BOSTON – September 12, 2016 – Governor Charlie Baker today declared September as “Massachusetts Apple Month” to support Massachusetts apple growers, especially during the current drought conditions. The declaration was followed by a visit to Wojick Orchard in Blackstone by Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton and Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux.
“Massachusetts Apple Month’ is an opportunity to recognize the hard work local apple growers do to produce delicious and healthy fruit from Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I encourage everyone to support Massachusetts’ farmers this month by purchasing locally grown apples and other produce.”
“Despite a very challenging growing season, farmers have been working very hard to bring quality products to farm stands and farmers’ markets, and they have succeeded in doing so,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Apple growers also help support our local and regional economies and participate in a wide variety of conservation efforts and renewable energy projects that advance the protection of the environment.” Read more →
Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Water Conservation by Public Necessary
With rainfall amounts remaining below average and warm weather continuing for a sixth straight month, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton yesterday declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: a Drought Warning for Central, Northeast, and Southeast Massachusetts, unchanged for the Central and Northeast Regions, and up from a Drought Watch for the Southeast Region in August; a Drought Watch for the Connecticut River Valley and the Cape and Islands, unchanged for the Connecticut River Valley and up from a Drought Advisory for the Cape and Islands in August; and a Drought Advisory for Western Massachusetts, unchanged from August. The declaration was the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state, federal and local officials, and will remain in effect until water levels return to normal in the affected regions.
“While regions within Massachusetts have experienced intermittent rainfall, it will take several precipitation events before the Commonwealth will fully rebound from the effects caused by this year’s drought,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “With today’s drought declaration, the elimination of outdoor watering by residents and businesses around the state is needed to avoid stressing drinking water reservoirs, which will ultimately exacerbate the situation. Additionally, as drought conditions have been particularly difficult on the state’s agricultural sector, we ask the public to buy produce from local farms within the state to support this vital industry.” Read more →
BOSTON, MA – August 8, 2016 – To help Massachusetts farmers and food processors access financing to start or grow their businesses, The Carrot Project has joined forces with the Franklin County Community Development Corporation to create the Massachusetts Farm & Food Loan Fund with financial backing provided by the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture (M.S.P.A.).
The Carrot Project and the Franklin County CDC (FCCDC) are thrilled with this new partnership, which will provide a greater number of farmers and food business owners across the state with access to financing. “This is a wonderful opportunity to pair the Carrot Project’s 10 years of agricultural expertise with FCCDC’s lending capacity and food business experience to serve the entire Commonwealth,” explains Dorothy Suput, The Carrot Project’s Founder & Executive Director. “We are grateful to the M.S.P.A. for helping us get this off the ground.” John Waite, Executive Director of the FCCDC, adds that “our combined approach to financing and adding value through business assistance can now serve farm and food enterprises across the State. We have more than 30 years of small business lending experience, so this partnership makes sense and offers business assistance and capital to more people.” Read more →
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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