DAR’s Bonita Oehlke suggests buying local plants and flowers make for great holiday gifts and support local businesses!
From old-time favorites to new colorful varieties, flowering plants and greens can be found at nurseries and farm stands throughout the Commonwealth. Boxwood roping, pre-planted paperwhites and hyacinths, poinsettias and cyclamen plants are among the multitude of choices.
Or how about a gift of landscape design, offered by many garden centers? Buying locally grown plants and ornamental decorations has never been easier using our Mass Grown & Fresher agri-Google Map. You and your family can enjoy a wonderful and fragrant weekend hanging local greens on doors, window sills, and front yard fences.
This holiday season coincides with the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association’s (MNLA) 100 year anniversary. DAR’s longstanding partnership with MNLA has been instrumental in the fight against Asian Longhorn beetles, invasive plants and diseases, as well as maintaining environmentally sustainable industry standards. Congratulations MNLA and Go Local for the Holidays!
Park Profiles: Groundwork Lawrence posted on Jul 15
In late April, Governor Deval Patrick and former Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan joined Mayor Dan Rivera and Senator Barry Finegold to make an exciting announcement. Governor Patrick announced a $2.75 million investment in Lawrence’s Ferrous Site to acquire a three acre …Continue Reading Park Profiles: Groundwork Lawrence
2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July posted on Jul 1
July’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Tamara Buckley-Leclerc, who photographed pickled green beans or dilly beans at Carraig Farm in Ashby. Tamara says that dilly beans, seen in the July photo, are one of her husband’s favorites. She takes advantage of canning and freezing …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July
Asparagus: A Massachusetts Tradition posted on Jun 18
Asparagus is one of the first spring crops we harvest here in Massachusetts. It found its way to Massachusetts in the late 1700’s by way of colonist from the Netherlands who settled in West Brookfield. In the late 19th century Concord began its agricultural focus …Continue Reading Asparagus: A Massachusetts Tradition