1. CISA Celebrates 25 Years of Sustaining Local Agriculture

    CISA Celebrates 25 Years of Sustaining Local Agriculture

    Margaret Christie is quick to point out that the many challenges area farmers faced a quarter century ago are still as much a part of the landscape as asparagus fields in Hadley. These include everything from the cost of land (among the highest levels in the country), to the many pressures on that land, meaning attractive development options ranging from housing subdivisions to industrial parks, to immense competition from across the country and around the world.

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    1. In recent years, as the Local Hero campaign has been so successful, and as we've felt our original work has been successful enough to stand on its own, we've been thinking more about some of the broader food-system challenges we're facing and thinking outside of just consumers and farmers.
    2. They now add up the poundage — and its 500,000 pounds of food that gets donated by local farmers.
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