the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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land, co-ops, compost: a local food economy emerges in boston’s poorest neighborhoods

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by Penn Loh of YES! Magazine

When Glynn Lloyd couldn’t source enough locally grown produce, he decided to grow his own.

Since 1994, Lloyd has run City Fresh Foods, a catering company based in Roxbury—one of Boston’s lowest-income neighborhoods. He wanted his business to use locally produced food, but at that time it was hard to come by. So in 2009 Lloyd helped found City Growers, one of Boston’s first for-profit farming ventures.

Today, City Growers is part of an emerging network of urban food enterprises in Roxbury and neighboring Dorchester. From a community land trust that preserves land for growing, to kitchens and retailers who buy and sell locally grown food, to a new waste management co-op that will return compost to the land, a crop of new businesses and nonprofits are building an integrated food economy. It’s about local people keeping the wealth of their land and labor in the community.

“We don’t need big corporations like Walmart to come in and save us,” Lloyd said. “We have homegrown solutions right here.”

Read the full article on Truthout!

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draft animal power network’s annual gathering

At the Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington MA
September 26-28th 2014!
See Weekend Schedule Here!

The Draft Animal-Power Network (DAPNet) advances the practical application of draft-animal power and creates a supportive community by hosting regional events, an online forum, quarterly newsletter and website.

The Annual Gathering will feature horse, mule and oxen demonstrations, shared meals and farmer-to-farmer conversations, a mower raffle and much more. Sign Up Now!

We will be joined by the band ‘Bacon and Eggs’ from Hardwick VT, for an evening show!
For ticket prices, and to sign up now for an early discount please see our Annual Gathering Pre-Registration Form 2014.
Volunteer and get free admission!  We need your help! Volunteer Registration Form

We are looking for volunteers to help cook, play music, direct participants and more.  Meals will also be included for additional volunteer hours.  Contact Karen Pettinelli at

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draft animal power network

Annual meeting is coming right up!


The Draft Animal-Power Network is looking for volunteers for the Annual Gathering!
Sept 26-28th, 2014
Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington MA

The Annual Gathering brings together farmers, loggers, etc around the use of draft power – we will have horse and oxen demos, community meals, farmer-to-farmer conversations, music and more. Don’t miss the chance to participate in this event and volunteer – your help makes it possible!
Volunteers attend the whole weekend free of charge in exchange for 3.5 hours of work helping out at the Gathering. (Camping and meals are not included in the exchange). We need help preparing meals, welcoming people, general event coordination and clean-up! See our volunteer registration form and pick the time slot that works best for you.  If you want to take on additional responsibility, and help manage a certain part of the event, (assisting the Food Coordinator or musicians) contact Karen at, for more info. 


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peter barnes – economics for the anthropocene

Sunday July 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm
American Institute for Economic Research, 250 Division St. Great Barrington, MA.


Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has co-founded and led several successfulbusinesses and written numerous articles and books about capitalism, the commons and other topics.  His latest book, With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough, proposes universal dividends from shared wealth as a practical solution to economic inequality.

To learn more about this event, click —> HERE

$5 or 5 BerkShares, BerkShares preferred.  Payable at the door.
Pre-registration required.  Register here online. Or call 413 528 1737 to register by phone.

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14th annual tomato festival at red fire farm

7 Carver Street, Granby, MA

Every year, we have an unbelievable selection of amazing and often award-winning tomatoes for you to taste. It’s a great day at the farm, with everything from a 5K Tomato Trot field race to hay rides to cooking demonstrations to live music to crafters and a smorgasbord of local fare from area producers. Come and visit!

Here’s the link to find out more!

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BFN fall forum

BFNMass Fall Forum flyer 2013

BFN/Mass Fall Forum- November 12th from 10:00 to 3:00 at the Charlton Public Library.
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About BFN/Mass:
The Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts (BFN/Mass) is a collaborative group of farmers and farm service providers dedicated to beginning farmer success in Massachusetts.  By creating more space for networking and collaboration amongst Beginning Farmers and Service Providers we bring together people who want to work on similar issues, who want to share information and lessons learned, and who can inspire each other by the work we are doing.
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