Showing posts with label farm. Show all posts
Showing posts with label farm. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Via CommonWealth Magazine: Franklin farm ready to benefit on one change, MetroWest commuters on another

"Rule change paves way for smokeable hemp" and Franklin farm ready to benefit

"FOR THE LAST four years, Linda Noel has planted and cultivated hemp, but the Franklin farmer has never been able to sell it because of strict regulations governing how her crop can be used. 

Now that’s about to change, as the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources published a new rule Monday night allowing the state’s hemp farmers to sell the flower of the plant to legal marijuana dispensaries, which can package it into smoking products. It opens a vast new market for hemp farmers by legalizing the sale of the most profitable product to come out of the hemp plant – smokeable flower. 

Hemp is a kind of cannabis plant, but unlike marijuana, it cannot get a person high. Hemp tends to be rich in CBD, which is thought to have therapeutic qualities, but does not have a significant amount of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana."

Continue reading the article online 

Visit Terrapin Farm on the web at -> https://terrapin.farm/

David Kashuba and KP Owens work harvesting hemp at Terrapin Farm in Franklin. (Courtesy Linda Noel)
David Kashuba and KP Owens work harvesting hemp at Terrapin Farm in Franklin. (Courtesy Linda Noel)


"Spilka scores victory on I-90 Allston project" and MetroWest commuters can benefit

"SENATE PRESIDENT Karen Spilka took a tour several weeks ago of the aging transportation infrastructure the state is looking to replace in the Allston area.

She walked underneath the badly deteriorated elevated section of the Massachusetts Turnpike. She inspected the commuter rail tracks and Soldiers Field Road and got a sense of how much stuff the state was trying to cram into a narrow section of land between Boston University and the Charles River that has come to be known as the throat.

“You see firsthand how tight it is,” Spilka said.

At the time of the tour, hosted by Transportation Secretary Jamey Tesler, the Baker administration had not made any decision about how to replace all those roads and tracks. At the conclusion of the tour, Spilka remembers being a bit agnostic on what repair approach should be adopted. “I’m not an engineer,” she said."

Continue reading the article online 

Direct link to the MassDOT Alston project -> https://www.mass.gov/allston-multimodal-project

Picture shows elevated Massachusetts Turnpike between BU and Charles River with Soldiers Field Road at grade.
Picture shows elevated Massachusetts Turnpike between BU and Charles River with Soldiers Field Road at grade. (via Commonwealth Magazine)

Thursday, July 22, 2021

The Guardian: "Small farms vanish every day in America’s dairyland: ‘There ain’t no future in dairy’"

“Look at that sweet heifer, high, tight udder, in her first lactation, idn’t she sweet?” auctioneer Tom Bidlingmaier shouts as his son Cory plods and slips and pushes the cow around a pen.

Watching it all are about 65 people, mostly men, mostly other small farmers in rubber boots, standing in mud and manure as they murmur their bids. Ron Wallenhorst, the farmer auctioning off his herd of 64 milking cows, is pacing and tapping an empty water bottle against his thigh. He has milked cows in his barn twice a day, every day, after taking over the farm from his father 32 years ago. By the afternoon, all the cows will be gone.

“This is our 401k,” said Ron, 55 years old, his tall frame still hearty though he’s 15 pounds lighter from stress."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)
The Guardian: "Small farms vanish every day in America’s dairyland: ‘There ain’t no future in dairy’"
photo by Greg Kahn/The Guardian

Thursday, October 31, 2019

In the News: Wenger's Farm closing; Twitter bans political ads; Rail Trail expands in Ashland

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

Wenger's Farm closing
"A family-owned farm and farmers market is closing after more than 26 years in business and is leasing out its properties – including the family house – while family members embark on a series of mission trips.

“I can’t say for sure whether or not it’s the end of an era at Wenger’s Farm or not,” said the Wengers’ Realtor, Brian Garvey of Keller Williams Realty/NH. The owner, Omar Wenger, purchased the property at 1048 South Main St. in 2011 and “ideally, he’d like it to be used as it is now.”

The farm will close on Saturday and has been offering closeout sales, according to a laminated sign posted outside the Wengers’ community country store. The family is leasing both its store and lower level space on-site, along with the family home next door at 1040 South Main St., according to listings published earlier this month on the New England Commercial Property Exchange (NECPE).

