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redfirefarm - Thu, Mar 16, 2017, 1:44 P
Spring Farm Shares Start March 31!
Hello Montague folks!

Our spring season CSA farm shares start Friday March 31st, with every other week pick ups through mid-May! All certified organic produce from our farm.


Please sign up by Friday March 24 to be set for the first pickup.

What's in a Spring Share?

• Spring Greens from our outdoor tunnels
• Winter vegetables
• Spring-dug Parsnips
• Green Garlic
• Asparagus
• and more seasonal delicacies

Shares cost $135 for the season, which is $33.75 for each of 4 pickups.

You can also add-on Pasture-raised Eggs from chickens who eat certified organic grain.

Pick up at Red Fire Farm on Meadow Road
Fridays, 2-6pm
172 Meadow Road, Montague, MA.

Please call us at the farm, 413-467-7645, if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading and supporting local agriculture!

~Sarah and Ryan Voiland and the Red Fire Farm crew
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maria - Tue, Nov 1, 2016, 2:30 P
Info Question
Members of the Wendell Community have organized this event to support Diemand Farm and give a show of solidarity against Referendum Question 3.
> Referendum Question # 3 and Diemand Farm
> This bill affects Diemand Farm because of one requirement that is written into the cage specifications and how it is interpreted when it is made a law. Our cages fit the size that they are calling for except where it says that the chickens must be able to "fully spread both wings without touching the side of the enclosure."
> Chickens do not spread their wings side to side like eagles. They spread them to the back one at a time. Our chickens are one per cage and can stand and move around. They measure 12" by 18" by 18". A few years ago we were inspected by MSPCA and ASPCA and were told that our hens are treated humanely. Our cages are of a size that has been approved of in this state and others. A few years ago HSUS published a list that named Massachusetts as the second best state in treatment of its animals.
> Our hens are caged, but clean, healthy and safe from dangers like predators, stampeding and cannibalism, they live in clean air. Many do not realize that big, cage free egg operations crowd hens onto vast indoor laying floors that may get deep in droppings because cleaning is difficult. Ammonia builds up in the air. Disease can be more readily transmitted.
> The cost to keep our current egg production amounts and convert to cage free would be in excess of $250,000. Given that extent of that investment, we would have to be sure that the next generation of Diemands would be interested in continuing the egg business and at this time that is not a certainty. So the downsizing of the egg portion of the business seems to be our only option at this time. We will remodel one barn and reduce our flock from 3000 to 500 and stop wholesaling eggs. We will still carry all our meat birds and sell all of our prepared products. You will still be able come to the farm to get your eggs.
> Another thing to be aware of is that this bill would prohibit the import of eggs or meat produced by caged animals. There are not enough free-range chickens in MA to supply the millions of eggs purchased by consumers. This would lead to a price increase and probably a shortage of eggs.
> Massachusetts does not have a problem with factory farms, that is why HSUS has gotten the bill on the ballot. And there isn't push back because we are the only farm could possibly effect. We do not in any way condone the cruel treatment of animals but feel that this bill isn't needed in Massachusetts.
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> One more thing. There is a video on youtube that will give you a look at our operations. The link is above or you can google Diemand Farm response to HSUS.
> I hope this answers your question and thank you for your thoughtful inquiry.
> The Diemand Farm Family
> Copyright © 2016 Diemand Farm Store, All rights reserved.
> You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website, Facebook page, or signed up at our store or local event.
> Our mailing address is:
> Diemand Farm Store
> 126 Mormon Hollow Rd
> Wendell, MA 01379
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Christina - Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 2:20 P
Piglets For Sale
Piglets for sale in Wendell.

Available the end of July (born May 28).

Saddleback/Tamworth cross - friendly and nice looking.

Or text Paul at (413) 422-1000 (text is best)

Thank you,
Christina Lin
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ghgfarmer - Mon, Apr 27, 2015, 4:47 A
Chickens For Sale
I have about one hundred one two and three year old chickens for sale here at the farm and asking five dollars each . Most are red and black sex links along with some other breeds also which lay nice big eggs so if interested call me at 1-413-522-3910 .
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BrooksBend - Sat, Jan 10, 2015, 10:49 A
Brook’s Bend Mild Mutton Ready End January
Hello neighbors! We're happy to let you know that our pasture-raised mild mutton will be ready by the end of January.

