It's Farmers Market Season!

Local Farmer Awards Recipients Announced

Last month, the Local Farmer Awards, funded by a group of philanthropic leaders and businesses, gave $135,000 in awards to 59 farmers operating in Western Massachusetts to fund infrastructure improvements on their farms. 

Each award winner received up to $2,500 through a competitive application process for projects that will help them expand their businesses, compete in the marketplace, and continue providing the health and environmental benefits of local farming.

For more information and for the list of Berkshire Grown Member winners, click here.

Red Shirt Farm Greens and Greenhouse
Two local farms, Red Shirt and Square Roots, were featured in a recent Berkshire Eagle article about their installation of state-funded solar arrays.

Not only are the farms saving money on utility bills, they are also part of an expected reduction of greenhouse gas emissions state-wide greater than 660 tons per year.

Read the whole article  here

A Message from Board President
Many of you have heard, but if you missed the recent news from Allison Rachele Bayles about Barbara Zheutlin's upcoming transition , you can read the letter and find out more here

When you see Barbara at this season's farmers markets, at Heirloom on July 28, and Berkshire Grown's Harvest Supper on September 24, you can thank her for her incredible leadership and support of local food and farms.

Check out  Find Food and Farms  for the list of CSAs in the region. Some farms fill up early, so sign up now! 

CSA = Community Supported Agriculture 

If you join a CSA Farm now, you provide the farmer with funds to buy seeds and supplies, and in the season you receive a share of the crops.  Some CSAs continue into the winter, check it out: Find Food and Farms

2018's Guide to Local Food & Farms is on its Way 

Members, keep an eye on your mailbox in the coming weeks, this year's Guide to Local Food and Farms is at the printer and on its way. 

If you aren't a member, become one today, and pick up your copy of the Farm Guide at venues throughout the region.

Join us this Summer!

Berkshire Grown and Greylock WORKS present HEIRLOOM

Saturday, July 28, 2018
10:30am-6pm 
Celebrate the Berkshires' passion for authentic, handcrafted design and local food.

Set in Greylock WORKS' expansive, light-filled weave shed, this unique marketplace brings together regional artisans, curators, chefs and farmers, to delight guests of all ages and interests.

Peruse and procure quality local crafts and discover exciting new flavors with demos, talks and tastings. Click here for more information. 

Save the Date:
2018 Harvest Supper
Monday, September 24, 2018
Ski Butternut
Mark your calendar and be on the lookout for information this summer. We'll see you there!

Thank You and Farewell to Berkshire Grown's Jamie Paxton!
After 3 1/2 years at Berkshire Grown,  Jamie is leaving Berkshire Grown to focus full-time on her studies and graduate school. 

Jamie has been a tireless advocate for farmers and food producers and an invaluable part of Berkshire Grown's staff. One of the most recent and remarkable projects that she worked on was the roll-out of the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). HIP provides a dollar-for-dollar match for SNAP money spent on fruits and vegetables purchased at participating farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs statewide.

Join us in thanking Jamie and wishing her well in all future  endeavors. 

Support Berkshire Grown, local food, and our farmers.

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

Barbara Zheutlin, Director
Jess Camp, Program Manager
Jamie Paxton, Outreach Program Manager
Alicia Rossie, Communications Director
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