Local Hero Registration

Local Hero Member Renewal

& Application Form

Click here to review the benefits for the different membership levels.

Renewing members, make sure you fill out your Local Hero Year End Survey to save $10 on your renewal! Find surveys for farms, garden centers, institutions, retailers, restaurants, and specialty producers.

Contact Information for Consumers/Online Guide: PUBLIC
Contact Information/Mailing Address for CISA Communication
2019 Online Farm Products Guide

All Local Hero members are included in CISA's online Farm Products Guide. For CISA to update your listing, descriptions are due March 18th, 2019. Renewing members can check their current online descriptions farm here, by selecting "Business Name" as their search type and then typing in their business name.

Online Guide

We are very excited about our newly updated online guide, which is a primary benefit of your Local Hero membership! Your Local Hero business listing is a detailed page that tells customers all about who you are, what you produce and sell, how to find you, events at your farm, and so much more.

The more up-to-date and informative your listing is, the easier it will be for consumers and the public to find you in a search and learn more about your business. We encourage you to update your listing beyond just the description you enter in this form. Update your listing with the products you sell, farms you purchase from, your use of local on the menu/at your business, your hours, pictures, events, and any other details you may have!

The process for updating your page is simple. If you are a renewing member and you remember your password, you can log in to your existing listing with your same username and password information. If you are (1) a new member or (2) a renewing member but do not remember your login information, please follow the steps below.

 First, you must create a new login to access your page. Important: you must use the email address you see on your Local Hero listing page when starting the process.

To view your listing:

  1. Go to CISA's online guide.
  2. Search by "Business Name" to go directly to your listing.
  3. When your page comes up, make note of the email address listed on your page. *Note: If you are a new member, it will take us a few days to get your page set up. We will email you with the link once it is set up. 

To create your login:

  1. Go to buylocalfood.org/login. 
  2. To claim your listing, enter your email address (the one that is visible on your Local Hero online business listing) in the "username or email" field.
  3. Click "Lost Password."
  4. A temporary password will be sent to the email address you entered. You can update your login email and password once you have logged in using this temporary password.

If you are unable to log in, contact Devon Whitney-Deal at 413-665-7100, ext, 22.

For those of you who are not comfortable with updating your online guide listing or need assistance, you can submit a description below and we will update your page. We will also follow up with you to work with you and update your listing to include more details and information. 

Local Hero Supplies

All members are entitled to an annual starter kit with two rolls each of small/large stickers and two bundles each of small/large price cards. New members also receive one free sign.

Please indicate below if you want your annual starter kit. 

Membership Types
Begin by selecting the type of membership that applies to your business or organization.
Farmer Registrations

Please read CISA's 2019 Membership Agreement

*Since you are signing up before February 15th, you qualify for CISA's early bird discount and this membership fee is $20 less. 

We are asking the specific questions below so that you will appear in customer searches for CSAs, wholesale farms, farmers' markets, and pick-your-own farms. 

CISA's online guide is searchable by farms that offer CSA's. Fill out details about your CSA below. Details could include pickup dates, times and locations, website links, and descriptions about what your shares include. 

CISA's online guide is searchable by farms that offer pick-your-own. Fill out details about your pick-your-own operation below. Details could include what pick-your-own crops you offer, times when you are open for pick-your-own, and website links. 

If you have more than one farm stand you can get them listed for an additional $50 per listing. If you want one or more eligible non-farm businesses, or if you want your farm listed in multiple sections of the Farm Products Guide, contact Devon Whitney-Deal or call (413) 665-7100 for more information.

Extra marketing materials:
Click here to order Extra POP material.

Extra marketing materials:
As a Silver member, you can receive more Local Hero stickers and price cards for free. Email Devon Whitney-Deal when you need more. Click here to order an extra sign or CISA merchandise.

Garden Centers and Landscape Designers

Please read CISA's 2019 Membership Agreement

Below, for the period of March 18, 2019 - February 29, 2020 please provide a list of at least four farms that you purchase from on a routine basis (either directly or through distributors). This can include farms from Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden counties, MA or from any of the following areas that abut a member’s county including Berkshire County, Windham County VT, Cheshire County NH, Tolland County or Hartford County CT, and the Quabbin Region of Worcester County. Listing at least four farms below is required to be eligible for membership.

CISA reserves the right to contact any of the farms you list in order to verify this information.

We are asking the below question so that you will appear in customer searches for wholesale providers. 

*Since you are signing up before February 15th, you qualify for CISA's early bird discount and this membership fee is $20 less. 

If you own one or more garden center or landscaping business you can list them for an additional $140 per listing. If you have a farm stand you can list it as an additional $50. You can list other businesses you own at a discount as well; contact Devon Whitney-Deal or call (413) 665-7100 for more information.

Extra marketing materials:
Click here to order Extra POP material.

Institutional Registrations

Please read CISA's 2019 Membership Agreement

Below, for the period of March 18, 2019 - February 29, 2020 please provide a list of at least four farms that you purchase from on a routine basis (either directly or through distributors). This can include farms from Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden counties, MA or from any of the following areas that abut a member’s county including Berkshire County, Windham County VT, Cheshire County NH, Tolland County or Hartford County CT, and the Quabbin Region of Worcester County. Listing at least four farms below is required to be eligible for membership.

