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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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Valley Bounty: Amethyst Farm

September 28, 2020    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room, Valley Bounty
“It helps to be blindly overconfident. To have an attitude of I can figure it out, I can learn it, and I don’t know how, but I’m going to make ... more
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WRSI: Small Ones Farm

September 28, 2020    Posted in: CISA News, WRSI's "Local Hero Spotlight" interviews, Press Room
WRSI, September 28, 2020. Sally and Bob Fitz, from Small Ones Farm in Amherst, talk about their Certified Naturally Grown growing practices, this year's apple crop, and switching to online ... more
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Valley Bounty: Teddy C. Smiarowski Farm

September 19, 2020    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room, Valley Bounty
If you purchase potatoes from the grocery store or get a side of fries when out to eat, there is a good chance you may have tasted potatoes grown by ... more
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WRSI: Randall's Farm and Greenhouse

September 18, 2020    Posted in: CISA News, WRSI's "Local Hero Spotlight" interviews, Press Room
WRSI, September 18, 2020. Karen Randall from Randall's Farm in Ludlow talks about running the store with her sisters and changes they've had to make due to COVID-19.
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WRSI: Vollinger Farm

September 15, 2020    Posted in: CISA News, WRSI's "Local Hero Spotlight" interviews, Press Room
WRSI, September 11, 2020. Bob Vollinger, from Vollinger Farm in Florence, has all of your Halloween decorating supplies: pumpkins, fall mums, corn stalks, hay, and straw bales. He has also ... more
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Valley Bounty: Clarkdale Fruit Farms

September 15, 2020    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room, Valley Bounty
Though the high heat and dry weather we have seen through the Valley has negatively impacted many field crops, it has provided optimal growing conditions for peaches and other stone ... more
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WRSI: Pine Hill Orchards

September 8, 2020    Posted in: CISA News, WRSI's "Local Hero Spotlight" interviews, Press Room
WRSI, September 4, 2020. Brady McElaney, manager at Pine Hill Orchards, says they are open for PYO apples until Columbus Day. They are open every day and there is plenty ... more
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Valley Bounty: Foxtrot Farm

September 6, 2020    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room, Valley Bounty
Abby Ferla, owner of Foxtrot Farm in Shelburne Falls, has spent her summer nights camping in a tent in her fields, accompanied by her partner and dog. “This is the ... more
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Guest columnist CISA’s Alexis Breiteneicher: Restaurants facing uphill climb

September 1, 2020    Posted in: CISA Opinion Pieces, CISA News, Press Room
Daily Hampshire Gazette, September 1, 2020 Restaurants are among the businesses hit hardest by the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Their closures in late winter had a big impact on ... more
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WRSI: Holyoke Hummus Company

WRSI, August 31, 2020. John Grossman of Holyoke Hummus Company talks about all of the local vegetables they use when preparing their Middle Eastern based foods for both curbside pickup ... more
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Local Hero Profile: E&J Scott Orchards

September 8, 2020    Posted in: Farm Profiles, Local Hero Profiles
Local Hero Profile by Emma Gwyther Published in CISA’s September 2020 enewsletter “The best feeling for me, is getting a... more
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