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Enroll: Farmers & Farmer Coops

Restricted to businesses that grow, harvest, and market their own agricultural products as more than 50% of their economic activity.

If you are a renewing Local Hero member, click here to fill out our year-end survey BEFORE you enroll for a $10 credit.*

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Local Hero membership benefits

All members benefit from CISA’s aggressive advertising and marketing campaign and promotion of our trademarked slogan Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown® and Local Hero logo.

CISA recognizes farmers faced unprecedented challenges this year as a result of COVID-19. This sliding scale option was created so cost would not be a barrier for farms to participate.

The baseline cost for a bronze membership is $150. This cost covers staff time to maintain the Online Guide, execute marketing opportunities, “Buy Local” consumer advertising, the cost of the Local Hero POP starter kit, 1×1 CISA staff assistance, and overhead costs. If you can’t afford this, pay any amount between $1-$150. Please use the graphic and the benchmarks below to determine the price you will pay.

Not Sure What to Pay?

$40 covers the cost of the POP starter kit.

$75 covers the staff time to maintain the online guide and to execute marketing opportunities as well as the cost of the Local Hero starter kit.

Those who are able to pay $151 or more help subsidize the cost of those who are unable to afford the baseline price. If you are able to pay more it’s greatly appreciated by CISA and your fellow farmers.

Bronze (Baseline $150) benefits include:

  • Permission to use the Local Hero logo
  • Listing in the searchable online guide
  • Starter kit of Local Hero price cards and stickers
  • A “We are a Local Hero Farm” sign for new members
  • Access to additional low-cost Local Hero supplies and merchandise. See more information here.
  • Access to CISA marketing expertise and technical assistance
  • Members-only networking events
  • Monthly members-only e-newsletters
  • Discounts on CISA workshops, events, and products
  • Eligibility to serve on CISA’s board and committees
  • Eligibility to apply for Grinspoon farm grants
  • CISA staff will review ad copy, materials, grants, etc. if needed
  • Priority opportunity to participate in CISA’s annual fundraising event
  • Opportunity to promote your farm festival or event on CISA’s website and e-newsletter

Silver (Baseline $240) benefits include:

All the benefits of bronze membership, PLUS:

  • Additional free Local Hero stickers and price cards; up to 100 rolls of stickers and 1,500 price cards
  • 50% off client facility fee at Western MA Food Processing Center. See more information here.

Credits Available for Completing Year-End Survey!

*Complete our survey for a $10 credit if you are a returning member!
Credit can be used toward future workshop fees, to buy additional POP, CISA merchandise, or even next year’s membership fee! This $10 can be used towards your enrollment fee immediately if your payment for your membership is greater than ten dollars.

Survey Link: surveymonkey.com/r/LHFarmer2020

Multiple listings or memberships

If you have more than one farm stand you can get them listed. Please refer to the sliding scale to determine the cost you will pay per listing. If you own one or more eligible non-farm businesses, or if you want your farm listed in multiple sections of the online guide, you may be eligible for additional savings per Local Hero membership. For any questions contact Dan at 413-665-7100 x26.

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