& The Land
Sara Tower was born with dirt under her fingernails and has lived on planet earth her entire life. She first got into farming during a gap-year in Perryville, Arkansas living in agricultural community. After several more seasons of weaving education for social justice and ecological sensibility along with farming internships in Gettysburg and Biglerville, PA she returned to Western Massachusetts to find a home place to dig in. In 2012 she began learning from and working with refugee and immigrant farmers growing food for their families and local markets in Greater Springfield and Worcester, providing technical assistance and co-managing an aggregated community supported agriculture program. She also began submersing herself in locally-abundant expertise and enthusiasm around ecological agriculture, agroforestry, and permaculture, connecting it to anti-racism and food justice work wherever possible. Her meanderings brought her to the 2014 Northeast Permaculture Convergance in Unity, Maine, where she met Kalyan…
Kalyan Uprichard is a collector of skills and a dreamer, looking for ways to live lighter and help regenerate this planet. With a very alternative upbringing focused on food and spirituality, Kalyan embodies a desire to give not just people but all things the respect that life deserves. His thirst to holistically understand the world and its people has accompanied him throughout his life and the many different places he has lived and traveled. In previous incarnations, Kalyan has worked as a carpenter, massage therapist, bookseller, cook, arborist, and animal husband, among others, choosing the be schooled through life experience rather than books or experts. The Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts have been long been his grounding place and it is a pleasure to finally come home to Cummington with Sara.
Nutwood Farm is located on 7 acres at the edge of Hampshire and Berkshire Counties in Cummington, MA on land formerly stolen from the Mohican tribes. The soil is stony and gently sloping, with sub-prime fine sandy loam that is ideal for regenerative agriculture. It was last used as a christmas tree farm that was cleared and left for regrowth sometime in the mid-1990’s. 15 years later, it grew into an amazingly diverse piece of land covered in soft and hardwood, wild brambles, blueberries, elderberries, serviceberries, crabapples, and more, and home to a wide array of migratory songbirds and native wildlife. As we slowly clear the regrowth, we are saving as much of this natural wealth as possible in order to maintain this place as a refuge and habitat for the widest possible diversity – including us!