Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture http://wamc.org en Direct Sales Boost Massachusetts Farms http://wamc.org/post/direct-sales-boost-massachusetts-farms <p>The latest USDA agriculture census data for Massachusetts, released earlier this month, shows farmers weathered the Great Recession as total agricultural sales held steady.&nbsp; Direct sales to consumers jumped 14 percent between 2007 and 2012.&nbsp; The growth in direct sales by local farms in western Massachusetts during the five year period mirrored the statewide increase.&nbsp; WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke about the report with Philip Korman, executive director of Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 91659 at http://wamc.org Direct Sales Boost Massachusetts Farms Funds Available To Farms Damaged By Blizzard http://wamc.org/post/funds-available-farms-damaged-blizzard <p>A fund that was set up to help western Massachusetts farms damaged by Hurricane Irene is being re-opened in response to the February blizzard.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The emergency farm fund, operated by the non profit Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture offers zero interest loans up to $10,000.&nbsp; CISA director Philip Korman says the blizzard caused a number of greenhouse collapses.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:44:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 58312 at http://wamc.org Funds Available To Farms Damaged By Blizzard