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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

Upside-Down Maple Pear Pancake Posted on Mar 14

Upside-Down Maple Pear Pancake

Maple syrup is not just for putting on your pancakes! With Maple Month officially here, enjoy this delicious recipe featuring one of nature’s finest sweeteners.  This recipe is courtesy of Chef Carolyn from Carolyn’s Farm Kitchen, one of the chef instructors who has joined Appleton   …Continue Reading Upside-Down Maple Pear Pancake

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

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

My Time at EEA Posted on Jan 6

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is quite the mouthful to say every time someone asked where I would be interning for the fall semester of 2013. I could have said ‘EEA,’ but I would have ended up having to explain what   …Continue Reading My Time at EEA

Winter is Coming: DCR Ice Rinks Open Nov. 27! Posted on Nov 25

Winter is Coming: DCR Ice Rinks Open Nov. 27!

The signs that winter is approaching are here: colder temperatures, shorter days and public skating! That’s right – public skating begins at Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) rinks on Wednesday, November 27th. DCR owns 42 rinks across the Commonwealth and this year, many DCR   …Continue Reading Winter is Coming: DCR Ice Rinks Open Nov. 27!

A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie Posted on Nov 18

A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie

“Many wild edibles can be found as close as your back yard, the vacant lot down the street, the edge of the school ball field or along a bike path.” Wise words on unexpected foodstuffs from Russ Cohen, a rivers advocate for the Massachusetts Department   …Continue Reading A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie

The Scoop on Stink Bugs and Other Home Invaders Posted on Nov 4

The Scoop on Stink Bugs and Other Home Invaders

It’s that time of year again: temperatures outside are dropping, and to some insects, this is an open invitation to enter your home and hunker down for the winter. Here are three you may likely see around Massachusetts this fall:  1)    Western Conifer Seed Bug   …Continue Reading The Scoop on Stink Bugs and Other Home Invaders

COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time Posted on Sep 30

COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time

Since 1987, thousands of volunteers have scoured the shores of Massachusetts through COASTSWEEP, the statewide beach cleanup organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). These dedicated volunteers collect and document “marine debris,” the technical term for trash and other discarded items that   …Continue Reading COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time