Get to know your local dairy farmers!
Robinson Farm in Hardwick
Raise a glass (of milk) in honor of dairy month!

Dairy farmers represent a vital piece of our local agricultural system, providing a LOT of nutrition, economic activity, and care for our land.

Supporting local dairy farms is easier than you might think, since most of the milk produced by our region's dairy farmers is processed and sold in New England and New York. Or you can buy dairy products directly from farmers at farm stands and farmers' markets -- of course we have a list here!

If you want to learn more about the people behind the milk or the contributions dairy farms make to our community, visit our special dairy page here or the MA Dairy Promotion Board's website here.

Upinngil Farm strawberries
What's in season

Farm stands and farmers' markets around the Valley are brimming with spring greens, garlic scapes, and early veggies -- and strawberries are coming close behind! If you want seasonal cooking inspiration, check out our weekly Valley Bounty column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Read Valley Bounty here
Forest Park Farmers' Market
Farmers' markets are open, and vital!

The most successful farmers' markets are able to balance multiple roles in harmony, functioning as a vital vector of commerce for local farm businesses, as a community destination and public meeting space, and as a resource to all members of the communities they serve.

Read CISA's monthly Daily Hampshire Gazette column for more!
Find a local farmers' market here.
Amherst Farmers' Market
Double your SNAP dollars!

CISA and Healthy Hampshire are doubling SNAP dollars (up to $10 per visit) at farmers' markets in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties through the end of June. Spend $10 in SNAP and get $20 in tokens to spend at the market!

Find more info and a list of markets here 
Taste the View 2016
Help make Taste the View a success!

CISA is seeking volunteers for our September 28th harvest celebration and auction, Taste the View. From flower arranging to set-up, we've got a job for you! Contact Lisabeth to help out. And save the date for this wonderful annual event -- more details coming soon. Thank you!

Pam and Ray Robinson
Local Hero Profile: Robinson Farm

Fourth-generation dairy farmers Ray and Pam Robinson of Robinson Farm in Hardwick follow a traditional cheesemaking technique called "affinage" in making their raw milk cheeses. They believe happy cows make good milk, and good milk makes delicious cheese.

Read the full profile here
Welcome, Mia!

We're pleased to welcome Mia Kortebein as a Program Coordinator with the Local Hero team. Mia will be helping CISA implement the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) by providing technical assistance to farmers, farm stands, and CSAs that want to accept SNAP. She will also work on expanding CISA's technical assistance offerings to farmers.

See Mia's whole bio here.
Quick Links

Check out our press page for news stories about local farms and local agriculture, along with our weekly interview series on WRSI, monthly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and more!
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Farm tours, film screenings, workshops, special local meals -- there's always something happening in the Valley!
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Job opportunities, land, equipment.
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