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October 2013
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Making Connections with Project Connection at Monument Valley Middle School:  

school to farm to table to school to...  

By Suzie Fowle


What better way to grow and produce food than with "berkshire grown" students from the Berkshire Hills Regional School District (BHRSD)?  This summer dozens of elementary and middle school students dug into the soil under their feet and experienced how that soil sustains life.  They became familiar with soil science, growing food, cooking, budgeting for farming and consumption, nutrition, and feeding homeless and under-served members of our community.  Thanks to BHRSD's Project Connection summer program (led by Kristen Lewis, Jennifer Kujawski, and Janet Tone), students were exposed to a complex web of connections between farming and hunger, between soil and health. 


Second hand farm and connection At Second Hand Farm, just a short walk from the schools, Luke Pryjma had students harvest garlic, conduct budgeting exercises, monitor plant health, consider ways to address hunger issues in our area, and compare local egg yolks to factory-farmed yolks.  Students mimicked grazing animals by ripping up and trampling weeds in an overgrown garden.  With the addition of mulch and fermented weeds, they witnessed the area's transformation into a fertile, productive garden.


At Pumpkin Hollow Farm and Lila Berle's sheep farm, students experienced animal farming -- oxen (pictured), sheep, ducks, working dogs, pigs, and geese - and learned about the animals' roles in healthy soils.  After picking berries at Windy Hill Farm, students compared the nutritional value of fresh to preserved fruit.  In the Project Sprout and Muddy Brook gardens, students grew plants for making herbed butters and teas.  They learned about soil and human health and the importance of bacteria.  Using different colored vegetables, they made and tested natural dyes.


The students also became chefs.  They produced meals at the Barrington Brewery, the local soup kitchen, and the Guthrie Center.  Using school lunches as an example, they looked at ways to improve nutrition on a limited budget.


Many thanks to Project Connection instructors, BHRSD administrators, and the farmers who made this happen.  Berkshire Grown is looking forward to continued collaboration with BHRSD and working with our energetic and locally grown youth.


Farmers' Markets!

Support your local farmers:

Visit a farmers' market before the end of the season.
 More Farmers Markets on  
Berkshire Grown's Map-o-licious

October in the Berkshires!









apples & pumpkins

Bartlett's Orchards (weekends) 
575 Swamp Road Pittsfield, MA 01201 

 508 Canaan Rd.
Richmond, MA
413-698-3301 or 800-833-6274   



Jaeschke's Orchard

West Rd.
Adams, MA




Lakeview Orchard (Tues - Sundays) 

94 Old Cheshire Road
Lanesboro, MA


Riiska Brook Orchard (Fri - Sun or by appointment)

101 New Hartford Rd.
Sandisfield, MA


Windy Hill Farm

686 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA




(weekends only, 11 - 5pm)


303 Rannapo Rd.

Sheffield, MA





Ioka Valley Farm 

3475 Route 43

Hancock, MA



                                               Support your local farmer!

  Saturday October 5, 2013  10am-4pm 


Berlin-Berkshire Fall Foliage Grazing Tour

Drive yourself tour featuring Black Queen Angus Farm located in Berlin, NY (pictured) and Cricket Creek Farm inWilliamstown, MA.




Local foods lunch at the Berlin Fire Hall catered by

Wild Oats Market, Williamstown, MA.

For more information and to register, contact the

Hudson Mohawk RC&D Council at 518-270-2668.


Talk, Tour and Tasting at Sidehill Farm, Hawley, MA 

Saturday October 5, 2:30 - 5 pm 

Sidehill Farm in Hawley is a commercial, on-farm yogurt maker in Massachusetts -- and their yogurt is delicious!  Enjoy fall foliage, spectacular views, and a pasture walk with CISA, Franklin Land Trust, and farmer Amy Klippenstein. Learn about farmland protection and get a peek into the yogurt processing plant. Make a day of it by picnicking on the farm, shopping in the farm store, or picking apples on your way to the farm (email  for a Local Hero orchard route!). Rain or shine, RSVP to Judy Hall at 413-665-7100.  




Elmartin Farm  Fall Open House
 Saturday October 12 at 1pm.

Customers, friends, family and all potential customers are welcome.  



