Black Lives Matter. Donate to Black-led food justice work.
Last Thursday, we sent out a statement calling on our supporters and donors to throw your financial support behind organizations that are working to dismantle white supremacy in the food system. You can read the full statement here.

We should have linked to local and regional leaders in this work, which include Gardening the CommunitySpringfield Food Policy Council, and Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust -- all doing vital work to dismantle white supremacy in the food system. Please learn more about each of them and donate to support their work.
What's in season, and how to get it
Strawberries are ripe, asparagus is still coming in, greens are plentiful, and farmers' markets are opening throughout the region.

PYO farms are opening for the season, with a lot of adjustments to keep you safe while you pick. Find them all on our online guide -- but make sure they're open before you go!

We are keeping track of farm stands, farmers' markets, restaurants, and other local businesses so you can identify who is open for business right now and any changes they've made in response to COVID-19. Filter the list for curbside pickup, home delivery, and other coronavirus-specific purchasing options. This list is updated daily. Please share it!

HIP (Healthy Incentives Program) provides an instant rebate when you use SNAP to buy produce from participating farms. The HIP - Pioneer Valley Facebook page is up to date with participating locations.
Help CISA thank local farmers
We’re making a video to thank our local farms for all their hard work during the pandemic. You could be one of its stars!

We know that local farms and food businesses have stepped up for our community over the last few months, and we want to highlight the role that local farms are playing in peoples’ lives during this unique moment in history. We’re making a video to share some of these stories, and we want to hear yours! All you have to do is film a 30-90 second video of yourself using your phone or computer.

Local Hero profile: Dave's Natural Garden
The plants grown at Dave's Natural Garden have been carefully selected for our local weather conditions, and they have been carefully managed in the greenhouse for maximum success in your garden. CISA intern Talia Brown visited in February and wrote about the greenhouses. The farm store also stocks their own veggies and eggs, plus local meat, cheese and more!

Reflections and analysis from CISA
CISA's Annual Meeting video is online now!

Did you miss CISA's online Annual Meeting last month? It featured a fascinating conversation from CISA staff and local farmers about how COVID-19 is impacting local farms and our local food system.

CISA's 2019 Annual Report

The spread of COVID-19 is shaping the coming year for CISA, the farms and businesses we work with, and our entire world in unexpected and still undetermined ways. Still, even as we look ahead to new challenges, our 2019 Annual Report gives us an opportunity to share the results of last year's work, and to reflect on how the foundation we’ve laid will guide us.

Emergency Farm Fund now accepting applications
CISA's Emergency Farm Fund is now accepting applications from farms in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties that have experienced income loss because of sales outlet closures or other disruptions due to COVID-19. The Emergency Farm Fund offers zero-interest loans to assist farmers and farm businesses struggling to meet their immediate financial needs because of market changes and closures. In partnership with the Franklin County CDC and the Pioneer Valley Grows Investment Fund, we are offering zero-interest loans up to $25,000.

The application deadline is June 22nd, 2020.

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