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Farmers grateful for more typical growing season after 2023 floods devastated fields
07-16-2024 5:52 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

After a frantic emergency response to save animals and equipment on July 10, 2023, David Fisher and Maggie Toran assessed their farm field as memories of Hurricane Irene came flooding back.At their horse-powered, community-supported agriculture (CSA)...

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Greenfield Agricultural Commission reviews farming, livestock rules
07-05-2024 6:40 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Health Director Michael Theroux joined the city’s newly revived Agricultural Commission at its meeting this week to outline the Health Department’s role in enforcing and educating the public on the city and state’s agricultural...


Down on the farm: With stresses for farmers fueling a mental health crisis, program seeks to lend a hand
07-05-2024 12:10 PM

By LEAH VERESS

Alice Colman recalls the day a routine fennel harvest turned into a wake-up call. As she stood in her field, carefully examining a plant’s feathery leaves, she felt herself growing increasingly frustrated with the crop’s appearance. When she kneeled...


Montague and Sunderland officials look to curb wetlands violations, erosion at Falls Farm
07-03-2024 6:17 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

SUNDERLAND — Following wetlands violations and erosion that stemmed from tree clearing on 3 acres of land, Falls Farm owner Dr. James Arcoleo is continuing to discuss a restoration and mitigation plan with the Conservation Commission.Tuesday’s meeting...


Sounds Local: Together for the first time in 10 years: Peter Mulvey to perform with David Goodrich this weekend in Shelburne Falls
07-03-2024 3:06 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

When Peter Mulvey performs at the Permaculture Place at the Mill in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, July 6, at 7 p.m., it promises to be a special night of music.The singer-songwriter from Northampton is an engaging performer whose music combines...


PHOTO: Bovine lunch line
07-01-2024 5:09 PM


PHOTO: Field crew
06-21-2024 1:25 PM


CISA reaches Growing Resilience campaign goal, awards more no-interest loans to farmers
06-19-2024 11:01 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Fresh off awarding $222,000 in no-interest loans to farmers affected by 2023’s flooding, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) has also reached its $1.8 million goal in its Growing Resilience capacity-building...


More than 200 acres protected for agriculture in Deerfield’s North Meadows
06-15-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the execution of two separate conservation restrictions by Historic Deerfield and the Antonellis family, more than 200 acres of land in Deerfield will remain permanently accessible for agriculture.In early May, Historic Deerfield...


PHOTO: Rest and relaxation
06-15-2024 4:01 PM


PHOTOS: A taste of Puerto Rican culture
06-12-2024 10:08 AM


CISA’s first Pedal to Pasture event offers ‘a unique way to learn about farms’
05-30-2024 11:45 AM

By SAM FERLAND

HATFIELD — Bicyclists will be able to savor the local scenery while learning about the struggles farmers in the Connecticut River Valley are facing as they pedal a flat 12-mile loop on a guided tour of three different farms.This is the first year that...


Hear ye, hear ye: Kathy-Ann Becker, Wendell’s town crier, is one of four in the state
05-24-2024 3:52 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — If you go to Wendell Old Home Day on Sept. 21, understand that that’s not a Salvation Army volunteer you see and hear ringing a bell on the town common. That’s Kathy-Ann Becker — and she’s actually the town crier.Once the trusted messengers...


Saturday event remembers Great Falls Massacre, marks 20th anniversary of reconciliation ceremony
05-16-2024 2:41 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — The 348th anniversary of the Great Falls Massacre will be marked with a Day of Remembrance on Saturday, as well as a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the reconciliation ceremony held to establish friendship and trust between...


PHOTOS: Prom fare gets cultural flair
05-14-2024 3:44 PM


Extreme weather forces Pioneer Valley farmers to adapt
05-13-2024 5:08 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

Ben Clark, the owner of Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield, received $120,000 from the $20 million Natural Disaster Recovery Program created last year after he lost the entirety of his peach crop and 70% of his apples and pears due to sudden cold...


New USDA offices in Greenfield to aid staffing increase, program expansion
05-11-2024 4:17 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will open its new office at 59 Montague City Road on Wednesday, May 15, leaving behind the department’s former Federal Street location amid staffing increases and an expansion of new programs. “It’s a...


Inaugural Cultural Kaleidoscope event at Frontier helps students become global citizens
05-02-2024 1:09 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In a celebration of diversity, Frontier Regional School held its inaugural Cultural Kaleidoscope event last week, featuring a wide range of activities drawing on students’ and families’ backgrounds, all culminating in a potluck...


Regional farming alliance strengthens educational, networking opportunities for apprentices
04-21-2024 10:19 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In 1994, a new movement began to grow out of the Pioneer Valley, Berkshires and Hudson Valley, as a group of organic farmers banded together to form a cooperative educational program for farm apprentices. That year marked the birth of the...


‘Bringing harvest to the community’: Shelburne Falls Community Orchard on the move
04-15-2024 11:47 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

Though her original idea to start a small community orchard at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School doesn’t appear to be in the cards, Julia Godfrey will instead donate and move most of her fruit trees and bushes to the Demonstration Permaculture...


PHOTOS: Cultural exploration
04-11-2024 12:57 PM

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