Keep Farming in the Hilltowns

Keep Farming in the Hilltowns will engage the community to develop a plan of action with strategies to strengthen the regional food system.  Volunteers will develop an inventory of farms in the region and survey residents, stores and institutions to determine the level of demand for local food and the kind of infrastructure that is needed to support local farms.

Hilltown CDC’s partners in this project will be the Old Creamery Cooperative, town Agricultural Commissions, and planning consultant Melissa Adams, who has worked with Massachusetts farmers at MDAR for more than ten years.

Keep Farming in the Hilltowns is based on a community-led planning process developed by Glynwood, in Cold Spring, NY, that has been successful in empowering over a dozen communities in the Hudson Valley to save farming.  The program was recently implemented in Berkshire County, with guidance from Melissa Adams.  For more information about Glynwood’s Keep Farming Program, see www.glynwood.org/programs/keep-farming.

Federal funds for Keep Farming in the Hilltowns are from the Local Food Promotion Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture.