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We have an exciting opportunity for kids who like to cook: submit your favorite recipe using local ingredients, and your recipe could be featured in an upcoming cookbook! CISA has partnered with local author Deanna Cook, whose cookbook for kids is scheduled to be published by Storey Publishing in fall 2014.

We want to hear from kids who are getting creative in the kitchen and playing with seasonal, local foods!

This recipe contest is part of CISA's year-long Local Hero Challenge, an exciting way for the community to learn more about local agriculture through hands-on, fun activities. This month and next, we're also offering Farm Stand Bingo, a new way to explore the varied offerings of local farms. Find all the details about playing bingo and submitting a recipe on our website. It's not too late to sign up! 


Eat well, and enjoy the bounty of the season!


The CISA Staff

Farm-to-Table Dinner Benefits CISA and Enterprise Farm's Food Access Programs

It's a year of milestones! Whole Foods Market in Hadley is celebrating 30 years as a community partner in the Valley, their 25-year partnership with Enterprise Farm, & CISA's 20th Anniversary! Whole Foods is saying THANK YOU by throwing a farm-to-table dinner at Enterprise Farm in Whately on July 27th. All proceeds will be donated to CISA and the Enterprise Farm Food Access Programs; purchase tickets here.


Job Opening at CISA

CISA is hiring a part-time Program Assistant to help with program implementation and communications. Read more here.


Wear your support for Locally Grown!
We have beautiful new 20th anniversary t-shirts for sale for $20. Soft, made in the USA, organic cotton. Find them


Taste the View: Volunteers Needed
From decoration and set-up to food pick-up and kitchen help, we've got a job for you! Contact
Judy to volunteer. Thanks for helping make our major annual fundraiser a success!


CISA Community Members Save 10% on food and drink at Cup and Top

Stop by Cup and Top in downtown Florence to try their delicious soups, sandwiches and baked goods made with ingredients from local farms. Enjoy organic coffee or tea, free Wi-Fi, and an inviting kids' play space. Bring your membership card and try them out! (Not a member? Join here.)


Seasonal Recipes and Preserving Tips

Each week, CISA posts delicious cooking and eating ideas from local farms and bloggers on our Valley Bounty webpage. You'll also find preserving ideas and information about local sourcing. Recent weeks have focused on napa cabbage, peas, milk and yogurt.


Recent Workshops for Farmers and Food Business People

A June workshop on meat cutting, meat quality, and selecting different cuts for different markets was filled to capacity and will be repeated in July in partnership with Adams Farm slaughterhouse. On July 18th, we'll also hold a workshop for farmers on the Food Safety Modernization Act, how it could impact local farms, and how farms can provide feedback on the draft rules to the Food and Drug Administration. Contact Kristen for more information.

Local Hero profile: Dickinson Farm
Marc Laflamme gestures toward the scenic spread of rolling pick-your-own berry, peach and apple fields at Dickinson Farm & Greenhouse in Granby, where neighbors have been enjoying the fruits of his family's labor for decades. "The same people keep coming," says Marc. "Parents brought their kids forty years ago, and then those kids grew up and brought their kids. People who have come and seen the quality of the stuff - it means everything." Read all about Dickinson Farm here.

Visit our Press Room for lots of news from local farms, including interviews with two local farms with ice cream stands and a story about the impact of June's rain on July's sweet corn.

All Things Local Store in Amherst

A group of Amherst residents and local farmers have made a commitment to renovate the Souper Bowl restaurant in downtown Amherst (across from Bart's Ice Cream) to open a cooperatively managed store offering local food and crafts. They've set a goal of attracting 300 founder-members willing to pay $50 membership dues in July to demonstrate community interest to investors. Learn more, or join, here.


MA Farm to School Harvest of the Month

This fall, the Massachusetts Farm to School Project will launch Harvest of the Month, a campaign promoting a different Massachusetts-grown crop each month in school cafeterias across the state. Harvest for Students Week (September 30 - October 4, 2013) is a highlight in this ongoing campaign and kicks off National Farm to School Month in October. MA Farm to School offers free, individualized help with sourcing local products, beautiful and informative promotional materials, and resources that connect the cafeteria campaign to the classroom and community environment.


Divided House Divides Farm Bill

In June, the long-lived Farm Bill alliance of urban Democrats and farm-state Republicans fell to disagreement over cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), which Tea Party Republicans thought didn't go far enough and many Democrats argued were much too deep. (Massachusetts' Jim McGovern, for example, introduced an amendment that would have fully restored SNAP funding.) For the second time in a year, the House failed to pass a Farm Bill. Today, the House Republican leadership has introduced a vote on only the agricultural portion of the Farm Bill. It's not clear if they have the votes to pass the divided bill, which does not include reforms of farm subsidy programs sought by both conservatives and sustainable agriculture proponents -- nor what will happen to nutrition benefits (which now help feed one in seven Americans) if they do. The Senate's nutrition title, with more limited cuts to SNAP, might prevail in conference, or the House might pass new SNAP legislation with much deeper cuts.

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