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Farmers Talk to Berkshire Grown Podcast

Posted on June 12, 2020 // view all COVID-19 Resources // Workshops
In this podcast series Berkshire Grown hears from farmers both in and beyond the Berkshires to learn about the different ways farmers are farming and getting their products to market.  These 30 minute interviews let farmers share their own experiences out in the field, in the barn and marketing their farm’s products.  Some weeks may include conversations with other ag professionals working on issues related to local food and food access. These podcasts are a part of Berkshire Grown’s Technical Assistance program to connect farmers with other farmers in order to learn from each other

These 30 minute interviews let farmers share their own experiences out in the field, in the barn and marketing their farm’s products.  A new podcast debuts every Thursday at 6PM.

Episode 1, May 28, 2020 – Lee Hennessey of Moxie Ridge Farm & Creamery in Argyle, New York

Moxie Ridge Farm & Creamery is a small, diversified farm on 46 acres with a commitment to heritage and traditional foods. The farm offers terroir-driven goat cheeses, whey-fed pork and milk-finished chicken. In this podcast, Lee talks about his experiences in grant-writing to support the farm’s operations, marketing successes and the launch of Moxie Box in response to the pandemic crisis.

Episode 2, June 4 –  Abby Ferla of Foxtrot Farm in Ashfield, MA

Foxtrot Farm is a certified organic 2 acre farm in the hilltowns of western Massachusetts with a focus on growing foods that walk the line between medicine and food. Foxtrot Farm implements no-till farming systems and avoids the use of fossil fuels.  In this conversation, Abby talks about the launch of their new Resilient & Healing Foods CSA program, food justice and activist farming perspective and the importance of Instagram as a marketing tool for the farm.

Episode 3, June 11 – Brian Cole of Bigfoot Farm in Williamstown, MA

Bigfoot Farm is a small, diversified vegetable farm located in Northern Berkshire County with most of the labor done by hand and without herbicides and pesticides.  Brian speaks to the importance of community engagement and relationship building at the farmer’s market, his new online sales approach in response to COVID-19 and the benefit of leasing land for emerging farmers that don’t have access to inherited land or the ability to purchase.

Episode 4 , June 18 – Winton Pitcoff, Massachusetts Food System Collaborative Director

In this podcast, Winton talks about the Collaborative’s current initiatives, how the pandemic has affected the state’s local food system infrastructure and supply chain as well as the general landscape of farming and food access in Massachusetts.  To learn more about the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative, please visit their website at www.mafoodsystem.org.

Episode 5 , June 25 – Meg Bantle and Laura Tupper-Palches,  Full Well Farm in Adams, MA

Meg Bantle and Laura Tupper-Palches founded Full Well Farm in 2018. Both Meg and Laura have deep roots on family farms in Massachusetts, Laura’s on a cranberry bog and Meg’s on a dairy farm. FWF is located on the bucolic Burnett Farm property in Adams where Meg’s grandparents ran their family dairy business for over 40 years.  Full Well Farm uses sustainable, no-till farming methods to continue this legacy of land stewardship.

 

 

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