Try their pulled pork paired with Fire Cider and sample their Grass Finished Hamburgers. They welcome Fire Cider, Wandering Star Brewery and Balderdash Cellars to their event and hope to see you at their farm.


Cows Save the Planet: Judith Schwartz


October 22, 6:30 p.m.


Williams College, Griffin Hall, Room 3

Part of Food Week  



In Cows Save the Planet, journalist Judith Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. She reveals that for many of these problems-climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity-our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil.


Pie potluck and pie crust demo Saturday October 26 beginning at 6:30 

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation sheep hill Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and Williams Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program will host Pie Potluck and People's Choice Competition at Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA.  

The Pie Potluck is a cooperative event with the Williams College Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program as a part of Food Week, a week-long mix of lectures and other programming promoting food sustainability.

The event is open to bakers of all ages and the public, and donations are welcomed.

 For more information, click WRLF or phone 413-458-2494.



Raven & Boar / Hudson Valley Charcuterie
needs support on Kickstarter 
DEADLINE Oct. 7th - click and watch now ! ! !

Hudson Valley Charcuterie's goal is to build a kitchen to produce small batch artisanal products on their farm from their own pigs.

See the
story here   
Guido's Fresh Marketplace
Locally Made Desserts
Thank you for your support for the Harvest Supper! 
Chefs, Farmers, Underwriters, & each and every eater 
click for the amazing menu: thank you farmers and chefs!!! 
See more pictures on Rural Intelligence

Castle Street Cafe 
Photos by Lee Rogers  
Old Inn the Green

What we're watching
Job / Intern Opportunities

The Great Barrington Farmers' Market is seeking a new Farmers' Market Manager.   


The GBFM is seeking a community minded, outgoing and highly organized person who lives in the Great Barrington area.  Some of the duties included are: market set up and take down,  acting as vendor liaison, interfacing with community, scheduling guest chefs and musicians,  writing reports, and working with steering committee to organize the market.  Some activities are performed on a year-round basis.  


Knowledge and/or interest in farming, farmers markets, local/regional food & local food producers is highly valued.  Individual must be able to do moderate lifting, have excellent interpersonal skills, and be computer literate.   Any experience managing a successful, progressive, community based Farmers Market is also plus. This is a paid position with wage based on experience.  Please contact Debbie Barber at 518-672-4817 for a complete job description and application.



Justamere Tree Farm seeks a full-time intern.  
General Description: We are a sustainable maple sugar & Christmas tree farm in the Berkshires. We actively manage over 80 acres of land and forest, handcraft early American brooms, maintain a large homestead vegetable garden, and raise our own sheep and chickens

Justamere cutting tree Skills Desired: We are looking for an intern or a team that collectively embodies several skill sets. Applicants must be strong, careful, smart and attentive to detail, neat & clean. Willingness to work is a MUST. Chainsaw and tractor experience and mechanical adeptness is highly preferred in any candidate. As marketing is also a part of this internship, a personable, outgoing attitude and comfort interacting with a wide array of customers and people is also desired.

Internship Details: Interns will gain experience in EVERY aspect of maple production and setup--we will be making a number of expansions and improvements this year. We are looking for candidates who are serious about learning this skill, with the possible desire of incorporating sugaring into their futures. Interns will be out in the woods maintaining lines and equipment, as well as working in the sugarhouse and boiling syrup. Interns will learn how to make and assist with value-added maple products. We will spend a lot of time in the forest managing the land and doing small scale logging. Candidates would help maintain large vegetable garden, take care of chickens and sheep, work on small-scale farm building projects, do tractor and chainsaw work, learn how to care for and trim Christmas trees, and would help with farmers' markets. Plan on being involved actively in the farm's broom making operation
413-238-5902 or [email protected] 

Berkshire Grown's 2013 Buyer's Guide to Locally Grown Food, Flowers and Plants is out!  

2013 Farm Guide color  
Woven Roots Farm, Lee, MA               photo by Jonathan Hankin

Find your way to farmers' markets, local farms and farm stands. Look for a copy wherever you find brochures and flyers around the county.
You can also browse listings of Berkshire Grown members on Map-o-licious..

The Buyer's Guide is distributed free throughout the Berkshires at more than three dozen locations. Many thanks for support from our members and the 


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