Hoosac Harvest

Hoosac Harvest To support and encourage access for Northern Berkshire residents across all income levels to sustainably-raised, locally grown food.
The mission of Hoosac Harvest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is to support and encourage access for Northern Berkshire residents across all income levels to sustainably-raised, locally grown food produced through community supported agriculture while building respect for the relationships between the land, each other, and our food. CSA is a relationship between a farm and a community. Community, Farmer, and Land all benefit from this arrangement. Community members purchase a share before the growing season starts and share the risks and rewards of farming. With the resources available at the beginning of the season, the farmer can concentrate on farming with sustainable methods, which contributes to the long term health and viability of the land, creating richer harvests as soil fertility improves over time. Local food security is also enhanced, and the local community is strengthened. Hoosac Harvest CSA is an effort to help support and develop local agriculture. The first expression of this is a partnership with Farmer Michael Gallagher and his new farm, Square Roots Farm, on Daniels Road in Clarksburg, Massachusetts. Hoosac Harvest CSA is a local initiative focused on increasing food security in the seven communities that make up the Northern Berkshires. We are facilitated by a core group of volunteer community members who are working to impact the local food system by developing this model of community support.
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Hoosac Harvest needs community support in order to continue to offer discount shares to low-income members. We are currently fund raising to meet our goal of $10,000 over the next twelve months. Please donate by sending a check made out to Hoosac Harvest CSA to the address below. $20 helps provide one week of fresh local produce for one family, $400 helps provide one growing season of produce for one family. Any contribution is appreciated and helps support Berkshire families to stay healthy. If you would like to volunteer or help in another capacity please contact us. Thank you.

3 children really enjoying their time at Red Shirt Farm for their first year as CSA members via Hoosac Harvest.   Thanks...
06/28/2018

3 children really enjoying their time at Red Shirt Farm for their first year as CSA members via Hoosac Harvest. Thanks to Jim at Red Shirt Farm, John and Joy at Wildstone Farm and Sharon at Many Forks Farm for providing wonderful CSA opportunities for so many in the Berkshires and for partnering with Hoosac Harvest for subsidized shares.

We had a good day in North Adams yesterday and lots of people took home seedlings of all kinds. Donations go to lower co...
05/27/2018

We had a good day in North Adams yesterday and lots of people took home seedlings of all kinds. Donations go to lower cost CSA local vegetable shares.

Thank you Caretaker Farm, Mount Williams Greenhouses, Inc., Many Forks Farm, Whitney's Farm Market & Country Gardens, Wi...
05/27/2018

Thank you Caretaker Farm, Mount Williams Greenhouses, Inc., Many Forks Farm, Whitney's Farm Market & Country Gardens, Wildstone Farm, Vermont, North Adams Public School Greenhouse, Square Roots Farm, and all the people who dropped off seedlings, took seedlings, and donated at our Free Seedling Exchange yesterday!

05/26/2018
Our seedling swap is going on now, right on Main Street in North Adams! Come on down-there’s a WIDE variety to choose fr...
05/26/2018

Our seedling swap is going on now, right on Main Street in North Adams! Come on down-there’s a WIDE variety to choose from!

Interested in Fresh, local veggies this season?  CSA share could be the answer.  If you feel that you may need assistanc...
04/18/2018

Interested in Fresh, local veggies this season? CSA share could be the answer. If you feel that you may need assistance with being able to afford a share, Hoosac Harvest may be able to help. We are offering subsidized or lower cost vegetable shares to local farms. Contact [email protected].

For more info read below:
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kathy Keeser, Hoosac Harvest
[email protected] | 413-664-4006

SIGN-UP NOW FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA) PROGRAMS
Lower Cost Shares Available through Hoosac Harvest

North Adams, MA-- Hoosac Harvest encourages community members to join a Community Supported Agriculture program, or CSA, now for direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally. CSA members pay for an entire season of produce early in the year, which helps farmers plan for the growing season, purchase new seed, make equipment repairs, and more. A CSA share typically costs between $475-$675 for 20 weeks of produce between June and October. A full share is enough for two adults with one or two children, or two veggie lovers; partial shares also available.

Lower Cost Shares Available! Hoosac Harvest works with three CSA farms to subsidize the cost of shares so that all members of the community have access to the farms and the food. The farms are: Wildstone Farm in Pownal, VT, Red Shirt Farm in Lanesborough, MA, and Many Forks Farm in Clarksburg, MA.

To find out if you qualify for a lower cost (subsidized) share, contact Hoosac Harvest via [email protected] or 413-664-4006. Subsidized shares are based on income and reduce the full share cost by 40%-60%. Payment plans and payment by EBT/SNAP are available.

