Field Notes: tell your local food or farm story!

CISA is hosting an oral storytelling event, and we’re seeking story submissions focused on local food and farming. Are you a farmer, farm worker, chef, waiter, food processor, distributor, shopper, or eater with a great local food or farm story to tell? Pitch it to us! You could be selected to tell it on stage at CISA’s “Field Notes,” which will be held on November 18th at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

Story criteria:

  • Stories should be personal narratives from your real-life experience.
  • Stories should be stories! Stories have characters and a beginning, middle, and end–think memoir, not op-ed. Selected storytellers will have the opportunity to refine their stories with CISA’s support ahead of the event, so you don’t need to have a perfectly crafted story to pitch us.
  • Stories should be connected to the theme of local food and farming, with a focus on agriculture in Western Massachusetts.
  • Stories should be no longer than five minutes.
  • Storytellers will perform their stories on stage in front of a large audience, so be prepared to rehearse ahead of time!

How to enter your story for consideration:

  • Think through your story. It doesn’t need to be polished, but you should be able to explain the story’s arc.
  • Call our designated phone line, 413-453-9055, and leave a voicemail with a two-minute pitch.
  • The deadline for submission is Friday, April 27th.

Timeline and process:

  • Stories will be selected for the event and participants will be notified by May 25th.
  • All selected storytellers will attend a free storytelling workshop. Storytellers will have opportunities throughout the summer and fall to edit, workshop, and get feedback on their stories.

This event will be recorded for CISA’s website and social media.

Questions? Contact Noah Baustin via email or at 413-665-7100, ext. 34.


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