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CISA’s first Pedal to Pasture event offers ‘a unique way to learn about farms’
05-30-2024 3:55 PM

By SAM FERLAND

HATFIELD — Bicyclists will be able to savor the local scenery while learning about the struggles farmers in the Connecticut River Valley are facing as they pedal a flat 12-mile loop on a guided tour of three different farms.This is the first year that...


Extreme weather forces valley farmers to adapt
05-11-2024 3:50 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

Ben Clark, the owner of Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield, received $120,000 from the $20 million Natural Disaster Recovery Program created last year after he lost the entirety of his peach crop and 70% of his apples and pears due to sudden cold...


Building agricultural resiliency: During tour with Senate leaders, Oliveira shows off research at UMass Cold Springs Orchard in Belchertown
05-06-2024 5:17 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Among UMass Cold Springs Orchard’s 35 acres of apple trees hang little orange tents at the top of the trees that, despite the blazing color, are discretely managing pesky moths.These prism-shaped moth traps release pheromones to attract...


Regional farming alliance strengthens educational, networking opportunities for apprentices
04-21-2024 10:22 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In 1994, a new movement began to grow out of the Pioneer Valley, Berkshires and Hudson Valley, as a group of organic farmers banded together to form a cooperative educational program for farm apprentices.That year marked the birth of the Collaborative...


Farming challenges aired at state hearing
03-30-2024 11:36 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Climate change’s impact on farming, as well as emerging areas like urban agriculture, soil health and pollinators, are a focus for the University of Massachusetts Agricultural Extension Program, which continues to help farmers adapt and...


Valley farmers spotlight agricultural drainage ditch troubles
03-25-2024 6:13 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — During a summer in which area farms dealt with significant rainfall and flooded fields, keeping agricultural drainage ditches cleared became essential to protecting crops by ensuring excess water could be removed.Often, though, farmers found...


Talking up state’s farmland protection program: Area farmers on board, but effort faces housing headwinds
03-18-2024 2:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The owners of a Shelburne farm have permanently protected 100 acres through the Agricultural Preservation Restriction program, ensuring that the fertile land won’t be turned into a large, upscale housing estate or put to other uses.“That’s...


Hadley’s climate change panel to hold farmers’ roundtable
03-18-2024 2:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A changing climate’s impact on farms and their ability to raise crops will be the focus of a farmers’ roundtable taking place at Plainville Farm on Friday.The Hadley Climate Change Committee is partnering with farm owner Wally Czajkowski on...


Streak of hardships plague valley farmers
03-17-2024 1:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Farming is already a tough field to make one’s living. Throw in three consecutive years of extreme weather and personal burnout and you’ve got a recipe for what is shaping up to another difficult year for valley farmers, as they prepare their fields...


Longtime employees buy Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland
03-10-2024 10:39 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The change of the seasons, as farmers know, often brings a slew of other changes along with it, and at Kitchen Garden Farm, this spring brings the largest change of all.Soon, the farm will change hands for the first time since its...


Sweet spot: Area sugarhouses start tapping season early after warm winter days
03-03-2024 11:29 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

The groundhog predicted an early end to winter: did that also mean an earlier start to maple sugaring? Apparently so, according to several maple sugarers in the region.“This is the earliest we’ve ever started,” remarked Chip Williams of the...


$1M in grants to boost local food system in Hampshire County
02-18-2024 9:30 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Area organizations are welcoming grant awards that will boost the supply of fresh, local food available to those in need and provide support for local farmers.“We’re really thrilled to have been selected,” said Lev BenEzra, executive...


Valley Bounty: CSA season gets jump on growing season next week
02-16-2024 4:07 PM

By LISA GOODRICH

Though more weeks of winter lie ahead, National Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) week — Feb. 19-25 — marks the symbolic start of the CSA cycle, when member sign-ups start rolling in and participating farmers begin planning for the coming growing...


Bashista Orchards in Southampton to host large-scale solar project
01-09-2024 5:34 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — By the end of the year, a large-scale solar project at Bashista Orchards could be completed, generating nearly 2 megawatts of electricity and helping provide some stability to the farm in the face of climate change.The project was...


Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner Ashley Randle visits Smith Voc, meets with students 
12-26-2023 10:52 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON – Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner Ashley Randle returned to her native western Massachusetts and paid a recent visit to Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, touring the school’s horticultural...


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

By CHRIS LARABEE

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...


A farming intervention: The new Farmland Action Plan offers long-term ideas to help farms statewide
12-08-2023 5:54 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

For farms across western Massachusetts, the effects of climate change were tangible during the 2023 growing season.At Red Fire Farm in Granby, co-owner Sarah Voiland said that after the May frost event, the farm’s full harvest on multiple acres of...


Valley Bounty: New Hadley Winter Farmers Market aims to keep farmers, consumers connected
12-08-2023 4:45 PM

By JACOB NELSON

With considerable effort from organizers, a new winter farmers market is coming to Hadley this year. Located on the grounds of Wancyzk Nursery at 166 Russell St, it will run every Saturday from 10 to 2. The market will offer local farms and businesses...


Resilience and respect: Farmer Appreciation Party salutes extraordinary efforts in trying times
11-30-2023 6:22 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

NORTHAMPTON — This year was a tough run for Massachusetts farmers, with over $42 million and 13,000 acres of crop losses reported due to extreme weather events during the spring and summer.Despite the Feb. 4 freeze, May 18 frost and July 10 flooding...


Charting state’s course toward food security: Special agriculture panel focuses on bolstering food banks
11-16-2023 5:25 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — While extremist Republicans in Congress are trying to gut programs that provide food to those in need, Massachusetts could become the first state to end hunger, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern told a special state commission on agriculture...

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