Spring Has Sprung - Well Almost

2018 ThinkFood Conference
The Future of Farming: Democratizing the Food System
Saturday, April 7,  10 AM  -  5 PM
Hosted by Bard College at Simon's Rock Center for Food Studies

Join us this Saturday, April 7, at Simon's Rock Kellogg Music Center and Fisher Science Center for the 5th Annual ThinkFood Conference!

Enjoy hearing from expert panelists, participating in roundtable discussions, eating delicious local food, and stretch your legs on a guided tree walk around campus.

Seating is limited! For more information and registration visit: simons-rock.edu/thinkfood.

Environmental Film Focus series_ The Bullish Farmer

Celebrate Earth Day with Berkshire Grown and BIFF!  On Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at the Daniel Arts Center at Simon's Rock, the series presents The Bullish Farmer - the story of a Wall Street banker who becomes a farmer and a voice for the struggles of sustainable agriculture. The Bullish Farmer, John Ubaldo will be available for a Q&A session together with film's producer and director Ken Marsolais; Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown; and Jamie Samowitz, executive director of Roots Rising.
A reception will follow the Q&A. 

Tickets are $10 for the general public and may be purchased online
, by calling the BIFF office at (413) 528-8030 or at the door on the day of the event. These events are free to BIFF REEL Friends and to Simon's Rock students and faculty. 
This environmental series has been generously underwritten by 
Lillian Lennox & J. Gregory Whitehead.

Learn more about the movie and the screening here.

Row 7 founders: Matthew Goldfarb, Michael Mazourek, and Dan Barber.
Photo credit Johnny Autry for Civil Eats
Anyone who made it to Berkshire Grown's August brunch and talk with Dan Barber remembers him discussing this remarkable project and the Honeynut squash.  It's an example of working with farmers, seed breeders, and chefs to develop a smaller squash that is more flavorful and more nutritious. 

Starting with organic development of the seeds themselves and with the goal being quality (flavor and nutrition), Row 7 Seed Co. has set out to disrupt the traditional seed market.

Read the whole article here.  

Your calls and emails are being heard! Keep up the great work and contact representatives throughout the Commonwealth to ask for their support funding the supplemental budget to  fill the gap between when the money runs out this month and the start of the new fiscal year. 

Call or email House Ways and Means Chairman Sanchez (617-722-2990,  Jeffrey.sanchez@mahouse.gov) and THANK HIM for including the funding for HIP in his committee's bill. We are relying on him and his Committee for the fiscal year 2019 funding as well, so showing appreciation is really important!
Call or email your senators and representatives (find their contact info  here) and ask them to support the supplemental budget with the HIP funding included.
Call or email the governor's office (617-725-4005 or  use this form) and ask that he sign the supplemental budget with the HIP funding included.
Every call and email counts. Even if you know that your local legislators are already supportive of HIP, hearing from you reinforces that support. And be sure to thank them!

Read more about HIP  here  and use  this form  to share your thoughts about the importance of HIP funding. 

Issues of food security and access to healthy food are at the forefront of what we do at Berkshire Grown. HIP increased local farmers' sales of fruits and vegetables by nearly $3 million last year and funding needs to be renewed. The Healthy Incentives Program (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.

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

Outdoor farmers markets will be here before we know it, but in the meantime, here are the indoor markets you can enjoy:

Amenia, NY - November-April, Saturday, 10am-2pm
Millerton, NY - Jan-April, 2nd and 4th Saturday, 10am-2pm
Norfolk, CT - November - April, every other Saturday, 10am-1pm
North Adams, MA -  November-April, 1st Saturday of each month
Pittsfield, MA - November-April, 2nd Saturday of each month

Check out pages 4 & 5 of 2017's Guide to Local Food and Farms to find your market.

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!
This year's Spring Supper was a stand-out success.
Thank you to everyone who came and those who donated to Berkshire Grown and its program, Share the Bounty.

Special thank you to our remarkable chefs: Coordinating chef Peter Platt of The Old Inn on the Green; Host chef Gustavo Perez of The Southfield Store; chef Fadia Rostom of The Pita Bite; chef Marianna Morrison of MM catering; chef Serge Madikians of Serevan; chef James Rankin of Cranwell Resort; chef Richard Bourdon of Berkshire Mountain Bakery; and the great team who helped them all. 

Thank you for your support of local food and farms!

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