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Winter Honeybee Loss In Massachusetts Reflected Nationwide Trend

Jul 26 2019
By Pamela Larkin , NEPR, July 15, 2019
Honeybee losses in Massachusetts last winter were roughly 40 percent.
That’s according to Hannah Whitehead , a honeybee specialist at UMass Amherst.
And that figure is consistent with winter loss for beekeepers across the U.S., according to a June report [continue reading]

Invasive plant to look out for: Black Swallow-wort

Jun 28 2019
Published by under Agriculture, Gardening
Black Swallow-wort: Pull it if you see it. These plants will start seeding soon. It’s an invasive non-native plant that can cause problems for for monarch butterflies and crowd out native plants.
To learn more and be able to identify it check out this article: [continue reading]

Interview: Sixteen Acres Garden Center

Apr 22 2019
WRSI, April 15, 2019 . Listen to Judy Bordenuk of Sixteen Acres Garden Center in Springfield as she talks about her father’s labor of love, the gladiola field that started it all, and the beauty and scents you’ll find when [continue reading]

MassAppeal: How Maple Syrup is Made

Mar 9 2019

WWLP, March 22, 2018. For many farmers here in Massachusetts, this is the perfect time of year to collect sap and turn it into delicious maple syrup. You need freezing nights and thawing days, though the latter has been a bit difficult recently. Through CISA , a nonprofit that stands for Community Involved [continue reading]

Master gardeners ‘buzzing’ about upcoming symposium in Holyoke

Mar 2 2019
Published by under Events, Gardening, Holyoke
It will take place March 30 from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 for sign in) at Holyoke High School.
Plans are humming along as The Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association Inc. gets ready for its Lower Valley Symposium with the theme, “Bees, Butterflies and Bounty: What’s the latest BUZZ in [continue reading]

Focused on hot stuff, no matter the weather

Feb 7 2019
The Recorder, February 4, 2019 by Richie Davis

SUNDERLAND — Temperatures struggled to rise out of the negative realm last week at Kitchen Garden Farm, but owners Caroline Pam and Tim Wilcox were laser-focused on hot stuff.
The 2,400-square steelframe building that will be the farm’s new commercial [continue reading]

Collecting and Storing Seeds

Oct 6 2018
SaveSeeds-300x222Now is the time to collect and save seeds for next year. This article from Fine Gardening offers helpful tips on how to go about collecting and storing seeds.
“Collecting seeds is one of those activities that makes me feel like a wealthy woman. As the seed supply spills out of the [continue reading]

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]

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 [continue reading]

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