Vol. 91, No. 3 June / July

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Commissioner's Column - Gregory C. Watson

FOREFRONT

UPCOMING EVENTS / WORKSHOPSUSDA

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Commissioner's Column

Commissioner Gregory C. Watson

Dear Friends,

Happy Dairy Moonth. Now that the weather is beginning to heat up, it seems that thoughts naturally turn to ice cream. And why not? June is, after all, National Dairy Month.

I’d like to offer a tip of the cap to Warren Shaw who is the very first farmer to become a member of the Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP) for dairy in Massachusetts. CQP members produce, harvest and process their agricultural products utilizing best management practices that provide safe, sustainable products that support local economies and protect our natural resources.

What makes this especially significant is the fact that Shaw Farm has been in continuous operation for 106 years – all under family ownership. It is a wonderful demonstration of how cherished farming traditions and cutting-edge agricultural innovations and practices can be successfully integrated to benefit both society and the environment.

The fact that a 106-year-old dairy operation can achieve both economic and environmental viability in 21st century New England is cause for celebration and a source of inspiration during these very challenging times.

So too is a recently issued report entitled “A New England Food Vision” – a collaborative effort from Food Solutions New England that I referred to briefly last month. That report describes a future in which New England produces at least half of the region’s food and one where farming and fishing are important regional economic forces. The authors examine the region’s food production potential based on farmland availability and conclude that New England could meet nearly 100% of its dairy needs on just under 3 million acres of land.

Is it crazy to be talking about an expanding dairy industry in Massachusetts and New England? Not if the climate scientists and their models are correct. I predict that before long, the notion of “food security” will assume a heightened sense of importance. When it does, sustainable agriculture operations like Shaw Farm and others throughout Massachusetts and New England will fortunately already have demonstrated how we can have prosperous farms, healthy citizens and healthy environments -- all at the same time.

Best,

  Commissioner Greg's Signature

Gregory C. Watson, Commissioner

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FOREFRONT


The MA Farm Energy Program (MFEP)


MDAR and our new MFEP partner The Center for EcoTechnology, Inc., (CET) want you to know the MA Farm Energy Program is here to help you. Please visit our new website, get familiar with our new contact information and find out about our technical and financial assistance opportunities!

Please visit (and bookmark!) our new website: www.massfarmenergy.com. Have you been meaning to get an energy audit for your farm? Are there energy efficiency projects you would like to complete? To learn more about how you can improve your farm’s operations, reduce your energy use and save money, please complete the Request Form online or email us at info@massfarmenergy.com or call 413-727-3090. We look forward to hearing from you! 

MDAR’s AgEnergy Grant 

MDAR’s FY2015 AgEnergy Grant Program application request is now closed. For FY2015 there were 38 Applicants with $654,528 in total requests. The AgEnergy Grant applications are now under review.

The purpose of the MDAR’s AgEnergy Grant is to assist agricultural operations in an effort to improve energy efficiency and to facilitate adoption of alternative clean energy technologies in order that they can become more sustainable and the Commonwealth can maximize the environmental and economic benefits from these technologies. Reimbursement grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis. All projects must be completed by June 30, 2015. The deadline for applications was May 30, 2014.

USDA Rural Development Announces Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP)
USDA’s REAP Renewable Energy federal register notification has been released, announcing  $12 million in federal grant funding and $57 million in guaranteed loan funding nationwide. The application deadline is July 7, 2014 for grants and July 31, 2014 for guaranteed loans.

It is anticipated that this announcement will result in a state grant allocation of approximately $125,000-$160,000 per state.  If applications exceed our state allocation there may be opportunity for applications to compete in the national reserve pool.

It is additionally anticipated that when farm bill funds become appropriated later in this calendar year, a second REAP funding cycle will be announced, expecting to obtain significantly more funds nationwide.

Barstow’s Longview Farm Celebrates the 3rd Anaerobic Digester Project in Operation
On June 12, 2014 a host of friends, farms, state legislators and state and federal officials celebrated at Barstow’s Longview Farm in South Hadley MA for their recently constructed and operating anaerobic digester (AD) facility, the 3rd agricultural operating AD in MA. The project was developed in partnership with BGreen Energy, a firm managed by AGreen Energy who also developed the Jordan Dairy AD. The AD manure management system consists of a mixed flow AD tank system along with a 300 kW combined heat and power plant and will use mixed feedstock of dairy farm manure and food waste. The digestate from the AD tank will be used as organic fertilizer.

Longview Farm is a 200 year old family farm and will be taking organic material from 12 to 14 food processing businesses in the Commonwealth as part of MA DEP’s organics diversion efforts. The project will make enough electricity to power 300 homes. The net metering energy credits generated at Longview will all be purchased by the Cabot food processing plant in East Springfield as part of their sustainability program. Longview will heat and power the farm and three houses with heat from the digester engine.

Longview was helped with grants and loans from DEP, DOER, MassCEC, USDA NRCS, including a nutrient management program, and MDAR.  The project will certainly contribute to MA DEP’s Organic Diversion program which has a goal to divert 450,000 tons per year of food waste by 2020.  


Upcoming Food Day Meetings

 Additional Massachusetts planning meetings for this 4th annual event scheduled!
 

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainable produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. Click here for the 2013 campaign report.

Who gets involved? Are you a farmer, teacher, cashier, doctor, chef, parent, plumber, student, Mayor, community advocate…you get the idea, everyone can get involved because we all care about the quality of the food made available to our family/community and how that food gets to our tables. You, your team and/or organization can be involved, this year’s themes are focused on nutritional education, food justice, and highlighting partnerships with local farmers!

Come to a meeting for an overview of what Food Day is, hear about great ideas for activities, and meet others who care about our food system. It is a chance to be creative, network, and bring positive change!

Upcoming Planning Meetings

Somerville: Tuesday, June 24, 12:00-1:00 pm, Board of Alderman Committee Room – 2nd Floor of City Hall
RSVP: dhudson@somervillema.gov

Lowell: Tuesday, June 24, 10:00 - 12:00 pm, meeting #2, Lowell General Hospital’s Saints Campus, 1 Hospital Drive, Lowell, MA, 1st Floor Conference Room, FREE in the garage, please use 3rd floor and up.
RSVP: Heather Hilbert, Heather.Hilbert@LowellGeneral.org

Newton: Wednesday, June 25, 7:00-8:00 pm, Newton Community Farm, 303 Nahanton Street, Newton. MA 02459
RSVP: education@newtoncommunityfarm.org

East Boston: Wednesday, July 9, 6:00-7:00 pm
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, 20 Maverick Sq., 4th floor
RSVP: megtallon@gmail.com or Rose.Arruda@state.ma.us

Chelsea: Thursday July 10, 12:00 -1:30 pm, Beth Israel Deaconess Health Center, First Floor Conference Room, 1000 Broadway, Chelsea. Please note: the Healthy Chelsea Coalition will be devoted to brainstorming and planning for Chelsea Food Day 2014. Current members of the coalition and people interested in joining Healthy Chelsea’s efforts to promote Food Day are welcome to attend.
RSVP: Melissa Dimond, mdimond@partners.org

Fitchburg: Week of July 14, TBD
Rose.Arruda@state.ma.us

**Planning meetings for South Coast, Brockton, Westford, New Bedford and others being scheduled soon. If you want a meeting in your town and have a large group that you can bring together, contact Rose.Arruda@state.ma.us

Past meetings listed below (contact the point people for updates to the next meeting):

A few ideas from recent brainstorming sessions:

  • MA schools “Eat Real” 2014 challenge (over 340 schools participated last year!)
  • A statewide “Apple Crunch”
  • Food Justice Summits and panels
  • Farm tours and community activities with your local farmer
  • Health center staff members hosting local food potlucks
  • Cooking demonstrations and lessons
  • Community youth groups hosting healthy education activities
  • Food system forums and/or film screenings at town community centers
  • College campus organizing (over 30 campuses participated last year!)

Visit the website, www.foodday.org, share the information with your co-workers/friends/farmers/neighbors/community organization…and come to a meeting for ideas, guidance and community building!  


Update Your Farm Information on Massgrown

Reminder to farms to check your information on the Massgrown and Fresher map to make sure your farm information is up to date. www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/map. Send your edits to Rick LeBlanc, Richard.LeBlanc@state.ma.us. If you would like to be added to the map, please fill out the two page marketing survey, click here (.pdf, .doc).

