Local farms receive infrastructure awards

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Twenty two farms in Berkshire County and eastern New York are among 70 farms in the Western Massachusetts region that have received funding through the sixth annual Local Farmers Awards program sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation of Agawam. Each award recipient received checks of up to $2,500 for farm infrastructure improvements and equipment. The total amount awarded was $157,500.

Berkshire Grown and Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture,, both advocates for farming and agriculture, have provided guidance for this program since its inception. A farmer celebration event will be held in late fall to recognize all applicants and promote local agriculture.

The award winners from Berkshire County and eastern New York include: Abode Farm CSA; Ayrhill Farms Inc.; Berkshire Wildflower Honey LLC, d/b/a Mill River Farm; Bigfoot Farm; Brattle Farm; Caretaker Farm; Cheval Farmstead Dairy and Provisions; Colfax Farms; Dandelion Hill Farm; Fullwell Farm; and Gaetano's Organic Farm.

Also receiving awards were: Greylight Farm LLC; Indian Line Farm; Joshua's Farm; M and A Farm; Moon In the Pond Farm/Farm Education Inc.; North Plain Farm; Off the Shelf Farm; Square Roots Farm; Woven Roots Farm Inc.; and Woven Stars Farm.

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