PVLF Local Business Tours in 2014

As a member, you are invited to join Pioneer Valley Local First and business members, as we tour a few of the local businesses that help shape the character of our community.  One rewarding and valuable benefit of PVLF membership is learning from other local business owners.  More often than not, they are able and willing to support their colleagues with advice of all types – from sourcing local products to recommending local service contractors. Come out, ask questions, learn new things, share your insights, and be inspired by other local business leaders working to create a vibrant and sustainable local economy.

Tour #1, Bart's Homemade

When: Thursday, July 24 at 6:00 PM

Where: 80 School Street, Greenfield MA 01301

Gary Schaefer and Barbara Fingold of Bart’s Homemade/Snow’s Ice Cream invite PVLF business members to join them on Thursday, July 24th at 6 PM for a 30 minute tour of their facility in Greenfield followed by ice cream sampling and Q&A.  From helping found Our Family Farms dairy coop and the River Valley Market coop, to their involvement in CISA and PVLF, Bart’s Homemade is committed to bettering our community by supporting local economic sustainability initiatives.  For more information, visit:  www.bartshomemade.com  A portion of the tour will also feature a brief presentation on rCredits, by William Spademan, President of Common Good Finance.  "rCredits are a democratic, community-centered payment system with incentive rewards for you, local businesses, and the community -- empowering ourselves with community-created credits for the common good;" – William Spademan. For more information, visit: http://commongoodfinance.org

Tour #2, Barstows Longview Farm & Bakery

When: Sunday, August 3rd, 11:00 AM

Where: 172 Hockanum Road (Rt.47), Hadley MA 01035

Join other PVLF business members on Sunday, August 3rd at 11 AM for a tour of Barstow’s Longview Farm.  A working dairy farm since 1806, the Barstow family opened their Dairy Store and Bakery in 2008 “in order to enhance the community’s awareness of the importance of farming and the importance of all people being stewards to the land.”  Their most recent addition of a Green Anaerobic Digester allows them to convert manure and food waste into electrical energy and liquid fertilizer.  Both a CISA member and Local Hero farm, Barstows will run the tour for about 45 minutes followed by a Q&A period. For more information, visit: www.barstowslongviewfarm.com

Tour #3, Silverscape Designs

When: Thursday, August 21 6:00 PM 

Where: One King Street, Northampton MA 01060

Silverscape Designs sells handmade jewelry and is a landmark in Northampton.  It is located at the corner of King and Main Streets in a 1928 Art Deco bank building.  The main banking room is filled with custom designed wooden cases to contain the precious gems and fine jewelry.  A local craftsman created special Art Deco style lamps to light the displays and the original chandeliers have been restored.   Join us for a tour of this long-time local business to learn about the history of the store and the building, and to visit the jewelry workshop.  For more information, visit: www.silverscapedesigns.com

See you there!