Dine out during Eat Local Month!

This is the perfect time of year to take a break from the kitchen and enjoy the bounty of summer at a Local Hero restaurant.

Restaurants around the state are putting local on the menu in honor of the first statewide Eat Local Month -- if you're travelling, don't miss out!

Get to know your Local Heroes

Local Hero Profile: Artifact Cider Project 
Artifact Cider Project founders
Jake Mazar and Soham Bhatt

Artifact Cider Project is a quickly growing craft cidery producing hard ciders that are available in hundreds of retail outlets across the state. Now, five years into running the business, co-owners Jake Mazar and Soham Bhatt are thrilled to be opening their first tap room at their new production facility in Florence -- TODAY!

Local Hero Profile: Esselon Cafe
Esselon Cafe, Hadley
"It just makes sense to support local agriculture," says Mark Krause, owner of Esselon Cafe in Hadley.  "The products are fresher, and it makes less of an impact on the environment ... and going out to the farms is just fun!"

Don't miss out on our annual Fall Harvest Celebration -- tickets sold out last year, so get yours today!

We are looking for tickets for sporting and cultural events that we can auction at the event to support CISA's important work. Have something to donate? Contact Jennifer Williams.
What's in season? Pretty much everything!

The Atherton Farm
Scott Streble photo
Find local everywhere

It's high season! Corn, tomatoes, peaches, zinnias, and all sorts of exciting crops are in season this month! 

Looking for a little kitchen inspiration?

Valley Bounty, CISA's weekly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, gives a peek behind the scenes at local farms and shares farmers' favorite recipes.

Undocumented immigrants should be eligible for driver's licenses
The Pew Research Center estimated in 2018 that 24 percent of farm workers in the United States are undocumented immigrants -- people who work long and difficult hours to plant and harvest our food, who live in and contribute to local communities, and who are commonly denied any pathway to legal residency. Massachusetts can take one practical step toward acknowledging our reliance on the more than 200,000 undocumented immigrants who live in the state by affording them the basic right to obtain driver's licenses.

Update: HIP funded at $6.5 million
On July 31st,  Governor Baker signed a budget with $6.5 million for HIP! Many thanks to to Charlie Baker, the Massachusetts State Senate, the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and all of the advocates who support healthy families and sustainable farms!

Intern with CISA!
We are looking for a few dedicated, engaged interns to work and learn with us this fall. Looking for an internship or know someone who is? Help us spread the word!

Full internship descriptions here.
Limited edition CISA t-shirts
We still have some sizes left of our series of very cool, limited-edition, local-artist-designed CISA t-shirts! Don't miss out -- when these are gone, they're gone!

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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