May 2010 Issue
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Amherst Farmers' Market

Most Massachusetts farmers' markets open for business in May, directly connecting farmers with their customers. These regular markets afford local farmers the chance to sell their product at a fair price, talk about their growing methods, hand out samples, and build a strong customer base. With farmers' markets popping up all over the area, there is likely to be one conveniently located near you almost any day of the week. To be successful, every market needs committed regular customers. Whether a market is new this season, simply new to you or an old favorite, be sure to visit your local market often throughout the summer and fall. Your farmer will thank you for it.


The CISA staff

Photo by Jason Threlfall

2010 Local Grown cover
Get Locally Grown
The 2010 edition of Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide will be hitting newstands and mailboxes later this month. The guide features descriptions of, and contact information for, the 306 Local Hero farms and businesses, along with information on how you can become more involved with local agriculture. CISA's community members at the Household level or higher will receive a guide in the mail. Join or renew your membership today!

CISA Hosts Legislative Forum on Future of Ag
Come to CISA's legislative forum on Thursday, May 13, and join the conversation about the importance of local agriculture to our health, our climate and our local economy.

As a CISA community member, you are invited to attend a special reception from 6-7pm at the Northampton Senior Center, prior to the start of the public portion of the forum. If you plan to attend, please contact Tracie Butler-Kurth, Community Membership Coordinator, at 413-665-7100 by Tuesday, May 11 (preferred). Thanks to River Valley Market and Red Fire Farm for providing refreshments at the reception.

Get Your Fingers in the Dirt with CISA
If you've visited the CISA office in South Deerfield, you've seen that we are proficient at raising locally grown weeds. This spring we've decided to do something about our embarrassing landscape. Local Hero member Llani Davidson, owner of Gardens for Change, is lending her garden consultation and installation expertise to help us transform the CISA front yard. Read more...

Auction Volunteers Needed
Want to have fun, meet neighbors and community members with shared interests and values, exercise your creativity, eat great local food AND help CISA raise much-needed funds for its programs? CISA is looking for volunteers to join the Auction Committee for Taste the View, our annual fundraising gala, on Friday, September 24, at the Three County Fairgrounds. There are many opportunities to help -- from procurring donated items and services, to assisting with auction table design and set up, to keeping tabs on the bidding frenzy on the night of the event. For more information, contact Michele Marotta, Event Contractor, at 413-587- 3902.

Quench Your Thirst Using a CISA Water Bottle
Be the first in your town to own a brand new CISA water bottle. If you need an additional incentive to drop the bottled water and purchase a re-usable bottle, check out the online video The Story of Bottled Water. Don't forget, all CISA community members at the Grower's Collective and Harvest Society levels receive 10% off any purchase at CISA's online store.

Looking to grow a little green (salad)?
We've completed the first phase of our work on food safety guidelines and protocols for salad greens, and have placed many resources for growers on our website, including cash flow templates, self-assessment and cost benefits analysis worksheets.

Cover of guide created by Allison Bell

Local Heroes named "Best of the Valley"
Local Hero farms and businesses garnered a lot of votes in the annual Valley Advocate's readers' poll. In fact, our Local Heroes dominated several categories. Read more...
Review of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
Claire Turner, one of CISA's spring interns, gives us her take on Novella Carpenter's memoir about creating a small farm on an empty lot in Oakland, Calif. Read more...

Farm photo calendar contest
The 2010 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest is accepting entries until June 1 for the 2011 calendar. Twelve photographs will be selected. Photos of the traditional (maple sugaring, cranberries, dairy cows, flowers/plants, fall fruits, farmers and farm families) as well as the new and dynamic (on-farm renewable energy systems and urban agriculture) are being accepted. Read more...

Greenfield native named to most influential list
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, who grew up in Greenfield, was cited in Time magazine's annual list of the most influential people for her ability to support the locally grown and organic food movements AND work with conventional farmers - all while navigating the complexities of Washington DC bureaucracy.
Find out about workshops, farm festivals, film screenings, farm summer camps and other local farm-related events on the Events and Education page of our web site. Be sure to bookmark the page and check it often as we regularly update the page throughout the month. Here is a sample of what's happening in May.
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