We raise happy, healthy animals with no antibiotics, no parasite medications, and no grain.

Grass-fed-only on our organic, re-mineralized pastures during the summer with locally sourced hay in the winter. This is some of the cleanest lamb/mutton you can buy.

Whole and half orders are $6/lb. Individual cuts are $8/lb for roasts and ground, $12/lb loin chops. Organ meats including heart, kidneys, liver: $5/lb

2 - Whole, bone-in leg (5-7lb each)
2- Shoulder Roast (4-5 lb each)
2- Fore-Roast (3-5 lb each)
Loin Chops - 5 lb
Ground - 8 lb
Organs - 2 lb

1 - Whole, bone-in leg (5-7lb)
1 - Shoulder Roast (4-5 lb)
1 Fore-Roast (3-5 lb)
Loin Chops - 2 lb
Ground - 4 lb
Organs - 1 lb

Call us to order: 367-2281. We'll be glad to see you at the farm at 119 Old Sunderland Road in Montague Center. Appointments are necessary to pick up your orders.

Or email suzanne at brooksbendfarm dot com

Happy New Year to all!
Al Miller and Suzanne Webber
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redfirefarm - Tue, Oct 29, 2013, 2:54 P
Organic Fall CSA shares start next week - here are the details
Hi Everybody,

In case you miss the Old Depot Gardens farm stand after it closes (still open through Nov 6th ish!), we have a way for you to get our vegetables this winter. We'll be having a CSA farm share pickup at our Montague farm location on Meadow Road. Here are the details!

Fall and Winter Farm Shares - local, organic vegetables
Pack your fridge and fill your bellies with fresh, local, and seasonal vegetables this fall and winter with our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm shares. All vegetables are local and certified-organic from Red Fire Farm.

Order Four hearty distributions of the season’s bounty. Pick-ups every other Thursday and Friday through November and December at volunteer run sites in Western MA and the Boston area. Shares start on Nov 7th and 8th. Fresh Organic Vegetables including winter squash, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, turnips, greens and more!
For more info, pick up locations, and to sign up visit:
Enjoy three months of local goodies and keep it local this winter! 6 hearty distributions of tasty winter vegetables like potatoes, shallots, carrots, spinach, salad greens, plus local products (think honey, maple syrup, flour). The share distributions are every other week starting January 10th, January through March of 2014.
Local Organic Egg Shares available too.

For pickup locations, more details on vegetable and egg shares, and to sign up for the season please visit

We also have BULK ORDER PRODUCE for home storage and parties. You can order for pickup - visit our bulk order page to see what's in season now: http://redfirefarm.c...kets/bulkorders.html

Red Fire Farm has been growing certified organic CSA shares for twelve years in Granby and Montague MA. Please call (413-467-7645) or email ( the farm with any questions you have.

Thank you for reading!

We look forward to sharing all our farm has to offer with you,
Sarah and Ryan Voiland
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mark2 - Wed, Sep 18, 2013, 6:22 A
Farm taxes
"Farm taxes

I hear one of our local farmers may throw in the towel due to high taxes and an inability to keep up. Seems a shame that Montague, as a town, wouldn't structure the tax system so that the small family farmer could flourish."

A shame for sure, but not surprising. In the towns quest for the almighty buck, the little guy takes it in the backside.
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mik - Tue, Sep 17, 2013, 3:20 P
Farm taxes
I hear one of our local farmers may throw in the towel due to high taxes and an inability to keep up. Seems a shame that Montague, as a town, wouldn't structure the tax system so that the small family farmer could flourish.
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jporcelli - Tue, Sep 10, 2013, 10:00 P
Looking for a field for horses to graze in Montague Center
We are looking for someone in town who might be willing to have two or three horses grazing on their land this Fall. This is part of a horse rescue project that is happening right here in Montague Center! If interested, or for questions, call Janet or George 367-2110 or respond here. You can get a glimpse of the project on Facebook (search Ledgewood Farm) or website
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BrooksBendFarm - Tue, May 28, 2013, 11:16 A
100% Grass-fed Raw Milk in Montague Survey

My name is Devin Hickman. I live here in Montague center and am thinking about starting a micro-dairy selling 100% grass-fed organic raw cows milk here in Montague.
I am trying to gauge community interest in raw milk by conducting a small survey.

