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“At age 68, I need to start slowing down and thinking and reflecting more in my life. I am going to do research into the history of childcare in this country because we need a more effective and affordable system to take care of young people. When I took the step into promoting farmers and creating community in the Berkshires, it was an attempt to improve the world by creating healthier, more delicious ways to nourish ourselves. The next step is to explore how we could improve the raising of human beings and the lives of all the adults who are involved in that partnership.” In our September issue, Ten Minutes with Barbara Zheutlin, who is stepping down at the end of this month as executive director of Berkshire Grown. We will be there to celebrate her tenure and legacy at the 20th Annual Harvest Supper on September 24. (Tickets are still available at berkshiregrown.org.) We look forward to Barbara’s next venture of enriching our community as she turns to growing our children. Interview by @hanvansickle 📷: @christinalanephotography @berkshiregrown @indian.line.farm @skibutternut #farmers #farmtotable #ittakesavillage #supportourfarmers #supportsmallbusiness #intheberkshires

“Secret Places in the Berkshires,” a Berkshire Magazine PHOTO CONTEST, is now underway. Deadline for entries is October 1. A link to all the details is in our profile. 📷: @anastasiastanmeyer

This is the third day of FreshGrass, and the weather has been perfect. Swipe - Scenes from yesterday in and out of the museum. @freshgrassfestival @massmoca @indigogirlsmusic #musicfestival 📷: @anastasiastanmeyer

“That’s what American music is — it’s a mix. And if you take away a part of it, you diminish the whole.” Rhiannon Giddens, in Courtyard C, at FreshGrass. What a way to wind down the summer and wind up the evening. #RhiannonGiddens @freshgrassfestival @massmoca #bluegrass #blues #soul #gospel #soul 📷: @anastasiastanmeyer

There is beauty everywhere. #intheberkshires

There is music EVERYWHERE on the MASS MoCA campus this weekend. What a lovely evening, the first night of the FreshGrass Festival. Here, Berklee American Roots Program in Courtyard C. @massmoca @freshgrassfestival @berkleecollege #bluegrass #worldmusic #musicfestival #northadams 📷: @jenifahhi

It’s becoming that time — a favorite time — of year in the Berkshires. 🍎 🍎 !!

Announcing our 2018 SECRET PLACES IN THE BERKSHIRES photo contest! Where is a location that you have discovered, where you can steal away and find special moments of contemplation, beauty, and reflection? This could be anywhere in the Berkshires, Please submit a maximum of 5 photographs. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges, including former National Geographic photo editor Kim Hubbard, former Orion photo editor Christina Rahr Lane, and Berkshire Magazine editor Anastasia Stanmeyer. Selected winning images will be published in the Winter issue of Berkshire Magazine and be displayed, with a special reception. Prizes also will be awarded. There are three categories: Grand Prize, Professional, and Amateur. The link to all the details and the contest form is in our profile. Deadline is October 1, 2018. Good luck! Photo: @kim_hubbard #secretplaces #intheberkshires #photocontest

We have completed our roundup of the #Berkshire25. What a spectacular group of individuals this year! And now, we bring you some beauty from our bountiful Berkshires. Hundreds of us have farm shares here in the Berkshires and are out there picking vegetables, fruit, flowers — and enjoying our natural landscape. One such location is Woven Roots CSA, run by one of our Berkshire 25, Jen Salinetti. @wovenrootsfarm #farmshare #csa #supportourfarmers #community

Megan Whilden has been a creative force since her arrival in the area two decades ago. She served as Pittsfield’s first director of cultural development, originating numerous events, including Pittsfield’s 3rd Thursdays street festival. She is now the executive director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, which provides educational, social, and volunteer opportunities for older adults, and is a co-founder of the 4 Freedoms Coalition. Megan is one of our Berkshire 25, an annual recognition of a select group of individuals who give so much in our community. The 25 are in our September issue, and the link is on our profile. @marvelousnessness @berkshirecc @culturalpittsfieldmass #4freedoms photo: @edwardacker

Jay Weintraub and Mark Lefenfeld formed Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires after noticing that large amounts of unpicked fresh fruit were falling to the ground and going to waste. Their non-profit organization supplies food to people in need by gathering and distributing excess fresh vegetables and fruit from Berkshire farms, local property owners and supermarkets. In 2017, Backyard Bounty volunteers gathered and distributed over 8,200 pounds of fresh produce to those in need. During 2018 to date, they have collected over 10,000 pounds of produce and expect to at least double the 2017 total for the entire year. Jay and Mark are among our Berkshire 25, an annual recognition of a select group of individuals who give so much in our community. The 25 are in our September issue, and the link is on our profile. @backyardbountyberkshires #community #sharethebounty #Berkshire25 photo: @edwardacker

Jennifer Vrabel has served as the executive director of the Literacy Network of South Berkshire since 2016. A Berkshire native, Jennifer — along with LitNet’s dedicated staff, volunteer tutors and Board of Directors — shares a deep commitment to LitNet’s mission to transform the lives of immigrants and adult learners through the power of literacy, education, and advocacy. Jennifer is one of our Berkshire 25, an annual recognition of a select group of individuals who give so much in our community. The 25 are in our September issue, and the link is on our profile. @litnetsb #literacy #Berkshire25 photo: @edwardacker

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