“God has been faithful in giving seed time and bountiful harvests,” reads the sign posted outside the door, with owners Omar and Barbara Wenger thanking their “faithful customers.” “Regretfully, this is our last season for operating Wenger’s Farm Store. We have consented to go to a mission in Africa beginning 2020.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20191030/wengers-farm-in-bellingham-closing-leasing-properties


Twitter bans political ads
"Twitter is banning all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages.

“While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted Wednesday in a series of tweets announcing the new policy.

Facebook has taken fire since it disclosed earlier in October that it will not fact-check ads by politicians or their campaigns, which could allow them to lie freely. CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Congress last week that politicians have the right to free speech on Facebook."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20191030/twitter-bans-all-political-advertisements

Rail Trail expands in Ashland
"Cyndi Sumner took a different route than usual to walk her chocolate Labradoodle on Monday afternoon.

While she usually goes to Ashland State Park, Sumner was intrigued by a new bridge spanning Mill Pond. With her home just a short walk away on Raymond Marchetti Street, she decided to explore the bridge instead of driving to the state park.

The only problem was that the Mill Pond entrance was blocked off for construction. Luckily, Sumner was able to find an alternative way there by walking through the Riverwalk Trail, a wooded pathway less than a mile long that runs alongside the Sudbury River and the north side of Mill Pond.

“I didn’t even know this path was here,” Sumner told the Daily News after trekking through the short trail."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20191030/work-advances-on-ashlands-riverwalk-trail

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Harvest Festival FUNdraiser - August 25

From Pour Richard's email newsletter:
"In the depths of winter, when I'm fantasizing about summer, those fantasies break down into 2 broad categories: the beach and late-summer vegetables. The beach because that's where I wish I was, the vegetables because I wish that's what I was eating. August is when gardens and farm stands explode with deliciousness faster than you can consume it.
If you've never had cause to appreciate your 5 senses, August at a farmer's market will change all that, with sights, sounds, and-especially-smells certain to have you drooling in anticipation. Zucchini, fresh herbs, garlic, eggplant. Beans. Radishes. And best of all: sweet corn and tomatoes.

Very little can compete with a freshly picked and cooked ear of corn on the cob. Or a tomato straight from the garden, still warm from the afternoon sun. But if you're getting bored with the minimalist vibe, grill your corn and top it with cotijo cheese and hot sauce for a take on Mexican street food.
Bake the tomatoes into a tart, or stir them into olive oil, garlic, and salt for a quick pasta sauce. Make a frittata. Bruschetta. Or toss the corn and tomatoes with olive oil, basil, and a touch of hot pepper for a salad that's basically August in a bowl.

Of course, we have some definite opinions on what you should drink with all that, starting with some ripe, rich Cali Chardonnays. The Neyers Carneros is a classic, but don't overlook Fulcrum's Durell Vineyard or Byron Kosuge's Sonoma Coast Chard. Seeing red instead?
Pick up the black cherry-laden Villain & Vixen Grenache or our new favorite Avalon Cabernet. Or split the difference and go pink: Bedrock's Ode to Lulu gives you the gutsy quality of a big red with the slithery coolness of a white, all in one bottle.

And if you really like your tomatoes and corn (and zucchini and herbs and local beer, cheese, meat, bourbon, etc), then mark your calendars for our Harvest Festival FUNdraiser for the Norfolk County Farm Bureau.
Your $10 ticket is a 100% donation to the Farm Bureau and includes samples of delicious farm to table food, farm to glass cocktails, organic wines, and local beers. Sunday, August 25 from 1-4 PM. Don't miss it!"
Where: 
Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits 

(508) 520-9163 | www.pourrichardswine.com
14 Grove Street  Franklin, MA 02038


some produce from my own garden
some produce from my own garden

Friday, June 14, 2019

Get your copy of "Our Family Farms"

The Franklin Agricultural Commission has created a nice one page listing of the farms along with a map of their location in Franklin. 

You can stop by the Agricultural Commission booth at the Strawberry Stroll to pick up a copy.

You can view and download a copy here
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b6dnRFJmDRiy55ZC2rIuoXNsiLIcpkra/view?usp=sharing




Get your copy of "Our Family Farms" at the Strawberry Stroll
Get your copy of "Our Family Farms" at the Strawberry Stroll

Thursday, September 6, 2018

2nd Annual MA Farm Bureau FUNdraiser - Sep 8

"Once upon a time, we were a nation of farmers, pushing ever westward in wagons and trains in search of fertile farmland. Before that, we tried, with cussed determination, to coax crops from New England hillsides studded with boulders and woven through with trees. But no more. Today, only around 1% of the US population is actively engaged in farming. That 1% might not seem very important-until you realize that the other 99% of us eat what that 1% grows.

