June is National Dairy Month, a time to celebrate and enjoy dairy products when milk production typically is at its peak. In June, and indeed all year long, we want to raise our milk glasses and toast Massachusetts dairy farmers, their cows and the hard work they do every day to produce local, wholesome milk. Dairy farming has been a part of Massachusetts agriculture ever since the early settlers brought cows to Plymouth in 1624.
Dairy farming is essential to the vitality and diversity of Massachusetts agriculture and is part of our cultural tradition. Dairy farming maintains 113,600 acres of open space and land preservation which enhances a beautiful working landscape available for recreation, wildlife habitats and scenery; and dairy farming circulates approximately $40 million to a local economy. Dairy farmers and their cows work hard every day to produce roughly 246 million pounds of fresh, nutritious, wholesome milk which is used to make delicious products like cheese, yogurt, ice-cream, and butter. Many Massachusetts dairy farms utilize innovative “green” farming practices and support energy efficiencies on their farms. Visit a dairy farm today!
Each month, we are posting 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 $10 calendars benefit Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, a non-profit organization that works with teachers to develop classroom materials. The calendar features a winning photograph each month, as well as interesting facts about local agriculture.
The Turtles are Coming posted on Aug 29
With a migration pattern that stretches thousands of miles, it is no surprise that Massachusetts is home to four types of turtles during the summer, all of them protected by local and international law. And while you probably know that sea turtles often frequent the Massachusetts beaches, can you identify them?
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August posted on Aug 25
Augusts’ Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Cara Peterson, who photographed a high tunnel greenhouse at Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster.
Not From Around Here: Green Crabs posted on Aug 22
As part of its work to assess salt marsh health, staff from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have frequently observed abundant green crabs, often burrowing in the banks of marsh creeks. This summer, CZM is examining the potential impacts of green crabs in salt marsh habitats, including the impact of burrowing activity.