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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Keep ’em Coming Back: Five Strategies for Retaining Loyal Customers for Your Farm

December 12 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
It’s more satisfying and profitable to keep your current customers happy than to chase after new customers. This interactive workshop will demonstrate five strategies for boosting customer loyalty, including knowing... more
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High Tunnel Energy Efficiency Webinar

December 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
This webinar will focus on energy use and conservation in high tunnel and greenhouse production. Energy costs can be substantial in a smaller diversified production system and reducing electric bills... more
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Farmers Circle with The Southern New England Farmers of Color Collaborative

December 31, 2023 - November 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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MDAR Growing Your Farm Business Planning Course

January 9, 2024 - March 5, 2024
Course Details: When: Tuesdays, January 9 – March 5, 2024, 6-8:30pm Where: MDAR office in West Springfield, or alternate western MA location dependent upon interest Registration: Applications are accepted on... more
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Financial Literacy 101

January 9, 2024 - February 20, 2024
Are you thinking of starting a small farm? Do you already run a farm and are hoping to expand? Invest in yourself and watch your returns grow through this 7-week... more
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Wholesale Readiness Program for Food Entrepreneurs

January 12, 2024 - May 17, 2024
Apply Here! Are you an early-stage, but established food entrepreneur selling a consumer packaged good or value-added product in the northeast? Are you primarily selling direct to consumer and ready... more
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Crop Insurance 101: An Introduction

January 16, 2024 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
An overview of insurance programs relevant to vegetable and small fruit producers in New England. This workshop is intended for those with little to no prior experience with insurance and... more
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Exploring the Small Farm Dream (Winter Session)

January 17, 2024 - February 14, 2024
5-session course, typically offered on weekday evenings, using curriculum and workbook developed by the New England Small Farm Institute.  For those who are thinking about or in the planning stages... more
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Crop Insurance 301: Demystifying The How and Why Behind Each Program

January 18, 2024 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
A deeper dive into each individual program, one at a time, to help you decide which program is right for your farm. Regional experts from FSA and RMA will provide... more
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On-Farm Solar Webinar

January 23, 2024 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Are you interested in learning more about solar options for your farm? As solar panel costs have lowered, and incentives have increased, more farms are turning to solar to offset electricity... more
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MA Farm Succession School

January 31, 2024 - March 27, 2024
This is an opportunity for senior generation farmers - with or without identified successors - to talk with peers, learn from advisors, and get support on the challenging process of... more
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2-in-1 Food Safety Workshop

February 7, 2024 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration for this workshop is now closed. If you would like to join the waitlist, please email We will open spots to those on the waitlist if any registrants... more
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Valley Bounty: Winter Farmers' Market in Hadley

With considerable effort from organizers, a new winter farmers market is coming to Hadley this year. Located on the grounds of Wancyzk Nursery at 166 Russell St, it will run ... more
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NEPM: Red Barn Honey Company

Dick Conner of Red Barn Honey Company joins Phil and Kaliis to talk about: What do bees do in the winter? Collaborating with local farms – bees do some pollinating, ... more
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On the front lines of climate change: when misfortune strikes, local farmers unite

In many ways, farming is an act of faith. Faith that nature will provide for a harvest, and a farmer’s faith in themselves to figure out whatever challenges arise. Some ... more
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On front lines of climate change: Farmers work to mitigate their climate impacts and become more resilient

November 18, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, Climate Change and Farming Blog, Press Room
Published November 18, 2023 in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Greenfield Recorder By Jacob Nelson It’s hard to throw water on a burning house while trying to rebuild it at ... more
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Valley Bounty: The Valley as the Veggie Bowl for the Commonwealth

November 11, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
Farms within the three counties of the Connecticut River Valley feed our local community while supplying food to our Commonwealth and the New England region. With farmland concentrated on the ... more
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NEPM: Ahlbin's Homemade Fire Cider

☝🏼 Kara Peters, owner of Ahlbin’s Homemade Fire Cider, tells Phil, Monte, and Kaliis all about what this magical mixture is, and the delicious and healing ways you can use ... more
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Valley Bounty: Crooked Trail Farm

October 28, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
Erica Goulding and Kelcie Hillard had a vision of sustainable farming rooted in humane practices for animal care. Together, the co-owners built Crooked Trail Farm approximately five years ago in ... more
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NEPM: Riverland Farm

 . Monte, Kaliis and Jacob visit Riverland Farm in Sunderland to talk with owner Emily Landeck about:  What it means to be a women-run farm.  SWEET POTATOES 🍠 You can ... more
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Valley Bounty: Runnymede Farm

October 21, 2023    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Uncategorized One, Press Room
The Norris family has operated Runnymede Farm in Westhampton for 104 years, with now the fifth generation of family members becoming stewards of their land. Currently, Karl and Lisa Norris ... more
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NEPM: Mycoterra Farm

This week on the #localherospotlight: Kaliis, Monte, and Phil get a crash course in the wacky world of mushrooms from Julia Coffey, owner of Mycoterra Farm in South Deerfield. Mushrooms ... 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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