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Four Acre Farm Reports on SEMAP TIE Grant-Funded Insulated Hive

April 15, 2019

Four Acre Farm Reports on SEMAP TIE Grant-Funded Insulated Hive

Four Acre Farm in Norfolk, MA was established in 2014. It is a small, yet growing farm dedicated to ethical, sustainable farming practices. Four Acre Farm recently released their report on an insulated Langstroth hive that they built using funding from a SEMAP TIE Grant. Download the full report at the link below.

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June Farm Spotlight: Medway Community Farm

June 15, 2018

BY JONATHAN GRAY

Since 2009, The Town of Medway has been leasing out a small 7-acre parcel of farmland carved out between Winthrop Street and the Chicken Brook to the Medway Community Farm, a nonprofit enterprise that has much broader goals than simply growing high quality and nutritious vegetables. Over the years, what was originally a very small growing operation has blossomed into a true community resource, providing both food and education for the Medway community. Back in May, I stopped in at Medway Community Farm to see what all the buzz was about (pun intended, they have close to 20 beehives on site).

The Medway Community Farm stand at 50 Winthrop St.

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May Sustainable Spotlight – Gray’s Grist Mill

May 23, 2017

BY KENDRA MURRAY
Back in March, SEMAP co-hosted a Statewide Grain Gathering at the Plimoth Grist Mill. We packed the mill with farmers, bakers, and millers to discuss a localized grain economy throughout the Commonwealth. While there, I spoke with George Whitley, the miller at Gray’s Grist Mill in Westport. He invited me to tour the mill and learn a little bit more about the history and what was currently happening where he was milling.

Gray's Grist Mill

Gray’s Grist Mill

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March Sustainable Spotlight – Speedwell Coffee

March 28, 2017

BY KENDRA MURRAY
It was about a year ago that I met Andrew Todoroff for the first time. After reading a previous article I had composed, Andrew challenged my statement that you could not grow coffee in Massachusetts.  We met up at Rendevous Cafe & Creperie in Hyannis, where he showed me a coffee tree that he was growing. Although it doesn’t make sense to grow coffee on a large scale here, it can be done, and it is a fun project. When Andrew isn’t tending to his own trees, he’s busy at Speedwell Coffee in Plymouth. Our director Karen Schwalbe and I headed over to Speedwell last week to talk a little further about the business and tour the facility.

Cold Brew Speedwell Coffee

Cold Brew Speedwell Coffee

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October Sustainable Spotlight – Cranberry Vine Catering

October 28, 2016

BY KAREN SCHWALBE
Locally grown food is on our minds every day and it is really exciting when a local business ‘gets it.’ Kathryn Hackett, owner of Cranberry Vine Catering in Pembroke, is one of our most enthusiastic members. Sourcing locally is part of her day-to-day routine for her catering business.  Last spring when delivering some of our member ‘swag’ we got a chance to hear a little about her business and we liked what we heard! We circled back this fall to hear more about it.

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