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Cotuit Oyster Company – Environmental Stewardship for Aquaculture Posted on Oct 22

Cotuit Oyster Company – Environmental Stewardship for Aquaculture

Gerry Palano Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry's Complete Bio As fall marches on, our summer vacations seem already like distant memories. On the moments we think back, we may remember that trip to Cape Cod and the great seafood for which   …Continue Reading Cotuit Oyster Company – Environmental Stewardship for Aquaculture

Solar PV Comes to “Fruit-ition” at Carlson Orchards Posted on Oct 1

Solar PV Comes to “Fruit-ition” at Carlson Orchards

Gerry Palano Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry's Complete Bio Anyone who thinks Friday the 13th is an unlucky day should have attended Carlson Orchards’ ribbon-cutting “solar-bration” on August 13, when the Harvard farm’s 220 kW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system was   …Continue Reading Solar PV Comes to “Fruit-ition” at Carlson Orchards

America’s Oldest Working Farm Goes “Back to the Future” With 21st Century Clean Energy Technologies! Posted on Aug 6

America’s Oldest Working Farm Goes “Back to the Future” With 21st Century Clean Energy Technologies!

Gerry Palano Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry’s Complete Bio Agricultural Trivia Question of the Day: What and where is the oldest continuously working farm in America – since the beginning of the Colonial Period? Answer: Appleton Farms in Hamilton/Ipswich – presently   …Continue Reading America’s Oldest Working Farm Goes “Back to the Future” With 21st Century Clean Energy Technologies!

At Mayval Farm, everything’s up to date Posted on Jul 31

At Mayval Farm, everything’s up to date

Gerry Palano Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry's Complete Bio It doesn’t take long to feel the heritage at Mayval Farm in Westhampton, the last operating dairy farm in that town. With a history rich in farming tradition that goes back to 1778   …Continue Reading At Mayval Farm, everything’s up to date

Cider Hill Farm: Agricultural Clean Energy Pioneers Approach Zero Net Energy Use Posted on Jul 15

Cider Hill Farm: Agricultural Clean Energy Pioneers Approach Zero Net Energy Use

Gerry Palano Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry's Complete Bio When Karen and Glenn Cook, owners of Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, attended a 2005 workshop on “Small Wind for Farms,” little did they know that here a journey would begin towards   …Continue Reading Cider Hill Farm: Agricultural Clean Energy Pioneers Approach Zero Net Energy Use

No Water, No Food – Caps Off to Smith College’s Solar Irrigation Solution! Posted on Jun 1

No Water, No Food – Caps Off to Smith College’s Solar Irrigation Solution!

Gerry Palano Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry's Complete Bio So, I found in my mail a brochure for the 7th annual Design Celebration of Smith College’s Engineering Design Clinic – and what a showcase it advertised to be! Design of a   …Continue Reading No Water, No Food – Caps Off to Smith College’s Solar Irrigation Solution!

What Makes the Crops Grow and Powers the Farm? Posted on May 20

What Makes the Crops Grow and Powers the Farm?

Scott J. Soares Commissioner, Department of Agricultural Resources View Scott's Complete Bio Full sun and a strong breeze made for the perfect spring morning for Indian Line Farm - a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in Egremont - to display, celebrate and give thanks to all who   …Continue Reading What Makes the Crops Grow and Powers the Farm?

Ag-Energy Grants Info Sessions Coming Up Posted on May 11

Ag-Energy Grants Info Sessions Coming Up

Gerard Kennedy Director of Agricultural Technical Assistance, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerard's Complete Bio It is pretty remarkable how much interest the agricultural sector has in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. When we first launched our Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program back in 1999,   …Continue Reading Ag-Energy Grants Info Sessions Coming Up

Energy Efficiency and Maple Sugaring Posted on May 6

Energy Efficiency and Maple Sugaring

Gerry Palano Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry's Complete Bio Shortly before this year’s shortened maple sugaring season ended, I was fortunate to not only visit a local producer, but also able to “assist” in an afternoon of maple syrup production. My   …Continue Reading Energy Efficiency and Maple Sugaring

MET tower rising Posted on Apr 27

MET tower rising

Gerard Kennedy Director of Agricultural Technical Assistance, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerard’s Complete Bio Beyond the sandy shoreline of Lucy Vincent Beach on Martha’s Vineyard lies Allen Farm, one of the island’s oldest working farms (1762). Today it is one of a growing number   …Continue Reading MET tower rising