5/20/2016
The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and Big Y awarded 47 local farmers.


Recognizing that farming is essential to our community, Local Farmer Award partners, the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and Big Y awarded 47 local farmers from the Berkshires to the Pioneer Valley $2,500 to make physical infrastructure improvements to their farms.  Along with the generous support of sponsors, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and MGM Springfield, farmers have already put to great use the $2,500 award for projects for farm improvements. This represents a 42% increase in awards from the 2015 inaugural year.


With the collaboration of local agriculture advocacy organizations, Berkshire Grown and CISA (Community Involved in Sustained Agriculture), the applications selected for the Farmer Awards were announced in December. One hundred twenty-eight farmers submitted applications describing their improvement projects. The award recipients are diverse: 32% have been farming for more than 20 years with 23% for five years or less; and over 40% of the farms have sales of over $100,000 while another 30% recorded sales of less than $49,000.


A winner from 2015 and 2016 Julia Coffey of Mycoterra Farm in Westhampton, MA says "we are thrilled to be a Local Farmer Award recipient.  The projects that these awards have helped fund are making our farm more viable".  This year Coffey is purchasing equipment required for outfitting a commercial kitchen that will allow them to begin to manufacture value-added food products with unsold fresh mushrooms.  Jennifer Salinetti, owner of Woven Roots Farm in Tyringham, MA will be installing a permanent vegetable wash station which will directly impact their productivity; Gideon Porth of Atlas Farm in Deerfield, MA will be installing a pump system for a new well to increase the supply of potable water for the farm's packing house and greenhouses which will double their current watering abilities.


Mr. Harold Grinspoon, founder of the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation who launched the Local Farmer Awards in 2015 says "Farmers don't typically ask for help.  They are genuinely appreciative of these awards and use the money in creative ways for projects to help their businesses".  Charlie D'Amour, President & COO of Big Y adds "through our partnership with the Grinspoon Foundation we are providing one more way to help local growers thrive in our community". 


The goal of the Local Farmer Awards is to strengthen farmers' ability to compete in the marketplace so that our region benefits from the environmental, health and economic advantages of local farming.  A farmer appreciation event is held yearly for all applicants and awardees to honor and recognize our farmers and promote the importance of local farming.

Below is a complete list of the 2016 Recipients of the Local Farmer Awards:


Farm Name

City

State

 

Amherst Nurseries

Amherst

MA

 

Atlas Farm

Deerfield

MA

 

Bear Swamp Orchard and Cidery

Ashfield

MA

 

Book & Plow Farm

Amherst

MA

 

Boyden Bros. Maple

Conway

MA

 

Bridgmont Farm

Westhampton

MA

 

Caretaker Farm

Williamstown

MA

 

Chaseholm Farm Creamery

Pine Plains

NY

 

Climbing Tree Farm

New Lebanon

NY

 

Enterprise Farm

Whately

MA

 

Equinox Farm

Sheffield

MA

 

Freeman Farm

Heath

MA

 

Fungi Ally

Hadley

MA

 

Good Bunch Farm

Conway

MA

 

Grace Hill Farm

Cummington

MA

 

Headwater Cider

Hawley

MA

 

Hettie Belle Farm

Warwick

MA

 

Hosta Hill

Housatonic

MA

 

Intervale Farm

Westhampton

MA

 

Jennings Brook Farm

New Ashford

MA

 

Joe Czajkowski Farm

Hadley

MA

 

Just Roots Inc.

Greenfield

MA

 

Justamere Tree Farm

Worthington

MA

 

Kosinski Farms

Westfield

MA

 

Lyonsville Farm

Colrain

MA

 

Mayval Farm

Westhampton

MA

 

Mill River Farm

Great Barrington

MA

 

Moon in the Pond Farm

Sheffield

MA

 

MX Morningstar Farm

Copake

NY

 

Mycoterra Farm

Westhampton

MA

 

New Lands Farm

Westfield

MA

 

New Leaf Farm

New Lebanon

NY

 

North Plain Farm

Great Barrington

MA

 

Park Hill Orchard LLC

Easthampton

MA

 

Paul's Sugar House

Williamsburg

MA

 

Red Barn Honey Company

Northampton

MA

 

Riverland Farm

Sunderland

MA

 

Seeds of Solidarity Farm

Orange

MA

 

Simple Gifts Farm

North Amherst

MA

 

Stonegate Farm

Conway

MA

 

The Kitchen Garden

Sunderland

MA

 

The Little White Goat Dairy

Orange

MA

 

Warm Colors Apiary

South Deerfield

MA

 

Warner Farm

Sunderland

MA

 

Wild Rose Farm

Hatfield

MA

 

Wilkes Farm

North Hatfield

MA

 

Woven Roots Farm, Inc.

Tyringham

MA

 

 

Media Contact:
Cari Carpenter, Director
Local Farmer Awards
Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation
413-276-0831   cari@hgf.org