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Pioneer Valley

The Pioneer Valley is a hotbed of sustainable/regenerative agriculture places/projects, ever evolving groups and committed individuals. This selected list (there are others to include!) reflects a potent and growing culture of community resilience building through permaculture design, regenerative agricultural practices, environmental justice, food justice and direct education/training/community engagement. 

 

Lisa Depiano, Agricultural Learning Center, UMass -- silvopasture/carbon farming project https://www.gazettenet.com/Silvopasture-25233385
Eric Toensmeier, permaculture specialist who created a demonstration site in Hoyoke, also the subject of the book he wrote, Paradise Lot. https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/paradise-lot/
Gardening the Community, Springfield http://www.gardeningthecommunity.org/
Nuestras Raices, Grassroots urban ag in Holyoke https://nuestras-raices.org/
Climate Action Now - Regenerative Farms, Forestry, Food Systems Committee https://climateactionnowma.org/farms-forests-food/
Community Involved in Sustainable Agriculturehttps://w ww.buylocalfood.org/

Farm Education Collaborative http://www.thefarmeducationcollaborative.org/
Grow Food Northampton 
https://www.growfoodnorthampton.com/about/
Seeds of Solidarity - educational, off the grid farm in Orange https://seedsofsolidarity.org/

Farm to Fork radio show, WXOJ-LP in Florence https://valleyfreeradio.org/show/farm-to-fork/

Edible Pioneer Valley, quarterly publication http://www.ediblepioneervalley.com/
Just Roots, non  profit community farm in Greenfield 
https://justroots.org/
People's Medicine Project - free herbal clinic for people in recovery, Greenfield 
https://www.peoplesmedicineproject.com/

Pioneer Valley Workers Center - just bought a farm in Hatfield https://pvworkerscenter.org/coop-farm/
Wellspring, Green  house production in Springfield https://www.umass.edu/spp/news/wellspring-breaks-ground-springfield%E2%80%99s-first-production-greenhouse

Greenfield Community College - Farm and Food Systems Program https://www.gcc.mass.edu/academics/programs/farm-and-food-systems/

Holyoke Community College - Freight Farms https://www.hcc.edu/about/visit-hcc/other-locations/freight-farms

Five Colleges:

UMass: Sustainable Food and Farming https://www.umass.edu/ses/program/sustainable-food-farming-bs; also a student farm in South Deerfield, and the Ag Learning Center mentioned at top
Each of the Five Colleges has a climate change action and strives to source more and more local food

There are also several food coops in the area (Greenfield, Northampton, and soon Amherst and Easthampton)

News and Alerts

Find a Farmers Market

Find a farmers market near you with the National Farmers Market Directory

Regional Agriculture Resources

USDA's New Plant Hardiness Map