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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.

Winter is just the beginning at The Farm New Marlborough

Farmer Tom is a one man-show, unless you count the dozens upon dozens of animals that are slowly transforming the rugged land through rotational grazing patterns, proving, in short, that many hooves make light work.

Wintertime produce: Mill River Farm extends the growing season with right combination of conditions, plants

Feb. 2 marked the return to 10 hours of daylight; as a result, Johnson’s seed house is currently brimming with all varieties of microgreens that are lush, healthy and being consumed at a rapid clip at the myriad local restaurants for which she is the supplier.

Animal agriculture in winter: What farmers do when they’re not growing greens

“We don’t see as much agriculture here as you would in a different part of the country,” Sean Stanton explained; as a result, “you end up with people wondering why the cows are outside in the snow and not understanding how their systems work.”

Greenagers launches “Close the Gap” campaign to support expansion, acquisition, of Kellogg Conservation Center; more than $1.1 million raised so far

The care and stewardship of an historic property offers a unique opportunity for area youth to glean lessons of the past as they develop ideas for a sustainable future.

SUSTAINABLE BERKSHIRES: The Berry Patch and Wyomanock Farm ‘Celebrate Stephentown’

The Berry Patch is an amazing farm. The owners are innovators. The farm is the leader in pesticide-free berry production in the nation.

Berkshire Grown farm tour shows collaboration among area farmers is alive and well

“Our day is about collaborating — in particular the collaboration of farmers,” said Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown, to an impressive group of participants who gathered at Sky View Farm in Sheffield to kick off the day-long farm tour.

Egremont Green News: Let dandelions grow and help a pollinator near you

On May 1, Egremont followed Great Barrington and Williamstown in passing a resolution to protect bees and butterflies and a multitude of creatures that play a critical role in the ecosystem.

Building a sustainable food chain at Climbing Tree Farm

Farming at Climbing Tree is particularly labor-intensive given its hillside location, but there is a significant upside: the view. The farm looks out on a small lake, forests and the mountainous terrain of Massachusetts.

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.

NATURE’S TURN: Seed and feed rich colors, flavors for the New Year

Beginning with an aspect of the backstory of seed development seems fitting as the old year turns to the new and all of us have already or will soon choose seeds for our gardens and farms.

SUSTAINABLE BERKSHIRES: Brattle Farm, a green treasure where you’d least expect it

Donna Chandler and her husband, Bill, owners of Brattle Farm, bought the land 10 years ago when it was a series of hay fields.

Jan Johnson at Mill River Farm: The four-season farmer

By helping to control the internal temperature of the greenhouse, plants that would otherwise remain dormant grow happily. The heated greenhouse also opens up a new category of plants that can tolerate darkness but not frost.

Agricultural Adventures: The chèvre of Rawson Brook Farm

There is no information on the web about Rawson Brook Farm, so visitors have to know something about goat cheese or the farm before they arrive.

Agricultural Adventures: Sean Stanton — farmer, selectman, father

Stanton is not just a successful farmer. He credits his interest in serving on town boards to the model set by his parents, who have always taken into their home people who need help in various ways.

Agricultural Adventures: Mill River Farm

“Farming has been the most challenging and demanding endeavor of my life. “ -- Jan Johnson, owner of Mill River Farm
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