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May 11 & 12, Link: Berkshire Botanical Garden Plant Sale, titled Happy in Their Habitats, Finding the Right Plant for the Right Place. Follow the link to find out more and download a plant list. Thousands of plants to choose from PLUS local and regional vendors featuring antiques and other fabulous finds for your garden, patio, porch and home. Container Design Station: Bring your favorite planters or window boxes (or purchase new ones at the Plant Sale) and let us design a unique container garden just for you. Back by popular demand: “Not Your Mother’s Tag Sale”  Breakfast and lunch available. Hours: Friday 11am-5pm (members only 8-11), Saturday 9am-5pm. Amy Cotler, event producer

May, Urban Farming Column, Spring Issue


July 22, Goat Cheese Heaven
Visit and tour at Rawson Brook Farm in Monterey
Savor the cheese with a green salad, using local produce.
Enjoy unforgettable cheesecake.
Noon-3 pm, a Sunday, $55 a person, including a light lunch.
Location: Monterey and West Stockbridge, MA (Or just Monterey TBD)
Contact me for details and to register. Or send a check with class to:Amy Cotler, 139 West Center Road, West Stockbridge, MA 01266


August 18, Corn and Tomato Extravaganza
Taste and compare the best of the heirloom tomatoes.
Prepare and Savor:
Fresh tomato Brochetta
Celebration Corn Soup with Tomato Salsa
The Best Local Field Greens Salad
A Saturday, Noon-3, $55 including a light lunch.
Location: My house in West Stockbridge at the address below.
Contact me for details and to register. Or send a check with class to:Amy Cotler, 139 West Center Road, West Stockbridge, MA 01266


October 6-7, 10-5, Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival. 10,000 visitors attend this 78 year old event, which I produce, featuring 100 vendors and a new farmers market, local food, country crafts and more.

October 26, Apple Tasting and Cooking
Compare and contrast local seasonal apples.
Make and bring home apple sauce.
Prepare and dine on Apple Galette with with Berkshire Ice Cream
A Saturday, Noon-3, $55 including a apple sauce and heavenly dessert.
Location: My house in West Stockbridge at the address below.
Contact me for details and to register. Or send a check with class to:Amy Cotler, 139 West Center Road, West Stockbridge, MA 01266

Selected Past Events, 2009-Present



February 25, Link: Farming Our Future, NOFA New York, 8am- 4:30pm, Taconic Hills School, Craryville, NY, panel member, speaker. This First Annual Farming Our Future conference will engage the agriculture community to think about its work toward Growing Food, Farms and Community in the context of a rapidly changing local, regional and global food system.  Just as the Hudson Valley sits at the crossroads of the consumer market positioned between the New York Metro area and New England, area farmers sit at the crossroads of the future of agriculture.
Register: $20, $25 at the door.

February, Urban Farming Column, Winter Issue.


March 19, Link:Dig In! Food and Garden Conference, 8:30-4:30, Clarkson University Student Center, Potsdam, New York Keynote Speaker: Is Ketchup Really a Vegetable? Creating a Healthy Food Culture. Lecture: What can I serve off season? Panel: Healthy Case for Healthy Workplace Culture.  By focusing on organizational-level programs and practices, Dig In! promotes cultural and environmental change that positively affects many individuals. Participants may include school staff & parents; business owners & employees; community leaders & residents; and health & food-focused professionals.  Links: Download Schedule. Register for $50. For resources from my lecture, scroll down to the end of this page to blue title.


April 23, Food For thought Dinner Series for The Food and Health Forum in Exeter, NH, talk.”Hear from visionaries in the world of organic and locally sourced food and enjoy a three-course dinner at Blue Moon Evolution, prepared with seasonal food from local farms.” Link: Information and Registration.


January 8, 10-2, Locavore Way cooking class in West Stockbridge, MA.All information, including menus. Questions? Contact me(Cooking classes make a great gift.)

February 12, 10-2, Locavore Way cooking class in West Stockbridge, MA. All information, including menus. Questions? Contact me. (A great Valentine’s Day gift. Or take the class as a couple!)

February 27, 7, Locavore Way talk and signing. Berkshire Kripalu Community Pot Luck Supper. Hosted by Alice and Leonard Schiller at The Old Stockbridge Inn. Open to BKC members only.

