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Berkshire Grown Events Generate $100k+


PRESS RELEASE - GREAT BARRINGTON + WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (January 18, 2012) – In November and December, Berkshire Grown produced four Holiday Farmers’ Markets in north and south Berkshire County to feature locally grown and produced food during months when farmers’ markets are not open in the region. Berkshire Grown brought together more than 60 regional vendors in November and 75-plus vendors in December. Based on post-market surveys, Berkshire Grown facilitated an economic impact of more than $100,000 in 2011 for participating vendors of the holiday markets. This is a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of increased awareness of local food and growing support for the local economy.

The growth of these events is showing increases overall – average vendor income improved by a margin of $150 to $200 per vendor from 2010. Vendors at the four markets – two events in Great Barrington and two in Williamstown – were thrilled with the outcome of the markets and all who submitted post-market surveys are planning to return.

Beginning Women Farmer Conference Dates Announced
PRESS RELEASE - S. Deerfield, MA

Dear Women In Ag Participants,

CISA, Holistic Management International, the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture and the University of Massachusetts have partnered together to sponsor a two day conference for farmers interested in improved quality of life, profitability, and health. The Beginning Women Farmer Conference: Exploring Whole Farm Planning will be held March 22-23, 2012 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, LincolnCampusCenter. We hope you can join us to hear success stories from past participants, learn tried and true strategies from experts and network with other farmers. Registration is now open and must be completed in advance. The costs is $120 for the full conference or you may purchase single day passes for $70. For more information on fees, registration and the daily schedule, please visit:

We hope to see you there.

Devon Whitney-Deal
CISA Local Hero Services Member Coordinator

413-665-7100 x22

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PV Sustain Annual Dinner

You are Invited

Third Annual

Celebrate Sustainability


Pioneer Valley Sustainability Network

Clarion Hotel, Northampton MA

Wednesday, 2/22/12

6 pm - 8 pm

Featured Speaker

Jonathan Lash, President Hampshire College

an internationally recognized expert on practical solutions to global sustainability and development challenges

more details about this event
What If We Have the Right to the Capital our Capacities Warrant?
From money with strings to money without stringslogo
When we contemplate the power that issuing money will give us in the R Credits system, it is critical that we develop a vision for how we want our economy and society to look. Rather than going into all the social justice and environmental issues we will want to address, it might be useful to look at a fundamental issue like access to capital. In our current economic system, most of us can only get access to capital by appealing to an individual or organization that has money, such as a relative or a bank for a loan or a charity for a grant. The money usually has strings attached, so we have to tailor what we want to do to what the provider of the money wants done.
more thought on a new money system
A Year in Review - December 2011 News

8 articles not to be missed from 2011:


  1. Sustainable Knowledge Corridor - Stay Connected and Engage!

  2. Beats, Antique, Sustainable Living Roadshow, and EarthThrives; Oh My!

  3. STROLLING OF THE HEIFERS ANNOUNCES FIRST SLOW LIVING SUMMIT: A June 2011 conference on sustainability and social entrepreneurship

  4. First ever Common Good Festival™: a celebration of community and economic democracy

  5. Premier Issue of Together Northampton - a newsletter of community collaborations

  6. Education for sustainability; a holistic philosophy

  7. The Highwayside Market

  8. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair: The Gazette Guide



Don't forget, Pioneer Valley, in 2012

(The International Year of Co-ops,)

watch for all of your Green and Sustainability news on!


***Best wishes for the Holiday Season***

The Team at



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