January 25, 2015

Hudson Valley Grains Workshop

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Cornell University is hosting the 1st Annual Hudson Valley Added-Value Grains School in early February.

Featured speakers will be grain drying and storage specialist Dr. Keneth Hellvang of North Dakota State University and farmer Thor Oechsner of Oechsner Farms, a 1200-acre certified organic grain operation in Newfield, NY.

WHEN: Friday, February 6th, 2015, 10am-3pm

WHERE: Anthony’s Banquet HAll, 746 Rt. 23B, Leeds, NY 12451

For full details and registration, download the flier.

Community-Supported Agriculture Fair & Potluck in Millerton

The North East Community Center (NECC) will be hosting a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair and Potluck In Millerton, NY on Wednesday, January 28.

This will be an opportunity to get to know some of farms in Dutchess and Columbia Counties offering CSA Programs, which give consumers the opportunity to purchase a share of a farm’s harvest.  Farms that are participating in the CSA Fair and Potluck at NECC include:

  • Full Circus Farm – Pine Plains, NY – vegetables
  • Hawk Dance Farm – Hillsdale, NY – vegetables
  • Herondale Farm – Ancramdale, NY – beef, chicken, lamb, pork
  • MX Morningstar Farm – Copake, NY – vegetables
  • Olde Forge Farm – Wassaic, NY – vegetables, eggs, chicken, trout
  • Remedy Farm – Pine Plains, NY – vegetables, fermented food
  • Sol Flower Farm – Millerton, NY – vegetables, flowers, eggs
  • Ten Barn Farm – Ghent, NY – vegetables

WHEN: Wednesday, January 28th, 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE: NECC, 51 South Center Street, Millerton, NY

RSVP:  lauren@neccmillerton.org

A dish to share—enough for 4 to 6 people—is entirely optional but very welcome.

ABOUT CSAs: Members sign up with the farms in advance and then pick up their bags or boxes of fresh food, usually every week throughout the growing season. Vegetable, meat, and dairy products are offered, and while most CSA programs run from June to October, some farmers are starting to extend the season and offer winter and year-round shares. Some farms have a “Pick-Your-Own” option, so that you can gather your own herbs, snow peas, and cherry tomatoes.

 

Not in the Millerton area?  Locate a CSA near you on our Map-o-licious!

NYS Beginner Farmer Grant

Empire State Development and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets are offering grants of $15,000-$50,000 for new and early stage farmers in New York State (i.e., farming for less than 10 consecutive years).

Funds can be used for up to 50 percent of project costs including, but not limited to: lease or purchase of farm machinery and equipment; construction or expansion of farm buildings or systems; and, purchase of supplies such as root stock, seed, and fertilizer.

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is JANUARY 28, 2015.

 

Visit the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund for additional details about eligibility and to apply.

Berkshire Grown Winter Markets on WAMC

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WAMC Northeast Public Radio did a great interview with Suzy Konecky of Cricket Creek Farm about the upcoming winter farmers’ markets and the life of a Berkshire dairy farm.  Listen to her chat with Joe Donahue on The Roundtable.

Join us at the markets on Saturdays January 17th and February 14th from 10-2 at Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington.

Thanks Suzy and thanks WAMC!

Winter Farmers’ Markets in January and February!

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South County Farmer Potluck!

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Calling all farmers!

Join us for an informal get-together on February 11th to socialize and network with other farmers, enjoy some good food and brainstorm workshops, trainings and other programming you’d like to see.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 11th, 6:00-8:30pm

WHERE: The Inn at Sweet Water, 1 Prospect Lake Rd, North Egremont, MA

DETAILS: Bring a dish and/or beverage to share and please spread the word to fellow farmers!

RSVP: jamie@berkshiregrown.org

Apprenticeships available at Bradley Farm

Bradley Farm in Lanesboro, MA is looking for apprentices for the 2015 season.

 

About the apprenticeship:

Positions are full time from March through November and involve vegetable propagation, poultry and livestock care, honey production, sales and marketing work.  Preference is for candidates with 1-2 years of farming experience.  A stipend is available.   Additional benefits include successful business management experience, financial skills mentoring, training, education, housing, food share, workers comp, personal/sick leave, character development.  There are 3 open positions.

 

Important skills and qualifications:

Reliable, dependable, communication, attention to detail, willingness to learn, flexibility, hard working, greenhouse management, cultivating, propagating, weeding and maintenance, teamwork, driver’s license, organization, cleanliness and the ability to live in harmony with others.

 

About the Farm:

82 Acres in Lanesboro, MA

Products: vegetables, eggs, honey, berries, fruit, succulents

Market: CSA, Farmers markets, farm store, wholesale, concert series, sangha, sustainable agriculture and mindfulness educational programming

 

Contact:

Michael McManmon

Phone: 413-281-4621

Email: Michael@bradleyfarm.net

Web: www.bradleyfarm.net

Berkshire Grown’s Annual Networking Event for Farmers, Producers & Buyers

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WHEN: Monday, February 2, 2015, 3:00-5:00pm

WHERE: Baba Louie’s Pittsfield, 34 Depot Street, Pittsfield, MA

WHO: Farmers, Food Producers and Food Buyers

Our 17th Annual Farm to Table Networking event is an opportunity for farmers, food producers and food buyers in the Berkshire region to meet.  Bring business cards, wish lists, product info and samples.  Make new connections, reconnect with old contacts, grow your business and let’s get more local food into local mouths!

Light refreshments provided by Baba Louie’s, and tastes of locally produced food.

RSVP required to kate@berkshiregrown.org or 413-528-0041

North County Farmer Potluck!

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Calling all farmers!

Join us for an informal get-together on January 30th to socialize and network with other farmers, enjoy some good food and brainstorm workshops, trainings and other programming you’d like to see.

WHEN: Friday, January 30th, 5:30-8:30pm (snow date February 6th)

WHERE: First Baptist Church, 131 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247

DETAILS: Bring a dish and/or beverage to share and your own place setting, if possible.  Please spread the word to fellow farmers!

RSVP: jamie@berkshiregrown.org

Farm Transfer & Farmland Access Grant

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American Farmland Trust has announced funding for Berkshire County farmers and farmland owners to help defray the costs associated with transferring and/or accessing farmland.

 

The John P. Farkas Fund will offer grants up to $2500 to help defray the costs of professional services associated with:

  • Farm transfer and succession planning
  • Farmland protection
  • Selling or leaving farmland to a farmer
  • Farm business planning associated with any of the above

Additional information, grant guidelines and application: berkshirefarmland.org.

For a paper copy of the application and grant guidelines, contact Peggy McCabe at American Farmland Trust. (413) 586-9330 , ext. 17 or at pmccabe@farmland.org

Applications are due by January 31, 2015.

 

The John P. Farkas Fund is administered by American Farmland Trust, in collaboration with Land For Good, Berkshire Grown, The Carrot Project, and Sheffield Land Trust and is part of the Berkshire Farmland Initiative.