March 26, 11:30 am. Lenox Library in  Massachusetts. Talk and book signing at 11:30

May-July  Completed Simple and Seasonal for Food Service, an adaptation of my book, The Massachusetts Farm to School Cookbook, for the state of Missouri. Both books train school food service professionals to use local farm fresh foods. (In the MA book there is an addendum for educators too.) The Massachusetts Farm to School Cookbook, was distributed to every district in the state and is available free on this site. (Scroll down the right side of the link for the PDF.)

August 26-28. Kripalu Retreat weekend workshop: The Locavore Way. Join me! Feel free to contact me if you have questions or call Kripalu at 1-800-741-7353

August 31, 7 pm, Worthington, MA Library. Talk and book signing. For advanced locavores: Where do we go from here?

September 17, Cape May Forum, Key Note Speaker. Guess Who’s Coming For Dinner, The Politics of Food in the 21st Century. Come for the whole forum! Sept 16-18 & 23-25.

October 1-2, 10-5, Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival, Producer. 10,000 visitors attend this 77 year old event, featuring 100 vendors and a new farmers market, local food, country crafts and more.

October 6, 1-3, Partners for a Healthier Community sponsored training for Springfield, MA food service staff serving 500 pre-school students. A Training on serving healthy farm-fresh foods during the school season and incoporating them into classroom projects.

December 17th, Locavore Holiday Cooking, Institute of Culinary Education, Manhattan. Sign up now as classes usually fill!


January 23rd, 1-2 pm, Book signing event with local food vendors  in Great Barrington, Massachusetts @ The Bookloft, 322 Stockbridge Rd (near the Price Chopper supermarket. January 28, 12:10-20, Bloomington, Indiana Radio interview

February 5, 7:00- 8:30 pm, Reading and book signing, West Stockbridge Library, 21 State Line Road, (Route 201), Massachusetts. Snow date, same time, February 12th.

February 8, 5-7 pm, Tabling with signing, “Know Your Farmer Know Your Food” event with multiple vendors.  Sponsored by Project Hunger. 49 Main Street, North Adams, Massachusetts. February 9, 3:30-5:00, Talk and discussion about improving school food for the Concord, Massachusetts school system. (Developed two year work plan for them.) Private for administration and parents. Ripley Administration.

February 13, 3-5 PM, Book signing event at McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Free food.

February 27,  4 PM workshop to train college students to spark, organize and support farm to school programs. Part of a 3 day Northeast regional workshop through The Food Project’s <a href=”″>Real Food Challenge</a>.

February 28, Workshop leader at Just Food CSA Conference at Teachers’ College in Manhattan. Join us!

April 8, The Locavore Way cooking class in Manhattan at The Institute for Culinary Education.

April 11, The Triplex in Great Barrington, 11:00 am. Talk and signing sponsored by Berkshire Living.

April 20, 9 am-noon, Signing and talk as part of an all days Sustainability Symposium at The Darrow School in New Lebanon, New York. Signing.

April 22, 7:00. Talk and signing at the New Lebanon Library 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, New York. (518)794-8844

April 29, 7 PM at Haston Free Public Library in North Brookfield. Part of a statewide community reading initiative, North Brookfield’s is titled: READ!, GROW!, EAT! – a celebration of Local Food, Farms and Gardens.

May 7, 7 PM at the Douglas Library in Canaan, CT. Talk and book signing.

May 12, Boston, 6:00 pm. Talk and signing in collaboration with Boston Slow Food in Cambridge.

May 17, New York Women’s Culinary Alliance in Manhattan. Sustainable Food Powwow for culinary professionals.

May 29, Grafon, Vt. 1:00 PM. Talk about seeking out and savoring local farm fresh food in your community. Part of a weekend long “green” event for Pale Blue Dot.

June 3, Heritage Radio, Noon to 12:30. How to become a locavore, a chat with Linda Pelaccio, host of Taste of the Past.

June 19, 11am-3pm. The Berkshire Coop Market’s Summer Solstice Celebration. Memorial Field on Bridge Street, Great Barrington, MA. Activities for the whole family. Please drop by at my table to chit-chat, learn about The Locavore Way Cooking Class Series or pick up a signed copy of my new book, The Locavore Way: Discover and Enjoy the Pleasures of Locally Grown Food.

