Buy tickets here or call 413-528-0041.

Celebrate extraordinary local food and support farmers on Monday, September 25.

Berkshire Grown member chefs are committed to creating their menus using food grown on Berkshire farms. Sample their creations and eat fresh, eat local!

Delicious Food and Drink - Silent Auction

Get your tickets by clicking here or by calling the office at 413-528-0041. 

Farmer & member tickets available!
$75 for  Berkshire Grown Members - Become a member here.
$85 for Non-members
$40 for Berkshire Grown Farmer Members
$40 for attendees under 40 Years Old (limited number of tickets available)
 
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 pm  
The Upper Lodge at Ski Butternut
Route 23, Great Barrington

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.

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

Click here  or call  413.528.0041  to reserve a ticket before the event sells out .

"State agricultural chief visits Berkshires, praising local farms and Berkshire Grown"
By: Tony Dobrowolsk for The Berkshire Eagle
Brattle Farm in Pittsfield
Berkshire Grown  had a fantastic day visiting farms around the Berkshires with the MA Commissioner of Agriculture and members of the MDAR team! Check out this great coverage of the day in the Berkshire Eagle !

Big thanks to North Plain Farm, Brattle Farm, and Square Roots Farm for hosting us, and to Senator Adam Hinds and Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier for stopping by to join in the conversation. We're so lucky to have a state government here in Mass that provides so much support for our farmers! #locallygrown #intheberkshires #massgrownandfresher #farmvisits #berkshiregrown

Read more in the Berkshire Eagle and on WAMC.  

Farm Profile: The Farm New Marlborough 
Did you see the article in  The Berkshire Edge  about our visit to The Farm New Marlborough
 
It's a great photo essay by Kate Bailey about Tom Brazie - who was  inspired by farmer Joel Salatin's method of rotating his animals on his pastures to heal the soil.  
 
Check out how and why the cows and chickens rotate here.

Berkshire Grown is Seeking Volunteers:

We need help:

*  directing cars on parking at events
*  cleaning up at events
*  distributing flyers to promote farmers markets


Interested in helping? Email buylocal@berkshiregrown.org. 

By Emma Bailey Ryan for  The Berkshire Edge

"...Jim and Annie are eager to educate people about how they grow their crops. And why shouldn't they be? Using innovative ideas and a "back to the earth" mentality, they maximize space and maintain the integrity of their soil and vegetables."

Read the article here

Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference
This weekend!
August 11-13 
Hampshire College in Amherst, MA

Gardeners, farmers, growers, and food-lovers from across the Northeast will again share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond. Featuring workshops and sessions on soil health, food preservation, cover crops, healthy living, food activism, and more. This year will also feature a "Country Fair", showcasing farm and garden innovations as well NOFA-VT's wood-fired mobile pizza oven!

Learn more and register at nofasummerconference.org or call (508) 572-0816. Scholarships and group discounts are available.

Greenagers' Farmer Olympics
Sunday, August 13
11 am - 3 pm 

"F armers, friends, and the farm-curious" are welcome to attend - individuals or teams of all ages.

Good fun, delicious food, and great company await all participants and guests!  The Egg Transport, Gourd Toss, Moo Juice Squeeze, Wheelbarrow Race, Hay Bale Stack, and more!

Learn more here.

4-H fair August 19, 2017
Berkshire County 4H Fairgrounds
Utility Drive, off of Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA 
August  19 2017
Berkshire County 4- H Fairgrounds
Utility Drive off of Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Learn more here.

By: Heather Bellow for the   Berkshire Eagle

Pine Island Farm, located in Sheffield, runs an anaerobic methane digester that turns cow manure and food waste into electricity. They sell that electricity back to the grid and have found another way to keep farming. 

The Aragi family has been farming the land for three generations and "is special because it still exists and it isn't losing money."

Read the article here

Giving Thanks
Berkshire Grown thanks John Lebeaux,  Commissioner of Agriculture and his staff at MDAR, the MA Department of Agricultural Resources, for their support for farmers  throughout the Commonwealth of MA.  



Support Berkshire Grown, local food, and our farmers.

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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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