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!
Increased Carbon Sequestration: Another Reason to Hug a Tree posted on Nov 6
Over the course of more than 20 years, a recent Harvard Study found that with longer growing seasons eastern forests are sequestering more carbon than ever before—as much as 26 million metric tons more. And the Massachusetts forests were already doing a lot to offset our …Continue Reading Increased Carbon Sequestration: Another Reason to Hug a Tree
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: October posted on Oct 29
October’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Steve Golson who photographed Hereford beef cattle at Sorli Farm in Carlisle. Sorli Farm has been operated by three generations of the Sorli family since 1745. The family purchased the land in 1914, so it’s fitting that the …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: October
Wood: The Future (and Past) of Green Infrastructure posted on Sep 30
Wood, one of the oldest building materials in human history, might also be the greenest.