April 18, 2014

Keep Berkshires Farming Central Berkshires Nov. 14th

CENTRAL FLYER community forum 11-14-13November 14th, from 7 – 8:30 pm

Trinity Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall, Walker Street, Lenox, MA

How are we going to scale up local agriculture in the Berkshires?

Keep Berkshires Farming Northern Berkshires Action Plan

Community Forum flyer north11-7-13Join us on Thursday November 7th

All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer Street, North Adams, MA 7-8:30 pm

Food Week

Food week Check out the wide variety of activities in and around Berkshire County during Food Week!

Keep Berkshires Farming Action Plan!

KBF action plan met nov 2013Three events: join us at the one nearest where you live:

October 24th Great Barrington,

Congregational Church: 7 pm – 8:30 pm


November 7th North Adams,

All Saint’s Episcopal Church: 7 pm – 8:30 pm


November 14th Lenox, Trinity Church: 7 – 8:30 pm


Community Forum flyer north11-7-13

CENTRAL FLYER community forum 11-14-13

FOOD WEEK: Cows Save the Planet Oct. 22, 2013

cows save the planet

Williams College Tuesday October 22nd,

6:30 pm  Griffin Hall, room 3

In Cows Save the Planet, journalist Judith Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. She reveals that for many of these problems-climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity-our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil.

Griffin Hall

Harvest Supper September 16 at Ski Butternut

Harvest-Supper-2013. 2Tickets $80 per person

Call 413-528-0041

Berkshire Grown members: $70 per person

Listen to  farmers Ted Dobson, Equinox Farm, and  Laura Meister, Farm Girl Farm, and Chef Daire Rooney, Allium Restaurant + Bar on WAMC.


Join Berkshire Grown!

Buy from a farmer!

Indian Line radishes GB FM BZ Farmers’ Markets

Farm Stands


It’s summer – get to know your local farmers!

Buy delicious fresh locally grown vegetables and fruit –  strengthen the local economy!

Visit a farmers market this week!

Woven Roots-lettuce closeup-May 2013-BZ

The season has begun,

Support your local farmers!

find markets here

Great Barrington Fairgrounds Community Days


July 28 and August 11th and August 25th

from 9-11am and 4-6pm

Community Clean-Up Sundays – 7/28/13

GBFG is hosting bi-weekly clean-up sessions all summer long, on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month from 9-11 am, and from 4-6 pm.

Food Stamps and the Farm Bill

Keeping the food-stamps program in the farm bill is key to getting it passed.

Read the article by Jerry Hagstrom in the NATIONAL JOURNAL

“Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Thad Cochran, R-Miss., defended federal nutrition programs Tuesday to a group of agricultural journalists, and in the process demonstrated why dealing with food stamps may be harder this year than in 2012 when it comes to writing a farm bill.

“Cochran told the North American Agricultural Journalists that food stamps—formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP—should stay in the farm bill rather than be put in a separate bill, as some tea-party House Republicans have proposed.

“[Food stamps] should continue to be included purely from a political perspective. It helps get the farm bill passed,” Cochran said.

“He went on to defend federal nutrition programs, including food stamps and subsidized school meals. “I come from a state where we have higher-percentage participation [than the national average]. It is part of my representation of the state that I make sure that those interests get represented,” Cochran said.

“”I have never had to apologize in Mississippi for supporting it,” he said, referring to food stamps.

“Those are rare words from a Republican these days. But Cochran is an old-school Southern Republican who has long recognized that his and other Southern states with the highest rates of poverty in the country need food assistance as much as they need cotton, rice, and peanut subsidies. Midwestern Republicans supported food stamps because the program led to an increase in food sales.

“That changed in the last Congress. Some House Republicans, often from the rural Midwest, began proposing putting food stamps—which make up more than 70 percent of the Agriculture Department budget—into a separate bill. This would be a way to reduce food-stamp spending or get the program turned over to the states. These members seem to have forgotten that Congress created food stamps as part of the farm bill in the 1960s, when the declining rural population translated into fewer rural representatives in the House and fewer votes for the farm bill, and that the number of rural representatives continues to decline.

“The number of people on food stamps has risen above 47 million during the Obama administration, and Republicans have noted that the numbers have not gone down much even as the economy has improved. They want to make it harder for people to qualify for the program, and both the farm bills passed by the Senate and the House Agriculture Committee in 2012 included cuts to SNAP.

“Cochran has shown no enthusiasm for those cuts, and on Tuesday he said only that there would need to be “consensus” on any proposal to trim the program….. Keep reading the article in the NATIONAL JOURNAL