CISA's Field Guide to Spring

We're thrilled to present the first in our new series of seasonal publications! CISA's Field Guide to Spring features recipes and tips for enjoying the best that spring and early summer has to offer, and we are hard at work dropping copies at grocery stores, libraries, and other community locations. Check out the pdf here.
Get to know your local dairy farmers!
Bar-Way Farm, Deerfield
June is dairy month, so raise a glass (of milk) in honor of the hardworking dairy farmers of Massachusetts!

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!

To learn more about the people behind the milk or the contributions dairy farms make to our community, visit our special dairy page or the MA Dairy Promotion Board.

What's in season?

Red Gate Farm Education Center, Ashfield
Pick your own or buy them by the quart -- fresh, juicy, super delicious strawberries have arrived!  
Find them here.

Farmers' market and farm stands
Find plants for your garden, early-season vegetables, greens, asparagus, and lots more as farmers' markets and farm stands open for the season! CISA's searchable online guide has details.
Local Hero profile: Bare Roots Farm
Chris and Anna of Bare Roots Farm
Chris Reid and Anna Maunz, two Pennsylvanians with a background in fruit and vegetable farming, headed off on a road trip in 2011 in search of a place to call home and begin their farming business. They ended up in Chesterfield and are now in their 6th year as Bare Roots Farm.

The view from the national Ag Census
Farmers across the nation are facing real challenges, including increasingly uncertain weather patterns due to climate change and the financial pressures of global competition. Sometimes, our understanding of these trends comes primarily from anecdotes, but every five years, the national Census of Agriculture gives us the statistical view.

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!

The Farmer & the Land: A Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner

Wheelhouse, Amherst
Thursday, August 1, 5:30-8pm  

Enjoy a meal with friends at Red Fire Farm! Delicious, locally grown food will be prepared by Wheelhouse. You'll hear the story of Red Fire Farm from Sarah and Ryan Voiland and learn about CISA and Kestrel Land Trust's work to support and preserve local farms and farmland that is the foundation of our food system. Proceeds will benefit CISA and Kestrel Land Trust. 

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!
Go to press page

Farm tours, film screenings, workshops, special local meals -- there's always something happening in the Valley!
Go to events listing

Job opportunities, land, equipment.
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