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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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Valley Bounty: Blueberry fields forever: Family farm in Heath cultivates connection to a special summer crop
07-12-2024 1:04 PM

By JACOB NELSON

“This is a farm, but it feels like a wild place,” says Meredith Wecker about The Benson Place. “That’s why I fell in love with it.”The Benson Place is a diversified farm that Wecker runs with her husband, Andrew Kurowski, and is best known for their...


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...


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


Antenna Cloud Farm bringing ‘visceral musical experience’
06-28-2024 3:29 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GILL — The annual Antenna Cloud Farm festival is entering its seventh year providing what Creative Director Michi Wiancko calls a “really visceral musical experience.”The event, which includes five concerts and a nine-day “Experimental Institute”...


Trainable, useful giants: Oxen coming to Shelburne event this weekend
06-24-2024 12:06 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

When I was a kid, the barn in Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, Québec where my uncle milked 40 cows was a magical place. I spent hours with adorable kittens and ”lesfilles,” the placid gals whose milk fueled our family farm. Yet one thing made my blood run...


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...


From homesteading to homeschooling: The Davis family of Oak Hollow Livestock all lend a hand
06-17-2024 1:09 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Sara and Carl Davis moved in 2019 to their 25-acre farm on Gould Road in Shelburne. They are the parents of five children and the proprietors of Oak Hollow Livestock, which is more than just a business; it’s a thriving homestead where humans live...


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...


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...


Grown by the whole community: History and roots of the Greenfield Farmers Market, now in its 50th year
05-28-2024 9:16 AM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

The people who started the Greenfield Farmers Market — with iconic local surnames like Kretzinger, Clark and Nelson — might not have imagined a 50th season, nor that it would blossom into a thriving three-season spot in Greenfield’s center where...


A gem in the center of town: Greenfield Farmers Market celebrates 50 years
05-20-2024 12:41 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series about the Greenfield Farmers Market, which is in its 50th year.On Saturday mornings — spring, summer and fall — the Greenfield Farmers Market in the town’s center bustles with open-air vendors,...


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...


Valley Bounty: Fibers for farmers: Western Massachusetts Fibershed turns local ‘throw away’ wool into fertilizer pellets
05-10-2024 3:11 PM

By JACOB NELSON

Local wool for your wardrobe … and for your garden?That’s the idea behind a new project from Western Massachusetts Fibershed, an organization working to strengthen our local fiber economy, right alongside our local food economy.Peggy Hart is a core...


Valley Bounty: Delivering local food onto students’ plates: Marty’s Local connects farms to businesses
05-03-2024 12:28 PM

By LISA GOODRICH

Nick Martinelli, CEO of Marty’s Local, began his career with a stint at the Farm School in Athol, hoping to learn how he might participate in the local agricultural economy. While conducting market research in 2015, he recognized there was a lot of...


Rescuing food and feeding people: Rachel’s Table programs continue to expand throughout western Mass
04-23-2024 12:46 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

My great-grandmother’s oak dining table has graced my kitchen ever since my parents built the house in the 1980s. Looking at it makes me happy. The table — actually, almost any table — signifies history, nourishment, family and community.The...


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...


A varied and appealing ‘American Table’: New book from the Smithsonian looks at American history through the lens of food
04-09-2024 4:35 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Food connects Americans to each other and to our history. Those connections were highlighted in a recent book and a library talk. The book is “Smithsonian American Table: The Foods, People and Innovations That Feed Us,” (Harvest) by Lisa Kingsley in...

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