The Food Bank presents Farmer of the Year Award to Atlas Farm

Gideon Porth, owner of Atlas Farm in Deerfield was recently honored by The Food Bank with a Farmer of the Year Award. The award is presented annually as recognition for local farms that donate the greatest amount of food to our organization during the year. In 2019, Atlas Farm donated 126,434 pounds of produce to The Food Bank  and provided the equivalent of 105,361 meals for individuals and families in need of healthy food.

Brandie Taggart, The Food Bank’s Food Procurement Coordinator, presented the Farmer of the Year Award to Atlas Farm’s Packing House Manager, Troy Asher.

“We’re honored to receive the award and have always valued our relationship with the Food Bank and the work you do,” said Porth.

The Food Bank is proud to work closely with 37 local farms in western Massachusetts to provide fresh produce to 175 meal programs and food pantries in the region and through our direct-to-client programs like the Mobile Food Bank distribution events. We’re thankful to Atlas Farm and all of our farming partners for supporting more than 207,000 individuals in western Massachusetts who are struggling to put food on the table.

“Atlas Farm has been a long-standing friend and donor to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts,” says Brandie Taggart who presented the award.

“We are extremely grateful to Gideon and his team, and are thrilled that they are The Food Bank’s 2019 Farm of the Year.”