For more information about the farms:
Wildstone Farm, Pownal, VT
Contact: Joy & John Primmer [email protected]
Web: wildstonefarm.com

Red Shirt Farm, Lanesborough, MA
Contact: Jim Schultz [email protected]
Web: redshirtfarm.com

Many Forks Farm, Clarksburg, MA
Contact: Sharon Wyrrick, [email protected]
Web: manyforksfarm.com (Shares no longer available this season)

Hoosac Harvest is supported by a grant from the Robert and James Hardman Fund,
a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, with additional support from Berkshire Grown and St. John’s Episcopal Church of Williamstown, The Fund for Williamstown, the Green Pastures Fund, and donations from Friends of Hoosac Harvest.
Hoosac Harvest: Access to Local Food for Everyone
PO Box 981, North Adams, MA 01247 hoosacharvest.org

10/14/2017
North Adams Farmers Market

Don't forget to go to the North Adams Farmers Market tomorrow!

Join us for the market tomorrow! Music from After Ours from 10am-12pm! Special visit and information on pickling from Chef Cortney Burns of Tourists Welcome!

Many Forks Farm will have lettuce, arugula, orange carrots, rainbow carrots, beets, raspberries, fresh baby ginger, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflower, kohlrabi, long pie pumpkins, garlic, kale, and a few last odds & ends of the heating-loving crops (tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos and poblano peppers.)

Bees n' Blossoms Lotion Bars will be bringing their lotion bars and a new line of essential oil lotion bars. In addition, Sweet N' Salty Spa Essentials will be bringing their scrub bars and bath salts.

You'll also find Caroline"s Scottish Shortbread, Jaeschke Fruit & Flowers Center, Morin Gardens, Mountain Girl Farm, Natalya's Ethnic Cousine, North Yeast Bakery, Porter Farm, Mark's Acres, Square Roots Farm, Wayne Kittler, Chenail's Farm Stand, and New Leaf Farm!

Our local farms provide wonderful fresh food AND they also donate produce to local food pantries and food sites in our a...
08/19/2017

Our local farms provide wonderful fresh food AND they also donate produce to local food pantries and food sites in our area through Hoosac Harvest. This picture is sampling of veggies donated by Square Roots Farm, Many Forks Farm and New Leaf Farm through the North Adams Farmers Market. At Louison House shelter residents are making eggplant parmesan and likely another batch of ratatouille with the fresh veggies. Other food from Saturday's Farmers markets goes to the Berkshire Dream Center and Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative Friendship Center, or to Berkshire Food Project for the free meals they serve. Almost weekly we pick up donated produce from Wildstone Farm, Vermont.

Hoosac Harvest helping to provide access to healthy local produce for all in our community.

The first outdoor market of the season is THIS SATURDAY! Maximize your SNAP dollars at the market with the HIP program! ...
06/09/2017

The first outdoor market of the season is THIS SATURDAY! Maximize your SNAP dollars at the market with the HIP program! Stop by the market manager tent to learn more.

Join us this Saturday for the North Adams Farmers Market season kick-off. Who's ready for fresh, local, kale, bok choy, lettuce, honey, eggs, meat, bread, syrup, and more!
New Leaf Farm, Mountain Girl Farm Square Roots Farm Many Forks Farm Caroline"s Scottish Shortbread Clarksburg Bread Co. Bees n' Blossoms Lotion Bars Morin Gardens Uniquely Yours MonArtistic Pet Products

Breezy cool day but once again Hoosac Harvest held annual Seedling Exchange. Hurry down as we will be closing up soon in...
06/03/2017

Breezy cool day but once again Hoosac Harvest held annual Seedling Exchange. Hurry down as we will be closing up soon in downtown North Adams

A three-year program that can be used at farmers markets, mobile markets, farm stands, and CSAs. Watch for more info abo...
04/05/2017
In New Mass. SNAP Program, Local Fruit And Veggies Come With A Refund

A three-year program that can be used at farmers markets, mobile markets, farm stands, and CSAs. Watch for more info about where to use locally!

A new state program starting this month will offer a financial incentive to Massachusetts residents on limited incomes to eat more locally grown fruits and

03/27/2017

Hello friends - the Know Your Farmer event that was originally scheduled for this evening was cancelled. Stay dry and warm!

03/15/2017

FYI The Mobile Food Bank of the Food Bank of Western Mass. will be at the Brien Center, on American Legion Drive in North Adams, this Friday, March 17, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Have you signed up for your CSA Share yet? Don't delay -- they will fill-up before the snow finally melts! Message us or...
03/12/2017
Square Roots Farm

Have you signed up for your CSA Share yet? Don't delay -- they will fill-up before the snow finally melts! Message us or email [email protected] to inquire about a subsidized share.

