Fall Harvest Celebration is nearly sold out

We can't wait to gather with so many of you at next Thursday's Fall Harvest Celebration -- and tickets are VERY close to selling out! Were you planning to join us? This is your very last chance.

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.
Farm Festivals and More

Find all sorts of farm fun on CISA's events page!

Kitchen Garden Farm's Chilifest!
September 14 and 15, 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. Enjoy great live music, local brews, fun for all ages, and spicy food all weekend long! Tickets and the full schedule of events here.

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
September 28 and 29, 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.
Food Is Public Health Oversight Hearing

September 27, 1-4pm
Greenfield Community College
Interested in the impact of food insecurity and inequitable access to nutritious food on public health? All are welcome to attend an upcoming Public Health Committee oversight hearing, coordinated by Public Health Co-Chairs Senator Jo Comerford and Representative John Mahoney. Experts on the food system and its impact on public health will discuss how state, federal, and non-profit programs work together to improve the health of the Commonwealth. Topics will include food as medicine, food deserts and healthy food access, the role of agriculture in public health, and school food programming.

What's in season? Late summer and early fall crops!

Find local everywhere

This month, you can still find summer favorites like corn, tomatoes, and melon, AND fall crops are starting to come in too -- apples, squash, and more.

Apple taste-test

We went on WWLP's Mass Appeal to sample some early apple varieties from Clarkdale Fruit Farms.

Looking for a little seasonal inspiration?

Keep an eye out for CISA's Field Guide to Fall, now available at libraries, farmers' markets, grocery stores, and other community locations. Want to make sure you get a copy, or have feedback to share? 

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.

Land Use and Climate Change
A vast new report, Climate Change and Land, from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, lays out in stark detail the impacts of human land use on global warming and the opportunities that land offers for remediation and adaptation to a changing climate.

Read more about this, and what it means locally, in CISA's column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Local Hero Profile: Pop's Farm
On a peaceful street in Hatfield sits Pop's Farm, a small, family run, multi-generational farm growing squash, decorative corn, flowers, and more.

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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