Full disclosure: I grew up on a North Dakota family farm, not unlike the one in the photo, above. So I'm hardly an impartial observer. But in my humble, biased opinion, farmers are over-worked, under-rewarded, and definitely underpaid. They deserve every ounce of support we can muster. All of which explains why we were so happy to host last year's MA Farm Bureau Norfolk County FUNdraiser, and why we're doubly happy to be hosting again this year.

We truly mean the FUN part of that name. Craft beer, courtesy of Jack's Abby/Springdale and Brewmaster Jack. Crescent Ridge Dairy ice cream. Cocktails made from Privateer Rum and Privateer Tiki Gin, featuring local produce. Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino, poured by winemaker Roberto Gianelli of Tuscany's San Filippo Estate. High Limb Cider. And food! Chef Daniele Baliani of Waltham's La Campania is combining local pork, vegetables, herbs, and fruit into a feast for all the senses. Grilled pizza, arrancini, insalata caprese...mmm!

Your $10 ticket gets you unlimited samples of all of the above AND is a 100% donation to the Norfolk County Farm Bureau, earmarked for their scholarship fund. You can also meet some of the farmers from Franklin and surrounding towns, and learn about what they're growing and raising.

In short: delicious food and drink and great people, supporting the next generation of farmers. I could not love this event more. We hope you can join us."

2nd Annual MA Farm Bureau FUNdraiser
Saturday, September 8,  1-4 PM
at Pour Richards, 14 Grove Street Franklin MA


Shared via Pour Richards webpage
https://pourrichardswine.com/content/1-feeding-other-99-2nd-annual-ma-farm-bureau-fundraiser-sept-8

2nd Annual MA Farm Bureau FUNdraiser - Sep 8
2nd Annual MA Farm Bureau FUNdraiser - Sep 8

Monday, July 30, 2018

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Massachusetts Farm Bureau FUNdraiser - Sep 8


"A visit to the Farmer's Market in high summer is an exercise in flat-out hedonism. Mmm... fresh basil, that's smells amazing! The local tomatoes are starting to come in-I need some of those. Corn. I definitely need corn. Peaches! Do I have time to make peach cobbler? Or I could just bite into one right now....Blueberries! Can't forget those. Cucumbers. Snap peas. Fresh salad greens. Local cheese. I really should have brought more shopping bags.

These delights are brought to you courtesy of your local farmers, whose hard work produces delicious food which nourishes both body and spirit. And land devoted to farming preserves open space, a precious commodity when new condo developments are popping up all over town. Local farms are a wonderful asset to our town and region. Shopping at the Farmer's Market is an easy way to support them, but we could- and probably should-do more.

So when our fabulous customer Liz Smith approached us about holding a MA Farm Bureau event, we said, 'Absolutely! Count us in'. And the Pour Richard's Massachusetts Farm Bureau FUNdraiser was born.

Last year's event featured local produce, local cheese, local ice cream, local craft beer, organic wines, and a whole pig(!). Chef Daniele Baliani, of Waltham's La Campania, created an incredible feast, and a rollicking good time was had by all. We immediately started planning a sequel.

This year's MA Farm Bureau FUNdraiser will take place on Saturday, September 8, from 1-5 PM. Chef Daniele will be back. So will the ice cream, the beer, and the killer produce. Another pig is on the menu. And this year, we're featuring winemaker Roberto Gianelli, from Tuscany's San Filippo Estate, pouring his lovely organic Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Farm Bureau's scholarship fund. We will also donate a percentage of our sales.

Save the date, and definitely save up your appetite. Help us support our local farms. Because no farms= no food."

This was shared from the Pour Richard's page
http://pourrichardswine.com/content/no-farms-no-food

No farms, no food
No farms, no food

2nd Annual Massachusetts Farm Bureau FUNdraiser - Sep 8
2nd Annual Massachusetts Farm Bureau FUNdraiser - Sep 8


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

In the News: blueberry picking time; former Dean AD recognized

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"From afar, the several acres of 8-foot-tall bushes look like just that - bushes. But a closer look reveals thousands of blueberries ripening in the July heat, most deep-blue and the size of a nickel. 
Blueberry season is here, and Gianetti’s U-Pick-Blueberries Farm is ripe for the picking on Fridays and Saturdays until late August. 
A trip to the produce department, said part owner Pam Gianetti, pales in comparison to visiting a plantation. For $3.95 a pound at Gianetti’s, families can spend hours combing the five-acre property for the perfect pick. 
“The taste is better,” said Gianetti. “I’ve been eating these blueberries since I was 4. We have six different varieties and I can tell which variety I like best. They all have a slightly different taste.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180709/franklin-time-is-ripe-for-blueberries

the blueberry sign on Union St at Gianetti's
the blueberry sign on Union St at Gianetti's


"Former Dean College director of athletics John Jackson joined two other athletic administrators being inducted into the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame recently. 
Jackson, who was named the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year on three separate occasions (2002, 2010 and 2014), will be inducted alongside Ron Case, the former athletic director at Rowan College-Gloucester County and Mary Ellen Leicht, the former CEO of the National Junior College Athletic Association. 
The honor for Jackson comes after he spent 37 years in various roles at Dean College — including 27 as the director of athletics. His tenure with the Bulldogs began in 1980 when he took over the men’s basketball program and guided them to 120 wins in ten seasons — the most in the history of the program."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180709/strongformer-dean-college-director-of-athletics-recognizedstrong

Saturday, May 5, 2018

In the News: Y opens farm in Bellingham; Change your Twitter password

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Organic, community-harvested tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other vegetables will be ripe for picking come fall, thanks to the Hockomock Area YMCA’s newest volunteer farm in Bellingham. 
Officials held their ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the developing garden at 200 Center St. on Thursday afternoon, where a crowd gathered to witness the event and tour the new garden area. 
Marykate Bergen, a member of the Health Innovation Team at the YMCA, said the focus is the provide healthier options for children and families. 
“It’s a great way to get people access to healthy, locally-grown food in their own community,” she said. “Also, the volunteer opportunities allow people to get out and be more connected to the future of eating.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180503/bellingham-hockomock-area-ymca-unveils-garden


"Twitter is advising all users to change their passwords. 
The company said Thursday that it recently discovered a bug that stored passwords in an internal log in an unprotected form. 
Twitter says there’s no indication that there was a breach or that any of the passwords were misused. But as a precaution, Twitter recommends users consider changing the passwords they use to log onto Twitter. They should also change that password if they used it for any other services."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/zz/news/20180503/twitter-finds-security-bug-advises-changing-passwords
Follow Franklin Matters on Twitter @franklinmatters
Follow Franklin Matters on Twitter @franklinmatters

Growing Herbs Inside All Year Round - May 10



Lifelong Community Learning
presents

Growing Herbs Inside
All Year Round


$40

Thursday, May 10
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Grateful Farm
49 Prospect Street, Franklin
Let's grow herbs! Even if you don't have outdoor gardening space, there are plenty of herbs that you can grow indoors successfully on a sunny windowsill. Fresh herbs invigorate every meal and just make everything taste good. 


LCL@franklinps.net
    508-613-1480
FPS- Lifelong Community Learning, 218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Sent by lcl@franklinps.net in collaboration with
Constant Contact

Saturday, April 21, 2018

2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration at White Barn Farm - April 22

"Join us for our 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration at White Barn Farm 
Learn, Create, Challenge Yourself, Get your Face Painted and Pet a Goat! 
Celebrate all of the magic that Mother Earth provides us, connect with your local producers and the community we have cultivated here on this tiny point on the planet! 
This IS a fundraiser (for the farm), so we will be selling tickets to participate in most activities (carnival style). The parking fee is $10 and includes 5 tickets. In honor of Earth Day, Walkers and Bikers get 5 FREE tickets! Otherwise, Activity Tickets are $2 each. Bring Cash! We can charge your credit card if you are buying $10 or more. 
Katy Riley, farmer at Treehouse Farms and talented artist, made our supercool poster:"
2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration at White Barn Farm - April 22
2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration at White Barn Farm - April 22
There is a long list of activities for Earth Fest, visit their page for details
http://whitebarnfarm.org/earthfest-2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

