Archive for category: SEMAP Spotlights

September Sustainable Spotlight – Simply Local Wood

September 29, 2016

BY KAREN SCHWALBE
Under a rocky ridge just off the highway in Fall River, Simply Local Wood has repurposed industrial land for a business that supports Southeastern Massachusetts working forests.  Simply Local Wood manufactures and sells products from locally harvested wood. Ranging from the practical to the whimsical, cordwood is produced and packaged ecologically and harvested from sustainably managed woodlots.
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August Farm Spotlight – Anawan Farm

August 29, 2016

BY KENDRA MURRAY
After working at a desk job as a graphic and product designer for almost twenty years and a stay at home mom for six years, Pam Salisbury was ready for a change. That life change was to become a farmer. Although this was a drastic career shift, there were several factors that made the transition to farm life fairly easy.
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July Sustainable Spotlight – Revolution Lobster

July 21, 2016

BY KENDRA MURRAY
Situated in the back of a brick plaza on Route Six in Westport, it’s easy enough to drive by Revolution Lobster without even noticing it. However, if you have been driving by, you’re missing out! If you’re looking for sustainably caught local seafood you can feel good about eating, Revolution Lobster is the fish market for you!

Revolution Lobster Storefront

Revolution Lobster Storefront

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June Farm Spotlight: Hoffmann Farm

June 30, 2016

Hoffmann Farm

BY KAREN SCHWALBE
Hoffmann Farm might literally be the new kid on the block, with its establishment in Franklin in 2013, but Nick Hoffmann has years of solid dairy experience behind him. Starting a new dairy enterprise is a rigorous endeavor – there are so many regulatory hurdles to achieve – zoning, building and health requirements to meet – on top of building a customer base and establishing the physical infrastructure of the farm itself.  So when Nick, his wife Jeanine, and two children decided to pull up roots from New Braintree, Massachusetts and move closer to his wife’s family, it was not a small decision.  Interested in moving from wholesale to direct sales, an area like Franklin made much more sense, with fewer farms and a denser population and a reasonably priced property in the family made the transition possible.  Read more →

June Sustainable Spotlight: The Livestock Institute of Southern New England

June 29, 2016

BY KENDRA MURRAY
If you’re plugged into the local agriculture scene, you’ve probably heard talk about a meat processing facility being built in Southeastern Massachusetts. It’s no secret that livestock production in the area is down, mainly because there isn’t anywhere local for farmers to take their animals to be processed. With many folks traveling out of state and up to 3 or 4 hours to get to a USDA inspected facility, it is clear barrier to raising animals for meat. A couple of years ago a group of producers put their heads together to try to find a solution to this problem and the Southeastern Massachusetts Livestock Association (SEMALA) was born.

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