Suggested Events 06/27/09-07/03/09

Ashfield Lake House in Ashfield, Massachusetts

Parents' Night Out in the Hilltowns: Radio Free Earth will be performing at the Ashfield Lakehouse in Ashfield, MA on Saturday, June 27th at 8:30pm. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)


If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending


  • CONCERT SERIES IN FLORENCE: Every Thursday night is a free lawn concert at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, MA.
  • ROUNDTABLE IN CHESTERFIELD: Are you planning on growing old here in the hilltowns?  Do your kids grandparents live here in the hills.  Want to get involved with support the elder community in rural Western Mass?  Hilltown CDC and area COAs will be hosting a roundtable discussion on “Options for Elder Living” in the hilltowns at the Chesterfield Senior Center on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM to explore new elder living options.  Click here to read more about the roundtable and the Abbeyfield model that will be discussed.
  • HILLTOWN FOOD PANTRY: Distributions of free nutritious food to income qualified households every Wed at the Goshen Town Hall: Call 413-268-7578 or contact the Northampton Survival Center at 413-586-6564 or
  • HF LISTSERV MEMBER LAUREN ABEND WRITES: Hi all, Just wanted to let you know I will be selling organic, free range chickens at the Ashfield Farmers Market this Sat, and all following Sat.   I have a range of weights, as well as giblets for sale. I processed the first batch of birds on site yesterday using the mobile poultry unit owned by the small farms institute.
  • PESTICIDES ON YOUR FOOD: New web search tool shows what pesticides are on your food: The Pesticide Action Network has launched a new online searchable database designed to make the public problem of pesticide exposure visible and more understandable. Whether you want to find out what’s in your apple juice, milk, peanut butter, or bottled water, this innovative tool links pesticide food residue data with the toxicology for each chemical, making this information easily searchable for the first time.
  • CHOCOLATE & CHILD LABOR: Tell Hershey’s to Stop Abusive Child Labor in Cocoa Production: For years, the Organic Consumers Association has been taking action, along with the International Labor Rights Fund, to stop abusive child labor in the cocoa industry in West Africa. As a result of the constant pressure, major chocolate companies like M&M/Mars and Cadbury have recently agreed to stronger labor and environmental standards in the production of the cocoa they use. But one iconic US brand is lagging behind – and they need to hear from YOU! Ask Hershey’s to switch to Fair Trade & Organic certified cocoa and sugar — for all of their products. Click here to learn more and to take action.


    On Monday, June 29, at 7pm there is a special screening of Food, Inc. to benefit CISA at the Amherst Cinema. A thoughtful panel discussion featuring Pioneer Valley agriculture and food experts will follow this particular screening of the provocative film.

  • CAMPING:  Saturday is the Great American Backyard Campout. It’s a night to turn off the computer and the TV, and spend the night outside with family and friends. Put up a tent. Count the stars. And realize that sometimes by doing nothing at all, you’re doing more than you can imagine. Together. Get free camping tips, campfire songs, activities, recipes, and more at
  • FILM IN AMHERST: On Monday, June 29, at 7pm there is a special screening of Food, Inc. to benefit CISA at the Amherst Cinema. A thoughtful panel discussion featuring Pioneer Valley agriculture and food experts will follow this particular screening of the provocative film.
  • PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING: Public School Funding in MA: How Do We Compare Nationally?: Not well, according to a new report by Mass Budget—a non-partisan think tank that analyzes data on state spending. Check out their quick facts on the issue, which reports that Massachusetts cut more funding to education than any other state in the country from 2002-2004. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) provides independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies that affect low- and moderate-income people in the state.
  • THE NIELDS WRITE: Look for us in Easthampton, MA at the library, in the morning, on July 1. We’ll be the ones not using our indoor voices and telling you to spend the summer reading. Also we’ll be singing:  7/1/09 Pepin Elementary School Easthampton, MA 10:30 am SUMMER Reading Kick Off Family Singalong – the website says 10:30pm, it is wrong, its really 10:30am :-)


Tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show on Saturdays from 9-10am on Valley Free Radio (VFR), 103.3FM (Northampton, MA), or listen via streaming audio at Every Saturday VFR offers four hours of commercial-free, quality family program from 6-10am, including Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child from 7am-9am. It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons!

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 06/27

Sunday – 06/28

Weekdays 06/29/09-07/03/09

For more events happening this week visit our “Suggest An Event” page. There are also fun suggestions on our THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO SEE page. If you know of an upcoming event that you would like to share with other families, please feel encourage to do so by posting it HERE.

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  2. CISA’s Women in Agriculture Network
    “Farmer-Led Roundtable Discussions”

    On Thursday, July 2 at 6:30pm, join CISA’s Women in Agriculture Network for Farmer-Led Roundtable Discussions.

    Three inspiring and innovative local farmers will share their farm stories and lead small-group discussions based on their experiences. All three women have successfully seen their farms through generational shifts, family decision-making processes, the introduction of innovative products and crops, and sustainable farm growth.

    Sorrel Hatch of Upinngil Farm is a young farmer who, in partnership with her father, produces a wide and unusual range of products on her farm in Gill, including PYO strawberries, wheat, cheese, and raw milk.

    Anne Diemand runs Diemand Farm in Wendall with siblings. They produce eggs and meat for wholesale and direct markets, and have expanded their value-added offerings at their farmstand in recent years.

    Beth Cook of Flayvors of Cook Farm in Hadley runs a dairy, an ice cream shop and restaurant, and a thriving genetics business with her husband and several of her children.

    The three topics for discussion will focus on:

    * Farm generational shifts, working with family or in partnership with others.
    * The implementation of innovative product lines and diversification of farm crops.
    * Finding worklife balance through it all.

    Take a break and come learn from them and from the other women in agriculture in attendance! Join us for the great company, community and food that defines our annual summer meeting.

    Women who farm, are interested in agriculture, and others who support them are welcome to attend. The event will be held at the North Hadley Sugar Shack, 181 River Road (RT 47), Hadley.
    The workshop is free, but you must RSVP by Tuesday, June 30th to Devon Whitney-Deal at (413) 665-7100 x22 or
    Founded in 1993, CISA is a nationally recognized community organization comprised of farmers, consumers, and professionals working together to sustain agriculture, strengthen the local economy, preserve the unique rural character of our communities, and enhance the well-being of western Massachusetts. Located in South Deerfield, CISA is the creator of numerous innovative programs, including Senior FarmShare, Farm2City, the Pioneer Valley Women in Agriculture Network, and the Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown® public awareness campaign. Learn more about CISA at or call (413) 665-7100.

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