Programs are a critical piece of the work that Berkshire Grown does to improve the viability of local agriculture in the Berkshires. Click through to learn more about our individual programs, to get involved, or to offer your support.
Growing out of Keep Berkshires Farming, the Berkshire Farmland Initiative is a collaborative effort to improve farmland access in the Berkshires. Aiming to put more land into production and more farmers on the land, we address issues of land affordability, farmland transfer, farmer/landowner matching, and access to service providers.
Every winter Berkshire Grown hosts monthly farmers markets, providing access to local goods throughout the off-season. Markets take place in November and December in Williamstown and November through April in Great Barrington. These markets feature local farmers and food producers, lunch fare, live music, and kids’ activities.
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.
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.
Share the Bounty purchases CSA shares from area farms and donates those shares to local food pantries, kitchens, and WIC families, providing local, healthy and whole foods to those in our community who would otherwise have limited access to local food.
Are you a farmer? Visit our Resources page – your home base for info about Berkshire Grown events for farmers, community resources, workshops, grants, and more to support your farm.