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Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) strengthens farms and engages the community to build the local food economy.

CISA has been working for over 25 years to build a stronger, more resilient, and more just local food system. We envision a local food system where farms are viable, working conditions are fair and just for owners and workers, the environment is respected, and locally grown food is available for all.

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Business & Financial Training for Farmers: Boot camp intensive

December 7 @ 8:00 am - December 8 @ 5:00 pm
During fall 2021 and winter 2022 FACT will offer financial training for livestock and poultry farmers to help their farm businesses thrive. We will be partnering with the Food Finance... more
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Be Well Farming Winter Retreat (IN-PERSON)

December 10 - December 12
How do we feed and care for ourselves while we feed others?  What types of practices and connections support us to be our best selves in the challenging work of... more
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MDAR: Growing Your Farm Business Planning Course 

January 11, 2022 - March 22, 2022
Growing Your Farm is a hands-on course to help established farmers develop a business plan and financial projections for their farm business.
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CISA Quickbooks for Farmers Series: Part 1: Chart of Accounts

January 11, 2022 @ 8:00 am
Presenter: Ellen Polishuk  This is Part I of a 6 Part series. Click here for information about this workshop series. It’s not too late to register! The Chart of Accounts... more
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CISA Quickbooks for Farmers Series: Part 2: Revenue and Expenses

January 18, 2022 @ 8:00 am
Presenter: Ellen Polishuk This is Part 2 of a 6 Part series. Click here for information about this workshop series. It’s not too late to register! These terms are familiar... more
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CISA Quickbooks for Farmers Series: Part 3:The Balance Sheet

January 25, 2022 @ 12:00 am
Presenter: Bonnie Collins This is Part 3 of a 6 Part series. Click here for information about this workshop series. It’s not too late to register! Your balance sheet is... more
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Farm Succession School

January 25, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Farm Succession School Three Tuesdays - January 25, February 15, & March 15, 2022 - Greenfield, MA MDAR is hosting Land For Good’s Farm Succession School for Massachusetts farmers this... more
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CISA Quickbooks for Farmers Series: Part 4: Assets and Liabilities

February 1, 2022 @ 8:00 am
Presenter: Bonnie Collins This is Part 4 of a 6 Part series. Click here for information about this workshop series. It’s not too late to register! Every business needs resources... more
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CISA Quickbooks for Farmers Series: Part 5: QuickBooks Reporting

February 8, 2022 @ 8:00 am
Presenter: Bonnie Collins This is Part 5 of a 6 Part series. Click here for information about this workshop series. It’s not too late to register! The reporting for business should... more
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CISA Quickbooks for Farmers Series: Part 6: Recordkeeping Best Practices

February 15, 2022 @ 8:00 am
Presenter: Ellen Polishuk This is Part 6 of a 6 Part series. Click here for information about this workshop series. It’s not too late to register! You've probably pledged each... more
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Farm Succession School

February 15, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Farm Succession School Three Tuesdays - January 25, February 15, & March 15, 2022 - Greenfield, MA MDAR is hosting Land For Good’s Farm Succession School for Massachusetts farmers this... more
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Farm Succession School

March 15, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Farm Succession School Three Tuesdays - January 25, February 15, & March 15, 2022 - Greenfield, MA MDAR is hosting Land For Good’s Farm Succession School for Massachusetts farmers this... more
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WRSI: Brookfield Farm

November 15, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, WRSI's "Local Hero Spotlight" interviews, Press Room
Brookfield is the third oldest community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in the country, and a biodynamic farm to boot. Anyone who buys a "share" (with cash or SNAP benefits!) gets ... more
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Valley Bounty: Paul and Elizabeth's

November 12, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
The pandemic and its ongoing fallout have squeezed many local businesses into new and different shapes. Restaurants are prime examples, with many having to create entirely new ways of serving ... more
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WRSI: Amherst College - Book & Plow Farm and Dining Services

November 9, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, WRSI's "Local Hero Spotlight" interviews, Press Room
Book and Plow Farm at Amherst College: 5 acres. 45 students. 40 different crops. Feeding the community in many different ways (nutritionally, academically, emotionally…grammatically?) The farm is integrated in all ... more
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Valley Bounty: Sawyer Farm

November 5, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
What does it mean to grow, sell, and eat food ethically? From when seeds hit the soil to when dinner hits your plate, what does that actually look like? In ... more
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WRSI: New Salem Preserves and Heritage Cider

November 1, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, WRSI's "Local Hero Spotlight" interviews, Press Room
“The history of cider is a parable of the history of America itself,” says William Grote, partner and cider-maker at New Salem Preserves and Heritage Cider. A mirror of diversity ... more
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Valley Bounty: Carr's Ciderhouse and Preservation Orchard

October 30, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
Grow food that’s meant to grow here. Preserve it. Preserve the farming traditions of the past that still serve us. Explore what needs to change. This is what Nicole Blum ... more
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Valley Bounty: UMass Amherst Dining

October 23, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
Buying local is one way to “vote with your fork,” using consumer demand to help shape the economy. Individuals, families and businesses all have some power in this way, but ... more
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WRSI: McCray's Farm, "Fear on the Farm"

October 22, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, WRSI's "Local Hero Spotlight" interviews, Press Room
“Fear on the Farm”, the Monster Mash Scream Park at McCray’s Farm in South Hadley, “will scare the soy out of you” says farm owner Stephen McCray. Open Fri-Sun all ... more
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Valley Bounty: Fletcher Farm

October 16, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
Fletcher Farm, just off Rt. 10 in Southampton, is the kind of place many probably envision when they hear the phrase “family farm.” A small New England dairy and farm ... more
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WRSI: Sixteen Acres Garden Center

October 15, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, WRSI's "Local Hero Spotlight" interviews, Press Room
Sixteen Acres Garden Center in Springfield, a local business touched by COVID loss, helps others find hope by nurturing green thumbs. Hear more about what to plant in the fall ... more
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Local Hero Profile: Astarte Farm

November 17, 2021    Posted in: Farm Profiles, Local Hero Profiles
Local Hero Profile by Ellery Pool, TerraCorps Service Member Astarte is the Phoenician Goddess of Fertility, and Astarte Farm in... more
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