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June 2014 e-newsletter
In This Issue
Guide to Farms
PYO Strawberries
Share the Bounty
Dan Barber
NEW Ag Census
School Food
Quick Links
Our Sponsors
Thanks to Sohn Foundation for supporting the Berkshire Grown Guide to Farms:
 Visit Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation
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The new Berkshire Grown Guide to Farms just released! Pick up a copy to find delicious local food, farmers' markets, PYO farms, retailers, restaurants & more!

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 Thanks Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation for support for the Farm Guide.
Pick Your Own Strawberries!

Taste the difference - farm fresh and local.


Call for what's available!


Here are Berkshire Grown farmers who are growing pick-your-own strawberries:


The Berry Patch, Stephentown, NY

(518) 733-1234 or 733-6772   


Harvest is weather dependent, so always call ahead for picking details.

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Farmers' Markets Are Open!  Find them on Map-o-licious on Berkshire Grown's website. Click on "Farmers' Markets" to find hours, days, location for more farmers' markets than ever before.  
Includes 18 farms!

Berkshire Grown bought shares in 18 farms - the most ever - this season, thanks to the support of many of you.  Click
for more information and for how you can support farmers and food pantries/ kitchens at the same time!
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Berkshire Grown member Berkshire Organics invites you:
Farmland - how to find it, share it, sustain it, access it

What we are reading
by Dan Barber
The Third Plate "The crowds clamoring for just-dug produce at the farmers' market and the local food co-op suggest that this movement is no longer just a foodie fad.

"Today, almost 80 percent of Americans say sustainability is a priority when purchasing food. The promise of this kind of majority is that eating local can reshape landscapes and drive lasting change.
"Except it hasn't. More than a decade into the movement, the promise has fallen short. For all its successes, farm-to-table has not, in any fundamental way, reworked the economic and political forces that dictate how our food is grown and raised. Big Food is getting bigger, not smaller..." READ MORE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES.
What we are reading

What? How dull you say.

rooster by JBHANKIN Think again: imagine a snapshot of what's happening if anything because of the food movement. Read the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition summary of what the NEW Agriculture Census reveals: Read here.   LOCAL FOOD, and BEGINNING FARMERS,  + more

Rooster at Second Hand Farm in Great Barrington, MA.
What we are reading

The Campaign for Junk Food

Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms


Michelle Obama American Grown "...Right now, the House of Representatives is considering a bill to override science by mandating that white potatoes be included on the list of foods that women can purchase using WIC dollars. Now, there is nothing wrong with potatoes. The problem is that many women and children already consume enough potatoes and not enough of the nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables they need. That's why the Institute of Medicine - the nonpartisan, scientific body that advises on the standards for WIC - has said that potatoes should not be part of the WIC program..."


Read more in the New York Times.  


Mt. Everett Agriculture Field Day
Friday June 13th from 9 am - 1 pm

  Meet Future Farmers of America in Sheffield  
FFA Ag Education The Field Day introduces students to careers in agriculture and enables them to network with agricultural businesses to encourage potential internships and work experiences. 
Foster a strong relationship between the agricultural community and school system, especially the Mt. Everett FFA (Future Farmers of America) student chapter Friday June 13th at Mt Everett

"Give Back" to the community from Evergreen Fine American Crafts

Many thanks to Evergreen Fine American Crafts - a local business supporting local non profit organizations.

June 1 - 15th, if you mention Berkshire Grown at Evergreen Fine American Crafts when you make a purchase,  Berkshire Grown will receive a contribution. Evergreen launched a "Give Back" to the community campaign to celebrate its 35th year in business.   


Evergreen Fine American Crafts, 291 Main Street in downtown Great Barrington. 413-528-0511


Berkshire Grown | 413-528-0041 | www.berkshiregrown.org
314 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230

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

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