Recognizing that farming is essential to our community, the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and Big Y awarded 47 local farmers from the Berkshires to the Pioneer Valley $2,500 to make physical infrastructure improvements to their farms. Along with the generous support of sponsors, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and MGM Springfield, farmers have put the awards to great use. This represents a 42% increase in awards from the 2015 inaugural year.

With the collaboration of local agricultural Buy Local organizations, Berkshire Grown and CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture), the Local Farmer Awards program is announced in December to their member farmers. The application is open until the end of January and applications are reviewed in February. Farmers hear from the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation in March about the decisions. Check are issued in early April.

The goal of the Local Farmer Awards is to strengthen farmers' ability to compete in the marketplace so that our region benefits from the environmental, health, and economic advantages of local farming. A farmer appreciation event is held yearly for all applicants and awardees to honor and recognize our farmers and promote the importance of local farming.

For a map of our Local Farmer Award Recipients, click here.

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The 2017 Local Farmer Awards Application will be open from January 1st - January 31st.

Congratulations to our 2016 winners!

Congratulations to our 2015 winners!


Cari Carpenter, Director
Local Farmer Awards 
67 Hunt Street, Suite 100 Agawam, MA  01001
p: 413-276-0831
f: 413-276-0804