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April 2015 newsletter
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Berkshire Grown attends AG DAY on March 31, 2015 at the Statehouse in Boston.
The Berkshire contingent meets with State Senator Ben Downing.

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

The March Maple Dinner was a huge success

Host Chef, Daire Rooney of Allium Restaurant +Bar
Brian Albert & Sean Corcoran  eat
David Jordan Cranwell Resort
Jazu Sine & James Burden Red Apple Butchers
Missy and Rob Leab, Ioka Valley Farm
Megan McDiarmid Prairie Whale
Nick Moulton Mezze Bistro + Bar
Dan Smith John Andrews
Zee Vassos The Kitchen
Aura Whitman nAtURAlly
Adam Zieminski cafeADAM

Barrington Brewery
Berkshire Mountain Distillers
Big Elm Brewing
M.S. Walker Wines
No. Six Depot Roastery

Cranwell Resort

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to support Share the Bounty, our project supports CSA farms and food pantries.

Here's the March Maple Dinner Menu:



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.
Barefoot Farm
Berry Patch
Bradley Farm
Brattle Farm
Caretaker Farm
Chubby Bunny Farm
Climbing Tree Farm
Cricket Creek Farm
Farm at Miller's Crossing
Farm Girl Farm
Gaetanos Organic Farm
Gould Farm's Harvest Barn
Hancock Shaker Village
Hawk Dance Farm
Hawthorne Valley Farm
Indian Line Farm
Longview Farm

Many Forks Farm
Mettabee Farm
Mighty Food Farm
Moon in the Pond Farm
MX Morningstar Farm
Sky View Farm
Sol Flower Farm & CSA
Square Roots Farm
Three Maples Market Garden
Trusted Roots Farm
Uprising Farm
When Pigs Fly Farm
Wildstone Farm
Windy Ridge Farm
Wolfe Spring Farm
Woven Roots Farm
Wyomanock Farm

For location, farm description & more check online, click on CSA in navigation.
HFM carrots


2nd Annual ThinkFOOD Conference

"The Future of Food Activism: Issues and Answers to Hunger in the Berkshires."

Co-sponsored by Bard College at Simon's Rock Center for Food Studies and The Nutrition Center

Saturday, April 11, 2015 
10am - 3 pm 
Kellogg Music Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock

Register here

Or call (413-528-7247) or email Karen Advokaat (kadvokaat@simons-rock.edu)

Keynote address by Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Western Mass., and two panel presentations.




Sunday April 12th 
11:30 am at the Triplex Cinema
Great Barrington, MA

Berkshire Grown sponsors

-- a film in the Free Film Series produced by Project Native.
Films begin Saturday night at 7 at the Mahaiwe and play all day at the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington.

Join us!

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation
Sheep to Shawl festival  
Saturday May 2  
11 AM to 3 PM  
Sheep Hill, Williamstown

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation sheep hill

The Sheep to Shawl festival is a celebration of spring and New England heritage, with local artisans and food producers, farm animals, and a focus on the region's historic fleece and fiber industry.  


Local farms will bring sheep, alpacas, and small farm animals along with delicious home-grown and locally produced products for tasting and purchasing.

Wild Oats Market and Cricket Creek farm will offer fresh breads, cheeses, sandwiches and other delicious edibles available for purchase.


More details here

Tickets for Sheep to Shawl can be purchased at the gate. Non-member tickets prices are $5 per individual and $10 per family. WRLF members and those who come by bicycle pay $3 per individual and $6 per family. Become a WRLF member at the gate and receive free admission! 


Find locally grown food throughout Massachusetts HERE 

What we are reading

Michael Pollan on the California drought and US food policy.

Q: Let's talk about water. Governor Jerry Brown has announced mandatory water restrictions for the state of California. What might the future hold for California and agricultural production in the state?


Pollan: It's about time. The pressure for changing the current water arrangement is going to be fierce. Right now agriculture claims about 80 percent of water in the state, yet it contributes only a tiny fraction of the state's GDP. Politically, this is not a sustainable place for agriculture to be. However, much of the low-hanging fruit in reducing consumption is in agriculture. There are so many ill-advised uses of water in agriculture today. If water were priced to more fairly reflect its preciousness, I think you'd spur a lot more innovation in agriculture.


Michael Pollan Something like 25 percent of the water goes to growing alfalfa. That's not anything anyone can eat, and a lot of it goes to China. Is that the best use of California's water? And then there are almonds, which require a great deal of water. Cattle production (for meat or dairy) is also water-intensive, and you have to ask, is a desert the best place to raise cattle?


We need to take a good hard look at where water is being used, how it's being used and on what crops.

read more
from the interview by Rose Hayden-Smith, Uc Food Observer with
Michael Pollan, who is an award-winning journalist, a prolific author, a professor at the University of California Berkeley, and a fierce and tireless advocate for sustainable living.

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