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Sorli's Farm in Carlisle, MA. Photo by Steve Golson.

Sorli’s Farm in Carlisle, MA. Photo by Steve Golson.

October’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Steve Golson who photographed Hereford beef cattle at Sorli Farm in Carlisle.

Sorli Farm has been operated by three generations of the Sorli family since 1745. The family purchased the land in 1914, so it’s fitting that the photo is in the 2014 calendar for their 100th anniversary!

First, the Sorli’s grew produce that they transported into Boston, along with dairy. The second generation of the family continued selling produce at their roadside stand, but mostly raised poultry along with a small herd of Angus beef cattle. Today, the third generation’s Larry Sorli raises only Hereford beef cattle and grows hay. He manages 75 acres of land, farming 30 acres of hay field and pasture for his cattle.

Larry enjoys raising Hereford beef cattle because they are aesthetically pleasing and tend to have a milder disposition than the Angus cattle that he had raised with his father. The cattle are fed mostly grass, hay and some grain. Though typically not deterred by the cold weather, the cows have access to a loafing barn for shelter.  Larry enjoys farming in Carlisle, the community is receptive and supportive of the farm’s role in land preservation and local food production.

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 ContestProceeds 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.

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DAR Program Coordinator

With a background in the culinary arts, nutrition education and program development, Julia joined The Department of Agricultural Resources Division of Agricultural Markets in 2008 to help spread the word about Massachusetts’ incredible agricultural and culinary opportunities. She also coordinates several grant and marketing programs available to a diversified group of growers and agricultural associations across the Commonwealth. A Boston University graduate, she can be found in her spare time sourcing out the best local products for her next culinary creation or volunteering in the community.

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