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Agriculture - Research Guide

Find material to support your agriculture research. Ask the Agriculture Librarians for assistance.

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
Eric Toensmeier, permaculture specialist who created a demonstration site in Hoyoke, also the subject of the book he wrote, Paradise Lot.
Gardening the Community, Springfield
Nuestras Raices, Grassroots urban ag in Holyoke
Climate Action Now - Regenerative Farms, Forestry, Food Systems Committee
Community Involved in Sustainable Agriculturehttps://w

Farm Education Collaborative
Grow Food Northampton
Seeds of Solidarity - educational, off the grid farm in Orange

Farm to Fork radio show, WXOJ-LP in Florence

Edible Pioneer Valley, quarterly publication
Just Roots, non  profit community farm in Greenfield
People's Medicine Project - free herbal clinic for people in recovery, Greenfield

Pioneer Valley Workers Center - just bought a farm in Hatfield
Wellspring, Green  house production in Springfield

Greenfield Community College - Farm and Food Systems Program

Holyoke Community College - Freight Farms

Five Colleges:

UMass: Sustainable Food and Farming; 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