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When misfortune strikes, local farmers unite 
11-24-2023 5:09 PM


In many ways, farming is an act of faith. Faith that nature will provide for a harvest, and a farmer’s faith in themselves to figure out whatever challenges arise. Some years bring bumper crops, others disappointment, but with climate change fueling...

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Farmers in the spotlight: CISA’s annual Field Notes zeroes in on the central theme of resilience
03-17-2024 1:06 PM

By Samuel Gelinas

NORTHAMPTON — From flooding to fires, few people these days are as resilient as farmers.So it’s only fitting that Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture’s annual Field Notes event held earlier this month included a host of local farmers sharing...

Valley Bounty: Empowering our local food system: River Valley Co-op invests in regional farms and the interests of community
02-23-2024 2:22 PM


In just 15 years, River Valley Co-op has grown into an indispensable part of the local food economy. For local farms, food businesses and community members who want easy access to local food, their continued growth is something to celebrate.“River...

$85K grant to boost CISA’s Buy Local initiative
12-17-2023 1:00 PM


SOUTH DEERFIELD — Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture’s Buy Local campaign will get a boost in the coming months on the heels of a Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources grant.CISA received the $84,737 grant on Nov. 27 and will...

Learning from the floods: To prepare for an unpredictable future, Valley farmers think big
12-15-2023 5:53 PM


“So much was just about to bloom,” says Suna Turgay of Flowerwork Farm in Northampton. “And then the flooding came.”Warmer, wetter, and less predictable weather are all on the rise in New England as our climate changes. The idea of normal is...

On front lines of climate change: Farmers work to mitigate their climate impacts and become more resilient
11-17-2023 9:28 PM


It’s hard to throw water on a burning house while trying to rebuild it at the same time, but that’s exactly what addressing climate change requires. Rising greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are already changing the planet. The choice is whether or...

McGovern starts 13th annual farm tour at Westhampton dairy
08-22-2023 8:25 PM


WESTHAMPTON — As farmers face increasing challenges due to climate change, labor shortages and rising costs, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern embarked on his 13th annual districtwide farm tour this week to hear directly from local farmers.His first stop of the...

CISA to host annual storytelling event at the Academy of Music Theater on Sunday
04-28-2023 9:21 AM

By Maddie Fabian

NORTHAMPTON — For the first year since the pandemic, the Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture will host its annual storytelling event, Field Notes, in person Sunday at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.The event, which was first...

Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield honored for strengthening local food economy
04-26-2023 12:46 PM


DEERFIELD — Since the Clark family helped Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture get on its feet decades ago, the experience has come full circle, with Clarkdale Fruit Farms receiving an award from the nonprofit earlier this month.The...

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