5th Annual Seedling Swap

Seedling Swap
Saturday, June 4, 10am-1pm
Main Street, North Adams, MA


Storey Publishing and Hoosac Harvest are teaming up
to present the fifth annual Seedling Swap on Saturday, June 4, 10am
to 1pm, on Main Street in North Adams. This event will
offer gardeners, both experienced and beginners, the opportunity to
acquire extra seedlings for their summer gardens.

All gardeners are invited to bring their extra seedlings to the event
to exchange, but it is not required to bring a seedling to get a
seedling. In addition to gardeners, farmers and garden centers donate
seedlings to the event. Everyone is welcome to exchange or take
seedlings that others donate. There is also an opportunity to make a
donation of any size to support Hoosac Harvest’s work of subsidizing
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares for families with limited
incomes.

To make a donation (seedlings or other) or for more information,
contact Darlene Ellis at (413) 346-4471 or nandn33@msn.com.

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Farmer Meet & Greet + CSA Fair

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5:30-7pm @ 85 Main Street North Adams

Join us at our annual Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food event + CSA Fair. Many Forks Farm, Hop Hollar Farm, Clarksburg Bread Co., Wildstone Farm, Caroline’s Scottish Shortbread, and more will be there sharing information and samples with you!

Plus, our friends at Common Folk will provide some music.

Plus, plus – there’s a raffle to win a CSA share in support of the North Adams Farmers Market (tickets are $20 each).

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Gleaning Ioka Valley Farm

Gleaning farms — or collecting produce that is unused — results in local produce being distributed to local food pantries and the Berkshire Food Project. Here’s an article about one of our larger gleaning efforts in the fall of 2015!

Ioka Valey Farm Donates Tons of Food to Area Food Pantries

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4th Annual Seedling Swap

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Saturday, May 30th, 11am to 1pm
@ Storey Publishing
MASS MoCA campus, North Adams, MA

Storey Publishing and Hoosac Harvest are teaming up
to present the fourth annual Seedling Swap on Saturday, May 30, 11am
to 1pm, at Storey Publishing on the MASS MoCA campus. This event will
offer gardeners, both experienced and beginners, the opportunity to
acquire extra seedlings for their summer gardens.

All gardeners are invited to bring their extra seedlings to the event
to exchange, but it is not required to bring a seedling to get a
seedling. In addition to gardeners, farmers and garden centers donate
seedlings to the event. Everyone is welcome to exchange or take
seedlings that others donate. There is also an opportunity to make a
donation of any size to support Hoosac Harvest’s work of subsidizing
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares for families with limited
incomes.

To make a donation (seedlings or other) or for more information,
contact Darlene Ellis at (413) 346-4471 or nandn33@msn.com.

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2nd Annual Homestead Tour

Lee Venolia's homestead, Williamstown

Lee Venolia’s homestead, Williamstown

On Saturday, July 19 from 10am-3pm, discover what’s happening in the front and back yards of your neighbors. From terraced gardens to kombucha, an orchard to berry bushes, goats to bees, community oven to community garden, discover the wonders of growing and making your own during Hoosac Harvest’s second annual North Berkshire Homestead Tour.

Tickets are $15 per carload and support subsidized shares at two Community Supported Agriculture farms: Many Forks Farm in Clarksburg and Square Roots Farm in Lanesborough. Tickets are available at Shima Boutique, North Adams and Wild Oats Market in Williamstown or email hoosacharvest@gmail.com.

“The Homestead Tour is an extreme garden tour,” says Caroline Scully, Hoosac Harvest core group member. “It’s a chance to take a peek at small and large homesteads while supporting the work of Hoosac Harvest whose mission is access to local food for everyone.”

The guidebook is the ticket that will direct participants to locations in Williamstown and North Adams. Participants are encouraged to visit gardens in any order that they would like. The owner(s) will be present to answer questions about how they do what they do and the tour will operate rain or shine. Two of the gardens feature free raffles including books from Storey Publishing and home-grown yarn.

The tour runs through the lunch hour and participants are encouraged to bring a picnic and plan a break, maybe stopping at a local park. Some hosts may be offering refreshments, and there from 12-3pm there will be samples at the North Adams Community Oven.

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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food 2014

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Please join us for the third annual Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food!

  • When: Tuesday, March 18th, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Where: First Congregational Church of North Adams, Summer Street, off Ashland Ave, across from the post pffice
  • Parking: Parking on Summer Street, with additional parking on Church St. and Ashland Ave. Please enter through the kitchen doors off the small church parking lot on Summer St.