If you are interested in healthy, great tasting, raw milk from grass-fed pastured cows being available right here in Montague, please take this small survey:

The survey is short, you don't need to register to take the survey, its free, and no demographic or personal information is required. The information will help me to figure is a micro dairy is a good fit here in Montague.


- Devin :)
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redfirefarm - Thu, May 3, 2012, 11:12 A
May 12 Open Greenhouse Plant Sale, Afternoon Tea, and Farm Tours in Montague
Spring Fling
Open House and Afternoon Tea
for Mothers, and Others :)

Open Greenhouse Plant Sale of herbs, flowers, and vegetables to enjoy all season long. Get any plants you'd like to garden with, make a planter if you'd like. Great fun, with a bit of afternoon tea to enjoy alongside.

Wagon and Walking Tours of the farm.

Afternoon Tea - a little tasty fortification for the day!

    Our Spring Fling event is open to everybody. The only part you need tickets for is Afternoon Tea - all else is free and open to the public.
    We're holding it in the afternoon on the day before Mothers' Day, at our greenhouse and farmland in Montague, at 184 Meadow Road. To get tickets for tea and find out more, please visit the Spring Fling page, http://redfirefarm.c...ayplantingfling.html
Mothers' Day Open House and Afternoon Tea 

Saturday, May 12th, 1-5pm
at the Montague greenhouse
184 Meadow Road, Montague, MA 
More reasons to come out:
     Another reason to come will be that it's our Kick-Off and Tree Planting for the Whole Farm Affordability Campaign! The folks from Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust will be here to meet, and explain how we're working to preserve the Montague farmland and infrastructure as an affordable farm in perpetuity.

    We're also taking Volunteers for the morning to help cleanup the old Blue Meadow Nursery display gardens - RSVP if you want to help us garden, details on the Spring Fling page.

Limited availability for Afternoon Tea tickets to the Spring Fling - please order early. Details about Spring Fling here, http://redfirefarm.c...ayplantingfling.html.
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redfirefarm - Wed, Dec 7, 2011, 11:20 A
Organic Produce in Jan, Feb and March from Red Fire Farm
Hi everybody,

In case you are missing the Old Depot Gardens farm stand, we have a way for you to get our vegetables this winter. We'll be having a CSA farm share pickup at our new Montague farm location on Meadow Road. Here are the details below. Please give us a call at the farm if you have any questions, 413-467-7645.
Or email us at

The Third Season of our
Locavore Deep Winter CSA

Eating locally can be a challenge in the wintry months. This year we’ll be storing away delicious root crops, cabbages, garlic and more, and sowing our greenhouses full with winter hardy greens to make it a little easier! Every two weeks in January, February and March we’ll bring things out to share with you! We’re partnering with the makers of some local products to incorporate them into the share as well, from Real Pickles sauerkraut to apples from local orchards. This year we’ll also have some frozen produce from the growing season!

Storage crops will make up roughly 1/3 of the value, greens another 1/3, and local products the last 1/3.

Vegetable shares are $250 for 6 distributions, every two weeks. Shares will be available on the Fridays of January 13th, 27th, February 10th, 24th, March 9th and 23rd.

Organic Egg Shares are also available for pickup at the same time.

Location for pickup: In Montague at the farm’s new packing barn cooler, shares ready after 1 pm on Fridays (172 Meadow Rd, Montague, MA).

For more details and to sign up for a share, please download our sign up form using this link:

You can also find out more about our shares on the website,

Thank you for reading! We wish you a great winter.

