The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has been working with its sister agencies and federal partners on establishing an emergency response plan for the introduction of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Since mid-December 2014, there have been several ongoing HPAI incidents along the Pacific, Central and Mississippi Flyways. Due to the mixing of birds from different flyways up through Canada, it is likely that exposed birds will be found in the Atlantic Flyway during the current southern migration. This strain of the HPAI virus devastated the domestic poultry population in 21 Midwestern and Western states over the past year. It has not been found to affect humans. Ongoing, routine testing of wild birds and domestic poultry is being conducted and to date no HPAI has been found within Massachusetts. MDAR is seeking to educate poultry owners about the risk this virus poses to their birds in hopes that owners will take every precaution to prevent their flocks from being exposed. Additionally, the MDAR wants poultry owners to understand what will happen if their flock becomes infected.
HPAI is a deadly disease for poultry. It can infect all types of chickens, turkeys and many other kinds of birds. HPAI can strike suddenly and spread fast. Infected poultry may die within hours of becoming infected. The virus can be spread by contact with infected birds or contaminated materials. Read more →
Spend your spring at the newly acquired orchard in the support of the hunger relief network in Worcester County! Work with a “growing” organization as they continue to improve operations and increase output. Learn the basics of the operation of a large scale sustainable orchard and volunteer organizing while you spend your spring outdoors working with a diverse group of staff and volunteers. Be part of the solution to hunger in Worcester County while exploring your future.
The Spring Orchard Interns will participate fully in all aspects of operating a non-profit volunteer farming organization at this Harvard orchard. This is a 30 acre orchard of app. 2,000 trees with plans for adding high density growth. They will have direct hands on engagement in orchard operations, opportunities to participate in special projects and to assist in developing new programs/systems/ideas in order to continue CHP’s future growth.
Tasks include but not limited to: Read more →
Bristol Community College has partnered with the Greater Boston Food Bank to bring a mobile market to the Fall River campus. The BCC Mobile Market provides a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy items on a monthly basis to BCC students and community members in need of assistance.
The date for the next BCC Mobile Market is Friday, October 9th. Please note, priority will be given to BCC students with valid student ID. There will be separate lines (BCC/non BCC), please be sure to line up in the correct line if you are a student. Distribution begins at approximately 9:30am. The only things you need to bring are yourself and some bags to carry your groceries. If you are in need of some assistance, simply click on the link below to register as a participant.
We are always looking for student volunteers to assist with this event. Students who would like to volunteer at the October 9th Mobile Market can simply click on the link below to register as a volunteer:
Students, have you heard about the BCC Grab & Go Food Pantry? The Food Pantry offers non-perishable items of two different varieties; ready to eat grab and go (i.e. granola bars), and single serving microwaveable foods (i.e. Cup of Soup).
For the fall semester, hours of operation will be Monday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Food will be available in the G-Building adjacent to the Cafeteria and Faculty/Staff Lounge.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at email@example.com or ext. 2222.
Did you know that you may be eligible to receive SNAP (formerly called Food Stamps) benefits? Check out the link below for more information and to apply online.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Maurice.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you’ll join us for our 2015 Annual Meeting!
Hear SEMAP updates from the board and staff and enjoy listening to a guest speaker. We’ll have light, local refreshments provided by the Farmer’s Daughter. Don’t miss out on some special agriculture awards and the annoucement of the new SEMAP Executive Director.
This event is free to attend, but please pre-register so we have a headcount for food! Thank you!