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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

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

Park Profiles: Meagan Pelletier, Camp STAR Angelina, Springfield Posted on Mar 18

Park Profiles: Meagan Pelletier, Camp STAR Angelina, Springfield

This is the first in a series of blog posts on the investments the Patrick Administration has made in parks, outdoor recreation and the people our parks programs affect.  Governor Patrick likes to say that “policy only matters at the point that it touches people.”    …Continue Reading Park Profiles: Meagan Pelletier, Camp STAR Angelina, Springfield

MA Maple Weekend March 22 – 23: A perfect time to visit maple sugarhouses Posted on Mar 4

MA Maple Weekend March 22 – 23:  A perfect time to visit maple sugarhouses

Having visions of steam wafting from a warm, cozy sugarhouse? Anticipating the delicious taste of maple syrup? Then get excited, because March is Maple Month and all of your maple-centered madness will culminate at the first ever MA Maple Weekend on March 22 and 23.   …Continue Reading MA Maple Weekend March 22 – 23: A perfect time to visit maple sugarhouses

The MassDEP Experience: Helping Businesses Become Environmentally Friendly Posted on Feb 11

The IRS. The Principal’s office. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). They aren’t always embraced with open arms by taxpayers, students or business owners. Such was the case for David Amanti, CEO of Advance Manufacturing Co. Inc., in Westfield, Mass. “No one ever wants   …Continue Reading The MassDEP Experience: Helping Businesses Become Environmentally Friendly

Happy (Day After) Groundhog Day! Posted on Feb 3

Happy (Day After) Groundhog Day!

Cold weather inspiring you to hibernate? Ready for spring to come soon, preferably tomorrow? If you believe in superstition, Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog from the town of Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania, has seen his shadow and revealed that we’re getting six more week of winter. But   …Continue Reading Happy (Day After) Groundhog Day!

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January Posted on Jan 31

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January

Each month, we will post the 2014 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar’s photo of the month. Featuring photos of Bay State farming, the calendar is available for purchase. All photos were taken by amateur photographers who won the annual Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest. Proceeds from the   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January