Event: SE MA Council on Sustainability Seminar 3/7/13
FALL RIVER — Gregory Watson had just been appointed the state’s commissioner of the Department of Agricultural Resources when he attended a conference of his peers from around the country.
He was seated next to the head of agriculture for South Carolina, who smiled when he heard Watson had to watch over farms in Massachusetts — flinty, rocky, hilly Massachusetts.
“He said to me that, if this country had been settled from west to east, all of Massachusetts would be a national park,” Watson said. “He asked me how we did any farming here.
“I told him it was Yankee ingenuity,” Watson said.