Also kind in mind our Agricultural and Culinary Events Calendar is one of our most popular MassGrown and Fresher features. Curious locavores and culinary travelers are eager to find a farm, culinary or community event. Submit your calendar listings here.

 

 

 


Farmers' Markets Seeking Vendors

Many farmers' markets are seeking vendors for the 2014 season. For a complete list click here. This includes new markets as well. Check back periodically for updates, or for more information contact David Webber at 617-626-1754, David. Webber@state.ma.us.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Farmers’ Market Program Begins

This year’s annual MassDOT Farmers’ Market Program will begin in May 2014 and runs through the Fall. We invite all Massachusetts’ farmers to sell their freshly grown fruits and vegetables as well as their made in Massachusetts food products, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Farmers' Market Program has been very popular for the last ten years on the Masspike and for the fourth year, MassDOT has decided to offer the Farmers' Market at all eighteen (18) service plazas on State of Massachusetts’ Highways. Along with the original eleven (11) Masspike service plazas, MassDOT has added seven (7) new service plaza locations. The Farmers' Market Program offers our Massachusetts farmers a unique opportunity to sell and market their wonderful locally grown products. Farmers can sell their goods as long as they do not compete with the service area stores and restaurants.

The service areas available for the Farmers’ Market are located in Lee (east/west), Blandford (east/west), Ludlow (east/west), Charlton (east/west), Westboro (west), Framingham (west) and Natick (east), Interstate 95 in Newton, Lexington, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 24 locations (north/south ) in Bridgewater, Route 3 in Plymouth and Route 6 in Barnstable.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s program or have any questions, please contact David Fenton at 413-572-3171 or via e-mail at Dave.Fenton@state.ma.us.

Farmers’ Market Vendor Opportunities at Wachusett Mountain Fall Festivals

Please join us for two great opportunities to showcase and sell your products this October. Our 31st Annual AppleFest will be held on October 18-19 from 10am-5pm and 5th Annual BBQFest will be held on October 25-26 from 12-5pm. Cost is $50 per weekend and includes a 10x10 space. Applications are available by visiting our Vendor Page. For more details, contact Audra at audra@wachusett.com or 978-464-2300 x3703.


Sign up to Sell to Schools, Colleges and Institutions

Each year, Massachusetts Farm to School compiles a free directory of farms interested in selling to schools, colleges, hospitals, and other institutional customers. Whether you are interested in selling direct to institutions or accessing institutional customers through your distributors, this directory can help institutions request your products. With up-to-date farm information, buyers will be able to contact you directly, or request your products through their distributor.

The directory is available on our website and through the MDAR website. New for this year, the Directory will be available online as a searchable database; we hope this new format will be much more user-friendly than our previous downloadable PDF version.

Also this year, in conjunction with our Harvest of the Month (HOTM) campaign, we will be including specific HOTM crop information in the Directory to assist schools in finding your products. HOTM is a great opportunity to develop a sales relationship with a cafeteria in your area. In addition to listing your farm in the directory, we would be happy to provide assistance in reaching out to participating HOTM schools near you.

If you would like to be included in our updated directory, please register here.


MAAC Agricultural Commission Small Grant Program

Thanks to a recent $7,500 award from the Mass Society for Promoting Agriculture to the Mass Association of Agricultural Commissions (MAAC), grant applications are encouraged of up to $500 each for specific local agricultural commission project. The grants are intended to help agricultural commissions play an active role in their communities, promote local farming, and carry out projects that help further their long-range plans.

To apply for a grant, your Agricultural Commission should submit application and submit to MAAC, c/o Pete Westover, westover03@comcast.net, or to PO Box 67, Whately, MA 01093 post-marked by Monday, July 31, 2014. Grant awards will be announced by August 31, 2014, and projects should be completed and a one-page summary report submitted to MAAC post-marked by April 30, 2015. Funds will be disbursed directly to the applicant town.

Click here for application.


Boston Local Food Fest Seeks Vendors

Regular vendor registration for the Boston Local Food Festival ends July 1st!

SBN's 5th Annual Boston Local Food Festival has a new earlier date, Sunday, September 14, 2014. 

