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Monument Valley Road Construction Begins Week of 6/17

During the week the road will be limited to local traffic only between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Farmer’s ‘dream come true’: Great Barrington cannabis retailer gets final state license to grow outdoors

Dobson has two greenhouses already up and is building a third. That way, he can continue to grow over the winter. But the bottom line is there won't be as much outdoor product as there would be in a normal growing season.

Lee pot shop, Sheffield farm receive final licenses from state cannabis authorities

Nova Farms in Sheffield says it will use sustainable methods to minimize its carbon footprint and will also be home to livestock such as Scottish Highland cattle and an apple orchard.

‘Grown in the Berkshires’: First outdoor cannabis growing facilities in the state planned for Sheffield

Theory Wellness, which opened its doors in 2017 in Great Barrington as Berkshire County’s first medical pot dispensary and earlier this year began selling the recreational variety, is partnering with organic farmer Ted Dobson to open an outdoor grow facility at Dobson's Equinox Farm on Bow Wow Road.

‘Farm-to-bong?’ Lawmakers hail new pot law as opportunity for farmers

State farmers who are interested in growing marijuana will have to apply for a license, but lawmakers say the barrier to entry will much lower than it was for those who wanted to cultivate and sell the medical marijuana

Great Barrington Selectboard considers resolution to protect organic farms from GMOs and pesticides

“There are a lot of people trying to do organic farming around here. This [resolution] is about protecting our local organic farmers. If you get GMO seed into your field, you’re done.” -- Selectboard member Bill Cooke, who introduced a draft resolution intended to protect the integrity of organic farms and their produce.

Bits & Bytes: First Fridays Artswalk; ‘The Passion of Camille Saint-Saëns and César Franck’ at the Mahaiwe; ‘SEED: The Untold Story;’ Joey Alexander at...

In the last century, 94 percent of seed varieties have disappeared. The documentary film “SEED: The Untold Story” follows passionate seed keepers protecting a 12,000 year-old food legacy.

Berkshire farms and wells hit hard by worst drought in a decade

The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows “extreme drought” conditions mostly in eastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire, and those areas are under voluntary or mandatory water use restrictions. While there are no restrictions in the Berkshires, some people have been forced to conserve.

Bits & Bytes: Native American Festival; the Skivvies at the Colonial; Diane Taraz at the Bidwell House; expansion grant for CHP; 2016 Local Farmer...

The goal of the Local Farmer Awards is to strengthen farmers’ abilities to compete in the marketplace so that the region benefits from the environmental, health, and economic advantages of local farming.

Culinary Adventures: Laura Meister’s Farm Girl Farm

There are many paths to becoming a farmer but Meister’s struck me as delightfully unusual – she majored in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on for a Masters degree in the same field at Tufts.

BerkShares names new slate of directors

“If we continue on this path of — dare I say it — food self-sufficiency, we could feed the whole county using 500 acres or fewer. BerkShares is a currency that actually reflects an understanding that we can do things for ourselves.” -- Ted Dobson, Equinox Farm in Sheffield

Culinary Adventures: The Old Inn on the Green

The Old Inn exudes the qualities one expects of the quintessential New England inn, with its rustic atmosphere, candle-lit rooms, seamless service, and, most importantly, elegant food.
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