Who is CISA?

Who is CISA?

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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 30 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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Starting Seeds and Seedlings

May 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Register here! We will discuss how to maximize germination and getting seeds on their way to success for the season. Starting seeds later than we are used to in the... more
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Changing Hydrology in Agriculture and Agroforestry

May 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar Date: Wednesday, 5/29/2024, 11am – 12pm EDT Register on Zoom Extreme precipitation effects on agriculture could have downstream effects on food supply for many people. Anthony Buda will cover the impacts... more
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Keeping the soil covered: tarps, cover crops, mulch

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Register here! We aim for the highest possible fertility, a no till scenario, increased soil organic matter, and high nutrient density, disease and insect resistance, and as few weeds as... more
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Climate Adaptive Gardening Series: Good Bug, Bad Bug

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Learn the ins and outs of which insects live in our gardens, why, and how they affect our crops from Master Gardener Ken Conway! Free Please Register here 
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CISA's Farm Bike Tour: Pedal to Pasture

June 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for CISA's first-ever guided farm tour by bike! Pedal to Pasture is an immersive and engaging experience for all ages and levels of experience. Riders will be led... more
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Off The Shelf Farm: Scaling Pastured Poultry on Leased Land

June 3 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Off the Shelf Farm started in 2018 with 750 hens, 150 broiler chickens and 13 lambs with a hand shake lease for 30 acres and no infrastructure. In 2024 the... more
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SNAP training for farm & farmers’ market staff (session three)

June 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Register here! Make sure your farm stand and farmers’ market staff are ready to accept SNAP this summer by having them attend this SNAP employee training. Employees will learn SNAP... more
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Homestead Carpentry

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Register here! There’s a time in every homesteader’s life when some carpentry is needed to build or repair something made of wood.  This workshop will provide a solid grounding in... more
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Cricket Creek Farm: Dairy Production, Grazing, and Processing

June 17 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cricket Creek is a grass-based dairy farm managed by a small team of collaborators.  The entire farm is comprised of about 500 acres, about 150 of which is hay fields,... more
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UMass Student Farm: Approaches to Pest Management

July 8 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
In our visit, we will tour the Agricultural Learning Center and discuss the Student Farm's approach to pest management. We will briefly discuss Integrated Pest Management, its meaning, and how... more
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Woven Roots Farm: Hand Scale Farming and Community Care

July 29 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Situated on 10 acres, our farm has 2.5 acres in cultivation in a permanent bed, hand-scale farming system. This system is managed by a dynamic team of 10 farmers that... more
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We the Land: A Gathering For Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian, SWANA & PoC Earth Workers, Land Stewards & Farmers

August 2 - August 4
We The Land! A Gathering For Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian, SWANA & PoC Earth Workers, Land Stewards & Farmers will take place on August 2nd-4th 2024 at Smith College in Northampton, MA.  We... more
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Valley Bounty: Marty’s Local Delivering Local Food from Farm Fields to School Lunches

May 4, 2024    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
Nick Martinelli, CEO of Marty’s Local, began his career with a stint at the Farm School, in consideration of how he might participate in the local agricultural economy. While conducting ... more
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NEPM: Kosinski Farms

Sue and Elisa Kosinski from Kosinski Farms in Westfield visit Monte and Kaliis on this week’s Fabulous 413 on NEPM. Listen in on farming as a family, being a female ... more
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Valley Bounty: Gwydyr Farm

Every piece of farmland has its strengths and weaknesses. Often, the most successful farmers are those that learn to see their land’s potential clearly and build a business around it.   ... more
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NEPM: Great Falls Aquaculture

This week, Jacob takes Monte and Kaliis to visit Great Falls Aquaculture and the 180,000 barramundi raised there. They talk with general manager Spencer Gowan and hatchery manager Walker Wright-Moore ... more
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NEPM: D & R Farm

. Diane and Robert Rollins of D & R Farm in Hampden join the crew to talk about the love they put into farming AND all the ways they make ... more
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Valley Bounty: Fruit Fair Brings Relief to Food Desert in Chicopee

March 30, 2024    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
Samaita (Sam) Newell is a first-generation immigrant from India. She met Jared Newell as a student in the five-college area. Following graduation and getting married, the young couple dreamed of ... more
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Valley Bounty: Real Pickles

“Real Pickles is a worker-owned co-op making pickles and ferments with produce that’s all organic and regionally grown,” Hunter explains. “A big part of our mission is supporting the regional ... more
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Valley Bounty: Holyoke Farmers' Market - and Field Notes!

Published March 2, 2024 in the Daily Hampshire Gazette Building community, year-round: Holyoke Farmers Market is a source of positivity and local fare By Jacob Nelson “When I was a ... more
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NEPM: Diemand Farm - and Field Notes!

. Tessa White Diemand of Diemand Farm in Wendell stops by to talk about her family’s farm, her personal journey with farming, and telling a story at CISA’s live storytelling ... more
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Valley Bounty: River Valley Co-op

In just 15 years, River Valley Co-op has grown into an indispensable part of the local food economy. For local farms, food businesses and community members who want easy access ... more
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Local Hero Profile: Bloom Woolen Yarns

October 18, 2023    Posted in: Specialty Producer Profiles, Local Hero Profiles
Local Hero Profile by Julia Mazzuchi, Local Hero Program Assistant  The buy local movement in the Valley not only encompasses... more
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