June 24, Concord, Massachusetts. Training for Concord school food service staff on using farm fresh foods and selling them to students. Part of a on-going consultation to establish a two year better eating food plan for the district.

June 25, Friday, June 5, 5:00–9:00 p.m. Local farm foods cooking class. Spring Celebration: Greens and Strawberry Workshop using farm fresh foods at Hawthorne Valley Farm

June 27th, Sunday, 10:30 to 2:00 or 2:30, Local farm Foods cooking class: The Locavore Way hands-on cooking class, Welcome to Summer Feast. West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Amy Cotler’s teaching kitchen. Scholarships and barter available.

June 29th, Whole Foods, The Locavore Way cooking demo in Manhattan. Fundraiser for Just Foods.

July 10, 1:00 (Market open 9-1)  Farmers market food demonstration at the Great Barrington Farmers Market’s 20th anniversary MC. The Old Train Station in Great Barrington, MA.

July 16, Friday, 5:30 to 9:00. Local farm foods cooking class: Let the harvest Begin Buffet, The Locavore Way Series Cooking Class.West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Amy Cotler’s teaching kitchen. Scholarships and barter available.

July 23, Friday, 5:00–9:00 p.m. Local farm foods cooking class: Cook with the Season’s Bounty at Hawthrone Valley Farm.  Flexible and forgiving recipes and improvisations for your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture Farm) share.

July 29-August 1, Weekend. Speaker at Canyon Ranch on the topic of including local farm foods in your everyday life. The Art and Science of Food Conference. Details TBA

August 8,  1:00 – 3:00 pm, Sunday. Hancock Shaker Village. Talk about local food, signing and conversation, which is all included in admission to the Museum.

August 14, Saturday evening, 4:30 to 7:30, Local Farm Foods Cooking Class: The Locavore Way Series cooking class, Summer Bounty Candlelit Dinner, West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Amy Cotler’s teaching kitchen. Scholarships and barter available.

August 20, Friday, 3:30-5:00, demo and book signing at the Sheffield Farmers Market.

August 21, Saturday, 4:00–8:00 p.m. Local Farm Foods Cooking Class: Locavore Candlelight Peak of the Season Supper (bring your sweetie to the dinner) at Hawthorne Valley Farm.

September 1, Wednessday. 5:30, The Locavore Way. Talk and signing. How to seek out and savor local foods. Athol Memorial Library.

September 5, Sunday, 3:00 PM  (Labor Day Weekend ) Spencertown Academy Festival of Books. Talk and signing with a tasting.

September 10, Battenkill Books in Cambridge, New York. Talk, reading, signing of The Locavore Way: Discover and Enjoy the Pleasures of Locally Grown Food. (518) 677-2515

September 13, a Monday, 6:00 to 9:30, The Locavore Way Series Cooking Class, Harvest Celebration, West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Amy Cotler’s teaching kitchen.Scholarships and barter available.

September 18, a Saturday, 10:00-noon. Herb extravaganza. Preserving herbs, mostly through drying and freezing and great herb sauces and pestos. $40.00. West Stockbridge teaching kitchen (Call for information 413 232 7174)

September 19, a Sunday, 11:00-12:30, Talk and signing. Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady, NY.  A great day to shop, because it’s also farmers market day right in the neighborhood.

September 24-26, Cleveland Botanical Gardens talk: Why Local Food? Details TBA.

August 29, Sunday, 10:00 to 2:00. Local farm foods cooking class: The Locavore Way Way Series Cooking Class, Tomato and Corn Extravaganza,West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Amy Cotler’s teaching kitchen.Scholarships and barter available.

October 2, a Saturday, 10:00 to 1:30, New: The Locavore Way Series Cooking Class, Local Apple and Cheese Tasting and Cooking Class ,West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Amy Cotler’s teaching kitchen. Scholarships and barter available.

October 21-25, United States delegate to Terra Madre, Slow Food’s international conference in Turin, Italy. (If you are going too, let me know!)

