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2014 Envirothon: Engaging Youth On the Environment Posted on Jun 5

On Thursday, May 15, 250 high school students from over 30 Massachusetts communities from Boston to the Berkshires participated in the 27th annual Massachusetts Envirothon, hosted at Sholan Farms in Leominster. As part of this annual outdoor field competition, the Bay State teens focused on sustainable   …Continue Reading 2014 Envirothon: Engaging Youth On the Environment

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: May Posted on May 12

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: May

May’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Shirley Burdick, who photographed a bumblebee visiting a dahlia in Massachusetts. May is an important month here in Massachusetts. Not only do we welcome the warmer, sunnier days that spring has to offer, we also begin to plant   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: May

Massachusetts Craft Beer: Supporting Farmers and Tourism Posted on May 8

The days are getting longer and spring is here, making it a perfect time to shrug off winter and enjoy all that Massachusetts has to offer, including the more than 60 craft breweries across the state. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) teamed up   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Craft Beer: Supporting Farmers and Tourism

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: April Posted on Apr 28

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: April

April’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Liz West, who photographed apple blossoms at Carlson’s Orchard in Harvard. Carlson Orchards in Harvard, Massachusetts was founded in 1936 by Walter and Eleanor Carlson. In the thirties and forties, they made their living from a diversified farm   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: April

Massachusetts Agriculture Day Posted on Apr 4

Massachusetts Agriculture Day

  On Wednesday, March 26th, agriculture once again took center stage at the State House in Boston. Agriculture Day, also known as “Ag Day,” is the one day a year where farmers come together to focus legislative attention on agriculture.  The day is organized by   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Agriculture Day

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March Posted on Mar 24

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March

March’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Peg Mallett, who photographed customers purchasing Massachusetts maple syrup at The Wayland Winter Farmers’ Market at Russell’s Garden Center from Dale Wentworth of The Warren Farm & Sugarhouse in North Brookfield. Once a photojournalist, Peg began working at   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March

MA Maple Weekend March 22 – 23: A perfect time to visit maple sugarhouses Posted on Mar 4

MA Maple Weekend March 22 – 23:  A perfect time to visit maple sugarhouses

Having visions of steam wafting from a warm, cozy sugarhouse? Anticipating the delicious taste of maple syrup? Then get excited, because March is Maple Month and all of your maple-centered madness will culminate at the first ever MA Maple Weekend on March 22 and 23.   …Continue Reading MA Maple Weekend March 22 – 23: A perfect time to visit maple sugarhouses

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February Posted on Feb 25

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February

February’s contest winner was Tamara Buckley-Leclerc, who photographed her llamas, goats and horse from Carraig Farm in Ashby. Tamara Buckley-Leclerc is a champion of land stewardship and sustainable agriculture. For approximately 15 years, along with her husband Scott and their three children, she has managed 130   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February

Butternut Stew with Pork and Spinach Posted on Feb 21

Butternut Stew with Pork and Spinach

This warm and comforting dish is perfect to come home to on a cold night. While this dish looks quite traditional at first glace, it’s got just the right amount of smoky heat from the chili and paprika. Butternut squash is a nutrient dense source   …Continue Reading Butternut Stew with Pork and Spinach

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January Posted on Jan 31

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January

Each month, we will post the 2014 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar’s photo of the month. Featuring photos of Bay State farming, the calendar is available for purchase. All photos were taken by amateur photographers who won the annual Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest. Proceeds from the   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January