For Immediate Release - October 28, 2010

Agricultural Officials Announce Grants for Environmental Improvements at Farms in 25 Communities

BOSTON - October 28, 2010 - In keeping with Governor Patrick's commitment to protecting the environment, Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner Scott Soares today announced 35 grants to fund projects mitigating or preventing negative impacts to natural resources from agricultural practices.

Awarded through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources' (DAR) Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP), grants totaling $465,000 went to farms in the towns of Barnstable, Bourne, Carver, Deerfield, Duxbury, Hanson, Harwich, Kingston, Lakeville, Leicester, Lanesboro, Marion, Middleboro, Norwell, Plymouth, Raynham, Rochester, Sandwich, Stockbridge, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Ware, Wareham, Westport and Williamstown.

These grants will fund projects such as automated irrigations systems for cranberry operations, manure storage areas, milkhouse wastewater systems, and rainwater collection for a greenhouse operation.

"The grants improve environmental quality in rural areas of the state and help our farms become more sustainable by reducing their impact on natural resources," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles.

"As it enters its second decade, AEEP has proven to be a key tool to help farmers maintain their stewardship of the land," said DAR Commissioner Scott Soares. "I congratulate all of these recipients who are ensuring a sustainable future for local farms and our Commonwealth."

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 $30,000.

AEEP is one of several programs within the Department's Division of Agricultural Technical Assistance (DATA), the mission of which is to provide technical assistance, training and funding to promote economically viable and environmentally sound agricultural practices in Massachusetts. AEEP has funded 390 projects statewide since 1999, providing growers and producers more than $4.5 million to address environmental concerns on their farms.

 

County

City

Farm Name

Project Type

Amount

Barnstable

Barnstable

J.A. Jenkins & Son Cranberry LLC

Automated Irrigation System

$8,170

Barnstable

Bourne

Handy Cranberry Trust

Automated Irrigation System

$6,255

Plymouth

Carver

Line Bog Cranberries Inc.

Automated Irrigation System; Irrigation Pump

$18,325

Plymouth

Carver

Peltola Cranberries

Automated Irrigation System

$10,000

Plymouth

Carver

Pole Line Bog

Automated Irrigation System

$10,000

Plymouth

Carver

Edgewood Bogs LLC

Pesticide Mixing & Storage

$1,188

Plymouth

Carver

Blue Line Cranberry LLC

Auto Irrigation; Irrigation Pump

$7,250

Plymouth

Carver

Mutton Island Realty Trust

Auto Irrigation; Pump; Pop-ups; Fuel Containment

$24,960

Plymouth

Carver

Remeskyla Cranberries

Automated Irrigation System

$5,381

Barnstable

Barnstable

Old Stage Bog

Auto Irrigation; Pesticide Storage; Pump

$12,000

Franklin

Deerfield

Williams Farm, Inc.

Zone Tillage

$14,739

Plymouth

Duxbury

Historic O'Neil Farm, Inc.

Vegetated Treatment Area

$14,250

Plymouth

Hanson

Satucket Cranberries, LLC

Automated Irrigation System

$8,423

Barnstable

Harwich

Paul Savery

Flume; Canal; Pop-ups; Pump

$12,787

Plymouth

Kingston

Herndon Cranberries, LLC

Automated Irrigation System

$10,000

Plymouth

Lakeville

Holloway Brook Bog

Automated Irrigation System

$10,000

Plymouth

Lakeville

Little Spring Farm

Fencing

$3,536

Berkshire

Lanesborough

Secum Brook Farm

Fencing

$5,727

Worcester

Leicester

Cooper's Hilltop Farm

Waste Storage Facility

$30,000

Plymouth

Marion

Farrell Cranberry

Auto Irrigation; Pop-ups; Pump

$18,828

Plymouth

Middleboro

Jack Lucas Bogs Inc.

Automated Irrigation System

$10,000

Plymouth

Norwell

Hornstra Farms

Milkhouse Waste System - Bark Mulch Bed

$30,000

Plymouth

Plymouth

Peter B. Stearns Cranberry Bogs Inc.

Automated Irrigation System

$10,000

Plymouth

Plymouth

Kapell Cranberries, Inc.

Auto Irrigation; Tailwater Recovery

$20,982

Plymouth

Plymouth

Cranberry Hill Organic Farm

Irrigation Pump; Pop-up Irrigation

$6,026

Plymouth

Plymouth

Southers Marsh Cranberry Bogs Inc.

Auto Irrigation System; Irrigation Pump

$13,000

Bristol

Raynham

Olson's Greenhouse

Automated Irrigation System

$8,408

Plymouth

Rochester

Redhead Cranberry Co.

Automated Irrigation System

$3,475

Barnstable

Sandwich

P.J. Cranberries

Automated Irrigation System

$5,272

Berkshire

Stockbridge

Cone Brook Farm

Manure Storage; Feeding Pad

$21,375

Middlesex

Tewksbury

Krochmal Farms

Manure Spreader

$30,000

Essex

Topsfield

Meredith Farm

Fencing

$13,859

Hampshire

Ware

F+T Farms

Heavy Use Area; Underground Outlet

$23,750

Bristol

Westport

Hilltop Farm

Rainwater Collection

$7,214

Berkshire

Williamstown

Ridgeview Farm

Heavy Use Area; Veg. Treatment Strip

$30,000

DAR's mission is to ensure the long-term viability of local agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions - Agricultural Development, Animal Health, Crop and Pest Services, and Technical Assistance - DAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the Commonwealth's agricultural community, working 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 www.mass.gov/agr, and/or follow us at http://twitter.com/MDARCommish. For your gateway to locally grown products, specialty foods, and fun ag-tivities go to www.mass.gov/massgrown.