Looking for participants - including Restaurants, Food Trucks, Specialty Food Producers, Farms, Fishermen, Non-profits, and Food or Fitness Related Organizations to join the fun of New England's largest one day Farmers Market! The regular registration period ends on July 1st. Sign up before the end of the month to avoid the $50 late fee.

It's time you let your local food shine- to the people who care most! Vendor applications here.


MA Food Companies to Participate at the International Fancy Food Show

Close to sixty Massachusetts food companies will exhibit at the International Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, June 29 – July 1, at the Jacob Javits Center.  The Massachusetts Pavilion, organized by MDAR, will feature products from over 30 of the Bay State food businesses.  These small to medium sized businesses will meet new customers and develop sales from the mostly independent retail buyers in attendance.  The trade show has a reputation as the premier marketplace for value-added foods, with 2,400 exhibitors and 24,000 attendees. A mission prior to the show will include buyers from 16 countries, and one-one meetings will be coordinated by MDAR and Food Export.   These entrepreneurial food businesses play important roles as part of the state’s food system.

Farmstand operators and retail businesses looking to add Massachusetts value-added products to their inventory should attend the event.  Information is also available about food trends of interest to both food and agricultural producers.  Badges to attend can be purchased at:  www.specialtyfood.com

Eight Massachusetts companies are contenders for the “Oscar” of the food world - the prestigious “sofi” award.  The nominees are Batch Ice Cream, Blossom Water, Coops Micro Creamery, Effie’s Homemade, Klara’s Gourmet Cookies, Late July Organic Snacks, Sauces N Love, and Sid Wainer and Son.  Winners will be announced at the event.

This year’s Massachusetts Pavilion at the Summer Fancy Food Show includes:


Congrats to Jennifer Verrill Faddoul for Outstanding Woman Award

Jennifer Verrill Faddoul Named 2014 Outstanding Woman of Family Business!

Recently The Warren Group, in conjunction with Massachusetts Family Business magazine, the New England Family Business Conference and the Family Business Association, announced the 2014 “Outstanding Women of Family Business” recipients! Over the past couple of months, The Warren Group set out to find female family business professionals who demonstrate outstanding leadership and commitment both within their businesses and in the communities they serve.

Jennifer Verrill Faddoul is one of the sixteen women named 2014 'Outstanding Women of Family Business' recipients. Jennifer owns Verrill Farm in partnership with her parents, Joan and Steve Verrill; she originally joined the family business in the late 1980's after graduating from college. Jennifer found that her love of cooking blended perfectly with the farm grown produce and when the farm stand was built, Jennifer was instrumental in starting, and later expanding, the farm stand kitchen which makes prepared foods, bakery items and award winning pies. In addition to the farm, Jennifer is involved in community organizations: she was a founding member of the Concord Agriculture Committee and an organizer of Concord's first Stone Soup Dinner, now an annual benefit hosted by Verrill Farm; Jennifer is also a member of Les Dames D'Escoffier and on the board of the Culinary Guild of New England.

'I am honored to join the other fifteen women as a recipient of this award in its inaugural year,' says Jennifer Verrill Faddoul, continuing, 'as a third generation Verrill, the farm is an important legacy and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with my parents and to carry on the family business.'

This is the inaugural year for the Outstanding Women of Family Business awards, which recognize entrepreneurial women who play a substantial role in family businesses. The award recipients not only give tirelessly to their company, they also find the time and desire to help the community around them through charity and philanthropy.

Details at www.NEFBC.com.

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UPCOMING EVENTS / WORKSHOPS


Hands-on Hog Slaughter on the Homestead Workshop

Sunday, June 29: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Many Hands Organic Farm, Barre, MA
Cost: $40 NOFA members; $48 non-members

Instructor Jake Levin will lead participants in the slaughter of a four-month-old pig, offering participants demonstrating each step in the process, concluding with standard pork cuts. Attendees will get hands on experience and tour the Many Hands Organic Farm certified organic pig operation.

Based in Western Massachusetts, Levin is founder of The Roving Butcher, whose mission is to assist and educate farmers, chefs, interested individuals, and market places in sourcing, processing, and utilizing locally-raised, pastured whole animals.

