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May 2019

Conservation workshop

May 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Conservation workshop for Hampden/Hampshire Counties farmers and forest land owners planned The Hampden/Hampshire Counties Conservation Districts will host a workshop where farmers and forest land owners can learn about programs that offer technical and financial assistance to help them address natural resource concerns on their land. The workshop, titled Conservation Planning, Practices and Programs, will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, 195 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035. Meet representatives from the USDA Natural Resources…

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Public Hearing on APR Regulations

May 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
John W. Olver Transit Center, Allen Meeting Room, 12 Olive St
Greenfield, MA

The Department of Agricultural Resources will hold a public hearing on amendment of 330 CMR 22.00. The Department is proposing changes to address the transfer and sale of a parcel protected by an APR. The revised regulations will provide APR landowners with a clearer understanding of their requirements at the time of transfer, the Department’s process for review and their rights to withdraw and appeal the Department’s decision. Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the hearing. Written testimonies…

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Gardening the Community’s Plant Sale & Gardener’s Gathering

May 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Gardening the Community, 200 Walnut Street
Springfield, MA 01105 United States

Join GTC and the Springfield Food Policy Council on Saturday, May 11 for an annual Plant Sale and Gardener's Gathering. There will be a wide selection of healthy vegetable and fruit starts (young plants ready to go in the ground) available, along with many herbs and flowers. Prices range from $2.00 - $4.00 for seedlings, and only $25.00 for a beautiful, overflowing hanging basket. NEW offerings this year: Cauliflower, Celery, Rainbow Swiss Chard, Leeks, Poblano Peppers, Rosa Bianca Eggplant, White…

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Berkshire Backyard Beekeepers

May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Route 102 and 183
Stockbridge, MA,

Join local beekeepers on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm on the grounds of Berkshire Botanical Garden. Each month’s meeting, will involve season-appropriate discussions and demonstrations using the BBG apiary, weather permitting. Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 For more information visit our website: http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/ Or Phone: 413-298-3926 Or Email: info@berkshirebotanical.org

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Field Workshop: Plant identification, forage calculations, soil health/sampling, stockpiling

May 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday, May 15, 9 am to 12 noon UMASS Hadley Farm, 111 North Maple St, Hadley, MA Topics: Plant identification, forage calculations, soil health/sampling, stockpiling Speakers: Bob Skalbite and Dr. Masoud Hasemi, UMASS Register for this workshop at: https://goo.gl/forms/sFIqmM2oxieDkTdg2 or by emailing jean.king@uconn.edu These workshops are part of a 2017-2020 USDA/NESARE Professional Development Program Grant, a joint project among the Universities of CT, MA and RI.

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Writing in the Garden

May 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Writers from Emily Dickinson to Edith Wharton to Eudora Welty have found their gardens to be wellsprings of sensory experience that stimulated their writing. In this two-hour workshop, visit the fields and designed gardens at Nasami Farm and write spontaneously in response to prompts—verbal or visual cues provided by the workshop leader—inspired by the surroundings. No previous writing experience required. Please bring a notebook, pen or pencil, and water, and dress for the weather. Program Code: ART2009 Instructor: Jane Roy…

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Ecology of Mount Tom

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Easthampton, MA Easthampton, MA 01027 United States

Mount Tom is an iconic traprock ridge nestled between Easthampton and Holyoke. Learn about its distinctive geology, glacial history, and rich plant communities on a hike towards the summit. Habitat: upland forest Known For: striking geologic features and rare plant communities Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult Program Code: FDT2072 Instructor: Yoni Glogower urban forester, MA DCR Fee: $38 (Member) / $46 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB CEU: NOFA AOLCP: 4 Cosponsor: Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Registration: online

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Rattlesnake Gutter Hike

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Leverett, MA Leverett, MA 01054 United States

Discover spring ephemerals along the historical road of this important habitat. This little-known nook features impressive calcareous rock cliffs and enchanting wooded areas. Will we find hordes of rattlesnakes? Probably not, but we will find some excellent native plant specimens! Habitat: maple, birch, hemlock, and hardwood transitional forest; calcareous cliffs Known For: spring ephemerals, columbine, geological features Difficulty: Moderate Program Code: FDT2071 Instructor: George LoCascio Fee: $28 (Member) / $35 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB CEU: NOFA AOLCP: 3…

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