Fall Forum (Oct. 27)

Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are: Farm & Food Entrepreneurship in the Pioneer Valley

  • Where are the business opportunities in the new local food economy?
  • What role do entrepreneurs play in a healthy food system?
  • Who provides the financing and investment?
  • How can we support the growth of both for-profit and not-for-profit entrepreneurship?

Join us for an interactive session about the future of our Pioneer Valley food system.

  • Networking: Get to know who’s who— from farm and food entrepreneurs to policy-makers, distributors, processors, emergency food providers, researchers, activists, and eaters.
  • Dialogue:  Exchange ideas with six innovative Pioneer Valley food and farm entrepreneurs, showcasing a variety of business models (for-profit, not-for-profit, and more).
  • Financing: Learn about financial and technical assistance available to Pioneer Valley farm and food businesses.
  • Inspiration: Our region is leading the way to a green food economy— come be a part of it!

Thursday, October 27th9:00 am – 1:00 pm (includes lunch)

Location: Greenfield Community College, Dining Commons

This event is Free.  $5 donation requested for lunch.

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Every year PVGrows hosts two (Fall and Spring) networking forums open to anyone working to build a healthy Pioneer Valley Food System.

Participation in the Forums allows PVGrows Members to:

  1. Broaden and deepen your relationships with others.  The premise is that each of us plays a unique role in the development of the food system, and we need to understand how we fit in.
  2. Learn about the components of the Pioneer Valley food system.  PVGrows Forums are open to all levels of experience, and are designed to be interactive so that we learn from each other.
  3. Take collaborative action.  PVGrows aims to amplify the good work that you are already doing.  Working Groups are a flexible tool for moving your work forward with new partners.

To date, individuals from over 125 organizations, agencies, and initiatives have participated in PVGrows Forums.

Thank you to our Forum Sponsors:

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)
Cooperative Fund of New England
Franklin County CDC

Grassroots Capital Management









Greenfield Community College




Live Well Springfield
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission








UMass Center for Agriculture







Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund

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