CISA reserves the right to contact any of the farms you list in order to verify this information.

* If your organization does not calculate Dining Service specific revenue, we will work with you to develop an alternative measure (i.e. meals served).

*Since you are signing up before February 15th, you qualify for CISA's early bird discount and this membership fee is $20 less. 

If you have multiple institutional locations you can get them listed and save $30 per additional listing. If you have a farm stand you can get it listed for an additional $50. Contact Devon Whitney-Deal or call (413) 665-7100 for more information.
Grocers, Specialty Retailers, Distributors

Please read CISA's 2019 Membership Agreement

Below, for the period of March 18, 2019 - February 29, 2020 please provide a list of at least four farms that you purchase from on a routine basis (either directly or through distributors). This can include farms from Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden counties, MA or from any of the following areas that abut a member’s county including Berkshire County, Windham County VT, Cheshire County NH, Tolland County or Hartford County CT, and the Quabbin Region of Worcester County. Listing at least four farms below is required to be eligible for membership.

CISA reserves the right to contact any of the farms you list in order to verify this information.

*Since you are signing up before February 15th, you qualify for CISA's early bird discount and this membership fee is $20 less. 

If you own more than one retail store, you can get multiple stores listed and save $80 per additional listing. If you have a farm stand you can get it listed for an additional $50. You can list other businesses you own at a discount as well. Contact Devon Whitney-Deal or call (413) 665-7100 for more information.
If you own more than one retail store, you can get multiple stores listed and save $80 per additional listing. If you have a farm stand you can get it listed for an additional $50. You can list other businesses you own at a discount as well. Contact Devon Whitney-Deal or call (413) 665-7100 for more information.
Restaurants, Cafes, and Caterers

Please read CISA's 2019 Membership Agreement

Below, for the period of March 18, 2019 - February 29, 2020 please provide a list of at least four farms that you purchase from on a routine basis (either directly or through distributors). This can include farms from Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden counties, MA or from any of the following areas that abut a member’s county including Berkshire County, Windham County VT, Cheshire County NH, Tolland County or Hartford County CT, and the Quabbin Region of Worcester County. Listing at least four farms below is required to be eligible for membership.

CISA reserves the right to contact any of the farms you list in order to verify this information.

*Since you are signing up before February 15th, you qualify for CISA's early bird discount and this membership fee is $20 less. 

If you own more than one restaurant you can get them listed for an additional $140 per listing. If you have a farm stand, you can get it listed for an additional $50. Contact Devon Whitney-Deal for more information.
Specialty Food and Product Producers

Please read CISA's 2019 Membership Agreement

Below, for the period of March 18, 2019 - February 29, 2020 please provide a list of at least four farms that you purchase from on a routine basis (either directly or through distributors). This can include farms from Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden counties, MA or from any of the following areas that abut a member’s county including Berkshire County, Windham County VT, Cheshire County NH, Tolland County or Hartford County CT, and the Quabbin Region of Worcester County. Listing at least four farms below is required to be eligible for membership.

CISA reserves the right to contact any of the farms you list in order to verify this information.

We are asking the specific questions below so that you will appear in customer searches for wholesale providers and farmers' markets.

Please follow the three steps below to determine your membership level. 

1. Determine Tier Eligibility

Tier 1 - Business Eligability:

You should join as a business member if at least 25% of your entire product line consists of products containing 50% or more locally grown ingredients or materials. By "contains 50% or more locally grown ingredients or materials", we mean that your product meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • 50% of the ingredients volume come from local farms
  • 50% of the weight of your ingredients come from local farms
  • or 50% of the value of your ingredients come from local farms

Business members may use the Local Hero logo in general marketing for their business as a whole, in addition to using the logo on any products that meet the 50% criteria.

Tier 2 - Product-Only Eligability:

You should join as a product-only member if you have individual products that contain 50% or more locally grown ingredients or materials, and these products make up less than 25% of your product line. By "contains 50% or more locally grown ingredients or materials", we mean that your product meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • 50% of the ingredients volume come from local farms
  • 50% of the weight of your ingredients come from local farms
  • or 50% of the value of your ingredients come from local farms

Product-only members may use the Local Hero logo on any products that meet the 50% criteria. They may not use the logo in general marketing for their business as a whole.

3. Determine Membership Level

Details on Bronze and Silver Level benefits can be found here.  

*Since you are signing up before February 15th, you qualify for CISA's early bird discount and this membership fee is $20 less. 

You can list other businesses you own at a discount. Contact Devon Whitney-Deal or call (413) 665-7100 for more information.

Discounts

Local Hero Year-End Survey Discount

Get $10 off if you filled out our Local Hero Year-End Survey. If you have yet to complete the survey, you can do so now by clicking the appropriate link: Farmer, Garden Center and Landscape Designer, Institution, Retailer, Restaurant, Specialty Producer.

Correct Code - Your survey discount has been applied.

Get $20 off if you used the Local Hero logo in a paid ad in 2018 by sending a copy of the ad or radio script to Zoey Sloate. Contact Zoey or call (413) 665-7100 ext. 27 if you have any questions related to this reward.

Get $20 off if you recruit a new member (they must join by 3/18/19 and mention your referral).

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