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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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Make Your Land Available for Farming: Free Webinar Series for Landowners

February 22 - February 29
Farming and non-farming private landowners and their representatives (real estate agents, etc.) are welcome to attend. As a landowner, when you make land available for farming you help secure a future... more
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Legal Food Hub Webinar: Agricultural Labor Laws

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Register here!  Understanding guidelines for classifying employees (intern, part-time, seasonal, full-time, etc.) is important for remaining in compliance with labor laws. Join Attorney Sean Fontes to learn about employee rights,... more
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Welcoming Pollinators Home

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Register Here! Tom’s work as a gardener and landscape designer is led by a recognition that whole ecosystems and human health are intertwined with pollinator well-being. As such, he creates... more
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A Call to Right Relations and Climate Resilience in Food Systems and Beyond

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Many in the New England region and beyond continue to reckon with the tragic history of what has been done to Indigenous peoples through the process of colonization and economic... more
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Urban/Small Farms and USDA

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Friday, February 23 at 12 p.m.: Urban/Small Farms and USDA – Learn what FSA, as well as Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can offer urban and small acreage growers. REGISTER... more
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An Introduction to Greenhouse Management

February 24 - March 16
Led by Bill Florek, this course will focus on the fine points of controlling the greenhouse environment. Whether maintaining a conservatory collection of ornamental plants or producing greenhouse crops, participants... more
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Science of Plant Propagation

February 24 - February 25
Learn about the art and science of plant propagation in a repeat of this popular class. Adam Wheeler will again focus on the basic botany needed to understand and successfully... more
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2024 Peer Learning Circles for woman-identifying farmers

February 27 - March 28
You’re invited to participate in a unique, virtual collaborative learning environment for woman-identifying farmers to connect and share challenges and opportunities at this crucial stage in farm growth. These women-centered... more
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SNAP/HIP-Best Practices and Solutions to Common Issues

February 27 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Register here! Join Berkshire Grown and Zoey Sloate to learn best practices on incorporating SNAP into your business in a way that creates a welcoming space. Attendees will come away... more
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Local Food Trade Show

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Get ready for the 13th Annual Local Food Trade Show! Join us on Feb 27, 2024, from 10 am - 1 pm at Russel's Garden Center as we bring together... more
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MA Farm Succession School

February 28 - March 27
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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Networking and Grants Showcase for New Farmers

February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Register here! Get to know your fellow farmers and join us for an evening of networking and free pizza at the newly renovated barn at Crimson and Clover Farm! In... more
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Valley Bounty: CSAs are the Community Behind the Food

Though more weeks of winter lie ahead, National Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) week — Feb. 19-25 — marks the symbolic start of the CSA cycle, when member sign-ups start rolling ... more
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NEPM: North Hadley Sugar Shack

  Phil, Monte, and Kaliis get sweet details on the upcoming maple season from Joe Boisvert at North Hadley Sugar Shack. Hear how both their business and the process of ... more
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Valley Bounty: Love Leaf Farm

If there’s a lesson to be learned from Love Leaf Farm in South Hadley, it’s this: don’t judge a farm by its size. Or the size of their crops, for ... more
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Valley Bounty: O'Brien Farm

Published January 27, 2024 in the Daily Hampshire Gazette New horizons for a small dairy farm O’Brien Farm in Orange opt to strategize, not pasteurize “We do a little bit ... more
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NEPM: Go Fresh Mobile Market

_ Riley Gilroy and Monica Hernandez of Go Fresh Mobile Market give Phil, Monte, and Kaliis a look at how their program makes a real difference in the lives of ... more
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Valley Bounty: Lombrico Farms

“The best carrots you'll ever eat are picked in January or February,” says Erik Debbink, owner of Lombrico Farm in Whately. In the dead of winter, their sweetness shines through. ... more
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NEPM: Winter Moon Roots

Rosendo Santizo of Winter Moon Roots talks to Monte, Kaliis, and Jacob about his farm in Hadley, which is all about growing the sweetest root veggies around – and a ... more
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Valley Bounty: Mass Food Delivery

Mass Food Delivery was born in March of 2020 as farmers’ markets began closing in response to the pandemic. The concept of home delivery seemed the best option... “When everything shut down ... more
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NEPM: Walker Farm at Whortleberry Hill

This week on the Local Hero Spotlight, we’re joined by Joan Walker of Walker Farm at Whortleberry Hill in New Braintree, a nurse turned farmer and self proclaimed carnivore. Hear ... more
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Valley Bounty: Leverett Village Co-op

This year, the Leverett Village Co-op turns 50. Over half a century, it has grown beyond a grocery store to become a cultural institution and hidden gem on North Leverett ... 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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