Local

Local Organizations

These organizations support farmers and food producers, access to healthy food for all regardless of income level, and the environment in Berkshire County and Western Massachusetts. If you are a local organization with a mission similar to Wild Oats’, and would like us to include a link to your site, please email marketing@wildoats.coop.

 

Berkshire Grown   Berkshire Grown is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting farmers and food producers in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Berkshire Grown sponsors events and classes that encourage people in Berkshire County and the surrounding areas to “Eat Local” by visiting local farmers’ markets, joining CSAs (community supported agriculture farms), and by educating themselves about the variety of local foods offered by food producers in throughout the county.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts   The mission of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is to work with the community to reduce hunger and increase food security. The Food Bank works behind the scenes of nearly every charitable organization that provides food to people in need in western Massachusetts. Our 400 member agency programs include soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, childcare centers, and elder programs throughout Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties.   New England Farmers Union  A grass-roots organization with membership-driven policy, New England Farmers Union (NEFU) works to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life of family farmers, fishermen, foresters, nurserymen, and consumers in all six New England states. Founded in 2006, NEFU is the youngest charter member of the National Farmers Union, a 108-year-old agricultural advocacy organization based in Washington, DC.

New England Tropical Conservatory  NETC is devoted to conserving the world’s natural resources and sustaining plant diversity. At its Education Center in Bennington, Vermont it offers classes and school programs that explore the plant world and teach sustainability. Its current Reserve shows the diversity of plant life from meadows to wetlands to forests. NETC is planning a future conservatory, which will house tropical plants indoors and be surrounded by native plants outdoors.This botanical display will be the first of its kind in New England.

 

Northeast Organic Farmers Association

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) is a non-profit organization of nearly 5,000 farmers, gardeners and consumers working to promote healthy food, organic farming practices and a cleaner environment. NOFA has chapters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont.

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition   The mission of the Coalition is to improve the quality of life for people in Northern Berkshire County by organizing, supporting, and empowering the community. The Coalition works to achieve its mission by providing a public place for the community to gather and discuss issues; building stronger neighborhoods; and promoting positive youth development through programs and events.

Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity  Northern Berkshire Habitat For Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, with offices in North Adams, Massachusetts. It is a non-profit, all volunteer organization and receives no financial support from Habitat International. Currently, it is the only organization in northern Berkshire County actively working to alleviate the shortage of housing for low-income working families. Habitat for Humanity selects families based on their need for housing, ability to repay a no profit mortgage, and willingness to partner with HH. The family must provide a minimum of 250 hours of sweat equity in the construction of their home or other community service. The family pays a mortgage just like any other homeowner. These payments are then used to build more houses for more families.

Northern Berkshire Transition  People working together for a more vibrant community. This group is based on a relatively new model people are using to proactively address the challenges of peak oil and climate change. It seeks to bring people together in their communities to create a vision of an improved quality of life that is independent of oil and does not contribute to climate change.

Local Farmers and Food Producers

You will find local products in every department at Wild Oats Market. From ice cream to soap, we stock an array of local products made with organic ingredients and ingredients that are free from unnecessary additives.

Our produce is 70% local in season. Most of our local produce is organic.

Our local farmers are a big reason why Wild Oats Market is the business that it is. Small organic farms like Mighty Food Farm and Wildstone Farm in Pownal, Vermont and Happenchance Farm in Eagle Bridge, New York provide us with fresh, organically grown produce. Local ranchers like Black Queen Angus Farm in Berlin, New York provide us with grass-fed beef. We carry handmade cheeses from a host of local and regional dairies, including Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown, Maple Brook Farm in Bennington, Vermont and The Cellars at Jasper Hill in Greensboro, Vermont. Our fresh eggs are produced by local suppliers including Feather Ridge Farm in Elizaville, NY; Wildstone Farm in Pownal, Vermont, and John Quimby Eggs from Williamstown.

Wild Oats is dedicated to offering the best selection of locally grown and produced products in the region. As an independent food cooperative, we choose to source our products from farms and businesses that we know and trust.