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Help Create the Franklin County Week of Winter Fare and Celebrate Locally Grown Food

Help Create the Franklin County Week of Winter Fare and Celebrate Locally Grown Food

Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and February 4-12

In the midst of winter, Franklin County will be abuzz with the fun and great flavors of indoor farmers' markets and community events celebrating locally grown food. The monthly Greenfield Winter Farmers' Market will be held the first Saturday of each month from January to March from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, Court Square, Greenfield (next to the Town Common, credit cards and SNAP/EBT accepted, free admission). The Market includes vendors selling a wide range of locally grown and produced food.

The February 4 Greenfield Winter Farmers' Market will be the beginning of the Franklin County Week of Winter Fare and will include free workshops about growing, preparing and preserving locally grown food and a local food barter fair. From Feb. 4 to Feb. 12, the Franklin County Week of Winter Fare will feature local food potlucks, films, recipe swaps, seed swaps, tours, and workshops.

To create the Franklin County Week of Winter Fare, the all-volunteer organizing committee needs help:

1) Workshop leaders are needed to facilitate brief, free workshops about growing, enjoying, and preserving locally grown food at the Greenfield Winter Farmers' Market on Feb. 4. The workshops will take place during the Market, at the Second Congregational Church, and will be free to participants. There are a limited number of 45 minute workshop slots available. We provide the place, participants, and event promotion, you provide the expertise and any materials.

2) Events during the Franklin County Week of Winter Fare are sponsored by Franklin County groups and organizations and promoted by the Franklin County Winter Fare organizers. Last year's events included local food potlucks sponsored by area churches and neighborhood groups, food and beverage tastings, films, workshops, and panel discussions. You plan and organize it, we'll promote it (we're REALLY skilled at promoting events). Franklin County Week of Winter Fare events can be held on any day between February 4 and February 12, and be any length of time, held in any location in Franklin County, and can be free or require a registration fee.

Interested in organizing an event or workshop for the Feb. 4 Greenfield Winter Farmers' Market or the Franklin County Week of Winter Fare? Send full event or workshop information to Mary McClintock at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 413-522-5932 BY JANUARY 5, 2012. To consider your event, we need event name, date, place, time, two-sentence event description, any fee, contact person, contact phone number and email address.

For more information about the Franklin County Week of Winter Fare, visit or call 413-522-5932.

For information about Greenfield Winter Farmers' Market (including January 7 and March 3 markets), visit <>  or contact Devon Whitney-Deal, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (413) 625-9907.

USDA to help restore Western Mass. rivers and streams damaged by Tropical Storm Irene

USDA to help restore Western Mass. rivers and streams damaged by Tropical Storm Irene

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has approved nearly $2.8 million in federal funds to help Western Massachusetts towns recover from damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene along rivers and streams. The agency will provide help for emergency protection work for town roads, sewer lines, and buildings at 35 sites in 14 towns in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.


Healthy Environment/Health Springfield CARES

Healthy Environment/Health Springfield CARES

Community Action for a Renewed Environment in Springfield

We need your input!

Meeting Dates

DATES:Tuesday, January 10th  and Tuesday January 24th

(*Snow dates - January 17 & 31)


LOCATION: Springfield Technical Community College

One Armory Square, Springfield MA

Scibelli Hall, 7th Floor

more about these community meetings
Sustainable Knowledge Corridor - Stay Connected and Engage!

As many of you know, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is currently working with the Capital Region Council of Governments and Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency on an expansive Sustainable Knowledge Corridor Initiative.  This is a multi-faceted three – year Sustainable Communities Initiative grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Last week, we launched our new website for the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor at We encourage you to take every opportunity to track our progress on-line, share your own ideas for how we can grow more sustainably as a region, and generally stay connected.  Here are four ways to plug into the initiative:

learn more about this initiative
Building Toward 2012: International Year of Co-ops

2012 National Year of the CoopIn the wake of a global recession that has devastated communities and livelihoods, people are hungry for alternatives to corporate greed and stock market speculation.  As we look at challenges such as climate change, unemployment and growing disparities of wealth and ownership, people are looking for opportunities to grow sustainable, resilient regional economies.  In this context, co-operatives are both a viable model of enterprise as well as tangible expressions of economic democracy, self-help, and community enterprise - a way of doing business that puts people and community before profit.

Co-ops are also more common than one might think.  The International Co-operative Alliance estimates that a billion people worldwide are members of co-ops.  Still, despite the fact that an estimated 1 in 4 Americans are members of about 29,000 co-ops in the U.S., it can be a challenge to communicate the impact and potential of the co-operative movement.  How can we share the stories of countless people across the globe who, faced with needs or opportunities in their communities, have taken matters into their own hands?  How can we talk about people from all walks of life who have become "co-opreneurs" - innovators, activists and businesspeople engaged in the development of enterprises dedicated to meeting member needs and goals, and the advancement of their communities?  How can we remind people, in this difficult economy and with so many challenges on the horizon, of what it is possible to do together?

learn more about Co-operatives
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