MCLA's 'Green Living' Seminars to Conclude With a Discussion With Local Farmers


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - The spring 2014 "Green Living" seminars at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will conclude on Thursday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218 with a panel discussion on "Successes, Opportunities, and Challenges Farming in the Berkshires."

The public is invited to attend this event, which is part of this spring's free series, "Cultivating a Sustainable Food System."

The panel discussion will include Don Zasada of Caretaker Farm, Sharon Wyrrick of Many Forks Farm, Topher Sabot of Cricket Creek Farm, and Russell Moody of the Giving Garden.

Caretaker Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm in Williamstown, Mass. Also in Williamstown, Cricket Creek Farm is a grass-based dairy farm. Many Forks Farm in Clarksburg, Mass., is a small diversified vegetable farm the uses sustainable, organic practices.

The Giving Garden, at the Pittsfield Church of Christ in Pittsfield, Mass., was established in 2012. Since then, it has grown in size to 1.8 acres. Thus far, 8,000 pounds of produce have been cultivated and harvested entirely by volunteers, and then donated to the Western Massachusetts Food Bank, which delivers it to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

For more information, go to greenliving or contact Dr. Elena Traister at (413) 662-5303.