Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR)
A whiff of warm syrup drizzling over hot buttery pancakes is pretty much a sure thing to ruin most anyone’s resolve on dietary New Year’s Resolutions. If you’re going to give in, what better way than to savor locally made syrup from your own maple sugar tree? All you need is a sugar maple or two in your backyard.
The Drumlin Farm Nature Center will be hosting a course on Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 1 to 4 p.m. that will teach you tree identification, equipment requirements, tapping techniques, weather considerations, cooking methods, and proper storing. Click here for more information on the Drumlin Farm course.
This course costs $25 for members and $35 for non-members and is open to adults and teens 16 years or older, and children age 12 or older with an adult. Registration is required, as is warm clothing (it’s February after all!). For more information, contact Drumlin Farm at email@example.com.
For Massachusetts farmers, the first tapping of maple sugar trees (usually the beginning of March) heralds in the first agricultural harvest of the New Year. Massachusetts is home to plenty of maple sugar tree growers. Did you know that Massachusetts maple producers tap 50,000 gallons of maple syrup annually, valued at $3 million dollars?
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.