Diary farmers - the backbone of New England farming - see the film Saturday in Gt. Barrington and Sunday in Pitsfield at BIFF
Berkshire Grown June 2016
Curious about the cows and hay bales you see in the Berkshires? Join us to watch a film about New England's dairy farms:

Sat. June 4th 1:45 at the Triplex in Gt. Barrington 
Sun. June 5th 11:30 at the Beacon in Pittsfield 

"There's been a lot of focus on the new local food farmers, so we spent the last three years filming conventional dairy farmers. Many of their farms have been in operation for over a century and we wanted to find a way to tell their story.  Forgotten Farms is their story." says Sarah Gardner, the film's producer and a Berkshire Grown Board member.

New England's dairy farmers are the backbone of the region's agriculture, and while recent years have seen a surging interest in local food and farming, many of our dairies are fighting for survival.  The new documentary film, Forgotten Farms, focuses on the New England dairy farmer and explores New England's farm and food communities.   Trailer for the film, and more info here.  
Berkshire Co-op Market
Many Thanks to the Berkshire Co-op Market in Great Barrington, & to all who shopped on Wednesdays in April.  Berkshire Grown received $868.29 as part of the Co-op's 1% Wednesday program to support local groups. Thank you! 

Local Farmer Awards for Western MA Farmers!

Congratulations to the Farmers who won an Award this spring from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's Local Farm Awards program.
Pete and Jen Salinetti, Woven  Roots Farm, one of the 47 farms to receive an award in 2016
Diane Troderman and Harold Grinspoon 
Many thanks to Harold Grinspoon for initiating these awards last year and growing the program this year!
The goal of the Local Farmer Awards is to strengthen farmers' ability to compete in the marketplace so that our region benefits from the environmental, health and economic advantages of local farming.

What we are reading

Are Farmers Markets Really as Expensive as Everyone Says?
by Caroline Lange
Illustration of Union Square Green Market by Catherine Lamb in Food52 
What goes into growing and pricing local produce - why it's sometimes more expensive +
why our perception that it's more expensive is often inaccurate.

Monday September 19, 2016
Berkshire Grown's Harvest Supper  
at Ski Butternut, Great Barrington, MA

Farmers' Markets

Meet your local farmers, friends, and neighbors - find a market near you on Map-o-licious

Stay In touch!
Berkshire Grown's e-newsletter comes out monthly.  Please send information to barbara@berkshiregrown.org, thanks! 
Join Berkshire Grown  

Barbara Zheutlin, Director  
Kate Bailey, Program Manager
Jamie Paxton, Outreach /Program Manager
Martha Bryan, Program Manager, Berkshire Agriculture Ventures