~Sarah and Ryan Voiland
Red Fire Farm
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mik - Mon, Oct 10, 2011, 5:13 P
Excellent Squashes
Quite a nice variety of sweet squashes at Gardener's Farmstand right now. Many for just 50c. On Turners Falls Road about a half mile north of the train tracks.
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Aster - Mon, Apr 25, 2011, 10:10 A
Help tilling our field
In case you are still looking, Jerry Stockwell, number in the phone book, in Montague Center, just rototilled my large garden very reasonably.
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HungryGhostBread - Tue, Apr 12, 2011, 2:21 P
Help tilling our field

We need someone who can till our 1/3 acre field. Can you help. Call Jonathan or Cheryl @ 413-687-3154.
Thank You.
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Aster - Thu, Sep 9, 2010, 11:45 A
Flowers for sale
Lovely, freshly cut, Gladioli for sale. 235 Greenfield Rd. Get them while they last!
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mark2 - Thu, Jul 29, 2010, 12:04 P
Montague Farms
Its the chemicals that seal in the flavor, mmm mmm good. A little chemicals never hurt anybody.:)

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mark2 - Thu, Jul 29, 2010, 11:55 A
Montague Farms
"Are they farming organically?" I don't know if they do or not.

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leeroy - Thu, Jul 29, 2010, 8:05 A
Montague Farms

Are they farming organically?

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junkman - Thu, Jul 29, 2010, 8:03 A
Montague Farms

Most likely "Organic". That seems to be the trend these days. I believe they are ALL organic with no known chemicals in their crops.
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mark2 - Thu, Jul 29, 2010, 6:54 A
Montague Farms
What do you mean by Farming practices??

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leeroy - Thu, Jul 29, 2010, 5:48 A
Montague Farms
Thanks, any idea about their farming practices?

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mark2 - Wed, Jul 28, 2010, 8:41 P
Montague Farms
I think its the Jhang or Jang farm. The main farm house is off of 63. I did the plumb and heating back around 2003 or so for the house that the workers live in. Paul Tolan built it, he has since past away. He was a stand up guy in my book

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leeroy - Wed, Jul 28, 2010, 5:46 P
Montague Farms
Does anyone know who owns/operates the farm on Center St.?

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HungryGhostBread - Thu, Jul 15, 2010, 4:23 P
Tiller needed
We are looking for a person with a tiller to till a fourth acre of buckwheat.
If you are interested please contact Cheryl @ 413.687.3174 or Rich @413.237.8830
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BrooksBend - Mon, May 24, 2010, 9:59 A
Mid-week pickup at Brook’s Bend
Brook's Bend Mid-week pickup begins June 3rd. To be added to the list, email

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warmsaltybreeze - Wed, Apr 7, 2010, 10:32 A
midweek pick up emails
you didn't mention the email address to sign up for the weekly emails! Thanks.
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BrooksBend - Wed, Apr 7, 2010, 10:08 A
News from Brook’s Bend
Dear Neighbors and Friends of Brook’s Bend,

Happy Spring! I hope you are well.

We have lots of news to share as we begin the 2010 season with renewed vigor thanks to two wonderful housemates. Mira Nussbaum and Joshua Freund have enmeshed their lives beautifully into the farm with a fun creativity and respect for life. We know them through circles at the Peace Pagoda and VT Wilderness School. You may know them through Sirius Community, Lady Killigrew or Leverett Crafts and Arts. In true Brook’s Bend spirit, they travel in a lot of circles. May you meet them soon if you haven’t already.

Mid-week Pickup resumes on June 2nd. Let us know if you want to receive emails about this way of buying produce from the farm. For those of you who don’t know about it yet, Mid-week Pickup is our version of a CSA where you pick up weekly, but you only buy what you want, and you pay as you go. You will receive weekly emails from May 31st to October 25th . We’ll tell you what vegetables are for sale and, if you want some, you’ll place an order by email reply. We harvest Wednesday mornings and your order will be ready to pick up on Wednesday after 2pm. You pay when you pick it up. We’re looking for about 20 people who think they’ll order from us most weeks, and a few more who think they'll order sometimes. Let us know if you want to be on this list.

