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 February in Great Barrington and Williamstown 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.
Born out of Keep Berkshires Farming, this pilot project is creating a network of local grain and livestock farmers to develop a local source of non-GMO feed for livestock in the region.
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!
Grant Opportunities for Farmers Tuesday, February 7, 5:30-8:30 PM Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St, Lenox MA $10 for Berkshire Grown members (all 5 workshops for $40); $20 for non-members. RSVPs required. Register Here. Supper will be provided. Looking for funds […]view all Workshops
FSMA: What You Need to Know with Lisa McKeag, Vegetable Production & Food Safety Specialist, UMass Extension Tuesday, March 7, 5:30-8:30 PM Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St, Lenox MA $10 for Berkshire Grown members (all 5 workshops for $40); $20 […]view all Workshops
Taking Your Farm to the Cloud: Record Keeping and QuickBooks with Lucy Pavalock, Owner & General Manager, Custom Business Solutions Thursday, February 16, 5:30-8:30 PM Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St, Lenox MA $10 for Berkshire Grown members (all 5 workshops for […]view all Workshops
Strategic Marketing for a Stronger Farm Business with Matt LeRoux, Ag Marketing Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension Tuesday, February 28, 5:30-8:30 PM Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St, Lenox MA $10 for Berkshire Grown members (all 5 workshops for $40); $20 […]view all Workshops
Unpacking the Farm Labor Puzzle: An Intro to Labor Management with Mary Peabody, Community Economic Development Specialist, UVM Extension Thursday, March 16, 5:30-8:30 PM Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St, Lenox MA $10 for Berkshire Grown members (all 5 workshops for $40); […]view all Workshops
Sourcing Local: a Brainstorm for Restaurants & Buyers Monday, January 23rd, 2:00-4:00pm Eat on North in the Private Dining Room 273 North Street, Pittsfield Parking is in the Summer St. Garage; please enter restaurant through rear entrance Please Register Here We […]view all Workshops
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
This popular business planning and technical assistance program from MDAR provides management advice and grants from $25,000 up to $100,000 to implement farm growth and sustainability strategies. This is not a reimbursement program. Farm operators receive grant awards for signing […]Posted on April 13, 2017
The APR Improvement Program (AIP) helps sustain active commercial farming on land that has already been protected through the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program. AIP provides business planning assistance to farmers selected to participate in the program and grants from […]Posted on April 13, 2017
The Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture (MEGA) Program from MDAR helps with business expansion on new and beginning farms. MEGA provides business planning assistance and grant funds of up to $10,000 on a one-to-one matching cash reimbursement basis. The MEGA […]Posted on April 13, 2017