Beef, a Sugar House,  Uncle Don's Barnyard

  Visit them online.





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 through Dec. 24th, Monday-Friday 12:30-5 pm and 9am-5pm on weekends, or by appointment. The website here gives you information on a variety of trees: Balsam Fir, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce, White Spruce and White Pine.  They offer the stand straight tree system, and if you want to cut your own they provide saws. They also have wreaths, roping and more.


BG TshirtJoin us at THE FARMERS' MARKETS   
Saturday December 15 Great Barrington

Sunday December 16 Williamstown
veggies against red jan and honey

purple and green veggies  
Sweet Brook Farm Photos by Peter Cherneff from the Holiday Farmers' Market in Great Barrington, Nov. 17, 2012Community Coop Farm kale squash cheese cricket creek
Thank you to each of you who joined and contributed to Berkshire Grown!  
Read about a Winter CSA here  
Your support makes local food happen!

Farm at Miler's Crossing cows
Have you wondered:
 "What does a vegetable farmer do when the veggies are all in the barn?  
"Well, really we are setting things up for the future, making infrastructure improvements which will pay dividends in the years to come," 
write Chris Cashen and Katie Smith of the Farm at Miller's Crossing, read more here

Remember to join a CSA for the 2013 season to help farmers plan ahead. 
Find CSAs  on Berkshire Grown's Map-o-llicious.



wine glass BIFFMA Carole Murko event  
On Friday, November 30,

Carole Murko's Heirloom Meals Christmas Special at the Norman Rockwell Museum with a special dinner at Murko's house following the screening.

6:00pm - Reception and screening at Norman Rockwell Museum
8:00pm - Dinner at Boulderwood


$15 for an eggnog reception and screening
$75 for the reception, screening and dinner

For REEL Friends, the reception and screening is $10 and $50 for the reception, screening and dinner -- A collaboration with Berkshire International Film Festival

RSVP or 413.528.8030 by Monday, November 26


Carole also ventures to Shelburne Farms, VT to chat with their cheesemaker about sustainable farming, an ever-present theme in Heirloom Meals' shows. 
Castle St Benefit
More information here





What We're Watching

Michael Pollan on The [very young] Food Movement, and on
Proposition 37, the California Proposition that did not pass.
Michael Pollan  
PROP 37 would have required labels Genetically Modified Food. Listen
What brought Food to visibility as a political issue?

Quick Bites



Berkshire Grown Online Farmers' Market

a 24 hour Farmers' Market! 



Squash HVFarm by NicholeBerkshire 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 Nichole Calero, taken at Hawthorne Valley Farm   

Berkshire Grown offers this as a networking service and bears no responsibility for transactions.






 If you are traveling through Massachusetts check out this map, support our local farmers throughout the state!




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Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator