Community Member Benefits
As a community member, you make it possible for Berkshire Grown to support local farmers and promote locally grown food, to strengthen the local economy and to preserve open space. Thank you!
- You help feed our hungry neighbors through our Share the Bounty program
- You receive a discount on tickets to Berkshire Grown events
- You get the Berkshire Grown e-newsletter; discover news, events & links
Professional Member Benefits
As a professional member (farmers, food producers, food buyers and restaurants) you receive the following benefits:
The Berkshire Grown Farm to Table: Business-to-Business Directory is a complete listing of our professional members; local farms and food producers, restaurants, inns, retail stores, and other professional food buyers and farmers’ markets. It’s an easy to use guide for our professional members to connect, to find the best, freshest local food. Each entry includes contact information and lists what is grown, raised or produced. It is updated yearly and emailed as a PDF to all professional members. It is also available as a hard copy upon request.
The Berkshire Grown Farm Guide: A Buyers’ Guide to Locally Grown Food, Flowers and Plants is a large brochure for the public that lists every Berkshire Grown farm member alphabetically by town. It also lists all of our member food buyers (restaurants, inns, shops etc.) by town, as well as the area farmers’ markets. Thousands are printed and distributed throughout the county each spring.
Keep Farmers Farming Programs: Berkshire Farmland Initiative, Local Feed for Local Livestock, Share the Bounty, Beginning Farmer Mentorship Program, farmer potlucks, online farmers’ market and resources for farmers including grants and workshops.
The Annual Business-to-Business Networking Event: Happening for over 15 years now, it is an opportunity for buyer, farmer and food producer members to network, and for growers and producers to share their product samples and meet potential new buyers.
Year-Round Publicity: As the region’s leading advocate for local agriculture, we are continually supporting and promoting local farms and food through our e-newsletter, which is e-mailed monthly to over 3,000 recipients, through Facebook and Twitter, print literature, press releases and news articles, print and radio advertising, leaflets and flyers, and special events.
Farmer Advocacy: Berkshire Grown partners with colleagues to advocate for farmers year-round, including at Ag Day at the State House in Boston.
Discounts on Berkshire Grown Events: We produce many exciting events throughout the year, including Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Markets, the Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper, and the March Maple Dinner. These events are designed to promote local businesses and farms. Professional members receive discounted ticket and vendor rates.
“Map-o-licious” on the Web: Members are listed on our Google map page called Map-o-licious on our website. We offer a free link to each member’s own website—for full time presence on the web throughout the year.