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.
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February posted on Feb 25
February’s contest winner was Amanda Bettle, who photographed sheep at The Natural Resources Trust of Easton. This photo features Dog, a former 4-H show animal and sole male sheep among the nine ewes in the Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT) flock. It is the mission …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January posted on Jan 26
January’s contest winner was Renee Finnegan, who photographed a pensive Highland cow at Oak Meadows Farm & Garden in Rutland. Glenn and Mary Kauppila have been farming 100 acres of land in Rutland for approximately 15 years. With the help of their three adult children, they …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January
Visit Winter Farmers’ Markets for Holiday Gifts posted on Dec 5
While performers serenade shoppers with upbeat or easy-listening music, farmers and food producers sell a wide variety of local food throughout the winter at over 40 winter farmers’ markets this season. Those who have not yet visited a winter market might be surprised by …Continue Reading Visit Winter Farmers’ Markets for Holiday Gifts