About

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) strengthens farms and engages the community to build the local food economy.

CISA is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. We began this work more than 20 years ago, and thousands of people in our region have contributed to our success and impact. More than 250 farms participate in our programs, and the number of residents who are committed to supporting local agriculture grows every day. Our Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown® program, the longest-running agricultural buy-local campaign in the country, connects farmers and the community, improving farm business viability and enhancing the quality of life for residents across the region. Additional programs include Senior FarmShare, technical assistance for farms and food businesses, and research and support for local food and farm businesses of all kinds, including processors, distributors, and producers of value-added products like jams, cheeses, and pickles.

Recent initiatives include CISA’s Emergency Farm Fund, significant expansion of our work in Hampden County, and support for the creation of the PVGrows Community Investment Fund, a project of the collaborative PVGrows Network.

Guided by a new Strategic Plan, in 2015-2017 we will strengthen our work by:

  •  Strengthening the network of farmers and other businesses in the local food economy;
  • Building staff capacity and skills in working across, race, class and other differences to ensure that CISA’s programs reflects the needs of all members of the community;
  • Helping define how local agriculture can play a positive role in stemming the impacts of climate change; and,
  • Supporting the adoption of more sustainable labor and environmental practices throughout the local food economy.

We are successful only because of the people we have inspired and those who have inspired us. Please join with us as we deepen our connections to each other and create a community that is economically and environmentally healthy for our children and our children’s children.

CISA believes that the community is better served when a full range of ideas, stories, and events are posted reflecting a wide range of viewpoint and values. The posting of events, classifieds, and links (embedded or otherwise) on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such posted material or parts therein by CISA.

In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, CISA is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC  20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

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