Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape. For more than 20 years we have worked to build, support and sustain a regional food economy in the Berkshire region of Western Massachusetts. We bring the community together to promote buying and eating local food, we help farms create viable businesses, and we help preserve the Berkshires’ rural character. Berkshire Grown hosts programs and events open to the public year round. There are many opportunities to become directly engaged with other community members, farmers, chefs, business owners, and specialty product makers unique to the Berkshire region.
We believe in the strength of our community — we all play an important role in these tumultuous times. While Berkshire Grown continues our food access work through Share the Bounty, and supports farmers by offering on-line workshops and technical assistance, we also want to keep you, our community supporters, safe and healthy. While the COVID-19 crisis caused the cancellations of our Spring Supper and the March and April farmers markets, we will resume these activities and more future events with the public’s safety in mind. Stay in touch through Berkshire Grown’s e-news and calendar of events, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
You can be a part of Berkshire Grown’s work through Membership! By joining as a Member, attending our events, and reading our newsletter, you will stay informed about the agricultural issues in the Berkshires.
When you attend our annual Spring Supper you lend support to the Share the Bounty project. By attending other events, such as a Farm Tour, you will become enlightened on the workings and challenges of growing food. Plus shopping at Berkshire Grown’s Holiday and Winter Farmers Markets at locations in Great Barrington and Williamstown, helps extend the season for farmers and local vendors.
Do you need support in accessing local and nutritious food? Berkshire Grown works with farms and state-funded programs to offer fresh food buying incentive programs, including Healthy Incentive Programs, SNAP/EBT: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, and the Market Match guide. Visit the Guide to Local Food and Farms where you can find the farms, growers, and participating vendors at the various Farmers Markets in the Berkshire County region involved in these food assistance programs.
Please DONATE, your support helps Berkshire Grown support others and the local food economy.