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Valley Bounty: Fibers for farmers: Western Massachusetts Fibershed turns local ‘throw away’ wool into fertilizer pellets
05-10-2024 3:11 PM


Local wool for your wardrobe … and for your garden?That’s the idea behind a new project from Western Massachusetts Fibershed, an organization working to strengthen our local fiber economy, right alongside our local food economy.Peggy Hart is a core...

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Valley Bounty: Delivering local food onto students’ plates: Marty’s Local connects farms to businesses
05-03-2024 12:28 PM


Nick Martinelli, CEO of Marty’s Local, began his career with a stint at the Farm School in Athol, hoping to learn how he might participate in the local agricultural economy. While conducting market research in 2015, he recognized there was a lot of...

Rescuing food and feeding people: Rachel’s Table programs continue to expand throughout western Mass
04-23-2024 12:46 PM


My great-grandmother’s oak dining table has graced my kitchen ever since my parents built the house in the 1980s. Looking at it makes me happy. The table — actually, almost any table — signifies history, nourishment, family and community.The...

A varied and appealing ‘American Table’: New book from the Smithsonian looks at American history through the lens of food
04-09-2024 4:35 PM


Food connects Americans to each other and to our history. Those connections were highlighted in a recent book and a library talk. The book is “Smithsonian American Table: The Foods, People and Innovations That Feed Us,” (Harvest) by Lisa Kingsley in...

Valley Bounty: Fermentation meets cooperation: Real Pickles in Greenfield supports and supplies the regional food system
03-22-2024 10:03 AM


A knock on the door interrupts the conversation. Someone is here to trade cheese for Real Pickles’ fermented veggies.Kate Hunter, a marketing coordinator, assistant sales manager, and worker-owner at Real Pickles, gets up to confirm the terms. Out the...

If the land could speak: Community gardens are located on land with stories echoing social justice roots
01-26-2024 12:39 PM


Community gardens grow on all kinds of land. Many gardens start as derelict lots, long abandoned by owners who sometimes reclaim the property after community gardeners reveal its beauty and productivity.Schools and parks are common sites for community...

Valley Bounty: Farming in a winter wonderland: Lombrico Farm in Whately coaxes fresh produce from soil year-round
01-19-2024 11:38 AM


‘The best carrots you’ll ever eat are picked in January or February,” says Erik Debbink, owner of Lombrico Farm in Whately. In the dead of winter, their sweetness shines through.Lombrico Farms is one of a growing number of local farms working hard to...

In the kitchen with Fannie Farmer: A brief history of the ‘Mother of Level Measurements’
01-16-2024 11:42 AM


Like many American home cooks, I own more cookbooks than I can use.Over the years, hand-me-downs from family members, birthday gifts, and impulse purchases have brought more than 100 volumes to my kitchen shelves.When I decide to try preparing a dish...

CISA seeks $500K to bolster farm fund
10-23-2023 1:42 PM


SOUTH DEERFIELD — With farmers facing two of the most challenging summers in recent memory, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is launching a fundraising campaign that will expand access to local produce and prepare farmers for a...

Area farms put land into preservation
08-21-2023 3:59 PM


Twelve Massachusetts farms, including five in Franklin and Hampshire counties, will share in $4.7 million in Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) funds announced Friday by the Healey-Driscoll administration.The Massachusetts Department of...

Food caucus outlines goals: Legislation focuses on food access, farmland and economic development
07-25-2023 4:32 PM


BOSTON — Food access and insecurity, farmland and economic development top the list of priorities for the current legislative session for the Food System Caucus, one of the largest caucuses in the Massachusetts Legislature that’s co-chaired by Sen....

Quabbin Food Connector plans self-guided farm tour to complement ‘Crossroads’ exhibit
05-18-2023 2:36 PM


ATHOL — Just as crispy bacon pairs with fresh scrambled eggs, Quabbin Food Connector has planned a seven-town, self-guided food and farm tour on Saturday to complement “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” the traveling exhibit that is on display at...

Valley Bounty: Bernardston’s Couch Brook Farm offers fresh starts, organic and essential
04-21-2023 8:10 PM


Vibrant yellow and purple pansies coloring local farm stands, their faces turned upward to greet the sun, are sure signs of warmth returning to New England.“I already delivered some last week to Upinngil Farm in Gill and Atlas Farm Store in South...

Franklin County farmers earn accolades in National Corn Yield Contest
03-28-2023 6:32 PM

Several Franklin County residents were named winners of the National Corn Yield Contest this year, with winning fields located in three different states.■Northfield resident Frederick Llewelyn placed first in New Hampshire (where the winning field was...

Valley Bounty: Farm educator makes big leap into small-scale agriculture in Florence
03-27-2023 6:19 PM


Toni Hall is a farmer hoping to turn some heads. A diminutive plant known as spilanthes, with edible flowers called buzz buttons, is helping get people’s attention.“When I give out samples at the farmers market, people make these crazy sounds and...

NOLA in the Valley: Wells Provisions in Charlemont sources locally, serves Big Easy flavor
02-17-2023 3:18 PM


At first glance, Charlemont may seem an unlikely place to open a restaurant that features New Orleans cooking. When the pandemic offered a chance to try something new, Wesley Janssen and family saw the opportunity for a homecoming.The Northfield...

Valley Bounty: Custom cuts: Bostrom Farm in Greenfield pivots from dairy to grass-fed meat
02-03-2023 4:41 PM


Talk to most farmers raising animals on pasture, and they’ll tell you the same thing – from a farming perspective, the animals are secondary.“Our mantra is creating good food from grass,” says Kyle Bostrom of Bostrom Farm in Greenfield. “Basically, we...

Bowing to financial pressures, Davenport gives up dairy
01-07-2018 6:39 PM


SHELBURNE — As far as anyone can remember, the 365-acre Davenport Farm has had dairy cows in the Patten Hill district.The rolling hills had cows when the first Davenports bought the property in 1913, says Maegen (Davenport) Senser, who was raised on...

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