This workshop is offered through NOFA/Mass On-Farm Events. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit www.nofamass.org/events/hands-hog-slaughter-homestead.
 

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MA Fruit Growers Annual Meeting

Wednesday, July 9: Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Association Annual Summer Meeting, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. UMass Cold Spring Orchard, 391 Sabin St., Belchertown, MA. 10 AM to 3:30 PM. $25 pre-registration for MFGA members, $35 all others, lunch included, 2 pesticide re-certification credits available.

Day includes:

  • UMass Cold Spring Orchard - Duane Greene & Shawn McIntire
  • Orchard Tour
  • Outlook Farm BBQ Lunch provided with the registration charge
  • Annual Summer Meeting and announcements - Al Rose, President
  • Welcome from the Dean - Steve Goodwin, Dean, College of Natural Sciences
  • Educational Program - Tracy Leskey, USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station

Visit www.massfruitgrowers.org for more information and to pre-register. Flier (.pdf) here.

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MNLA / MFGA Summer Conference and Trade Show

Thursday, July 24: Savage Farms, Deerfield, MA

Featuring Keynote speaker: Dr. Michael Dirr, University of Georgia for an eye opening look at the future in plant materials. Join Massachusetts' largest green industry associations - MFGA and MNLA - for their annual collaborative event, the 2014 Summer Conference and Trade Show on Thursday, July 24th. Take advantage of the newest ideas and cutting edge information, demonstrations, trade show, networking and great food!


Topics for pesticide credit: Invasive Insects of MA for Landcare Workers (English and Spanish); New Options in Control Strategies for the Greenhouse, Nursery and Landscape; Selecting and Using Backpack Sprayers.

Educational Sessions:

  • New State Nutrient Management Requirements for Professionals and Homeowners – Mary Owen, University of Massachusetts Extension
  • Invasive Plants – Jessica Lubell, University of Connecticut
  • Best of the Best Herbaceous and Woody Plants - Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers University
  • Evaluate, then Recycle, Reuse and Refresh, Landscape Plantings - Gary Koller, The Arnold Arboretum
  • New Options for Pest Management for the Greenhouse, Nursery and Landscape - Michael Oleykowski, Syngenta Ornamental Controls and Bioline – Northeast
  • Annual Trial Gardens at Elm Bank - David Fiske, Director of Trial Gardens, Massachusetts Horticultural Society
  • What’s New Under the Big Tent – Chris Kennedy, Kennedy Country Gardens, Scituate, MA
  • Considerations of Using Mulch – Randy Prostak, University of Massachusetts Extension
  • Keynote Presentation: The Future in Plant Materials - Dr. Michael Dirr, University of Georgia

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UMass Amherst Agricultural Field Day

Tuesday, July 29: 10:00 am - 4:00pm, 89-91 North River Road, South Deerfield, MA

All are invited to come for a guided tour of the South Deerfield Animal and Crop Research Farm
Come learn about our current research projects. A full listing of the topics being discussed can be found at: http://ag.umass.edu/events/. Lunch will be provided. All participants should be prepared to be outside for the day and closed-toe shoes are required.

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NOFA Summer Conference

August 8 - 10: The 40th NOFA Summer Conference is less than two months away! With 150+ workshops, live entertainment, dinner meet-ups, conferences for children and teens, farm tours, and much more, we hope you can join us for this fun and engaging weekend this August 8-10 in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Workshop topics include farming, gardening, land care, nutrition and food politics. We're also offering full and half day pre-conferences and 100+ exhibitors. Scholarships, affordable registration, and budget conscious accommodations are available.

To learn about the conference, see www.nofasummerconference.org.

 

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Peach Festival / MA Specialty Foods Annual Meeting

August 16 & 17: Peach Festival / MSFA Annual Meeting, Carlson's Orchard, 115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard

Growers and food businesses can exhibit at a low cost and sample and sell products. Enjoy music, pick fresh peaches and sample products from Massachusetts specialty food producers. For information on exhibiting, email ccoutrier@aol.com.

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More events and workshops listed here: www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/events/


USDA


USDA and Partners Usher in a New Era in Conservation

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the launch of what he calls “a new era in American conservation efforts” with an historic focus on public-private partnership.

