I am excited to be hired as the new Executive Director of the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership. I realize it’s the traditional thing to say, but when I have such a tapestry of farms and diverse array of farmers across the region to work with, it is amazingly true. After the first six weeks on the job, talking to farmers across Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth counties, I have begun the groundwork necessary to represent and promote farming and local food production in our part of the state. I can see the diversity of needs and levels of experience.
I bring to the job a passion for agriculture as well as 25 years of organizational experience. Working for non-profit scientific organizations, I have a diverse array of management skills and a ‘big picture’ understanding of agriculture and the environment in a global context. On the home front, I raise Nigerian Dwarf goats for milk and show, run a livestock 4-H group, have nine years’ under my belt on the Falmouth Agricultural Commission, sit on the board of the Barnstable County Agricultural Society and helped re-establish the Falmouth Farmers’ Market all of which help me to appreciate the needs of farmers across many scales. Read more →
BY KAREN SCHWALBE
Growing local food doesn’t always look like you would expect it to look. There can be seeds, rows, transplanting and harvesting – and yet aquaculture might not be what first comes to min
d. However, the similarities to a vegetable farm or a vineyard become startlingly apparent when you see the operations at Island Creek Oysters (ICO) in Duxbury. From the preparation of the nutrients (algae) for the seed (oyster spat) to transplanting (in cages) and harvesting, the procedures are comparable, as are the vagaries of weather, effect of growing conditions and influence of markets.
BY KENDRA MURRAY
When one thinks of New Bedford, often times there will be associations of the whaling history, or its current status as the top fishing port in America. Not often do we think of the Whaling City as a home to great, local wines. It is!
After spending the day exploring an oyster farm for our December Farm Spotlight, Karen and I found ourselves in Downtown New Bedford at Travessia, an urban winery located on Purchase Street. Urban winery? Yes, wine is made in New Bedford and it is delicious. Read more →
Happy winter! With the change in season, we also decided to change our newsletter. This is a project I’ve been meaning to tackle for few months, but we’ve pretty busy over here at SEMAP. Our newly designed Vine is now mobile-friendly. With a lot of folks now reading e-mails on their phones, we wanted to make sure that everyone can easily read the SEMAP newsletter, no matter if they’re on a tablet, PC, or on the go.
I’ve just posted our winter farmers’ market guide online. Yes, winter! There are still a few places to buy your local goodies this time of year. Unfortunately we don’t have the abundance of markets in the winter as in the summer, but there are still a few options available to get your carrots, beets, and other roots. Not sure how to cook these veggies? Fitness Magazine has a nice list of seasonal produce with some great recipes as well.
In addition to eating local foods, I also encourage to shop locally for all of your holiday gifts. Whether it be locally made clothing, crafts, cheese (cow or goat’s milk), jams, baked goods, or beer and wine, keep your dollars in your community!
Have a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!