We have FOUR regular veggie #CSA shares left for this season! Are you ready to claim yours? We also have lower cost subsidized shares available. Sign up for a regular share on our website, or contact Hoosac Harvest to inquire about a subsidized share. (Yes, you can use your #SNAP benefits!) #springiscoming

Thank you, Storey Publishing for supporting the North Adams Farmers Market SNAP x 2 program! Thanks to the generosity of...
03/09/2017

Thank you, Storey Publishing for supporting the North Adams Farmers Market SNAP x 2 program! Thanks to the generosity of donors, SNAP benefits are doubled at the market -- making dollars go further on nutritious, locally grown food!

Thank you to our newest SNAPx2 Program sponsor, Storey Publishing!
Your generosity will put an extra $1,000 worth of fresh, local, food on the tables of local families with limited resources. Thank you for being a champion of healthy LOCAL food accessibility in North Adams!
#MyNorthAdams #smallbusinessrevolution #foodrevolution

Fresh Fest at Images Cinema next weekend. It's a free food and farm film festival! Local films and more.
02/26/2017

Fresh Fest at Images Cinema next weekend. It's a free food and farm film festival! Local films and more.

01/14/2017
The Small Business Revolution

So excited to see the energy around The Small Business Revolution's visit to North Adams! Our community faces many challenges and there are many, many people -- natives and transplants alike -- who see the potential and care passionately about this place and all the people who live here. We

We finally made it! We’re live from North Adams, Massachusetts, the final destination on our tour of cities on the short list for the next season of the Small Business Revolution – Main Street. We want to hear from you about what makes North Adams a special community. Be sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share a photo of your favorite spot, and tag it with #MyNorthAdams.

11/29/2016
WilliNet - TV

We're proud to partner with WilliNet - TV on their WilliNet Challenge! For every donation they receive, board member David Lachman will contribute $1 to Hoosac Harvest. It's a win-win! Support community media! Support local food!

Meet our Community Partner: HOOSAC HARVEST and TAKE THE WILLINET CHALLENGE: You give, We Give!! watch here & on the big screen this week at Images before showings of "Moonlight"!
Local food for all...
Hoosac Harvest Images Cinema Williams College Williamstown Chamber of Commerce Destination Williamstown

The North Adams Farmers Market, the Berkshire Grown November Farmers' Market (and December), the Downtown Pittsfield Far...
11/13/2016
Winter's coming, but you can still buy fresh vegetables locally

The North Adams Farmers Market, the Berkshire Grown November Farmers' Market (and December), the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, the Bennington Farmers' Market are all opportunities to purchase local food throug the winter months!

It's really hard for me say goodbye to summer. I always do it late - like, around Nov. 1 late. I love farmers market season, fresh tomatoes, verdant herbs and late-evening sunsets, and I try to hang on to that feeling for as long as I possibly …

The students at Williams College do so much great work to get food into the hands of people who need it. Vote for them s...
11/12/2016
Williams College

The students at Williams College do so much great work to get food into the hands of people who need it. Vote for them so that they can do more great work via Campus Kitchen. Click the link, watch the video, and under the video there's a button that says "vote." Vote today through Monday when it ends!

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Thank you Wildstone Farm, Vermont for the winter CSA shares and Northern Berkshire Community Coalition for all of your h...
11/06/2016

Thank you Wildstone Farm, Vermont for the winter CSA shares and Northern Berkshire Community Coalition for all of your help!!

The nbCC staff is always excited to pick up the fresh and delicious vegetables from Wildstone Farm, Vermont. Missing from photo: Amanda Chilson

As they say, three times is a charm.  We tried to glean at Ioka Valley farm on two previous Fridays, but the weather pre...
11/04/2016

As they say, three times is a charm. We tried to glean at Ioka Valley farm on two previous Fridays, but the weather prevented our access to the field. Today, we had a wonderful afternoon gleaning thanks to some usual friends of Hoosac Harvest: Jen Munoz (who really helped keep on top of this happening), Becky and Keith Mickalski, Charles Boneti, and Kathy Keeser. And Thanks to Aubrey Armstorng (who came on our previous Friday attempts but could not come today). Special thanks to the wonderful Williams College Outing Club PE class called "Adventures 101,"
led by Phacelia Cramer and Silje Christoffersen with todays crew: William Downs, David Gorestki, Maria Hidalgo Romero, Breelyn
Karno, Katherine Pippenger, and Eman Ali. With their help we made quick work of loading the boxes full of squash and pumpkins. Our biggest THANK YOU shout out goes to Ioka Valley Farm for once again allowing us to glean produce left from sales at their farm. We gleaned at least a ton of squash & pumpkins (2,000 pounds) that was taken to local pantries and food sites for the enjoyment of many people. This years varieties gleaned included butternut, buttercup, acorn, small blue hubbard, and a crook neck pumpkin good for pies.

