Name of Organization: Cricket Creek Farm
Location: Williamstown, MA
Mission: To produce nourishing food that honors our animals, respects the land, and feeds our community, and to exemplify a sustainable model for small-farm viability.
History: In 2001 the Phelps family had put Cricket Creek Farm up for sale, and the Sabot family, a family concerned about the protection and development for the largest farm in Williamstown, want to protect it. They then purchased the farm in 2002. After visiting many farms in the area, the Sabot family decided that they wanted to continue with dairy farming, cheese making and adding an educational component to the farm. They began to milk cows in the spring of 2004! They continued with their goal of making cheese and other dairy products on the farm, and they are still up and running today!
Name of Organization: Alchemy Initiative
Location: Pittsfield, MA
Mission: Through the exploration of sustainability and creativity, Alchemy Initiative enlivens, engages and educates the greater Berkshires, fostering a healthier community.
History: It was founded in 2009, and for the first three years they operated in a local church in Pittsfield. Their first project was to plant a garden on an empty piece of land in Pittsfield. They wanted to make a positive visual and social impact on the neighborhood that it was in. They gathered numerous vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers and planted them in the garden. In 2012, they began to operate as a pop-up organization, creating programs and presenting different events across the Berkshires.
Name of Organization: Red Ants Pants
Location: White Sulphur Springs, MT
Mission: To develop and expand leadership roles for women, to preserve and support working family farms and ranches, and to enrich and promote rural communities.
History: All her life, Sarah Calhoun always felt that there were no good options for women’s work clothing, and she especially felt the need for women’s work wear since she is so active! One day when she was reading her “How to Start A Business” book, the man who had started Patagonia stumbled upon her and had asked her what she was doing. She admitted that women need appropriate work clothes, and the man couldn’t agree more! He gave her a few contacts and bits of advice, and she was well on her way.