Local Farmer Awards

Recognizing that farming is essential to our community, we provide funds to selected local farms for necessary farm improvements. Our goal is to strengthen local farmers’ ability to compete in the marketplace so that our region benefits from the environmental, health and economic advantages of local farming. We also hold a farmer appreciation/celebration event in the late fall to promote the importance of local farming.

Update 2021 

Impact of 2020 Projects

We are pleased to launch the seventh year of the Local Farmer Awards. Launched in 2015 in partnership with Big Y and our generous sponsors Ann and Steve Davis, Denucci Group at Merrill LynchFarm Credit EastHP Hood LLCPEOPLEsBANK, Audrey & Chick Taylor, Baystate HealthCountry Bank and others, the Local Farmer Awards fund physical infrastructure improvements to farms. 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.

Examples of How Local Farmer Awards Have Been Used

Harvest Farm (Whately, MA) used funds for a greenhouse reconstruction project. David Wojciechowski says

“The Local Farmer Awards are extremely important to small businesses that might not be in a position to expand without the help of these awards. They enable growth throughout the Valley.”  

Bardwell Farm (Hatfield, MA) used funds to purchase an eight-foot Unverferth Perfect II field cultivator. Harrison Bardwell says

“We now do not need to reply on others to borrow equipment to get fields prepped. We are happy to have a quality tool on the farm to make the field operation of our farm run smoother!”  

Award Recipients

The team of funders has now given 400 awards and has invested over $900,000 in local farms.  We all continue to be thankful and appreciative that these farmers bring fresh food to our tables, care for the land they farm, and desire to continue to improve their farms. 

Interested in where they work? Find links to maps of the Local Farmer Award Recipients in the right side of this page.

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Special Thanks to Our 2021 Partners and Sponsors!

Big Y Logo
Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Logo
Ann and Steve Davis
Peoples Bank
Farm Credit East
Peoples Bank
Bay State Health
Audrey and Chick Taylor
Country Bank
and others...

Learn more about how to join these sponsors in supporting the Local Farmer Awards.


Application open Jan 1-31

Congratulations to our award recipients! See past years:

Click below for maps of our Local Farmer Award Recipients
2021 Winners
2018-2020 Winners
2015-2017 Winners


Farmer Stories

Wellspring Harvest and Springfield's Salad Days​

Anna Meyer, hart Farm

Sarah & Ryan Voiland, Red Fire Farm

Nate Frigard, Crimson & Clover Farm

Topher Sabot, Cricket Creek Farm


For more information please contact Cari Carpenter: cari@hgf.org or 413-276-0831.