Watch now: Field Notes
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Full footage of CISA's event, "Field Notes: An Afternoon of Storytelling" is online now! Coming of age on the farm, falling in love, building community, heartbreak, hunger, and pumpkin thieves: see all ten local storytellers share their moving, hilarious, and enlightening local food and farm stories.

Amherst Winter Farmers' Market
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Winter markets are running all winter long!

Farm fields may be dormant, but winter markets are brimming with local food! Find everything local in CISA's searchable online guide

Save the date for special Winter Fare days at the regular markets: February 2nd at the Greenfield Winter Farmers' Market and February 9th at the Amherst Winter Farmers' Market(Also, Amherst Winter Market is looking for input on how to best serve their community -- want to share your thoughts? Contact the market manager!)

And if you're looking for some seasonal cooking inspiration, check out Valley Bounty, CISA's weekly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette!

New, limited-edition CISA t-shirts!

Now available: a brand-new, limited edition, mushroomific t-shirt designed by local artist Maggie Madole! This is the third in a seasonal series of t-shirts created in honor of CISA's 25th anniversary.

Reflecting on change, 25 years in

December marked the end of CISA's 25th anniversary year. This landmark gave us the opportunity to reflect on how our local food and farm system has changed in recent decades, and it also invited thoughts about change itself: how individuals can spark change, how collaboration carries it forward, and how institutionalization can protect and sustain that change.

Read more about the trajectory of change in CISA's monthly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

And our deepest thanks to everyone who helped us reach our bold goal of raising $250,000 in our 25th year! With your support, we look ahead to new challenges and new work.
Local Hero profile: Fairview Farms

The Sandersons: Brad, Jake,and Alan
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"The first Sanderson who farmed goes back to the 1600s," Alan Sanderson Jr. told us. For many of those centuries the Sandersons made their living running a small dairy farm, but big changes have happened on Fairview Farms throughout Alan's life.

Farmers, apply now for Local Farmer Awards

Now accepting applications: the Local Farmer Awards, offered by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation in partnership with Big Y. Farmers may apply through January 31st for up to $2,500 for infrastructure improvements or equipment projects.

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