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April 2014 newsletter
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Saturday   April 12, 2014 - 10am - 2 pm 

Berkshire Athenaeum (Pittsfield's Public Library), One Wendell Avenue, Downtown Pittsfield Holiday Brook Farm by  Gina Iannitelli


To put more farmers on the land -
and more land into farming

Meet farmers and hear their stories + meet Kathy Ruhf (pictured) from Land For Good, Benneth Phelps from the Carrot Project, Melissa Adams and  Rick Chandler from the MA Dept. of Ag Resources staff, Sarah Gardner from Williams College and Keep Berkshires Farming, Bill Martin from Farm Credit East, Kathy Orlando from Berkshire County Farm Bureau and the Sheffield Land Trust. 



Berkshire Grown with Buy Local Colleagues attend AG DAY on March 26, 2014 at the Statehouse in Boston.
Barbara Zheutlin, Berkshire Grown, Deval Patrick, Governor of MA, Kelly Coleman, of CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) and Jim O'Brien of Northeast Harvest.

AG DAY = farmers meeting with local legislators to thank them for their support and to discuss challenges, and opportunities important to farms in Massachusetts.

Berkshire Grown's March Maple Dinner

Thank You!!!
Jeff Thompson, Wheatleigh, for producing the event and contributing to the auction!
Ioka Valley Farm for display of maple products. (Melissa and Rob Leab in photo by Rachel Louchen for Rural Intelligence.) Cranwell Resort for the wonderful space for the event.

Thank you for beverages: Barrington Brewery, Berkshire Mountain Distillers and MS Walker Wines and No. Six Depot Roastery and Cafe.

Thanks to chefs: Daire Rooney, (pictured) of Allium Restaurant + Bar; Chris Bonnivier, Gala Steakhouse and & Bistro; Ron Reda, Table Six at the Kemble Inn, Christophe Jalbert, Route 7 Grill, Marianne Comella, Mezze Bistro + Bar.

See more pictures on Rural Intelligence of Berkshire Grown's celebration of the first harvest of the season.


Kale Square roots farm Support a local farmer + eat delicious food through the summer!

Click on Map-o-licious, select "CSA Farms" (CSA = Community Supported Agriculture) to find the farm near you!
Kale growing at Square Roots Farm.


Goats in the Woods 
April 25, 4:00p.m.-8:00 p.m. 
Pine Cobble School, Williamstown 
Goats in the Woods, a community celebration sponsored by Williams College Sustainable Food & Agriculture Program, Pine Cobble School, Black Queen Angus Farm, and Wild Oats Market, begins at 4 pm on April 25, with an easy walk in the Pine Cobble woods to visit the goats who are being raised there. The evening continues with a full-course gourmet dinner, followed by a presentation by Dr. Peter Smallidge, New York State Extension Forester and Director of the Cornell University Arnot Teaching and Research Forest. 
This fun and informative evening is open to all. The woods walk and presentation are free. The dinner, an elegant meal grounded in the cuisines of Northern and sub-Saharan Africa, is $15 per person. To make participation easier for families, Pine Cobble is offering free child care and dinner for children ages 3-12 from 4-7 pm on the night of the event. For dinner, children will help prepare their own pizzas with ingredients from Wild Oats Market. The children's dinner is sponsored by Williams College.  

Presentation by Smallidge Emphasizes Sustainability 
At 6:30 pm, Dr. Smallidge presents on the project he managed for Cornell University Extension, whose purpose was to assess how the use of goats to control interfering plants in mature forests can benefit both goat owners and woodlot owners. He shares the results of the project and opens the floor for questions about the Goats in the Woods project and other issues related to the sustainability of forest lands

Follow this link to register for the dinner : Goats in the Woods Sign Up Sheet. 
For more information please contact: Robin Riley, Wild Oats Market, Williamstown, MA 413-458-8060413-458-8060 413-458-8060or marketing@wildoats.coop

Climbing Tree Farm has partnered with three other farms in New Lebanon New York to form a cooperative CSA which includes their pork and poultry, as well as grass-fed beef, vegetables and flowers.

The Lebanon Valley Cooperative Meat CSA (click for details) is a collaboration between Climbing Tree Farm and Artemis Farm, in association with The Abode Farm CSA and Trusted Roots Farm CSA.  


Neighbors and friends have brought their farms together to offer the community centralized locations to pick up a greater variety of delicious, local produce and meat at a discounted price. Shareholders pre-pay for a season's worth of meat (and/or veggies) and are rewarded with lower per lb. pricing on our products. The farmers benefit from the CSA model because they receive payment in time to cover the costs of feed, livestock purchase, and processing fees.413-884-344



How to Build Raised Vegetable Gardens workshop


When: Saturday, April 19th, 9am - 1pm

Where: Climbing Tree Farm (436 West Hill Rd., New Lebanon, NY)


Join Alchemy Initiative for a DIY raised bed building workshop! For the experienced gardener or a first-timer, raised garden beds are an easy-to-manage and productive way of gardening. 

Join us for a conference co-hosted by

the newly established Center for Food Studies at

Bard College at Simon's Rock and The Nutrition Center

Saturday April 19, 2014

Kellogg Music Center

Bard College at Simon's Rock

9:30a.m. - 3:00p.m.

Conference only: $15 Conference and lunch: $25

10 am: Perceptions and Perspectives: Our Regional Food Culture

How does media coverage of Berkshire food culture impact the daily lives of people living and working here?

11:30 Fuel the Body, Fuel the Mind:

Current Research and Teaching by Food Studies Faculty at Simon's Rock and Connections to the Community

12:30 Lunch

1:45   Practical Matters: The Challenges of Feeding Our Students

The highs and lows of sourcing and serving local food at schools and colleges in the region.



Find locally grown food throughout Massachusetts HERE

Currently reading...

 The Debate on GMOs in The Boston Review

Pamela Ronald: "Genetically modified foods are safe for humans and pose no special environmental risk. Yet there are serious policy questions to consider."
corn on the cog Responses:
berkshire organics
Berkshire Organics here
The Non GMO Project here and here


for contributing over $400 to SHARE THE BOUNTY at their in-store birthday celebration

The last thank you Thursday in 2014 will be April  24th and will feature:  


Inspired by the upcoming growing season, Guido's Fresh Marketplace is putting all Berkshire goods front and center, and giving patrons a taste of all the best our local farmers and food crafters have to offer.


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Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Sheryl Lechner, Outreach Coordinator
Suzie Fowle, Program Associate
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