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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

May is Wetlands Month Posted on May 23

May is Wetlands Month

“For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life   …Continue Reading May is Wetlands Month

Emergency Dam Removal Restores Section of Cold Brook in Harwich Posted on May 19

Emergency Dam Removal Restores Section of Cold Brook in Harwich

On Wednesday, March 5th, Franz Ingelfinger, a restoration ecologist with the Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), led a group site visit to the Carding Mill Dam on Cold Brook within the Bank Street Bogs Nature Preserve in Harwich.  The group, including a consulting engineer and   …Continue Reading Emergency Dam Removal Restores Section of Cold Brook in Harwich

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

EEA Celebrates Earth Day with Twitter Town Hall Posted on Apr 25

EEA Celebrates Earth Day with Twitter Town Hall

This past Earth Day, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan hosted the first ever Secretariat-led Twitter Town Hall in Massachusetts history. We put together a team of experts from across the EEA family and were blown away by the variety and depth of   …Continue Reading EEA Celebrates Earth Day with Twitter Town Hall

EEA to host first Twitter Town Hall on Earth Day Posted on Apr 14

EEA to host first Twitter Town Hall on Earth Day

  Hello, I’m Rick Sullivan, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and this coming Earth Day, I invite you to talk with the EEA team and me directly about everything energy and environment-related that the Patrick Administration has accomplished. EEA will host its first   …Continue Reading EEA to host first Twitter Town Hall on Earth Day

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: 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