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BCC Sustainable Agriculture Program Seeking Businesses for Internships

December 6, 2019

Would you be interested in having a responsible, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic college student from Bristol Community College join you as an intern at your place of business?  The Bristol Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture program now includes an experiential education component and is looking for community partners to welcome interns for either a spring, fall, or summer semester.

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A Visit to The Farm at Raven Brook

December 6, 2019

December 6th, 2019
By: Jonathan Gray

A snow-draped selection of taller trees available at the Farm at Raven Brook.

Just eleven months ago, in January 2019, Kimberly and Matt Campbell officially became the proud owners of a 30-acre farm formerly known as Raven Brook Farm in Halifax. Since 1995, the former owners, the Sanborn family, had planted and sold several varieties of Christmas trees on the property. In hopes of preserving the history while nodding to the future, the Campbells named their new farm The Farm at Raven Brook, and they look forward to continuing the Christmas tree tradition for generations to come.

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Fairmount Fruit Farm in Franklin Hosting Winter Farmers Market

November 4, 2019

Fairmount Fruit Farm welcomes the public and local vendors you to their first-ever winter farmers market, in the Farm’s 100th year! For vendors, this is a great opportunity for you to get your business noticed, meet new people and expand your horizons. There will be beer and wine tastings for ages 21+ from local wineries and breweries added to the market as well. Below is some basic information regarding the new 6-month market.

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SEMAP to host 2019 Annual Meeting November 21st in New Bedford

October 20, 2019

The public is invited to join the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership for their Annual Meeting – a celebration of the organization’s accomplishments in 2019, networking with farmers and local food allies from across the region, and a presentation of awards for individuals key to the success of local agriculture in Southeastern Massachusetts in 2019.

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Taking a close look at MDAR’s new farm compost regulations

August 30, 2019

August 30th, 2019

By Karen Schwalbe, SEMAP Executive Director

Sometimes the rules need breaking and other times just tweaking.  Which will it be?  Right now, Massachusetts farmers have a chance to comment on the new on-farm composting regulations proposed by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR).  Earlier this month I attended a listening session on these proposed regulations and wanted to share my concerns and to encourage our local farmers to comment to MDAR on the changes.  The more voices MDAR hears, the more likely we will see favorable changes.

The recently proposed changes the Agricultural Composting regulations were spurred by a neighborhood dispute in Central Massachusetts.  While the farmer’s activities were legal and met all existing regulations, the effect of odor on the neighborhood instigated a complaint to their State Senator.  The bill filed as a result of this conflict was vetoed by the Governor and now MDAR has the opportunity to issue a revised set of regulations.

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