Do you care about local farms?  Join us at the new farmers market!

Here's your chance to make a difference -  Saturday January 17, 10 am - 2 pm. Let's build the delicious local food economy!  

The new market is an experiment- a great idea.  Now help us make it a success for local farmers! Please tell your friends, colleagues, family, neighbors.... thanks!

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Look who will be at the farmers' markets  

January 17th  and/ or February 14th - 10 am - 2 pm 


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Asia Luna


Berkshire Wildflower Honey, Mill River Farm 
Mountain Girl Farm
North Plain & Blue Hill Farm.



Caroline's Scottish Shortbread

Chaseholm Farm Creamery    



Elmartin Farm 



Cricket Creek Farm
 Hillhome Country Products
Hosta Hill Farm


JK Custom Furniture & Design 


Maplewood Fiber Arts   


Matt's Cookie Bars     


MX Morningstar Farm     


Ooma Tesoro's       


Rolling Rock Farm 


Shire City Herbals    


Sky View Farm 


SoCo Creamery    


SoMa Catering    


Studious Baker   




Trusted roots JBH
Trusted Roots Farm 


Climbing Tree Farm

Maynard Farm

Wildstone Farm 
Sweet Brook Farm


Raven &  Boar Farm 






Hillhome Country Products

New Resources for Farmers in the Berkshires!

* Grinspoon Farm Awards    


* John P. Farkas Fund 



Berkshire Grown has helped create two new sources of support for farmers 


Berkshire Grown and CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) have partnered with the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation to launch the Grinspoon Farm Awards, a program to support local farmers who are members of Berkshire Grown and CISA.


Individual awards will be up to $2,500 for a total of $50,000. Mr. Grinspoon realizes the importance of small farms in our region and hopes that these awards will help with farm improvements related to equipment and farm operations.


The deadline for applying is January 30th. See website for more information and how to apply.


The Grinspoon Farm Awards is one of many Western Massachusetts initiatives supported by the philanthropy of Longmeadow, MA resident and businessman, Harold Grinspoon. For more information about the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation initiatives, contact Cari Carpenter at 413-276-0831 or


Do you own farmland or know someone who does? New support for keeping farmland in farming!

The goal of the John P. Farkas Fund is to help keep farm land in farming in Berkshire County. The Fund helps farm families and farmland owners with expenses associated with:
-  protecting farmland,
-  transferring farmland and/or a farm business to the next generation,
-  farm succession planning,
-  arranging the sale or lease of farmland to a farmer, and
farm business planning associated with any of the above

The John P. Farkas Fund will offer grants up to $2500 to help defray the costs of professional services associated with:


Click HERE for additional information, grant guidelines and application.

For a paper copy of the application and grant guidelines, contact Peggy McCabe at American Farmland Trust. (413) 586-9330 , ext. 17 or at

Applications are due by January 31, 2015.


The John P. Farkas Fund is administered by American Farmland Trust, in collaboration with Land For Good, Berkshire Grown, The Carrot Project, and Sheffield Land Trust and is part of the Berkshire Farmland Initiative

Monday March 23rd 6 pm

Berkshire Grown's
March Maple Dinner
at Cranwell Resort in Lenox

Host Chef: Daire Rooney
 Allium Restaurant + Bar

Look for an invitation in February.

What we are reading  

The New Farmers
by Lauren Markham in Orion Magazine

"Growing up a few hours away in Lake Tahoe, Miller wanted to work in the environmental movement but never expected to be a farmer. She was nineteen before she even met one. "I wanted to work outside, and I wanted to better the environment, but I just didn't know how to engage," she says. "There aren't many jobs out there, and a lot of the messaging felt kind of negative: 'Don't do this, and don't do that.'"  


While studying at the University of Santa Cruz, she enrolled in agriculture classes with the thought of becoming a school garden teacher. "But the more I learned about agriculture, the more I saw it as a tool for change," she explains. "I realized that, to me, the difference between the environmental movement and growing food is that growing food is really positive. You're saying yes, instead of asking people to stop something." She met Martin at a farm education program in Santa Cruz, and the two relocated to this plot of family land to try their hand at cultivating organic vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

"Miller and Martin are part of a growing demographic of young, beginning farmers - farmers by choice, not by heritage - who have committed themselves to small-scale agriculture.." Read more
Photo Exhibit


Photo Exhibit Portrays Local Food Renaissance in Poland 
January 16 - February 28, 2015 
Galerie Giroux at Griffin
179 Main Street in Great Barrington



Heritage Homecoming: Heifer Project International in Poland 

Opening Reception: January 24, 7-10pm

Gallery Talk & Slide Show:
February 5, 7pm



(413) 528-5000 
Mon/Thurs/Fri/Sat 11-6, Sun 12-5



For more information, contact: Erik Hoffner, 413-429-5296 (c) or; Paul Giroux, or 413-528-5000 (at Griffin).


What We're Watching

"Your health our economy."  

a TED X Talk by Robyn O'Brien


"Robyn O'Brien shares her personal story at TED X and how it inspired her current path as a "Real Food" evangelist. Grounded in a successful Wall Street career that was more interested in food as good business than good-for-you, this mother of four was shaken awake by the dangerous allergic reaction of one of her children to a "typical" breakfast. Her mission to unearth the cause revealed more about the food industry than she could stomach, and impelled her to share her findings with others. Informative and inspiring.

"Robyn authored "The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It." A former Wall Street food industry analyst, Robyn brings insight, compassion and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that the global food system is having on the health of our children. She founded and was named by Forbes as one of "20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter." The New York Times has passionately described her as "Food's Erin Brockovich."


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    Barbara Zheutlin, Director   
Kate Bailey, Program Coordinator
Jamie Paxton, Outreach  Coordinator
Shannon Barsotti, Farmers' Market Manager, Williamstown
Suzie Fowle, Farmers' Market Manager, Great Barrington  

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