November 4, 6:00, Keynote speaker at the annual conference of Semap (Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership), one of 6 state farm-to-table initiatives.Thursday, November 4th 2010, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, Gallery X, 169 William Street New Bedford MA

December 1, 7-8:30, Speaker for Boston University’s Slow Food, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, The George Sherman Union Building, Room: BU Central. Event on Facebook too.

December 11,3:30-4:45, Hazon Food Conference, speaker —Pleasure and responsibility, local food, social and environmental justice.


December 5, 2009, 2 PM Manhattan book signing event, Posman Books, 75 9th Avenue (You can walk in from 10th too), between 15th and 16th.

December 8 2009 7 PM Talk and book signing in Pittsfield, Massashusetts, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, One Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 499 9480 January 9th, Books available for signing in Hancock, MA at the Hancock Shaker Village Western MA agricultural commission summit (8:30-11:00) and the annual Regional Food and Farm Project event in Albany. (Noon to 3 PM) Call for directions 413 232 7174.

Sampling of Past Radio Interviews

(Radio interviews are often available live and/or achived on station websites.) November 21, Berkshire Grown Holiday Local Foods Fair in Great Barrington and Williamstown, Massachusetts. I was in Great Barrington signing of The Locavore Way. See you there! For more: November 23, 7 pm, Amy’s Table Radio: A Guide to Living,  an interview with Amy Tobin on Cincinati’s WKRQ. December 4, 10 AM Interview, Martha Stewart Living Radio’s Whole Living with Teri Trespiccio. Sirius/XM satellite radio. December 6, 4:00-5:00 pm EST, Sacramento KSTE-AM, The Wide World of Health December 7, 3:30 and archived, Hot Grease with Nicole Taylor on Heritage Radio Network from NYC. Live and archived audio: December 9, Radio nationwide 7:50-8:00 am EST,  Oklahoma City, KTOK-AM, Live morning show 8:00-8:10 am EST, Baltimore-Ocean City, WOCM-FM, Live morning show 8:50-9:00 am EST, Raleigh Durham, WCBQ-WHNC-AM, Live morning show 9:30-9:40 am EST, San Franciso Bay Area-Cupertino, KKUP-FM, Taped feature 10:40-10:50 am EST, Chicago-Aurora, WBIG-AM, Live morning show 11:05-11:15 am EST, Ontario, Canada, CKDK/CFPL-Am, Taped morning show 11:20-11:30 am EST, Washington DC, WTOP-AM/FM, News Feature, Taped 12:00-12:10 pm EST, Nashville, WFFH/WFFI-AM, Taped morning show 12:30-12:40 pm EST, Charleston-MT. Pleasant SC, WSCC-FM, Taped 12:40-12:50 pm EST, Seattle-Tacoma, KOMO-AM, taped 12:50-1:15 pm EST, Kansas City, KCXL-AM/KCTO-AM, Taped 1:30-2:00 pm EST, Sacramento, KAH-KSAC-AM, Live 2:00-2:15 pm EST, Raleigh, SC and Virginia, WRVA-FM/WDCG-FM/WKSL-FM/WRDU-FM, Tape December 10, 4:30-5:30 PM, Cleveland, WHK, The Advocate December 16, 11:10-11:30 , WAMC Northeast Public Radio, The Roundtable. January 5, 2:00-2:20, Martha Stewart Radio


**DIG IN! Conference Resources

 Resources for Farm to organization, business and School Initiatives

Tap into local and regional resources first, including: local farms, farm to table initiatives and non-profits, cooperative extension, town and state agriculture commissions and agencies, land trusts, kindred community organizations and businesses.

USDA Know Your Farmer: Go to farm to institution:Info, case studios, etc.

Local Harvest @
Sustainable Table @
For a Food Routes near you
The Locavore Way, Book by Amy Cotler w/ blog @

Chefs Collaborative: Information/publications about sustainable food.
Events/summits, Local member search

National Farm to School Network
Find a farm to school program near you

The Edible Schoolyard
School Garden Network and resources

MA Farm to School Cookbook
Free book with 50 USDA recipes/Cooking tips, educator’s appendix

Anne Cooper’s Renegade Lunch Lady
Loaded with healthy school lunch information

Workplace CSAs through CISA

Policy (and more)
American Farmland Trust

Is your Town Farm Friendly? A checklist.
University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension