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THE SELF-TAUGHT GARDENER: Life is a beech

When it comes to woody plants, I feel more strongly about protecting them from insects and managing diseases than I do about perennials and annuals.

Bits & Bytes: Dylan Perrillo Orchestra; Fair Saturday in Williamstown; Monterey makers’ market; CoA luncheon

As an adjunct professor in Connecticut's community college system, David Bosco has taught courses in American history, labor history, state and local government, and business law.

A matter of philanthropy – or vanity

Kids’ welfare ought to be our first, second, third and fourth philanthropic priorities and when the kids are all set with food, shelter, loving adults and good schools, then we may turn our attention to the adults, and then to the animals.

Forest mindfulness and ‘liquid gold’ at Gould Farm: It’s sugaring season

Maple sugaring is an unpredictable business at best; those familiar with the task know that it takes a whopping 40 gallons of sap to yield one gallon of amber colored syrup.

Local food businesses rely on community, creativity to weather the unpredictable Berkshire off-season

So the next time your family (or belly) asks what’s for dinner, fear not: Creative, local options abound, which means you can think outside the kitchen—and the box—and make it through March well-fed and ready to tackle the long-awaited spring.

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.”

Business Briefs: Gift for Gould Farm; Marcus Lemonis at Berkshire Money Management; Enchill joins CHP board; new Hancock Shaker Village curator; Rap, Inc. teen...

In his talk at Berkshire Money Management, Marcus Lemonis will address local business owners and economic leaders about looking toward the future of their companies and knowing what to do.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Winners Take All’ — The dangers of ‘doing well by doing good’

Instead of waiting to see where Zuckerberg and his fellow billionaires decide to bestow their riches next, how about we advocate to eliminate the myriad tax tricks so that there is more tax revenue to support public education.

Georgiana C. O’Connell, 93, formerly of Monterey, teacher at Monterey School

She served on various boards within the Town of Monterey. She was the first woman elected to the select board where she served for almost 10 years.

United Way grant for Flying Cloud a ‘dream come true’ for educating young women in science

Flying Cloud Institute has just received $25,000 from Berkshire United Way to support its Young Women in Science after-school and summer programs reaching more than 360 girls in grades 3 to 12 from Sheffield to Pittsfield.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend; Throwdown Collective at Berkshire Pulse; Dom Flemons at Hancock Shaker Village; Whiffenpoofs benefit performance; Lee Siegel at...

Musician, singer-songwriter and slam poet Dom Flemons is a founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band that won a Grammy Award in 2010.

Flying Cloud Institute appoints new executive director

Maria Rundle is currently the director of development at Gould Farm in Monterey, where she has worked since 2008. Initially managing the childcare program, Rundle was promoted to her current position in 2012 where she has raised a substantial portion of Gould Farm’s annual budget.

Culinary Adventures: The Coffee Chef at No. Six Depot

Flavio Lichtenthal became obsessed with coffee at a young age, an easy thing to do in Buenos Aires, with its strong Italian community and its concomitant coffee culture.

How Share the Bounty got started

I was struck by the notion that every dollar donated — in serving three goals —would effectively triple in value: supporting a local farmer, preserving our rural landscapes, and providing fresh, healthy food to community members in need. -- Jonathan Hankin, founder of Share the Bounty
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