Community Involved In Sustaining Agriculture

CISA is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. We began this work 25 years ago and thousands of people in our region have contributed to our success. More than 250 farms participate in our programs, and residents supporting local agriculture grows daily.

About

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) strengthens farms and engages the community to build the local food economy.

CISA is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. We began this work over 25 years ago, and thousands of people in our region have contributed to our success and impact. More than 250 farms participate in our programs, and the number of residents who are committed to supporting local agriculture grows every day. Our Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown® program, the longest-running agricultural buy-local campaign in the country, connects farmers and the community, improving farm business viability and enhancing the quality of life for residents across the region. Additional programs include Senior FarmShare, technical assistance for farms and food businesses, and research and support for local food and farm businesses of all kinds, including processors, distributors, and producers of value-added products like jams, cheeses, and pickles.

Guided by our Strategic Plan, our work focuses on:

Growing resilience in farming;
Growing resilience in the local food economy; and
Growing resilience in our organization.

We are successful only because of the people we have inspired and those who have inspired us. Please join with us as we deepen our connections to each other and create a community that is economically and environmentally healthy for our children and our children’s children.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Market Research
  • Market Plan Development

Events and Community Building

  • Community Outreach

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Grant Funding

Legal Services

  • Employee Relations
  • Labor Relations

Management Issues

  • Human Resources

Marketing and Sales

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Website Development
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Brochure Design
  • Branding/Rebranding

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Design Services
  • Website Development

Training

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Marketing Plan Training
Primary Contact
Devon Whitney-Deal
Address
1 Sugarloaf Street
South Deerfield, MA 01341
Phone
(413) 665-7100 Ext: 22