Regional Strategy

The Berkshire-Taconic region is becoming a nationally known food destination and will continue to play an important role as a regional foodshed in the future. Within the next 50 years, growing the New England food sector will ensure access to healthy local food, food security and regional sustainability.

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To ensure this growth, our region requires systematic investment and support. BAV is uniquely positioned to significantly impact farms and food businesses by forging a path of greater resilience.

About 3% of all Massachusetts farms have gross product sales of $500K and above, while almost 70% of the state’s farms gross less than $10K.[1]

Small- and medium-sized farm and food businesses are therefore, often constrained in their ability to grow and scale up. They may lack technical resources, capital, infrastructure or land, or resource-saving technologies for working landscapes. The absence of these resources can be a critical deterrent to growth.

BAV will incorporate elements of the following business strategy:

By supporting existing farm and food business infrastructure, and by working to increase donationsBAV will open up new markets and increase business revenues for farmers and food entrepreneurs. This strategy will also strengthen the regional economy through job creation by employing local individuals, as well as cycling revenue back through the local economy.

[1] “Existing Conditions.” Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan. Massachusetts Food System Collaborative, n.d. Web.