Anyone who has spent some time with me is quite aware of the importance I place on available calcium at a critical piece of growing top quality and top yielding crops. Calcium is key to strong cell wall development and cellular “signalling” (i.e. communication). The historical influence of William Albrecht and the impact calcium:magnesium ratios play in soil flocculation (i.e. better oxygen availability for microbes on tight or heavy soils) has kept my attention tuned into calcium for the better part of the past decade. On soils which have been historically treated with dolomitic limestone the magnesium levels often go beyond adequate. True a bit of extra magnesium will help hold some moisture in the soil on light, sandy soils – but I think the drawbacks of excessive magnesium as it relates to nitrogen utilization are worth keeping in mind.
I have been impacted by the work of the late Carey Reams, a controversial agronomist and “healer” – who labeled calcium the “King of Nutrients”. Reams included an emphasis on calcium(s) in his fertility recommendations – not just a single source/type of calcium – I do know a number of growers who have worked with the Reams targets of available calcium and achieved good results. Read more →
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has submitted a declaration request to FEMA/the President to obtain agency-level declaration for economic injury to see if MEMA may be able to make the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Local program (EIDL) available to Massachusetts businesses.
A minimum number of businesses are needed to meet SBA requirements for a declaration, the Estimated Disaster Worksheet needs to be completed for each affected business. Eligible businesses within a declared disaster area are: small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private nonprofit organizations. The revenue decrease experienced by these businesses should show at least a 40% uninsured loss. Completing a form does not commit a business to applying for a SBA loan in the event the program is activated.
Farms/businesses that may qualify are encouraged to fill out and submit the form back to MEMA as soon as possible, so that the program can be turned on for all businesses in the affected counties.
Completed forms need to be submitted ASAP TO:
Erica J. Heidelberg, Disaster Recovery Unit Supervisor
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
400 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01702
Phone: 508-820-2033 | Fax: 508-820-1404
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tuft University is pleased to accept applications to its Online Graduate Certificate Program in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.
This program, in it’s second year, is ideal for professionals engaged in a variety of food-related businesses and organizations, as well as others interested in implementing sustainable practices for their organizations, partners, and communities. Read more →
Mass in Motion (MiM) New Bedford is looking to hire a new reliable, trustworthy, and friendly team member to work as the New Bedford Farmers Market Assistant. There are three Farmers Market sites in New Bedford, managed by Mass in Motion New Bedford. They are located at Brooklawn Park, Custom House Square (Downtown), and Clasky Common. The markets run Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.
The dates and hours of the market can be found in the “Hours/Pay” section below.
This year the markets are expanding to better serve the people of New Bedford. There will be more farmers/vendors, and the markets will now accept credit/debit cards, and SNAP cards. This new payment system will run on tokens, and will allow more people the ability to access fresh produce, but it requires a Market Assistant to manage the card machine, and SNAP vendors. We are seeking someone committed and enthusiastic about to helping these markets to succeed by managing the daily on-site
activities of the market. Read more →