Enroll: Specialty Producers

Restricted to businesses that use 50 percent or more locally grown ingredients/materials in their value-added products.

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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. Determine your tier eligibility and and learn more about bronze and silver membership level benefits below.

Step 1: Determine your tier eligibility

Tier 1 – business eligibility:

You should join as a business member if at least 25% of your entire product line consists of products containing 50% or more locally grown ingredients or materials. Business members may use the Local Hero logo in general marketing for their business as a whole, in addition to using the logo on any products that meet the 50% criteria.

Tier 2 – product-only eligibility:

You should join as a product-only member if you have individual products that contain 50% or more locally grown ingredients or materials, and these products make up less than 25% of your product line. Product-only members may use the Local Hero logo on any products that meet the 50% criteria. They may not use the logo in general marketing for their business as a whole.

Step 2: Select your membership level

Bronze ($150) benefits include:

  • Permission to use the Local Hero logo
  • Listing in the searchable online Farm Products Guide
  • Listing in the print Farm Products Guide (if enrolled by March 1st)
  • Starter kit of Local Hero price cards and stickers
  • A “We Support Local Agriculture” 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, and events, and products
  • Discounts on print Farm Products Guide ads
  • Discounts on newspaper and radio advertising, Living Local and Pioneer Valley Local First membership, nutrition analysis, and ServSafe training. See more information here.
  • 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 ($240) benefits include:

All the benefits of bronze membership, PLUS:

  • Free Local Hero stickers and price cards up to 100 rolls of stickers and 1500 price cards
  • 50% off membership/discounted rates at Western MA Food Processing Center. See more information here.
  • Discounts on print Farm Products Guide ads
  • 50 copies of the Farm Products Guide for your business

Discounts to lower your membership fee!

Year-end Survey: Complete our survey for a $5 discount!

Early Bird: Get $25 off if you complete your registration by 2/1/17.

Recruitment: Get $25 off if you recruit a new member (they must join by 3/1/17 and mention your referral).

Advertising: Get $25 off if you used the Local Hero logo or slogan in a paid ad in 2016 and send us a copy of the ad (or radio script).

Multiple listings or memberships

You can list other businesses you own at a discount. If you have a farm stand you can get it listed for an additional $50. For prices and more information on multiple listings contact Devon at 413-665-7100 x22.

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