Do not miss CISA's Fall Harvest Celebration next Thursday!

September 20th, 6-8:30pm
Valley View Farm, Haydenville

Join us for a delightful evening of tasty farm-to-fork local foods, open bar, stunning views, excellent company, lively music -- plus a stellar auction! Catered by Smith Dining Services and Wheelhouse.

Farm festivals and more

Kitchen Garden Farm's Chilifest!
September 15 and 16, 12-5pm
Mike's Maze, 23 South Main St, Sunderland
The Valley's hottest farm festival is back! Kitchen Garden Farm's annual Chilifest is a celebration of hot peppers and all things spicy -- come enjoy great live music, local brews and spicy food all weekend long! Tickets and the full schedule of events here.

Warm Colors Apiary Honey Festival
September 15, 12-4pm
Warm Colors Apiary, 2 South Mill River Road, South Deerfield
A celebration of honey bees, pollinators, and beekeeping, now in its 18th year. Free and open to anyone with an interest in learning more about the importance of bees, honey, and the art of beekeeping. Details at bottom of page here.

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
September 29 and 30, 10am-5pm
60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange
The festival that stinks! There is something for everyone at this family-friendly fall event, held on a beautiful historic farm amidst autumn foliage. Details here.
Get to know our Local Heroes! 
Breaking Ground: Foxtrot Herb Farm

Farmers Abby Ferla and Christopher Sabo talk medicinal herbs and farm revitalization in the most recent installment of CISA's video series, "Breaking Ground: Beginning Farmer Stories."

Local Hero profile: Champney's Restaurant & Tavern

Champney's Restaurant & Tavern at The Deerfield Inn, like many local farms, was profoundly affected by flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011. When the restaurant reopened 18 months later, it had been transformed into a cozier, more casual spot -- but with maintained connections to nearby farms. 

Local Hero profile: Holyoke Hummus Company

Photo courtesy of Holyoke Hummus Company
According to John Grossman, owner of the Holyoke Hummus Company, people come in every day asking what hummus and falafel are, to which he responds by offering them a taste. "People are often really excited about the way it tastes," he says, "it's a welcome addition to the other food that's here on the street." Now with a brick-and-mortar restaurant and a recognizable food truck, the Holyoke Hummus Company is still "just taking it one sandwich at a time."

Local Hero profile: Stony Hill Farm

Alice Colman and Brian Cunningham have brought new life to an old farm in Wilbraham. They produce a diverse mix of vegetables, raw honey, pasture-raised eggs, cut flowers, and more, all with thoughtful care for the land.

National policy with local impacts

"Changing the way we spend our food dollars has a lot of benefits, but all by itself it's unlikely to address complex issues like climate change and food insecurity. Federal policy, on the other hand, impacts the big picture."

Feedback needed on HIP

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