We are planning to grow a good range of standard veggies including peas, lettuce, greens, beans, zucchini, cucumbers, squash and tomatoes. Al's shitake and oyster mushrooms will also be on the list, along with our eggs and lamb. We are looking for other producers in the neighborhood to see if we can add goat cheese, bread and fruit for a full selection of local produce.

We have Wool for sale! The beautiful Shetland sheep we love so well produced over 200lbs of wool in the last three years. We sent it all to Still River Mill in Connecticut in November and it’s back now for sale to knitters, spinners, felters and crafters. Yarns, roving and batting in 6 natural colors are available at the farm. Check out our samples at the first Mid-week pickup June 2nd or call to come by sooner. Shetland sheep have a diversity of wool types, so we have something for everyone from soft and fine to robust and strong - baby blankets to rugs! Thank you sheep.

Lambing starts in May. We are increasing the flock size as part of a plan to improve the soils on the farm. This year we expect as many as 40 lambs! Stop by to see them “pronking” about the field. Wow is this cheering.

Shearing Day is June 19 from 9am - 5pm. This is a great day for for children and families to watch, and we need volunteers to help clean the fleece, move sheep, prepare lunch, and generally help out on one of the busiest days of our year. Our shearer is Kevin Ford, one of the premier hand shearers in North America. We love this guy. He can shear a sheep in less than 10 minutes and the beautiful fleece comes off in one piece! Please call or email if you want to help!

Summer camp will run again this year with Neill Bovaird as mentor and guide. Check out his website for more information: http://www.wolftreema. com/summer-camp/. Classes for homeschool children are run through the school year through Neill’s Roots program and also through Full Moon Girls http://vermontwildernessschool. org/school/?q=node/13, both of these are exceptional programs of nature connection and skills building for children and families. Summer camp still has a few spaces so let Neill know if you're interested.

Al's connection with the girls of a S. Hadley lock-up facility is brining a group of 10 girls back this spring for afternoons of outdoor exploration. We look forward to being with these young women who inspire us with their appreciation of the freedom to be on the farm, and courage to share our stories in all their complexity and dignity.

Chris Marano continues to grow his medicinal herbs on the farm for his practice, Clearpath Herbals http://www.clearpathherbals. com/, and Jen Audley and Jay Lord continue their trials of greens on the upper garden.

Our vision of the farm at Brook's Bend is to be a place for many people to work and learn together. We are excited to share the 2010 season with you and look forward to seeing you on the farm sometime this year. Thank you for being part of the farm community!

With Much Love,

Al Miller and Suzanne Webber
Mira Nussbaum and Joshua Freund
Brook's Bend Farm
119 Old Sunderland Road
Montague, MA 01351
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masibook - Tue, Aug 4, 2009, 5:23 P
Old books across the street 50 cents each or 3 for a dollar - new titles added.
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hfarmriding - Thu, Jun 4, 2009, 5:22 A
Riding Lessons and Summer Camp
Yes, we do offer trail rides for a small group.
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hfarmriding - Thu, Jun 4, 2009, 5:20 A
Riding Lessons and Summer Camp
It is held Tuesday-Friday
Campers can sign up for one week, or all weeks..
Half day camp is 240 per week. Full day camp is 420 per week. This includes everything.
We are located in Millers Falls.
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MaryM - Wed, Jun 3, 2009, 6:25 P
Riding Lessons and Summer Camp
Where are you located? Do you also offer trail rides without lessons?
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hardymum - Wed, Jun 3, 2009, 9:44 A
Riding Lessons and Summer Camp
Clarifying questions about the camps:

Is it 4 days per week and not held on Mondays?

Must the camper sign up for both weeks or can they take one week?

Is the cost $420 per WEEK or $420 for both full day weeks?

Where are you located?


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hfarmriding - Wed, Jun 3, 2009, 6:15 A
Riding Lessons and Summer Camp
Now accepting new clients into our lesson program. Beginner-advanced, children and adults. Come try us out, the first lesson is free!

We have a few available spots for pasture board. 250 mo, includes water, daily hay/grain feedings.

Ask about our selection of quality horses for sale/lease!

