The Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network today released its new report, the Southeastern Massachusetts Food System Assessment, which presents a wealth of baseline data on the many facets of the region’s food system.
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This Saturday, I braved the weather and headed out to the Original Easton Farmer’s Market to set up a lovely SEMAP table. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people willing to trek to the market in the rain! Seeing the turnout on a crummy day, I can’t imagine how many people attend on a sunny one! I had the pleasure of chatting with Janet from Bridgewater Village Bakery, who had a line at her stand until she ran out of bread! Her sourdough breads are organic and quite possibly the most delicious I’ve ever tasted. Janet has a passion for eating locally and promoting sustainability. She’s only been selling breads for three years, but she’s established quite the following. Read more →
At Copicut Farms, it’s neither the chicken nor the egg that came first, but the willingness and dedication of one New England family. After years of work in science and education, Elizabeth and Vince Frary decided to pursue their dream of starting a farm. Now in their third season, Copicut Farms raises chickens (for eggs and meat), Cornish game hens and turkeys – about 3,000 birds in all on 80 acres of mixed woodland and pasture. Copicut Farms is a family owned operation that uses no hormones or antibiotics in any of their feeds, and Copicut birds enjoy a free range lifestyle, feeding on healthy pasture and fertilizing the soils along the way.
Although both Elizabeth and Vince grew up on and around farms (Elizabeth is a fourth generation family farmer!), neither of them had initially chosen farming as a career. Vince was a wildlife biologist for the state of Arizona and Elizabeth had earned her Masters in Elementary Education. Their early years of farming had instilled in them the values of hard work, dedication and a love of the outdoors. Starting a farm together became an opportunity for them to create that experience for their young son, Emmett, who gets to spend every day on the farm and absolutely loves it. Read more →
BY NICKI ANDERSON
A smooth snowy blanket covers the fields at Heart Beets Farm, fresh for Opal, the farm’s two year old Australian Cattle Dog, to dodge and dart through frantically in all her ebullience. Inside the greenhouse, kale, spinach and lettuce enjoy their own blankets of row cover, keeping them warm enough to survive the freezing temperatures. With the sun shining on a clear, crisp day, we sit with Head Farmer Steve Murray, formerly of Kettle Pond Farm, to learn more about his story and his new farm.
Although this may be the first year of operation for Heart Beets Farm, it’s Steve Murray’s eighth year farming in the South Coast region of Massachusetts, and his sixth year growing food at 181 Bay View Avenue in Berkley, MA. Read more →