The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant for its Berkshire Market Collective project.
The three-year, $238,000 grant is one of two awarded in Massachusetts.
The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission’s Market Collective program aims to connect the agriculture industry to a growing statewide market for accessible, healthy foods.
The program is a partnership with Berkshire Farm & Table and the Alchemy Initiative.
The Berkshire Market Collective juggles the needs of 20 independent markets operating in the county.
The Collective wants to create a resource for markets to share information, provide workforce training, and streamline operations.