Each month, we will post 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.
January’s contest winner was Susie Mulliken, who photographed Imbier-Monson farm in Braintree during a blizzard as hay bales and equipment quickly turned white with snowflakes.
When the weather warms and the cows are out of the barn, the Imbier-Monson farm is dotted with Brown Swiss dairy cows. No, these are not the cows that help make Swiss cheese. Farmer Neil Monson grew up with the breed and knows them best, appreciating that Brown Swiss generally live longer than your average dairy cow. The cows produce a Brown Swiss milk with high butterfat and protein. These qualities offer a significant price premium that remains steady in all market conditions. The Imbier-Monson farm is also a contributor to the Cabot Cheese Creamery of Vermont.
Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers! posted on Jul 30
I always thought wasps were the bad guys growing up. But smokey-winged beetle bandit wasps (Cerceris fumipennis) are actually the good guys – used to kill off an invasive species. This specific type of wasp (that does not sting) catches Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a …Continue Reading Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers!
A Whale of a License Plate posted on Jul 28
Wish your license plate was more identifiable? Want to save whales? Well, there is a way to achieve both of these at once. Perhaps the old saying about hitting two birds with one stone should be “do two cool things with one easy payment to the …Continue Reading A Whale of a License Plate
Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster posted on Jul 23
Everything that you have been told about lobsters is a lie. Okay, maybe not everything. But despite the popularity of the lobster industry (and it’s a very popular industry—bringing in over $53 million dollars in Massachusetts alone), many popular beliefs about the lobster’s existence are …Continue Reading Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster