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Anna Waclawiczek

Anna Waclawiczek

Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR)

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There are nearly 7,500 Massachusetts farms busy tilling, sowing, feeding, and caring for the fresh, local food soon available at the over 200 soon-to-open farmers’ markets and farm stands across the state. With the growing season gearing up, maybe you’d like to try your hand at some activities sure to whet your appetite as well as your horticultural interests!

Nibbling on Natives in your Backyard and Beyond in Framingham tonight, April 8th might be your first stop. Learn about the many native species that are edible such as the delicious Juneberry – a cross between cherries and almonds. You’ll also learn which edible wild plants are suitable for enhancing your home landscape, seasons of availability, and preparation methods.

On Saturday, April 17th, from 1-5 pm, the Waltham Fields Community Farm is offering a ‘Spring Into Gardening: Festival and Seedling Sale with afternoon activities and presentations that will inspire and inform your own gardening efforts this season!

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