CISA celebrates 25 years!

2018 marks CISA’s 25th anniversary year! Join us as we reflect on how our agricultural landscape has changed and look ahead to new work.

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We are raising $250,000 in honor of 25 years! The money we raise will help us work on the priorities laid out in our new strategic plan over the next several years. Donate here.

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Guest Column: Sustaining Agriculture for 25 Years
The Daily Hampshire Gazette, January 22, 2018, by Claire Morenon.
This year, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) celebrates 25 years of supporting Pioneer Valley farms and working to build a resilient, fair, and delicious local food system. The quarter-century mark presents us with a moment to reflect on the impact of 25 years of work and change, and to look ahead to new challenges, new partnerships and new possibilities. Read more …

Interview: Vicki Van Zee
WRSI, February 19, 2018.
Former CISA executive director Vicki Van Zee joined current director Phil Korman and Monte Belmonte to celebrate CISA’s 25th anniversary, talk about the local agricultural context in which CISA started, and recall some of the issues in local farming that the first CISA meetings focused on. Listen …

Interview: Bree-Z-Knoll Farm
WRSI, February 26, 2018.
Warren Facey, long-time CISA Board Member and owner of Bree-Z-Knoll Farm, joined us on WRSI with his daughter-in-law Angie Facey to talk about the early days of both CISA and Our Family Farms Milk. Listen …

CISA Marks 25 Years of Putting Farmers First
The Recorder, March 9, 2018, by Richie Davis.
CISA’s “Be a Local Hero” campaign has become so well known and so synonymous with the Deerfield-based nonprofit, but CISA’s work over a quarter-century has been extensive. It includes research on issues like the costs of dairy production and the need for key processing and storage components, as well as workshops and one-on-one help for farmers on business issues, complex health and safety regulations and on immigration. Read more …

Friday Takeaway: Once and Future Farmers
The Daily Hampshire Gazette, April 13, 2018, by Caroline Pam of Kitchen Garden Farm.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) and the 40th anniversary of the Massachusetts Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) program. As I plant the first seeds of my farm’s 13th season, I’m reminded how essential to our farm’s existence both groups have been. Read more …

Interview: Re. Steve Kulik
WRSI, June 8, 2018.
State Representative Steve Kulik, who has represented the 1st Franklin district for the last 25 years, talks about his decision to retire from the state legislature, his work on behalf of farmers, and agricultural issues he hopes his successor takes seriously. Listen …

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