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Give Local This Holiday Season Posted on Dec 23

Give Local This Holiday Season

Stumped for last-minute holidays gifts? Not ready to cave into convenience store knick-knacks? Looking for a touch of local pride wrapped beneath the holiday tree? Lucky for you, Massachusetts agriculture has several options for those looking to delight friends, family and coworkers. We’re encouraging everyone   …Continue Reading Give Local This Holiday Season

Don’t Deck The Halls With Invasive Species! Posted on Dec 10

Don’t Deck The Halls With Invasive Species!

Our friends at Mass Wildlife and the Department of Agricultural Resources are educating people about invasive plants in their November issue of MassWildlife News, so we thought we would help them spread news, not species (especially invasive ones)! With the approaching holiday season, decorations all   …Continue Reading Don’t Deck The Halls With Invasive Species!

A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie Posted on Nov 18

A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie

“Many wild edibles can be found as close as your back yard, the vacant lot down the street, the edge of the school ball field or along a bike path.” Wise words on unexpected foodstuffs from Russ Cohen, a rivers advocate for the Massachusetts Department   …Continue Reading A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie

Food Day: A Nationwide Celebration Posted on Oct 23

Food Day: A Nationwide Celebration

Ever heard of Food Day? Soon to mark its third year on October 24, Food Day is the nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. The Food Day movement calls attention to consuming nurturing, “real” food for the benefit of farmers, animals, the environment,   …Continue Reading Food Day: A Nationwide Celebration

Eat and Learn Boston Local Food Festival Posted on Oct 3

Eat and Learn Boston Local Food Festival

Attention! The 4th Annual Boston Local Food Festival is set to take place this upcoming Sunday, October 6th from 11am-5pm. This is a free outdoor festival showcasing local farmers, restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers and other organizations focusing on healthy food. Our recent posts   …Continue Reading Eat and Learn Boston Local Food Festival

If There’s A Market, There’s A Way Posted on Sep 26

If There’s A Market, There’s A Way

Every season a market that’s pleasin’ is within a distance of reason. The markets of farmers are sure to always be charmers. Offering fresh and local produce; don’t be a silly goose by venturing to the grocery store when there are community-based vendors to explore!   …Continue Reading If There’s A Market, There’s A Way

The Big E: The Heart of Massachusetts Farms Posted on Sep 19

The Big E: The Heart of Massachusetts Farms

Nothing says Massachusetts agriculture, community and history like the Big E. The annual state fair in West Springfield is now in full swing and is scheduled to run until September 29th. The Big E is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard, including exhibits   …Continue Reading The Big E: The Heart of Massachusetts Farms

August is Tree Check Month Posted on Aug 13

August is Tree Check Month

Have you checked your trees for signs of invasive forest pests? Insects like the Asian Longhorned Beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer are a threat to trees across Massachusetts. This month, we’re asking everyone to take just 10 minutes to check the trees in their   …Continue Reading August is Tree Check Month

Weekend Outdoor Events: April 19-21 Posted on Apr 18

Weekend Outdoor Events: April 19-21

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald's Bio On Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., head over to the Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth for a day of gardening workshops and demonstrations. Spend Saturday brushing   …Continue Reading Weekend Outdoor Events: April 19-21

Another Massachusetts Farm Joins the Century Club: Davenport Maple Farm Turns 100! Posted on Apr 3

Another Massachusetts Farm Joins the Century Club: Davenport Maple Farm Turns 100!

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio Founded in 1913, Davenport Maple Farm joins the celebrated ranks of Massachusetts farms that have been in the same family for 100 years or more and which are still being farmed. Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Another Massachusetts Farm Joins the Century Club: Davenport Maple Farm Turns 100!