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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...


Shutesbury couple hits agrisolar roadblock, seeks legal judgment on proposed Deerfield arrays
10-31-2023 2:51 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With climate change a present threat, Michael Pill and Carol Holzberg have been exploring installing a dual-use solar array on their farmland.The Shutesbury couple’s project, though, has run into a roadblock due to the agricultural...


CISA seeks $500K to bolster farm fund
10-23-2023 5:14 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With farmers facing two straight challenging summers, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture is launching a fundraising campaign that will expand access to local produce and prepare farmers for a changing climate.After a soft...


Healey: Farm Resiliency Fund may stick around
09-08-2023 5:08 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

More than 200 farms across western and central Massachusetts started receiving checks last week from the Massachusetts Farm Resiliency Fund, which was launched by the Healey administration and United Way of Central Massachusetts after devastating...


Three County Fair back for another ride: 35K expected to attend annual event that kicks off Friday
08-29-2023 6:13 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

NORTHAMPTON — With a sunny forecast and a schedule packed with agricultural events, music, motor sport activities, food and local art, the 206th Three County Fair is set to kick off Friday and run through Labor Day on Monday.First been held in 1818,...


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

By MADDIE FABIAN

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...


‘We want them to thrive’: Supporters rally, raise a brew for valley farmers
08-22-2023 8:22 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — As donations flow into the Massachusetts Farm Resiliency Fund, community and state and federal officials let the beer flow Monday night in an effort to raise more money for farmers affected by July’s rainstorms.Dozens of supporters...


Northampton’s Pie in the Sky Berry Farm offers pick-your-own organic flowers
08-18-2023 9:48 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

NORTHAMPTON — Beyond the fairgrounds, past an I-91 overpass and the airport, and around a tight corner shrouded by trees is a path that opens up to a vista of the Mount Holyoke Range and Summit House.The picturesque landscape is elevated only by the...


In visit in wake of flooding, Markey talks of prepping farmers for changing climate
08-03-2023 11:56 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — As farms around the region determine their plans going forward following unprecedented rainstorms, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and several other state and federal partners used a Wednesday visit to Deerfield and Conway to emphasize the opportunity in...


Farmers speak to potential impacts of disease, produce quality after continued flooding
07-17-2023 8:41 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — After more rain pounded the region on Sunday, Gov. Maura Healey and other state officials visited Deerfield on Monday afternoon to hear firsthand accounts of the damage from the continuing rains to farms in the region — including...


Federal lawmakers meet with farmers, speak to post-flood support
07-16-2023 1:23 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

DEERFIELD — As farmers assess the impact of last week’s flooding on their livelihoods and the future of the season’s crops, federal lawmakers visited the area on Saturday to see the damage firsthand.U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Jim...


In Easthampton, Mountain View Farm’s major CSA crop mostly wiped out
07-13-2023 11:07 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — On Wednesday morning, rather than walking into the field to pick the first sweet corn of the season, Ben Perrault, co-owner of Mountain View Farm, kayaked through the inundated field to assess the damage caused by the worst flooding the...


Atlas Farm expanding Mobile Market stops to combat food insecurity
06-18-2023 10:49 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In an effort to combat food insecurity throughout the Pioneer Valley, Atlas Farm has more than doubled the number of stops its traveling produce shop will make in Franklin County this season.Atlas Farm’s Mobile Market, housed inside...


Whately farm recalls mung bean sprouts over contamination concerns
05-11-2023 12:44 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WHATELY — Chang Farm on River Road has voluntarily recalled mung bean sprouts due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to the state Department of Public Health.The farm recently recalled all 10-pound bulk bags, as well as...


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

By CHRIS LARABEE

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...


Peaches pummeled: Area farmers report massive peach losses reminiscent of 2016
04-10-2023 9:22 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

The 2023 season isn’t looking too peachy for New England farmers waiting to see if any of their buds survived mid-February’s sub-zero temperatures.It appears that month’s cold snap crippled the growth of the beloved stone fruit typically harvested...


Area farmers call on Congress to make climate policy a priority
03-13-2023 1:11 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

MONTAGUE — Red Fire Farm’s Ryan and Sarah Voiland joined hundreds of farmers from across the U.S. for a recent climate rally in Washington, D.C., marching to the Capitol before meeting with legislators to ask for climate change policy to be a priority...

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