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 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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Farmers Circle with The Southern New England Farmers of Color Collaborative

May 31, 2023 - April 28, 2024
Farmer Circles are peer learning communities for farmers interested in discussing a certain topic in an informal, supportive environment. Each circle meets for at least 12 hours over the course... more
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Soil Health Bi-Monthly Call - NOFA/Mass

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
We are excited to invite you to our bimonthly Soil Health Calls! These calls are designed to provide a platform for farmers, researchers, and experts to share their knowledge, experiences,... more
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Owl’s Head Farm - Birds, Bees, and Beneficial Bugs in Our Livestock Systems

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join UVM Extension specialists for a farm tour to learn about ways to enhance bird, bee and beneficial insect habitats in your rotational grazing systems. Owl’s Head Farm Friday, June... more
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Catalyzing Agroforestry in the Hudson Valley and Beyond

June 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farmers, land stewards, agricultural professionals, climate leaders, and policy makers are invited to connect with each other to grow support for agroforestry as a natural climate solution, both locally in... more
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Return of the Mighty Chestnut

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join Seeds of Solidarity for an experiential, educational day filled with chestnut science, lore, planting, and cooking. Enthusiasts Lois and Denis, members of the American Chestnut Cooperators Foundation will inspire... more
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Growing Produce in the Pioneer Valley

June 13 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday June 13, 3:30-5pm Prospect Meadow Farm, 103A Prospect St, Hatfield, MA Register by June 6 here. Farming in the Valley takes a careful mix of planning, experimentation, hard work,... more
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The National Meat Summits Steering Committee

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Are you working to support meat supply chains in your region? Interested in learning from other efforts happening across the U.S.? Join us for this webinar to learn about the recently... more
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Attracting Customers to your Farm Stand or Market Booth

June 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesday, June 20, 5-6:30pm Grow Food Northampton Tuesday Market, 1 Kirkland Ave, Northampton, MA Register by June 13 here. The way fresh produce is presented and arranged has a huge impact on... more
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Wheel-View Farm Tour: Improving Pasture Management for Sustainable Livestock Production

June 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
In conjunction with American Farmland Trust, we invite you to join us in touring this pasture raised beef operation. We welcome Heather Darby with UVM Extension who will lead our... more
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Choosing a Food Business Model

June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tuesday June 27, 6:00-7:30pm Zoom (call-in info provided upon registration) Register by June 20 here. Do you want to start a food business, but need help choosing a legal business... more
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Go Nuts Community Call: Expanding Agroforestry in Massachusetts

July 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Go Nuts is our bi-monthly informational call on agroforestry. During this call, we will discuss all things related to agroforestry, from planting and tree establishment to infrastructure and consumer access.... more
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Wild Harmony Farm Tour: Improving Pasture Management for Sustainable Livestock Production

July 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Join us as we tour this beef cattle and swine farm to get a first hand look at the nutrient management practices in place. Rich Meinert, extension specialist at UConn... more
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NEPM: Hilltown Mobile Market

May 16, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, NEPM "Fabulous 413" interviews, Press Room
This week, Hunt Chase, director of community programs at the Hilltown CDC, tells Kaliis, Monte, and Phil the ins and outs of the Hilltown Mobile Market, a food access juggernaut ... more
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NEPM: Our Family Farms Milk

May 9, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, NEPM "Fabulous 413" interviews, Press Room
This week on the Fabulous 413, a story of small dairy success. Phil, Monte, and Kaliis visit with Angie Facey of Bree-Z-Knoll Farm and Our Family Farms. 👉🏼 LISTEN HERE 👈🏼 ... more
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Valley Bounty: Brookfield Farm

April 28, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
This week at Brookfield Farm, a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in Amherst, spring crops continue to take root in freshly tilled fields, gratefully soaking up last week’s rain. Just ... more
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NEPM: American Farmland Trust & Field Notes

April 25, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, NEPM "Fabulous 413" interviews, Press Room
How do federal policies about farming trickle down and affect states, towns, and the lives of farmers in our communities? Chelsea Gazillo, New England Policy Manager for American Farmland Trust, ... more
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Valley Bounty: Couch Brook Farm

April 21, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
Vibrant yellow and purple pansies coloring local farm stands, their faces turned upward to greet the sun, are sure signs of warmth returning to New England. “I already delivered some last ... more
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NEPM: Greenfield Farmers' Market & Field Notes

April 18, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, NEPM "Fabulous 413" interviews, Press Room
Trouble Mandeson, fill-in manager at the Greenfield Farmers’ Market joins Monte, Kaliis, and Jacob on NEPM’s Fabulous 413. 👉🏼 LISTEN HERE! 👈🏼 They chat about: Summer farmers’ markets returning, including ... more
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Valley Bounty: Big Y

April 1, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
For Big Y, the commitment to serving neighbors food from local farms started at the beginning. In 1936, Paul D’Amour and his brother, Gerry D’Amour, used their family savings to ... more
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NEPM: Bueno Y Sano

March 28, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, NEPM "Fabulous 413" interviews, Press Room
Bob Lowry, founder of Bueno Y Sano restaurants – now with locations around MA and VT! – joins Phil, Monte, and Kaliis to chat about: How the first restaurant came ... more
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Valley Bounty: Song Sparrow Farm

March 24, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
Toni Hall is a farmer hoping to turn some heads. A diminutive plant known as spilanthes, with flowers called buzz buttons, is helping get people’s attention.   “When I give out ... more
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NEPM: Thomas Farm and Dairy

March 21, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, NEPM "Fabulous 413" interviews, Press Room
Phil, Monte, and Kaliis visit Thomas Farm and Dairy in Sunderland for a good old dose of happy baby goats (they’re even cute on radio). 👉🏼 LISTEN HERE from the ... more
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Local Hero Profile: Wilder Hill Gardens

June 9, 2022    Posted in: Local Hero Profiles
Local Hero Profile by Ellery Pool, TerraCorps Service Member If you are looking for sustainably grown nursery plants, gorgeous cut... more
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