In the News: student debt oversight needed; Medway Community Farm

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"As the Senate unanimously passed a bill to increase oversight of the student loan industry in Massachusetts, the measure’s House backers pointed to their own borrowing experiences to make the case for why their chamber should follow suit. 
Sen. Eric Lesser, the sponsor of the bill (S 2380) that passed the Senate Wednesday, said it would create a student loan ombudsman in the attorney general’s office, require the state licensing of student loan servicers and empower state officials to investigate abusive practices by loan servicers. 
Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat, said on the Senate floor that the bill would shine a light on an industry that now operates in the shadows, and that the country has reached “the boiling point” on student loan debt."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180411/student-debt-poisoning-everything-else-in-our-economy-senator-says



"Though recent snow flurries might suggest otherwise, warmer weather is coming, and the Medway Community Farm is gearing up to offer educational and community programs throughout the spring and summer. 
The Winthrop Street-based farm, now entering its eighth season, looks to inform local residents about farming and healthy eating, in addition to its mission of growing crops. The farm offers shares, in which participants can pick up produce regularly over the course of the growing season. 
Alison Dempsey, the farm’s education coordinator, said major work is currently taking place, now that the snow has melted and more temperate days are on the way. At the same time, the farm is ramping up to begin its informational programming."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180411/medway-community-farm-preparing-for-season

Sunday, October 8, 2017

In the News: cross country is different; Tangerini's pick your own flowers

Articles of interest for Franklin:
"There’s something different about cross country that sets it apart from other sports. 
There are no playbooks or signs to memorize. There are no balls to throw or hit, and there’s no need to maneuver around any approaching defender on a cross country course, unless you happen to take a wrong turn and a tree stands in your way. 
On a cross country course, although there is a team element to the sport, the runner is focused on just him or herself and how they can achieve the best possible time. And that is all up to them — no missed call by an official can alter their finish in a race. Much of a cross country runner’s individual performance is driven by just that, the individual. 
In a season that begins in the doldrums of summer, moves through the fall as the leaves change colors, and ends just before Thanksgiving with a pre-winter chill in the air, cross country runners need to train in a way that keeps them conditioned through all weather and course conditions. Different teams and their top runners have different training regimens to stay in peak physical shape."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/sports/20171007/high-school-notebook-cross-country-runners-experience-vigorous-season

Franklin Girls XC vs. Mansfield. On your marks... Let's Go Panthers! via Twitter
Franklin Girls XC vs. Mansfield. On your marks... Let's Go Panthers! via Twitter



"When the sun is shining and the air is warm, as is often the case this time of year, there is a general fluttering and buzzing that occurs among some of the furrows at Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm. 
This is where the wildflowers grow - a colorful realm of industrious honey and bumble bees languidly visiting the various blooms collecting nectar for winter, and of butterflies flittering, basking and sipping. It is also a spot visited by people, come to collect stems for themselves, mason jars, buckets, and clippers in hand. 
The mostly organic, non-GMO farm at 139 Spring St. has been running a CSA (community supported agriculture) flower share for about 10 years now. 
“People can come pick their own flowers,” said owner/grower Laura Tangerini on a recent warm afternoon, running her palms over a thick patch of red globe amaranth while taking a break from her other work to visit the flower furrows."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://franklin.wickedlocal.com/news/20171006/walk-on-wildflower-side-at-tangerinis-farm

https://twitter.com/TangerinisFarm
https://twitter.com/TangerinisFarm

Friday, August 11, 2017

“We’ve had an excellent blueberry crop this season"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"After a rainy, cool start to the season, blueberry gatherers might have expected slim pickings. But the reality is the exact opposite. 
Local blueberry growers say their bushes have been putting on a good show this summer, and picking is plentiful. 
“We have a really good crop of berries this year. The cool wet weather hasn’t seemed to affect the berry production,” said Pam Gianetti, of Gianetti’s U-Pick Blueberries on Franklin’s Union Street. 
There, about five acres of high bush blueberry bushes are tucked away amidst a residential neighborhood at 557 Union St. -- a hidden treasure pocket laden with the plump, dark blue gems of summer. Since 1979 the Gianetti family has welcomed visitors to their blueberry beds to pick their own buckets full of berries."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://franklin.wickedlocal.com/news/20170808/local-blueberries-are-reaching-peak-of-perfection

we went ti Gianetti's a couple of weeks ago and it was good picking
we went ti Gianetti's a couple of weeks ago and it was good picking

Sunday, July 2, 2017

#shopFranklin features Franklin Agway - Your Urban Farm Store

#shopFranklin spends time with Mel Hamblen, recent new owner of Franklin Agway - Your Urban Farm Store. Mel explains how she went from working in a lab to working on finding the best products for the Franklin community. We also learn how to make homemade root beer with a definitive fizz!





