Farms 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 Community Discussion Focuses On Providing Healthy Food To Northern Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/community-discussion-focuses-providing-healthy-food-northern-berkshires <p></p><p>A state-funded wellness initiative in the Northern Berkshires is holding a community discussion on addressing the region’s nutritional challenges.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The North Berkshire chapter of Mass In Motion, a state-funded program that encourages health-conscious lifestyles through exercise, nutrition, and community involvement, is holding a community-wide event that will focus on connecting residents to fresh and healthy food.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:48:39 +0000 Lucas Willard 67429 at http://wamc.org Community Discussion Focuses On Providing Healthy Food To Northern Berkshires Grant Supports Food Hub Initiative http://wamc.org/post/grant-supports-food-hub-initiative <p> The USDA is helping fund an effort to get products from local farms into the kitchens of large institutions in the region, such as colleges and hospitals.&nbsp; Officials say the demand for food from closer to home continues to grow, but the infrastructure to supply it has not kept up.&nbsp; WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:20:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 47537 at http://wamc.org Grant Supports Food Hub Initiative "The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals" http://wamc.org/post/lucky-ones-my-passionate-fight-farm-animals <p>We welcome Jenny Brown from the <a href="http://www.woodstocksanctuary.org">Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary</a> back to the show and talk about her new book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1583334416/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1583334416&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1583334416" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:10:56 +0000 Joe Donahue 45166 at http://wamc.org "The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals"