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Keeping the soil covered: tarps, cover crops, mulch

Many Hands Sustainability Center 411 Sheldon Road, Barre, United States

Register here! We aim for the highest possible fertility, a no till scenario, increased soil organic matter, and high nutrient density, disease and insect resistance, and as few weeds as possible. At this workshop we will discuss our 10 years of no till, a bit about our problems with this modality as they have evolved […]

$50 – $100

Climate Adaptive Gardening Series: Good Bug, Bad Bug

Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden 140 Meadow St, Florence, MA, United States

Learn the ins and outs of which insects live in our gardens, why, and how they affect our crops from Master Gardener Ken Conway! Free Please Register here 


CISA’s Farm Bike Tour: Pedal to Pasture

Join us for CISA's first-ever guided farm tour by bike! Pedal to Pasture is an immersive and engaging experience for all ages and levels of experience. Riders will be led through a guided tour of scenic roads and fields, get an inside look at three local farms' growing practices, and hear farmers' stories of the […]

$75 – $150

Off The Shelf Farm: Scaling Pastured Poultry on Leased Land

Off The Shelf Farm 200 North Plain Road, Great Barrington, MA

Off the Shelf Farm started in 2018 with 750 hens, 150 broiler chickens and 13 lambs with a hand shake lease for 30 acres and no infrastructure. In 2024 the farm will support 2800 laying hens, 4500 broiler chickens and 30 lambs all rotationally grazed on pasture. It will for the first time have a […]


Homestead Carpentry

Many Hands Sustainability Center 411 Sheldon Road, Barre, United States

Register here! There’s a time in every homesteader’s life when some carpentry is needed to build or repair something made of wood.  This workshop will provide a solid grounding in getting started. Very basic questions will be explored in a setting that requires no knowledge of woodworking. Topics will include: how to select the right […]

$50 – $100

Hope Fest 24

A mini-music fest out on a beautiful lawn in beautiful Leyden (just north of Greenfield) to raise funds for Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Bring your picnic and enjoy the music of legendary guitarist John Sheldon, traditional jazz and swing band The Catalytics, and improvisational ensemble The […]

Cricket Creek Farm: Dairy Production, Grazing, and Processing

Cricket Creek Farm 1255 Oblong Rd, Williamstown, MA

Cricket Creek is a grass-based dairy farm managed by a small team of collaborators.  The entire farm is comprised of about 500 acres, about 150 of which is hay fields, just over 100 is pasture, and the rest is wooded.  We are one of the oldest dairy farms in the region, but infused with new […]