Thanks also to Eleanor Lustig, a student at Williams who helped to connect Hoosca Harvest with the Williams College PE group. Williams is really helping to make healthy food more accessible with WRAPS and also a linkage for produce from Wild Oats to Mohawk Forest apartments.

The first winter North Adams Farmers Market is this Saturday at 87 Main Street! Double SNAP while funds are available.
11/01/2016

The first winter North Adams Farmers Market is this Saturday at 87 Main Street! Double SNAP while funds are available.

We're ready! See you Saturday!

Our friends at Wildstone Farm, Vermont are having an open house on October 16. Can't wait to visit with Joy and John!
10/03/2016

Our friends at Wildstone Farm, Vermont are having an open house on October 16. Can't wait to visit with Joy and John!

We are having a Farm Open House on Sunday October 16th from 2-4pm. Please come and learn how we strive to grow vegetables with love and in harmony with nature.

Market season is in full swing!
07/08/2016

Market season is in full swing!

We're so excited for tomorrow's market! Here's a rundown of who'll be there:
Caroline's Scottish Shortbread
Clarksburg Bread Co.
Gray Raven Farm
Jaeschke's Orchard
Many Forks Farm
MonArtistic Pet Products
Morin Gardens
Mountain Girl Farm
Senecal's Sugarhouse
Smigel Farms
Rolling Rock Farm
Square Roots Farm
Janine's Jewelry
Lawrence Sands' Woodworking
Treetop Naturals
The Family Place
Vagabond Bakeshop
Mount Williams Greenhouses, Inc.
MountainOne (one of our beloved sponsors! Thanks, MountainOne!)

...and music by Adam Tobin! See you there!

This is great!
06/07/2016
Berkshire Eagle

This is great!

Seventeen students from Robyn Lawson's third-grade class at Brayton Elementary recently visited the Berkshire Food Project to learn more about how food donations play a role in its daily operations.

Thank you! Thank you! Take a look at these beautiful vegetable and flower seedlings donated by Wildstone Farm, Vermont, ...
06/03/2016

Thank you! Thank you! Take a look at these beautiful vegetable and flower seedlings donated by Wildstone Farm, Vermont, Mount Williams Greenhouses, Inc., Aubuchon Hardware, Carr Hardware. Seedling Swap is tomorrow, June 4 from 10am-1pm at 37 Main Street, North Adams. Get growing!

Cricket Creek Farm is hiring!
04/21/2016

Cricket Creek Farm is hiring!

Cricket Creek Farm is hiring! Manager of Operations, Cheese Maker, and Farm Apprentice. Live the dream! http://cricketcreekfarm.com

Important topic.  There is good work happening, but more to do to improve the situation for people here.
04/10/2016
Berkshire Community Action Council, Inc.

Important topic. There is good work happening, but more to do to improve the situation for people here.

...Excellent forum on Food Insecurity in the Berkshires yesterday, hosted by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (NBCC)!

Farmer Meet & Greet + CSA Fair + Seedlings + Farmers Markets
03/21/2016
Farmer Meet & Greet + CSA Fair

Farmer Meet & Greet + CSA Fair + Seedlings + Farmers Markets

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food + CSA Fair, Heirloom Tomato Seedling Sale, Seedling Swap. Summer Farmers Markets

CSA shares available at Square Roots Farm and Many Forks Farm for the 2016 season. Don't miss out on fresh, local veggie...
02/25/2016

CSA shares available at Square Roots Farm and Many Forks Farm for the 2016 season. Don't miss out on fresh, local veggies, join now before it is too late.

If you feel you would have trouble paying for a full priced share, you may qualify for a lower, subsidized share based on household income through Hoosac Harvest. Contact [email protected] for more info.

See flyer for more info on contacting the farms about YOUR SHARE now!

Address

PO Box 981
North Adams, MA
01247

General information

A share is enough vegetables to feed an average family of three or four, or two vegetarians. Share pick-up is weekly during the growing season from about mid-June to the first frost in October ~ 20 weeks. Pick-up is at Square Roots Farm, 835 Daniels Road in Clarksburg - currently scheduled for Wednesday afternoons from 3 - 7 pm. (Pick-up at North Adams Farmers Market may be possible.) Email: [email protected]

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 20:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00

Telephone

(413) 663-9288

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