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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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Pasture Based Systems for Sustainable Livestock Production

June 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for a tour of this pasture based diversified livestock farm. Learn firsthand from owner Sara Davis about the economic analysis and decision-making processes she employs. Hear about the... more
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Maintaining Agricultural Ditches: What to Know About the Agricultural Exemption and Best Practices from NRCS

June 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Register here! Please join us on Wednesday June 26th at 6pm at the Hadley Senior Center for a workshop on ditches and storm water management in agricultural settings. This workshop... more
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Agroforestry & Climate Adaptation: A Tour of Big River Chestnuts

June 29 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Register here! With each year that passes, extreme weather events become more frequent and erratic, and it becomes harder and harder to make a living as a farmer. In response... 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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Hazelnut Agroforestry Field Tour

July 13 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Register here! Are you excited about the possibility of growing climate resilient tree crops for our local food system?  Do you have dreams of a perennial, climate resilient, dynamic agroforestry... more
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Berkshire-Taconic Grazing Tour with Sarah Flack

July 15 - July 16
With generous funding from the National Grazing Lands Coalition, Berkshire Agricultural Ventures in partnership with Berkshire Grown will host a two-day Berkshire-Taconic Grazing Tour on July 15th & 16th with... 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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Water & Climate Change Twilight Meeting at Bardwell Farm

August 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Register here! Join UMass Extension and CISA for a climate-themed twilight meeting at Bardwell Farm in Hatfield, MA! Lisa McKeag will share findings from her recent water quality survey of... more
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Building Immersion, Life Tools at Seeds of Solidarity

August 17 - August 18
Learn to use a variety of hand and power tools, and gain or expand your building knowledge, so helpful to farmers, artists, or to increase your own DIY skill set.... more
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The Benefits and Pitfalls of Borrowed Land - Resource Sharing and Leasing Land for your Farm

September 9 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Molly Comstock, formerly of Colfax Farm, and now the new steward of Many Forks Farm, has leased land four different times and locations during her farming career. We will tour... more
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Food preservation

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Register here! We preserve hundreds of pounds of food each year enough to fill 7 freezers, 400 mason jars, a root cellar, and cupboards with dried foods. Join us at... more
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Valley Bounty: Dave's Natural Garden

Spring Crops Abound at Dave’s Natural Garden After the cold of winter in New England, spring on our region’s farms is a treat for the senses. While locals may argue ... more
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Valley Bounty: Wanczyk Produce

Jackie Pliska, owner of Wanczyk Produce in Hadley, has dreams of keeping the farm stand business open year-round instead of 7 months each year. But first, she has to finish ... more
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NEPM: Mapleline Farm

  This week, Kaliis, Monte, and Phil meet the cows and people behind Mapleline Farm, a 120 year old dairy farm that’s a pillar of our local food community. They ... more
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NEPM: Reed Farm Poultry

. Kaliis, Monte, and Jacob visit Reed Farm in Sunderland, where farmers Kat Chang and Peter Laznicka teach them about:  Their humane methods for raising and processing chickens (once the ... more
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Valley Bounty: Western Massachusetts Fibershed

Western Massachusetts Fibershed is trying to lay the groundwork for a textile economy that supports local farmers and makes wool and other local fibers a viable option for crafters and ... 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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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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