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Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers! Posted on Jul 30

Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers!

I always thought wasps were the bad guys growing up. But smokey-winged beetle bandit wasps (Cerceris fumipennis) are actually the good guys – used to kill off an invasive species. This specific type of wasp (that does not sting) catches Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a   …Continue Reading Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers!

Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster Posted on Jul 23

Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster

Everything that you have been told about lobsters is a lie. Okay, maybe not everything. But despite the popularity of the lobster industry (and it’s a very popular industry—bringing in over $53 million dollars in Massachusetts alone), many popular beliefs about the lobster’s existence are   …Continue Reading Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster

Park Profiles: Groundwork Lawrence Posted on Jul 15

Park Profiles: Groundwork Lawrence

In late April, Governor Deval Patrick and former Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan joined Mayor Dan Rivera and Senator Barry Finegold to make an exciting announcement.  Governor Patrick announced a $2.75 million investment in Lawrence’s Ferrous Site to acquire a three acre   …Continue Reading Park Profiles: Groundwork Lawrence

2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July Posted on Jul 1

2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July

July’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Tamara Buckley-Leclerc, who photographed pickled green beans or dilly beans at  Carraig Farm in Ashby. Tamara says that dilly beans, seen in the July photo, are one of her husband’s favorites. She takes advantage of canning and freezing   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: June Posted on Jun 12

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: June

June’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Liz West, who photographed two adorable dairy cows; a Guernsey and a Jersey at Stanley Farm in Boxborough. June is National Dairy Month, a time to celebrate and enjoy dairy products when milk production typically is at its   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: June

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

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 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