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Animals Can Get Help This Tax Season Posted on Feb 1

Animals Can Get Help This Tax Season

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio There’s nothing that brings a smile to your face like watching a dog sprinting across a field to catch a flying Frisbee. Or glimpsing an adventurous cat prowling the garden for adventure.   …Continue Reading Animals Can Get Help This Tax Season

Beat the cold with piping-hot-roasted locally grown veggies! Posted on Jan 23

Beat the cold with piping-hot-roasted locally grown veggies!

Commissioner Gregory C. Watson Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Watson's Bio Thinking about Massachusetts-grown vegetables usually has folks thinking summer outdoor farmers’ markets and farm stands. But there is in fact an impressive array of fresh root vegetables available throughout the cold   …Continue Reading Beat the cold with piping-hot-roasted locally grown veggies!

Celebrating “Green Friday” Posted on Nov 27

Celebrating “Green Friday”

Commissioner Gregory C. Watson Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Watson's Bio As residents across the Commonwealth contemplated whether to repurpose their Thanksgiving leftovers or partake in the madness of “Black Friday”, I decided to take the obvious best choice and head to   …Continue Reading Celebrating “Green Friday”

Farmers’ Markets – Not Just for Summer Anymore! Posted on Nov 9

Farmers’ Markets – Not Just for Summer Anymore!

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio Thanks to David Webber, DAR staffer, for his contributions to this blog about winter farmers' markets! Enjoy! Traditionally thought of as a summertime activity, shopping at the local farmers’ market is becoming   …Continue Reading Farmers’ Markets – Not Just for Summer Anymore!

To “Happy Valley” for Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins…and Barley. Posted on Oct 30

To “Happy Valley” for Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins…and Barley.

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio Sara Grimaldi & Cheryl Fletcher They don’t call it the “Happy Valley” for nothing! The Pioneer Valley made up of three counties: Franklin, Hampden & Hampshire; collectively feature much of New England's   …Continue Reading To “Happy Valley” for Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins…and Barley.

Weekly Outdoor Events: Explore Fall! Posted on Oct 10

Weekly Outdoor Events: Explore Fall!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald's Bio Nothing’s better than taking a walk on a crisp, fall day surrounded by beautiful scenery. Check out the following programs that get you outside to experience fall. Take part   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: Explore Fall!

Celebrate the Cranberry Harvest! Posted on Oct 3

Celebrate the Cranberry Harvest!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald's Bio Thanks to Illissa Palmer, our intern from Simmons College for her contributions to this blog about Massachusetts cranberries! Enjoy! Did you know that Massachusetts is one of the largest   …Continue Reading Celebrate the Cranberry Harvest!

Massachusetts Apple Picking Season is On! Posted on Sep 27

Massachusetts Apple Picking Season is On!

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio What do Governor Deval Patrick, Sarah (pictured in the blue shorts) and little Aaliyah have in common? All love locally grown Massachusetts apples! This year’s apple crop yield is a good one    …Continue Reading Massachusetts Apple Picking Season is On!

Weekly Outdoor Events: Celebrate the Beginning of Fall! Posted on Sep 24

Weekly Outdoor Events: Celebrate the Beginning of Fall!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald's Bio With fall underway, the Department of Conservation and Recreation is hosting three events this week to celebrate the season that signals the start of cooling temperatures, changing leaves, pumpkin   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: Celebrate the Beginning of Fall!

Celebrate Massachusetts Agriculture Fairs Posted on Sep 15

Celebrate Massachusetts Agriculture Fairs

Commissioner Gregory C. Watson Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Watson's Bio For 49 years, the Oakham Youth Agricultural Fair has been a place where girls, boys, young men and women come to show the animals, veggies and plants they’ve lovingly grown.  Eva   …Continue Reading Celebrate Massachusetts Agriculture Fairs