It's Pick Your Own (PYO) Berry Season!
Freshly picked fruit is about as good as it gets in the summer, but berry season is short. Call ahead to make sure your favorite PYO farm is open for business.
Berry Patch Blueberry Hill Farm , Mount Washington, MA;  Blueberry Hill Farm, Washington, MA;  Bug Hill FarmHay Berry FarmLakeview OrchardMoon in the Pond
Mountain Pasture Farm;  Thompson-Finch FarmWindy Hill Farm.

Browse the 2017 Guide to Local Food and Farms or click  here  to search "Pick Your Own" and w e will see you there!

Dan Barber and Paul Krugman on "Food, Farming, and Our Future"  

Sunday, August 27

A limited number of tickets are available starting at $125. Call Berkshire Grown for more information (413.528.0041).

Co-sponsors:  Berkshire Agricultural Ventures, Elisa Spungen Bildner and Rob Bildner, Laurily Epstein, Harold Grinspoon and Diane Troderman, and Liz and Jerry Hellman.

Join us for a brunch catered by The Old Inn on the Green and The Southfield Store followed by a conversation on Food, Farming, and Our Future with special guests Dan Barber and Paul Krugman.

Dan Barber is the chef and co-owner of Blue Hill New York and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and the author of  The Third Plate. Paul Krugman is a  New York Times Op-Ed columnist and winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Guests will receive a copy of the book  Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming and Our Future. Call Berkshire Grown for more information on  tickets at 413.528.0041.

Berkshire Grown is Seeking Volunteers:

Volunteer at a farmers market to help SNAP clients access more local food!
The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) is a new program in Massachusetts that matches SNAP purchases of fruit and vegetables from local farms - making fresh, local food much more accessible to low income residents. Volunteer at your local farmers markets to help SNAP customers learn how to earn this new benefit and increase their purchasing power. 

Love farms? Love writing? Come with us on farm tours this summer and write up brief profiles for online publication!
If you have a passion for food, the writing chops to match, and you would like to channel your skills to help spread the word about the region's local farmers, let us know! 

Interested in helping? Email jamie@berkshiregrown.org.

Thompson Finch Partners with Equity Trust and the Columbia Land Conservancy
If you've been strawberry picking in our area, chances are you have picked at Thompson Finch Farm. Did you know that Don and Marnie MacLean have built up the 200 acre farm in Ancram, NY, over the past 35 years while leasing the land? 

The MacLeans have partnered with Equity Trust and the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) to form the Thompson-Finch Farm Collaborative. The goal is to permanently protect the property's ecologically important resources and offer public education opportunities while allowing future generations of farmers to continue to work the land.

Learn more here.

"What is the Dairy Farm Tax Credit?"  
Did you know that dairy farmers in the northeast are regularly paid less for their milk than it cost them to produce it?!? The complex national milk pricing system, combined with high production costs in New England, mean that dairy farmers have been facing tough times, and we've lost a lot of our dairy farms in the past decade. 

Fortunately, Massachusetts has been working on solutions to help our dairy farmers stay viable - the Dairy Farm Tax Credit. Read more about dairy farming and the tax credit  here .

By: Steve Holt for Civil Eats
  
To read the article, click here.

SAVE THE DATE:
Monday, September 25, 2017
Berkshire Grown's 19th Annual Harvest Supper

Giving Thanks
Our newly redesigned Guide to Local Food and Farms has been seen all over our region thanks to the help of our incredible volunteers: Mal Wasserman, Sarah Gardner, and Lee Venolia. 

A special thank you to the late Representative Gailanne Cariddi. She worked tirelessly to support agriculture throughout our region and the Commonwealth. Her legacy will live on in the work she has inspired of others. 
Support Berkshire Grown, local food, and our farmers.

Stay in Touch
Berkshire Grown's e-newsletter comes out monthly. 
Please send information to alicia@berkshiregrown.org

Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Kate Bailey, Program Manager
Jamie Paxton, Outreach Program Manager
Alicia Rossie, Membership Outreach Coordinator, Newsletter Editor

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