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.
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September posted on Sep 12
September’s photo contest winner was Gary Kamen, who photographed Mount Warner Vineyard in Hadley. Mount Warner Vineyards is a farm-winery located in Hadley, a small town in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Operated by Gary and Bobbie Kamen, their philosophy is to recognize the unique characteristics of …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September
Calling All Shuckers! posted on Sep 3
Do you know where the oysters you ate at the raw bar last night were grown? Do you know how oysters are grown? Oysters naturally inhabited the eastern coast dating back to the 1700s, but due to over-harvesting, disease, and habitat loss, wild oysters have …Continue Reading Calling All Shuckers!
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?