Our Mission

Our mission is to provide our community with the best quality organic ancient grains, stone ground flour, oats, corn, heirloom beans and pantry items. This is Farm Feast. Empowering us to eat and live better!

About Us

New England’s First CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for flour, grains and beans! The missing link in the burgeoning local food chain, The Heritage Grain Share was created by Ben Lester in 2008 and has been a huge success. In 2008 you could get your vegetables and meats in a farm share program but no grains? Why not? This was a problem and we were in a position to solve it.  After years of running a small, beloved bakery and café called Wheatberry in Amherst, MA Ben was inspired to create a program where he could provide quality grains to the community in a sustainable way.  Ben began the CSA as the original farmer but realized over several years that he could be of best service to the community by focusing on the organizing and distribution while helping other small farmers grow their business by providing them with market for their products. All these years later there now exists a new and innovative network of farmers and consumers that support the growth and health of both the individuals and the community fabric that holds us all together.

Meet Our Founder - Ben Lester

Hello! My name is Ben Lester and I invite you to come with me on a journey into real food ecstasies, community connections, and the delicious experience of healthy, sustainable food systems!  Growing up I was fortunate to have a father who cultivated a deep reverence for foods that nourish, and delight. Ancient grains and small flour mills were led from one experiment to another.

I didn’t know it at the time but this foundation would eventually lead me to take these values and interests and craft connections around me that reflected them with those who had the same interests! A beautiful cycle of curiosity, exploration, discovery, and sharing began and continues to grow!

Outreach Coordinator - Carey Garneau

Graduating from UConn with a degree in Fine Arts, Carey focused much of her work on sustainability and social issues. She has always had an interest in the positive environmental and social change CSAs and local businesses encourage. She feels it is important to keep our communities strong and successful and what better way than through our love of good food!

Originally from Connecticut, she enjoys learning about (and tasting!) the unique and handcrafted products the Pioneer Valley has to offer. She finds it very rewarding working in an environment where our members and farmers are enthusiastic and excited about what we do. She is inspired by Farm Feast’s mission and hopes to continue assisting in the growth of small local businesses.

Lead Farmer - Alan Zuchowski

Alan Zuchowski has been growing for the Heritage Grain Share Since 2008! He is now certified organic and and grows 5 types of grain for the share each year; Red Lammas Wheat, Nothstine Dent Corn, Popcorn, Plymouth Flint corn and Black Turtle Beans. That is almost half the supply of the grain for the share! Alan has turned out a beautiful crop of wheat every year for the share, making the Red Lammas wheat a staple in the share!

 

Web Developer - Erik Jonsberg

Erik Jonsberg is the owner of Hungry Ghost Design, a Western MA web design and development company. When he’s not busy creating amazingly cool WordPress websites, he can be found hanging out with his two favorite people, Pauline and young Bodhi.

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