Links

Land Conservation & Preservation

Berkshire Natural Resources Council
A land conservation and environmental advocacy group working throughout the Berkshires in Massachusetts to preserve threatened lands.

Rensselaer-Taconic Land Conservancy
A Non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the distinctive rural character and quality of life that makes Rensselaer County a great place to live and work.

Nature Conservancy
Working with communities, businesses and people to protect more than 92 million acres around the world.

The Trustees of Reservations
Preserves, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.

Land Trust Alliance
National convener, strategist and representative of more than 1,500 land trusts across America. Provides training, publications, lobbying services, and strategic planning to help leverage and connect the work of member land trusts.

Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program (APR)
State of Massachusetts program that offers to pay farmers the difference between the “fair market value” and the “agricultural value” of their farmland in exchange for a permanent deed restriction which precludes any use of the property that will have a negative impact on its agricultural viability.

Sheffield Land Trust
Dedicated to protecting the land essential to Sheffield’s natural, scenic, rural and agricultural character through a program of stewardship and by working with landowners, farmers and other partners.

American Farmland Trust
Founded in 1980, American Farmland Trust has helped win permanent protection for over a million acres of American farmland. The Trust’s┬áhard work and sound strategies unite farmers, environmentalists and policymakers.

Sustainable Economies

Equity Trust
Promoting equity in the world by changing the way people think about and hold property.

E.F. Schumacher Society
An educational non-profit organization founded in 1980. Programs demonstrate that both social and environmental sustainability can be achieved by applying the values of human-scale communities and respect for the natural environment to economic issues.

Food and Farming

Berkshire Grown
How to support local food and farms.

Ioka Valley Farm
Family fun and “agri-entertainment” throughout the four seasons.

New England Heritage Breeds Conservancy
A non-profit corporation, with a farm located on 300 acres in Salisbury, CT. Works to conserve historic and endangered breeds of livestock and poultry and encourage production of these breeds to advance farmland. Programs include breeding programs, education, farmer assistance and marketing alternatives.

Northeast Organic Farming Association – Mass Chapter
NOFA/Mass is a community including farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers working to educate members and the general public about the benefits of local organic systems based on complete cycles, natural materials, and minimal waste for the health of individual beings, communities and the living planet.

Renewable Energy Resources

Center for Ecological Technology
Energy and environmental services for Western Massachusetts.

Affordable Housing

Habitat for Humanity
Brings families and communities in need together with volunteers and resources to build decent, affordable housing.

Local Resources

Berkshire Conservation District
Non-profit environmental education organization working with the Natural Resource Conservation Service to protect the soil and water of Berkshire County. Technical assistance & education on soil, water and related natural resources for municipalities, farmers and landowners to facilitate proper land use decisions. Seasonal plant sales with many native trees, shrubs and flowers.

Town of Williamstown
Connects to many organizations within the town and includes calendars of events.

Birdwatching at Sheephill
A project by Williamstown Elementary School 1st Grade Teacher Carolyn Agostini.