🌿Massachusetts Farm to School🌿: Pioneer Valley Grows Forum💚 – Saturday, April 7 🌷

Blast from the past: REC crew, outside their Castle Street headquarters in Main South. Miss you, Josie🌱🌿🌾🌾!!

Farmers Market 1-1-2-1
Here in Worcester: The ONLY inclusive, diverse farmers markets are REC markets! ALL REC FARMERS MARKETS – Mobile/Blue Van, Crystal Park and Beaver Brook Park – accept SNAP/EBT cards, enabling working poor folks/families (many of whom are Hispanic, Vietnamese and African American) to stretch their dollar and buy even MORE nutritious veggies and fruits for their dinner tables! Yay!!💚🌽🍓🍅🍆🍎


2018 Pioneer Valley Grows Forum

Saturday, April 7

9:15 am – 4:15 pm

🎨Gateway City Arts!! – Holyoke

Immigration, Food Access, Land Access:

Attendees will dig deep on the urgent and timely topics of immigration, food access and land access through a series of speakers and discussions.

Join the PVGrows Network to learn from local and regional efforts and craft strategies for action.

Keynote speakers from Vermont’s Migrant Justice will discuss their work, which builds the voice, capacity and power of the farmworker community.

Migrant Justice’s Milk with Dignity Campaign calls on corporations to take responsibility for the farm worker rights abuses in their supply chains.


Launched in 2014, the Milk with Dignity Campaign achieved a major success after years of effort when Ben and Jerry’s signed the first Milk with Dignity agreement in 2017.

💜💜To learn more about Migrant Justice’s work CLICK HERE.

In addition to their keynote address, Migrant Justice will join a workshop with local workers, advocates and PVGrows participants to discuss approaches to supporting food system workers in the Pioneer Valley during this time of heightened stress and fear for foreign-born residents.


The PVGrows Forum will also feature a workshop and discussion on food access, with an emphasis on community responses to the suspension of the Healthy Incentives Program and the threats to SNAP in the Farm Bill reauthorization process.


A third workshop will address the challenges of land access for urban, rural and immigrant farmers – recognizing the long history of enslavement and racial discrimination that created and maintain patterns of land and wealth ownership.


Register today to join this conversation about challenges facing the local food system, to broaden and deepen your relationships with others in the field, and to identify ways to take collaborative action for a more just, equitable food system.

Note: We want the PVGrows Forum to be accessible to everyone regardless of financial standing or institutional support. For this reason, there are six different fee level options, ranging from FREE to $75. These options exist to give attendees the opportunity to select a fee level that fits within their budget. Attendees will not receive additional benefits for paying a higher fee.

Live Spanish language interpretation services will be available. To register for the Forum in Spanish, please call CISA at (413) 665-7100 and ask for Mia.

CLICK HERE to register for the 2018 PVGrows Forum!💜💜💜