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Valley Bounty: Herbal Teas

Oct 25 2017
When it comes to first-thing-in-the-morning caffeine intake, I have to admit that I am a staunch member of Team Coffee. For a number of reasons—some habitual and some simply chemical—I’m not especially interested in making significant changes to that particular morning routine. But as cold nights begin to settle in for the season, I do [continue reading]

Springfield Garden Club shines light on past with flower show

Oct 10 2017
Springfield Garden Club’s Oct. 20 and 21 standard flower show has the theme “Rooted in the Past and Still Growing.”
It will feature creative, themed floral arrangements and displays on horticulture and gardening as well as educational displays at The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History at the Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards [continue reading]

Pioneer Valley Water Garden and Koi Club’s annual Pond Tour planned

Jun 18 2017
It takes place July 8 and 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and features 15 ponds and backyard landscapes in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Like many homeowners, Alfredo S. and Isabel Ribeiro sometimes enjoy their breakfast on their patio, but what makes the al fresco experience even more enjoyable is the nearby pond [continue reading]

Springfield Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, May 20

May 16 2017
May 20 at 9 AM – 12 PM Springfield Museums 21 Edwards St, Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
A spring tradition and one of the Club’s major fundraisers, the Plant Sale will offer a wide selection of plants plus a vintage garden boutique and auction of prime plants. Come join us for the great deals!
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Festival of Flowers at Springfield Museums to feature tea parties, floral designs

Mar 31 2017
The four-day Festival of Flowers at the Springfield Museums will feature nearly 50 custom floral pieces interpreting works of art or other objects in the museums.
SPRINGFIELD — Whether it’s having specialty tea, watching a fashion show or building a terrarium, there are many ways to enjoy the fifth annual Festival [continue reading]

Flower to Fork: Native Plants, Farms, and Food – March 25

Mar 22 2017
Mount Holyoke College 50 College St, South Hadley, Massachusetts March 25 at 9 AM – 3 PM
What role do native plants and their pollinators play in the stability of our food and other agricultural systems? Join us for a day-long symposium to discuss the interactions between native plants, pollinators, and food crops. Learn how [continue reading]

Annual Seed Swap, March 4

Feb 28 2017
On March 4th, we are holding our third annual Seed Swap! Join us from 10 am – 1 pm at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School at 80 Locust St in Northampton. You do not have to bring seeds in order to participate! Please RSVP on the Facebook event page, or if you don’t use [continue reading]

Gardeners Gathering 2017, Mar. 18

Feb 13 2017
Published by under Events, Gardening
Are you ready to start dreaming of spring? There’s no better place than the Gardeners’ Gathering: the annual forum for gardeners to shrug off the winter chill and come together to celebrate urban gardening in Boston and beyond.
On March 18, you’re invited to join Trustees, Mayor Marty Walsh, special guest speaker LaDonna Redmond, [continue reading]

Conway Agricultural Commission to Hold Public Forum on ‘Right to Farm’

Jan 18 2017
The Recorder, January 18, 2017, by Andy Castillo
Town officials are seeking input on a proposed Right to Farm bylaw that might be voted into law at this year’s annual town meeting.
To that end, the Agricultural Commission will hold a public forum today seeking comments and input from town residents [continue reading]

Drought Puts Squeeze on Valley Farmers

Nov 30 2016
The Daily Hampshire Gazette, November 28, 2016, by Jack Suntrup
Farmer fortunes are tied to the elements. Too much rain or too little can have the same effect — a spoiled growing season.
Much of New England has been snared in drought conditions since April. The National Weather Service [continue reading]

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