Limited to 6 campers per session for individualized attention. Spaces are limited.

Half Day June 23nd -26th , June 30th-July 3rd 2009
Ages 8 and up, 9am- 1:30pm Cost $240*

Full Day July 14th- July 17th, July 21-24
Ages 8 and up, 9am – 5pm Cost $420*

*Reserve a spot by June 7th and receive $50 off of tuition

Horseback riding lessons daily (weather permitting)

Other activities may include:
Horse Care , Feeding, First Aid, Showmanship, Hiking, Judging, Trail Riding, Pool Time, Stall Maintanice,Making Treats, Crafts, Tack Care, Horse Shows, Horse Show Field Trip, Clipping,
Games on Horse Back, Conformation, Clinics, and much more!!!

Campers will be actively involved in the daily routine of running a horse farm; learning by doing and getting dirty and tired. Find out what’s really involved in owning a horse.

Minimum of 4 participants ; First come, first serve. A $50 non-refundable deposit will hold your slot. Full payment and final registration deadline is one week prior to camp.

Full Day Drop off as early as 7:30am, pick up as late as 5:45 pm

Instructors are first aid and cpr certified

Bring your own lunch. Dress for the weather. Appropriate riding shoes required.

Regular lessons are also offered on site with our horses or your own. We have made school and show horses ready to teach anyone at any experience level. Our horses are trained to go hunt seat and western. . The program is geared towards both child and adult riders who strive to ride better. Lessons are offered privately or as a group. We also have a showteam if students are interested.

Please e-mail for more info!
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earthskyfirewater - Fri, May 8, 2009, 8:32 P
Together on the Land
Options for Sustainable, Affordable & Ecological Living in Community

7-8:30pm Friday June 5th, 2009
Second Congregational Church
16 Court Square – Greenfield, MA

9am-4pm Saturday June 6th, 2009
Franklin County, MA
Pre-Registration Required


Can we build sustainable communities that are affordable and ecological? Yes! Throughout the Pioneer Valley (and Franklin County) there are numerous models for how to create communities that balance affordability, ecology and community connections. No one model has all the answers – but they all offer tremendous insights and for some, may be the answer you were looking for today.

This tour & pre-tour discussion focuses on concrete examples of sustainable community living right here in Franklin County. Tour stops will include:

* Cooperatively owned homes
* Homes on community land trust land
* A small cohousing development
* A rural ecovillage
* A working farm utilizing the state APR program
* “In-town” green housing
* New construction & existing neighborhoods
* Intentional community

The goal of this tour is to connect people with organizations and individuals working towards sustainable community living, offer real-world examples of community models, and explain basic information about how they work. We hope you can come!

Co-sponsored by: Cooperative Development Institute, Coop Power, Katywil Ecovillage, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust & Valley Community Land Trust


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pinnie - Thu, Mar 26, 2009, 4:49 P
Farm Fresh Eggs and baby chicks
Our flock of chickens are laying great farm fresh eggs. They free range, eating good bugs and worms and are fed Poulin grains. We have a great mix of breeds that produce white, brown and green eggs. We also hatch baby chicks, including Silkie, Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, Copper Blue Marans and "barnyard specials". We welcome visitors, just call ahead. Eggs are on the back porch in the black refrigerator, $3.00/doz. Most are fertile if you want to incubate rather than eat them to have your own flock of interesting looking crossbred chickens! Dogs are friendly, just one barks a bit.
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wellstavernfarm - Sat, Jan 24, 2009, 8:57 A
Bleak Mid-Winter Farmers Market THIS MORNING! **Don’t miss it**
Saturday, January 24th (TODAY! from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
In the Bleak Mid-Winter Farmers’ Market
United Church of Bernardston (58 Church St.), Bernardston, MA

The United Church of Bernardston is opening its doors for an indoor winter farmers’ market. You are invited to come shop. There will be local meat, eggs, cheese, maple syrup, greens, produce, and other fabulous local edibles. Support your neighbors and shop this morning directly from the farmers who grew and raised this food. There will be a healthy showing of Montague and Gill farmers. Say HI!

