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Alice Maggio is the Local Currency Program Director at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, where she is engaged in further developing the Berkshire Region’s own local currency, BerkShares. She has also become a national and international advocate for nonprofit, place-based currencies. She has been interviewed on the subject of local currencies by the PBS NewsHour, Al Jazeera America, among others. In 2013 she presented at the Left Forum and at the New Economy Coalition’s ReRoute conference, as well as at the Second International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems in the Hague. Alice Maggio grew up in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and graduated from Mount Everett Regional High School in Sheffield. In 2010 she completed her B.A. in Sociology and French Studies at Wesleyan University. After college she went on to bake pies in Brooklyn, teach English in the Alps, and cook Basque food in Manhattan before coming home to work to the Berkshires in 2012.

Articles by Alice Maggio

BerkShares Business of the Month: Yummy Treasures

Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 - Connection to community is an important theme for the Carpenters, and so they made sure to include big wooden tables in their shop so that customers can come in to work on projects or simply hang out.

BerkShares Business of the Month: Indian Line Farm

Saturday, 18 Feb 2017 - “Community Supported Agriculture is a relationship between farmers and consumers. It is sharing the risk and also sharing the bounty... the term was literally coined in my dining room in 1986.” -- Elizabeth Keen, owner of Indian Line Farm in South Egremont, Massachusetts

BerkShares Entry to Entrepreneurship kicks off 3rd year

Saturday, 14 Jan 2017 - Along with a strong backbone of business education Entry to Entrepreneurship has a sharp focus on the local economy, asking students to imagine and write about businesses that fill “import replacement” opportunities in the Berkshires.

BerkShares names 5 new board members

Friday, 25 Nov 2016 - BerkShares help to build regional identity, raise awareness about the importance of local ownership, and empower community-based economic decision-making.

BerkShares Business of the Month: Big Elm Brewing

Sunday, 26 Jun 2016 - Big Elm’s line includes their chamomile-infused 413 Belgian Saison, their “boss” IPA, the Gerry Dog Stout, and their summery American Lager, along with seasonal specials.

BerkShares Businesss of the Month: Teamflys

Monday, 18 Apr 2016 - Teamflys operates their flight school during the “dairy bar season,” offering an April-to-October course that includes everything required to get your pilot’s license.

BerkShares Business of the Month: Hosta Hill

Friday, 16 Oct 2015 - Maddie Elling and Abe Hunrichs of Hosta Hill were intrigued with recipes from Sandor Katz’s "Wild Fermentation," and excited by the opportunity to dig up ancient traditions and experiment with them in the 21st century.

BerkShares Business of the Month: CaféADAM

Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 - “When you look at the big picture in the world — between politics and war and where money is going – it’s a privilege and it’s liberating to have our own currency. It’s an action when you use BerkShares. It’s an instant way to not feel helpless; to do something that makes a difference. It’s like voting.” -- Adam Zieminski, owner of Café Adam

BerkShares business of the month: Berkshire Museum

Sunday, 21 Jun 2015 - "Economic gardening really starts in your backyard, and we really like the way that BerkShares create a virtuous circle, in which we can recirculate money in our local economy." -- Van Shields, executive director of the Berkshire Museum

Bagels mean BerkShares in Great Barrington

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 - Some customers are so dedicated, in fact, that they come up from New York for the weekend and buy bagels before heading back to the city. “We are actually the exporter of a Berkshire product — New York-style bagels!” -- Bob Climo, owner of Great Barrington Bagel Company

BerkShares Business of the Month: The Chef’s Shop

Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 - “In many places, things are getting homogenized, which is a real loss for our economy and our culture. I see the Berkshires as one of the final bastions of independent, unique entrepreneurs. What really makes our entire economy go is local people supporting each other.” -- Rob Navarino, owner of The Chef's Shop in Great Barrington

BerkShares Business of the Month: Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge

Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 - “We’re interested in supporting the local economy because it supports us so much. So we accept BerkShares, giving people an opportunity to keep their money local, and then that incentivizes us to find local purveyors so that we can keep the circulation going.” -- Casey Rothstein Fitzpatrick, managing partner of the Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge

BerkShares Business of the Month: Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe

Saturday, 17 Jan 2015 - Doughnuts hold an important place in the American psyche. One Depression-era slogan advised, “As you go through life make this your goal: Watch the doughnut, not the hole.” Thanks to John and Debbie Scalia for stepping in to fill the doughnut hole in our local economy.

BerkShares names new slate of directors

Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 - “If we continue on this path of — dare I say it — food self-sufficiency, we could feed the whole county using 500 acres or fewer. BerkShares is a currency that actually reflects an understanding that we can do things for ourselves.” -- Ted Dobson, Equinox Farm in Sheffield

BerkShares Business of the Month: The Red Lion Inn

Monday, 1 Dec 2014 - "Our business is inextricably linked not only with the cultural institutions that make the Berkshires such a rich place to live, but also to the economic development of the area and the well-being of the people that work for us." -- Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality Group