If you have pets, check out their line up of pet foods!

If you make your own beer, check out their beer supplies!

Franklin Agway - Your Urban Farm Store
Franklin Agway - Your Urban Farm Store

Visit Agway on Cottage St or visit them on the Internet at

Thursday, June 29, 2017

#ShopFranklin - Painted Lady Flower Farm (video)

Sarah Mabardy gets Amy Acevedo of Franklin's Painted Lady Flower Farm to share her story of how she became Franklin Massachusetts' local flower farmer.




Find out more about Amy and her wonderful flowers
https://www.facebook.com/PaintedLadyFlowers/

https://www.facebook.com/PaintedLadyFlowers/
https://www.facebook.com/PaintedLadyFlowers/

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"commercial urban agriculture is a newer trend"

With an Agricultural Commission underway, a thriving Community Gardens, and several farms in the area Franklin is maintaining a link to farming. And apparently, we are not alone!

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Long the domain of rural areas, commercial farming operations are now starting to take root in urban neighborhoods. 
“Demand has been really strong for this,” said Rose Arruda, urban agriculture coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, which has awarded approximately $1.5 million in urban farming grants over the past five years. 
Perched up on rooftops, packed into greenhouses or spread across vacant lots, urban farmers grow a variety of crops to sell to customers in their communities."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170623/farming-takes-root-in-city

Franklin's Community Gardens is located at the King St Memorial Fields

Monday, May 29, 2017

“We’re really excited to get going"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The Town Council has given its approval to a measure that would give local farmers a voice and promote efforts to “buy local” produce. 
At its March 24 meeting, the council unanimously agreed to establish an agricultural commission. The council would now petition the Legislature to allow for such a group. 
Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen said the idea came from a citizen. He said the hope was that the commission would encourage “buy local” efforts, educate residents about farms and provide a perspective on conflicts between farmers and neighbors. 
“There are some wonderful resources we have here,” he said. “(Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting) and I have met with proponents several times.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170528/franklin-council-oks-farming-group

Find out more about the Franklin Agriculture Commission on their Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/FrAgComMa/?fref=nf

Franklin Agriculture Commission looking for your help (Facebook photo)
Franklin Agriculture Commission looking for your help (Facebook photo)

Friday, May 12, 2017

In the News: drought conditions easing; Sons of Italy May breakfast

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"We’re pretty happy,” said Charlie Koshivas, owner of Fairmont Fruit Farm. “Last year was a poor year.” 
Those working the fields at the Franklin farm said in September that only 25 percent of their apples could be deemed “quality fruit,” - a sharp contrast to the 75 percent level the farm averages on regular years. 
“We didn’t have any peaches last year or any nectarines,” Koshivas said Thursday. “This year it looks like we could have a decent crop.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170511/local-farmers-relieved-as-drought-conditions-evaporate



"The Order Sons of Italy in America, Quattro Eroi Lodge 1414, will hold the annual May Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. May 21 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1034 Pond St. The menu will include scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, ham, bacon Italian pancakes, juice and coffee. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 10 and younger. Tickets are sold in advance via members and at the door. 
The March meeting of the Quattro Eroi Lodge was held at the Franklin cable TV station and featured a talk by local scholar and historian James Johnston. Johnston spoke about the immigration of Italians to Franklin. He placed the stories of local Franklin Italian families within the larger context of Italian immigrations to Canada, Australia and Brazil. 
For information: http://FranklinSonsofItaly.org.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170511/strongorder-sons-of-italy-in-america-announce-may-breakfaststrong

Monday, May 1, 2017

“I want them to feel protected"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Local farmers looking to form an agricultural commission in Franklin took their case to town officials last week. 
Members of the Town Council and Planning Board as well as the town administrator listened to a presentation on the matter Thursday evening. 
Melanie Hamblen, a co-owner of the Franklin Agway store, said that a number of farmers in town felt unwelcome at the municipal building, believed new regulations threatening their livelihoods could come up at any time and were worried for the future of farming."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170430/franklin-farmers-make-case-for-agricultural-commission

The presentation and discussion was to the Economic Development Subcommittee of the Town Council which includes a couple of members of the Planning Board as non-voting members.

The scheduled agenda for the meeting can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/04/agricultural-commission-discussion.html

Pick your own! In Franklin Ma — at Gianetti's U-Pick Blueberries.
Pick your own! In Franklin Ma — at Gianetti's U-Pick Blueberries.