For Immediate Release - October 03, 2012


BOSTON – Wednesday, October 03, 2012 – Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced grants totaling $375,000 have been awarded to 33 projects that will help farmers mitigate or prevent negative impacts to natural resources from agricultural practices.

“We are delighted to be able to support our local farmers in their efforts to ensure a sustainable future for their farms,” said Secretary Sullivan. “I congratulate all of this year’s award recipients”

Awarded through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ (DAR) Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP) grants went to farms in the towns of Ashfield, Becket, Carver, Cataumet, East Sandwich, East Taunton, Fairhaven, Halifax, Hardwick, Hawley, Lakeville, Leverett, Middleboro, Plympton, Rehoboth, Rochester, Shelburne, Sherborn, Stow, Westhampton, Westport, Winchendon and Worthington.

These grants will fund projects such as automated irrigations systems for cranberry operations, milkhouse wastewater treatment, compost facilities, fencing, and drip irrigation.

“This grant program not only helps farmers protect the state’s natural resources but also advances several of the strategies outlined in the recent Climate Change Adaptation report,” said DAR Commissioner Greg Watson. “The importance of implementing environmentally responsible land stewardship practices could not be any greater as we seek to adapt to changes in our climate and ensure that our local food supply remains viable.”

AEEP funds practices that improve water quality, promote water conservation, and improve air quality. Farmers selected to participate are reimbursed for the approved costs of materials up to $25,000.

AEEP is one of several programs within DAR’s Division of Agricultural Conservation and Technical Assistance (DACTA), whose mission is to advance the conservation and utilization of agricultural resources through preservation, environmental stewardship, technology, technical assistance and education in order to enhance the viability of agricultural enterprises and safeguard natural resources.  AEEP has funded 422 projects statewide since 1999, providing growers and producers approximately $5 million to address environmental concerns on their farms.

Today’s grant awardees:

Farm Name

Last Name


Project Type


Bayside Agricultural, Inc.BeatonMiddleboroTailwater Recovery System


Benson's Pond, Inc.GilmoreMiddleboro(3) Automated Irrigation


Bug Hill FarmKerivanAshfieldDrip Irrigation


Carved In Stone, LLCDriscollCarverTailwater Recovery System


Cedar Meadow Cranberry, Inc.PontiffCarverIrrigation Pump; Mainline


Chop Chaque Cranberries, Inc.ButlerMiddleboroTailwater Recovery


Cranberry Country BogsMelvilleCarver(4) Automated Irrigation


Crimson CranberryBrillonRochesterAutomated Irrigation


Derby Ridge FarmMikoskiStowPesticide Storage


Edgewood Bogs, LLCRhodesCarverPesticide Mixing and Loading


EIEIO FarmCrockerLeverettFencing; Irrigation


Handy Cranberry TrustHandyCataumet(2) Auto Irrigation


Kenburn OrchardsFlaccusShelburneIrrigation Pond


Mayval FarmParsonsWesthamptonBark Mound System


Meadow Brook FarmLacasseRehobothFencing; Irrigation


Molin FarmMolinHardwickFencing


Morning Dew FarmRidaWorthingtonFencing; Animal Train


Morse Brothers, Inc.Morse IIIHalifaxAutomated Irrigation


Otter River Farm, LLCSmithWinchendonCompost Pad


P.J. CranberriesHanlonEast SandwichPesticide Storage


Peace Haven ProjectMetcalfBecketTrickle Irrigation; Well


Peaceful Gathering Place, Inc.MorceauFairhavenDrip Irrigation


Porter Bog Company, Inc.KnightRochesterTailwater Recovery


Remeskyla CranberriesRemesSouth CarverPesticide Storage


Rocky River BogDrollettPlymptonAutomated Irrigation


Sherry's BerriesBernierLakevillePop-up Irrigation


Shinglebrook FarmManningShelburneFencing; Barnyard Improvements


Sidehill FarmKlippensteinHawleyMilkhouse Wastewater Treatment


Spring Rain FarmMcCaffreyEast TauntonLift Pump


Starsza FarmSzaroWestportIrrigation System


Sunshine FarmGeogheganSherbornDrip Irrigation


Triple CClemishawRochesterIrrigation Pump; Fuel Containment


W.D. Bog, Inc.HarrimanCarver(2) Automated Irrigation


For more information on the AEEP Program, visit

For information on the Division of Technical Assistance programs, visit:

DAR's mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions - Agricultural Conservation & Technical Assistance, Agricultural Markets, Animal Health, and Crop and Pest Services - DAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the rich diversity of the Commonwealth's agricultural community to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture's role in energy conservation and production. For more information, visit DAR's website at, and/or follow at