Purpose

Infrastructure gets food to people, and allows for the flowing of food throughout the Valley. To reach the 30×30 goal, our area needs the systems, equipment and cooperation to move food throughout the region. WMRFS works to connect farmers to processingĀ  facilities, look at the flow of resources and capital throughout communities, and organize kitchen spaces to allow for public access, educational events and added-value production.

That's Nuts!

Hazelnuts at Nutwood Farm

Did you know that Western Massachusetts has little to no nut processing infrastructure? Nuts are an amazing protein source, capture carbon in their wood, and help fill a special niche in landscape regeneration and regenerative agriculture. Additionally, nuts have the potential to be a resilient food source as our climate continues to change. As a part of larger systems change, we need to collectively invest in our nut processing infrastructure to distribute and consume nuts to a scale that is economically feasible and increases the likelihood of farmers investing in planting nut trees. Consider reading this article by the Cornell Small Farms Program which articulates and lays out the system, and features our local Nutwood Farm!

Big River Chestnuts is a leader inĀ  experimenting with and cultivating this special tree, along with many other perennials, integrating animals in agroforestry, increasing biodiversity and generating lots of learning opportunities.

WMRFS is organizing to engage policy makers, funding entities, farmers and other stakeholders in ongoing conversations about collective investment in this part of the food web.

Mobile Markets

Mobile markets provide food to citizens who may not have access to fresh produce or a grocery store near by. WMRFS is an advocate for Mobile markets, and is promoting them as an important solution to issues such as food apartheid. Check out the Amherst mobile market below.

Other Mobile Markets include…

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