Farmers are at the heart of our work at Berkshire Grown, where our mission is to keep farmers farming. This page is your portal to all of our farmer programs and resources: learn more about our Programs and how to get involved, find out about Workshops and other educational opportunities in the region, get information about Grants and Loans that could benefit your farm business, and stay up-to-date on Events for Farmers put on by Berkshire Grown and others in the community.
Remember that we are always available to help you find new markets for your products, so make sure that Find Food and Farms contains your current information and reach out to us if we can help you network with new buyers. Not yet a member of Berkshire Grown? Check out our Member Benefits and join today!
Berkshire Grown has long played a critical role in building farm-to-table networks and connecting growers and buyers in the region. We pursue this work through the Farm to Table B2B Program, annual events, promotional materials, personalized networking assistance for members, and social networking opportunities.
Every winter Berkshire Grown hosts monthly farmers markets, providing access to local goods throughout the off-season. Markets take place November through April and feature local farmers and food producers, lunch fare, live music, and kids’ activities.
Our mentorships pair new and beginning farmers with more experienced farmers in the Berkshire Grown network. Farmers who have been in the field for 10 years or more share their knowledge, experience, skills, perspectives, and relationships with those in the process of launching and refining their farm businesses.
Find Food and Farms is Berkshire Grown's fully searchable, online map featuring our professional members. Users can search for local food at farms, restaurants, retail outlets, pick-your-own operations and farmers' markets. All of Berkshire Grown's local foods at your fingertips!
Economic Resources American Farm Land Trust (AFT) Farmer Relief Fund AFT’s Famer Relief Fund that will provide $1,000 grants to farmers suffering from market disruptions caused by the pandemic. The fund is targeted at small and mid-sized producers who market […]view all News
Annual Networking Event Monday, February 24, 3:00 – 6:00 pm Hancock Shaker Village 1843 West Housatonic St. Pittsfield MA, 01201 Register here. Join us for Berkshire Grown’s Annual Networking Event! This year, we are focusing on the relationships between […]view all Events // News
Grants For Farms: Presentations by MDAR Do you have a project to help your farm adapt to climate change or improve energy efficiency? Would you like to implement new conservation practices or upgrade your food safety measures? Are you a […]view all Grants & Loans // Workshops
Getting It Right: Pricing Strategies What’s the right price for your products? You may look at what others are charging to set your prices but if you don’t know your cost of production, then you may not be charging enough. […]view all Workshops
No Till On Your Farm: Practices and Equipment Conservation tillage practices offer multiple benefits for soil health as well as savings in time and fuel. Some of the obstacles to implementing no till practices can be the upfront costs of […]view all Workshops
*CANCELLED* Managing Conflict for Farmers: Communication Skills and Resources Have you experienced disputes on your farm? With neighbors? Workplace interactions with your staff? Perhaps you are facing a farm transition or conflict over agricultural and leasing issues. Agricultural Mediation services […]view all Workshops
*CANCELLED* Adapting to the Changing Local Foods Market Meal kits, delivery, demographics, and other trends are changing consumer habits. Many of the new food products coming to market look like they’re made by small local businesses, but are backed […]view all Workshops
Grants For Farms: Presentations by MDAR Do you have a project to help your farm adapt to climate change or improve energy efficiency? Would you like to implement new conservation practices or upgrade your food safety measures? Are you a […]Posted on January 30, 2020
The purpose of AFSIP is to support produce operations that are looking to upgrade food safety practices within their operation. By enhancing food safety measures these operations are able to maintain or increase their market access while working towards minimizing […]Posted on April 13, 2017
The purpose of the MDAR’s Ag-Energy Grant Programs is to assist agricultural operations improve energy efficiency and to facilitate adoption of alternative clean energy technologies to become more sustainable. This year’s AgEnergy Grant Request for Responses (RFR) contains applications for […]Posted on April 13, 2017
The purpose of AEEP is to support agricultural operations that are looking to install conservation practices that prevent direct impacts on water quality, ensure efficient use of water, as well as address impacts on air quality. By providing reimbursement directly […]Posted on April 13, 2017