It’s a beautiful day, great for a ride to Bernardston.
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BrooksBend - Sat, May 31, 2008, 7:50 A
Heirloom Tomato Starts
Hi Friends,

It’s been a cold spring. The right place to be if you’re a tomato is in a greenhouse! Even this coming week looks a little cool, so if you haven’t got your tomatoes in, don’t worry!

Brook’s Bend Farm at 119 Old Sunderland Road in Montague Center has heirloom tomato starts that are ready to burst into action as soon as they’re put in the ground and the temps heat up.

Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Prudens Purple, Rose de Berne, Nebraska Wedding, Yellow-Orange Pineapple, Black Pineapple, Black Krim, Black Prince, Black Russian, Caro-rich, Orange Banana, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Isis Candy, Garden Peach, Ceylon, and Indian Moon!

And, surprise! We have Paprika Peppers, the best for drying and eating fresh. These exquisitely colored small round peppers like it warm, but once the days heat up, they produce prolifically and fast.

Visit the farmstand to stock up on beautiful tomatoes and paprika peppers. We’ll be glad to see you, and tell you how to save seeds of your favorite plants, so you can have your own supply of your favorites varieties.

Suzanne and Al
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BrooksBend - Mon, Mar 10, 2008, 9:02 P
Photosensitivity in Chickens
Hey kids, did you know that chickens start laying more eggs this time of year?
Yep, that’s because chickens are

pho-to-sen-si-tive: sensitive to light

As the days get shorter, our flock of 30 hens
gradually slows down egg production.
We go from collecting about one dozen eggs a day in September,
to collecting only 5 or 6 eggs a day through the winter.

Now that the days are getting longer again
(and it’s not ’cause of daylight savings time),
the chickens start producing more and more eggs.
In April, we might collect as many as two dozen eggs a day!
Photosensitivity is cool.

Some people leave the lights on in their chicken coop
all during the winter (how can they sleep??)
to keep the chickens laying heavy all year.
We don’t use any lights.
We like a rest in the winter, and we figure the chickens do too.

In fact, people are photosensitive. If we didn’t drink so much caffeine,
we’d notice that we slow down in winter, and speed back up again in spring.
Just another way,
chickens are people too!

Come try our eggs sometime. They’re in the little fridge on the porch at

Brook’s Bend
119 Old Sunderland Road
Montague Center
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BrooksBend - Sun, Mar 2, 2008, 5:27 P
Seed Fest - Liberate Diversity!
Check out this magnificent Seed Emancipation Proclamation by Daniel Botkin of Laughing Dog Farm in friendly Gill, MA

Thanks for having a way with words, and for understanding the politics and soul of SEED-saving!
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BrooksBend - Sun, Mar 2, 2008, 4:08 P
Seed Fest - Liberate Diversity!
Help us spread the word:

A Seed Fest is coming to the Montague Grange
Sunday, March 16th from 1 - 5pm
with a potluck to follow

Seed Saving is the missing link in a truly sustainable agricultural system. Join us to learn how to save seeds, and to hear about a few of the wide variety of seed growing projects in the Pioneer Valley. Your input is valuable to help us save the amazing wealth of heritage vegetable varieties - come learn about saving and breeding your own seeds! A SEED SWAP begins at 4pm. Everyone is welcome.

Lots of good detail about the day’s events are at, or call Suzanne at 367-2281

1:00 Registration - $5 Donation requested
1:30 Saving Vegetable Seed- Danny Botkin
2:00 Breed Your Own Vegetables - Suzanne Webber
2:30 Homestead Seed-Saving – Nina Keller
3:00 Restoring Heritage Wheat – Eli Rogosa
3:30 Planning a Community Seed Network– Adrienne Shelton and All
4:00 Seed Swap
5:00 Potluck and Networking

We are interested in hearing about what seeds you save and what you are interested in saving. Come to share your interests and learn more!
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mik - Wed, Jan 23, 2008, 1:13 A
New Area
I just created a new area on the website in preparation for the coming growing season -- Local Farms.

If there are any local farms out there that want to advertise their farm stands, or any programs they’re running, please feel free to post here.

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