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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!

Weekly Outdoor Events – March 25-31: Easter Weekend Fun! Posted on Mar 25

Weekly Outdoor Events – March 25-31: Easter Weekend Fun!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald's Bio   On Saturday, March 30, head over to the Blue Hills Reservation at 1:00 p.m. for Project Bluebird! Build and “adopt” a Blue Bird box for our feathered friends   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events – March 25-31: Easter Weekend Fun!

Weekend Outdoor Events – March 1-3: Maple Sugar Days and More! Posted on Feb 27

Weekend Outdoor Events – March 1-3: Maple Sugar Days and More!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald’s Bio It’s Maple Sugar Days at the Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park this weekend! On Saturday & Sunday, March 2 and 3, 11:00am – 2:00pm, park staff and   …Continue Reading Weekend Outdoor Events – March 1-3: Maple Sugar Days and More!

Visit Your Local Winter Farmers’ Market for Taste, Convenience and Community! Posted on Feb 13

Visit Your Local Winter Farmers’ Market for Taste, Convenience and Community!

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio Editorial Contribution by Division of Agricultural Markets Staff Julia Grimaldi and Bonita Oehlke I don’t know about you, but the fact that there are now so many opportunities to savor the bounty   …Continue Reading Visit Your Local Winter Farmers’ Market for Taste, Convenience and Community!

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”