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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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Towards Organic Fruit Management in New England: Holistic Decision making for Regenerative Fruit Practices

September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hosted by Quonquont Farm: 9 North St., Whately Connor Stedman from Appleseed Permaculture and Farm Manager Leslie Harris will share insights and practices from Quontquont Farm's efforts to innovate new... more
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Profitable Meat Marketing and New Pricing Calculator

October 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hosted by Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery: 172 Hockanum Rd., Hadley   You are raising and selling local meat, but are you making a profit? Learn to use the new... more
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Farm Energy and Resource Conservation – Working with NRCS and FSA Technical Assistance and Conservation Programs

October 7 @ 3:00 pm
Hosted by Red Fire Farm: 184 Meadow St., Montague Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) will spend time going over the conservation planning process and how to apply for financial assistance... more
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On-Farm Energy: Audits, Short Term Solutions and Long Planning

October 19 @ 3:00 pm
(Rain Date October 20)   Hosted by Simple Gifts Farm: 1089 N Pleasant St, Amherst The Massachusetts Farm Energy Program (MFEP) will present on how to identify, plan for, fund,... more
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WRSI: Red Gate Farm Education Center

September 13, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, WRSI's "Local Hero Spotlight" interviews, Press Room
WRSI, September 13, 2021. Jake Krain, Assistant Director of Red Gate Farm Education Center in Ashfield, talks about farming with children & families and the hands-on farm experience they provide.
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Valley Bounty: McKinstry's Market Garden, Part 1

September 12, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
By JACOB NELSON, For the Gazette, Published: 9/12/2021 Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series about farm succession in the Pioneer Valley through the lens of McKinstry’s Market ... more
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Valley Bounty: Sutter Meats

August 28, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
In a time where distance and isolation have become a new norm, a local butcher shop in Northampton, Sutter Meats, has been providing a sense of reconnection – to our ... more
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WRSI BridgeSide Grille

WRSI, August 27, 2021. John Reilly, owner of BridgeSide Grille, talks about the local food they have on the menu.
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McGovern’s farm tour highlights link between nutrition, food security

August 26, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, Press Room
The Recorder, By CHRIS LARABEE, Staff Writer Published: 8/25/2021 5:26:56 PM GILL — U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern visited Upinngil Farm Wednesday morning where he highlighted the connection between nutrition and food ... more
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Valley Bounty: Vollinger Farm

August 21, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
Hay is for horses. Sometimes for cows. It’s an important source of income for many farms in the Valley, but tricky to rely on in an age of climate and ... more
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WRSI: Cider Crossing Farm

WRSI, August 13, 2021. José Madiedo, co-owner of Cider Crossing Farm in Northfield, talks about his plans to experiment and bring together traditional Asturian cider varieties with heritage USA varieties ... more
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Valley Bounty: Yellow Stonehouse Farm

August 14, 2021    Posted in: CISA News, CISA's Valley Bounty Column, Press Room
Many paths lead to a life of farming. Some are born into it, others answer the call decades later, bringing past experience and skills to a new challenge. For Connie ... more
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WRSI: Farmers' Market at Forest Park

WRSI, August 6, 2021. Jodi-Lyn Manning, Market Manager for The Farmers' Market at Forest Park in Springfield, joins Monte and Phil in honor of Farmers' Market week.
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WRSI: Great Falls Harvest

WRSI, July 30, 2021. Chris Menegoni, co-owner of Great Falls Harvest in Turners Falls, takes about the restaurant and market which have healthy, local ingredients ... healthy to grow and ... more
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Local Hero Profile: The People's Pint

September 2, 2021    Posted in: Restaurant Profiles, Local Hero Profiles
Local Hero Profile by Monica Guzik, Local Hero Intern Published in CISA’s September 2021 enewsletter A hub for good is... more
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