“This is an entirely new approach to conservation,” Vilsack said. “We’re giving private companies, local communities and other non-government partners a way to invest in what are essentially clean water start-up operations.”

The new conservation program, called the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), was authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill and will benefit areas all across the nation, including Massachusetts.  RCPP streamlines federal conservation efforts by combining four programs (the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program, Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative, and the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion) into one.

The RCPP will competitively award funds to conservation projects designed by local partners specifically for their region. Eligible partners include private companies, universities, non-profit organizations, local and tribal governments and others joining with agricultural and conservation organizations and producers to invest money, manpower and materials to their proposed initiatives. More here.

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USDA-NRCS Seeks Conservation Innovation Grant Proposals

The Massachusetts State Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the availability of up to $130,000 in Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) funding to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.

For fiscal year 2014, Massachusetts NRCS will consider proposals for projects that address energy conservation, invasive species control, soil health and water quality. Additional topics may be considered at the State Conservationist’s discretion.

NRCS will fund single and multi-year projects. Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process. Projects are not to exceed three years with an anticipated project start date of September 1, 2014; award amounts for individual projects will range between $10,000 and $75,000. Eligible entities include federally recognized Indian tribes, state and local units of government, and non-governmental organizations and individuals in Massachusetts. More here.

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IN EVERY ISSUE

Briefs / Classified / Job Opportunities

  • Used High-Tunnel Hoops - $18 each, $15 for 50+.  Each hoop is custom-bent from a 21 ft. length of ¾” galvanized Schedule 40 pipe to a half circle measuring 14 ft. wide and 7 ft. high, weighing about 25 lbs. Cover as appropriate for your needs – poly, shade cloth, tarp or another material. An economical solution for many farm needs. Call Wayne Mezitt 508-962-1857, Hopkinton, MA.
  • Orchard Manager - Min. five years experience in tree fruit production. Pomology education preferred or related field. Current pesticide license. Sixty acres of orchards are located in Amherst and Belchertown. Position includes managing day to day operations, coordinating staff, maintaining machinery, pest and disease control, overseeing packing/storage operation, harvesting, winter tree maintenance and new plantings. Pay and benefits based on experience. Call 413-253-9528 for job description and questions.
  • Program Technician - US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Responsibilities include carrying out general office activities and functions pertaining to the administration of Farm Service Agency programs, and office administrative activities in Hadley, MA. Must be a high school graduate or equivalent; college background preferred. Interest in agriculture and farm background is desired along with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) knowledge. Salary range is $31,157 - $43,180/year depending on experience and education for this 40 hour a week, part-time, temporary position. All interested candidates must submit application FSA-675 or resume and KSA Statements by June 23, 2014. For detailed position requirements and application please call 413-585-1000 Ext. 2.
  • Historic Newbury, MA Farm for Sale - Faithfully restored double chimney country Federal farmhouse on 6.99 acres with 6 acres of cleared pasture land overlooking the Parker River. All new systems and restoration done in 1999, including a curly maple and purple heart kitchen. Period setting on Newbury's historic lower green with town boat landing across the street. Property established by first settler in 1635 and farmed ever since. Large 30 x 40 barn plus 3 outbuildings. Period features include Indian shutters, wainscotting, 6/6 windows, 8 original fireplaces, central hall with double staircase. Merrimac fine sandy loam soil, rated prime agricultural soil by Natural Resources Conservation Service. Planted in hay crop for past 15 years. Price: $650,000. Call 978-499-2299 for more information.
  • Agricultural Excavation – Grading Services - Provide earth moving, drainage, land/pasture reclamation, greenhouse preparation, and rock raking services. Includes but not limited to orchards/equine facilities/cranberry bogs/nurseries. Chris Merrill Excavating - merrilltrucks@comcast.net, 978-897-9977.

How to Place a Classified Ad

Classified ads are accepted free-of charge on a first-come basis. Be sure to include a phone number. No display ads will be accepted. Only one ad per business/individual per issue, unless space permits. Ads may run in consecutive issues, space permitting. Ads must be of interest to Massachusetts farmers. The Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) reserves the right to refuse any listing it deems inappropriate for publication. E-mail, fax or mail ads to: Farm & Market Report, MDAR, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02114, fax: 617-626-1850, Richard.LeBlanc@state.ma.us.

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