COVID 19 FARMER ASSISTANCE CISA’s Emergency Farm Fund is now accepting applications from farms in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties that have experienced income loss because of sales outlet closures or other disruptions due to COVID-19. The Emergency Farm Fund offers zero-interest loans to assist farmers and farm businesses struggling to meet their immediate financial needs. In partnership with the Franklin County CDC and the Pioneer Valley Grows Investment Fund, it offers zero-interest loans up to $25,000. The first application deadline is April 13, and a second round of applications is expected to open later in the spring. Visit https://www.buylocalfood.org/ for information.

Welcome to the Hampden Hampshire Conservation District

The Hampden Hampshire Conservation District works with landowners and communities in Hampden and Hampshire Counties in the conservation and management of natural resources; farmland, woodland, wildlife management and farmland preservatiion.

Conservation Districts are state entities designated by the Massachusetts General Laws to address natural resources issues at the local level throughout the Commonwealth. There are thirteen (13) districts in Massachusetts, led by elected volunteer District Supervisors.

Each District is governed by a volunteer Board of Supervisors with additional input from Associate Supervisors. Historically, board members are farmers and environmentally conscious landowners reflecting a wide range of people and professions. They assist agricultural producers and landowners with conservation planning and development and in applying for financial assistance to address resource concerns. District programs promote the health and productivity of all landscapes, urban to rural.

HHCD researches and applies for Grant programs, delivers workshops and educational programs, sponsors the Massachusetts Envirothon competition for high school students, and holds conservation tours of local farms. Consider attending a monthly Conservation District meeting, or joining your local District as an Associate.

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