Come downtown to meet our local farmers, small-scale producers, and chefs. ?This is a free event and there will be samples and light refreshments.

Contact Kathy Keeser for more information at kathykeeser@gmail.com or 413-346-7196.

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Inaugural North Berkshire Homestead Tour

Lee Venolia's homestead, Williamstown

Lee Venolia’s homestead, Williamstown

On Saturday, July 20 from 10am-3pm, discover what’s happening in the front and back yards of your neighbors. From chickens to sheep, an orchard to a sugar bush, edible gardens to cider making, discover the wonders of growing and making your own during Hoosac Harvest’s inaugural North Berkshire Homestead Tour. Tickets are $15 and support subsidized shares at Many Forks Farm in Clarksburg and Square Roots Farm in Lanesborough. Tickets are available at Shima Boutique, North Adams; Images Cinema, Wild Oats Market and Where’d You Get That?!, Williamstown.

“The Homestead Tour is an extreme garden tour,” says Caroline Scully, Hoosac Harvest core group member. “It’s a chance to take a peek at small and large homesteads while supporting the work of Hoosac Harvest whose mission is access to local food for everyone.”

The ticket to the event is the guidebook that will direct participants to locations in Williamstown, North Adams, Adams and Stamford, VT. Participants are encouraged to visit gardens in any order that they would like. The owner(s) will be present to answer questions about how they do what they do and the tour will operate rain or shine. Two of the gardens feature free raffles including two collections of five books each from Storey Publishing.

“Urban Farm Organics (U.F.O.) is our backyard garden in the City of North Adams that feeds three adults,” says Sandra Thomas, one of the participants of the Homestead Tour. “Most everything we grow, whether it be vegetable, flower, herb, or tree, serves a purpose. We also host two beehives from La La Honey and the bees help with the pollination and that means better yields from our crops.”

With the cost of food rising, more people are growing their own food and raising their own chickens or other animals. The tour will show examples of what people are doing and will be an opportunity to ask questions and gain information to do it yourself.

The tour runs through the lunch hour and participants are encouraged to bring a picnic and plan a break, maybe stopping at a local park. Some hosts may be offering refreshments, and there is a chance for a pizza sample at the North Adams Community Oven during the afternoon.

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KYF in The North Adams Transcript

The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food event was covered in the North Adams Transcript on March 8, 2013.

Samples of cheeses, bagels, cookies, honey and vegetables were consumed by the dozens as area residents tasted the products of local farmers and food producers during Hoosac Harvest’s “Know your farmer, Know your food” event Thursday night.

“This is a great place to talk to community members, share your stories and your products,” Suzy Konecky, cheesemaker for Cricket Creek Farms in Williamstown, said. “It’s a great way to raise awareness about what is being produced locally. I just talked to a couple that didn’t know that they could get grass-fed beef locally. I was able to direct them to our farm store.”

The event, started four years ago by Target Hunger, resurfaced last year under the auspices of the all-volunteer run group Hoosac Harvest, which aims to help connect the community with locally grown, healthy and sustainably produced food.

Read the full article on the Transcript website…

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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food 2013

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Please join us for the third annual Know Your Farmer, for sale Know Your Food!

  • When: Thursday, healing March 7th, 5-7pm
  • Where: All Saints Church, Summer Street, North Adams (across from the post office)

Come downtown to meet our local farmers, small-scale producers, and chefs. ?This is a free event and there will be samples and light refreshments.

Interested in growing your own veggies? There will also be a seed exchange. Bring some seeds to swap or take some to start growing!

Contact Kathy Keeser for more information at kathykeeser@gmail.com or 413-346-7196.

??Hope to see you there!

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Seedling Swap

Seedling Swap

Saturday, order May 19, 11am to 2pm
Storey Publishing, Mass MoCA campus

Storey Publishing and Hoosac Harvest are teaming up to offer a Seedling Swap on Saturday, May 19, from 11am to 2pm at Storey Publishing on the Mass MoCA campus. This event will offer gardeners the opportunity to share extra seedlings with new and experienced gardeners alike. The organizers invite gardeners to start extra flats of seedlings to bring to the event to exchange. Peat pots and soil will be available to transplant seedlings. There will also be short demonstrations on container gardening and composting.

Join us, and bring your extra seedlings!

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