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  1. 1. CISA<br />Community<br /> Involved in<br />Sustaining <br />Agriculture<br />Vannesa Gheen<br />10/04/10<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Since 1999 this nonprofit has been helping the small farms of western Massachusetts and promoting community growth through agriculture. <br />Slogan “where the community comes together to support local agriculture.”<br />“…for over 15 years, CISA has led the way in developing initiatives that support farmers, create strong markets for their products, and build a thriving agriculture economy here in Western Massachusetts.”<br />this organization tries to get away from the pejorative view of agriculture. <br />They wish to take the dissemination of shopping and put it all towards small local farms. <br />They are trying to aggrandize the small farms of western Massachusetts in a astute way. <br />
  3. 3. Programs<br />
  4. 4. Farmer Mentor Program<br />Helps new farmers by teaching them what other more experienced farmers have gone through and working one-on-one with each other to share information to better the agriculture community. <br />Helping young “green hands” gregariously learn hands on techniques. <br />
  5. 5. Farms to Schools<br />A summer graduate coarse for agricultural literacy training for educators. <br />Offers<br />This graduate course offers agricultural-literacy training<br />hands-on study and investigation of agriculture education resources.<br />learn how to integrate agriculture into the classroom<br />
  6. 6. Organizations devoted in the farms to schools program<br />Fertile Ground<br />The Farm Education Collaborative<br />Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom<br />School Sprouts<br />Seeds of Solidarity Education Center<br />
  7. 7. Community Needs<br />“CISA's Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown® campaign has been pointing shoppers towards locally grown food, wood, and fiber since 1999.”<br />Through this website you can<br />find local farm products.<br />help you use the local bounty.<br />Gain ideas for packing lunches with locally grown food.<br />
  8. 8. Critical Thinking<br />This website uses Critical Thinking by interacting the community with local farmers. <br />They also evaluate what needs the community needs from the small farms. <br />
  9. 9. Critical Reading<br />Focuses the community towards small farms.<br />Promotes agriculture in the classroom. <br />Such as…<br />agricultural-literacy training<br />agriculture enhancing curriculum<br />investigation of agriculture education resources<br />
  10. 10. Critical Action<br />Developing small farms needs.<br />Engaging the classroom to agriculture.<br />This nonprofit is also <br />helping teachagriculture.<br />
  11. 11. Funding<br />
  12. 12. Who has Funded<br />Business Sponsors<br />Government Grants<br />Foundation Grants<br />
  13. 13. Why you might want to Fund<br />This non profit helps the community <br /> as a whole and the agriculture community as well<br />This program helps promote business<br />“CISA is connecting the dots between farm fields and kitchen tables, workplace dining rooms, and grocery store shelves.”<br />The CISA take a vivacious new look and apply it towards what most Americans impetuously think of as “dirty” work. <br />They do all this with a benevolent outlook towards the consumers. <br />