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.



We are thrilled to be celebrating our 6th year of the Local Farmer Awards! Launched in 2015 in partnership with Big Y and our generous sponsors Ann and Steve Davis, Friendly'sFarm Credit EastHP Hood LLC, People's BankSpringfield Sheraton Monarch PlaceBaystate Health, and Eastern States Exposition, 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.

With the collaboration of local agricultural Buy Local organizations, Berkshire Grown and CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture), the Local Farmer Awards program is announced in December.
 

Examples of How Local Farmer Awards Have Been Used

Harvest Farm (Whatley, 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 nearly 250 awards and has exceeded a half a million total dollars of investment 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. 
 
On December 4th, 2019, local Farmer Award Applicants gathered to celebrate their awards and contributions to the local farm culture. See photos from this event.

Interested in where they work? Find links to maps of the Local Farmer Award Recipients in the right side of this page.
 
 
2019 Local Farmer Awards Slideshow by Michelle Roberts
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Special Thanks to Our 2019 Partners and Sponsors!

 
Big Y Logo
Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Logo
Ann and Steve Davis
Farm Credit East
Friendly's
Hood
Peoples Bank
Sheraton Springfield
Bay State Health
Florence Bank

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

 

Apply January 1st-31st

Application Information

Congratuations to our award recipients! See past years:

Click below for maps of our Local Farmer Award Recipients
2018 & 2019 Winners
2015-2017 Winners

Read about us in the Winter 2017 Edition of the Edible Pioneer Valley
 

Farmer Stories

2019
Wellspring Harvest and Springfield's Salad Days​

2018
Anna Meyer, hart Farm

Sarah & Ryan Voiland, Red Fire Farm

Nate Frigard, Crimson & Clover Farm

Topher Sabot, Cricket Creek Farm

Contact

For more information please contact Cari Carpenter: [email protected] or 413-276-0831.