Links and Resources

Land Trusts:

    The Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires

    The CLT is a non-profit organization made up of members throughout the southern Berkshires. Its central principle is that homes, barns, fences, gardens, and all things done with or on the land should be owned by individuals, but the land itself is a limited community resource that should be owned by the community as a whole. The CLT makes possible the community ownership of land.

    The Great Barrington Land Conservancy

    The GBLC is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the community's natural resources and distinctive character. Through promotion and fund-raising endeavors, GBLC enables the dedication of open space to agricultural, recreational and scenic purposes through acquisitions, conservation easements, and agricultural preservation restrictions. Projects of GBLC include the Great Barrington Housatonic RiverWalk, the Friends of the DuBois Homesite, and the Lake Mansfield Alliance.

    The Sheffield Land Trust

    The SLT is dedicated to protecting the land essential to Sheffield's natural, scenic, agricultural and rural character through a program of stewardship and by working with landowners, farmers and other partners.

    The Alford Land Trust

    The Alford Land Trust is a nonprofit organization founded to protect significant natural, agricultural, and scenic resources; and to promote and encourage land stewardship for the benefit of the environment, the economy, and future generations.

Community Supported Agriculture:

    A CSA is a way for the food-buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers") of the CSA.

    Egremont CSAs:

Local Resources:

    The Appalachian Trail Conservancy

    The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail  ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

    Berkshire Grown

    Berkshire Grown envisions a community where healthy farms define the open landscape, where a wide diversity of fresh, seasonal food and flowers continue to be readily available to everyone, and where we celebrate our agricultural bounty by buying from our neighboring family farms and savoring their distinctive Berkshire harvest.

    Berkshire Natural Resources Council

    BNRC is a non-profit land conservation organization working throughout the Berkshires to preserve threatened lands. BNRC places special emphasis on protecting farms, forests, streams and ridgelines - the great landscape features that give us clean water, fresh air, local produce, healthy wildlife and outstanding recreational opportunities.

    Mass Audubon

    Mass Audubon, the largest conservation organization in New England, works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. They care for 33,000 acres of conservation land, provide educational programs for children and adults, and advocate for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels.

    The Nature Conservancy (MA Chapter)

    The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

    The Trustees of Reservation

    The Trustees of Reservation preserves, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic and ecological value in Massachusetts. Their passion is to share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures they care for - 99 special places and 25,000 acres all around Massachusetts.