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Berkshire Green Drinks: Land Stewardship in a Changing Environment
02:00PM / Monday, January 09, 2023
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. Robin Sears, the executive director of Williamstown Rural Lands, will speak at Berkshire Environmental Action Team's monthly Berkshire Green Drinks gathering on Wednesday, Jan.11, at 6 PM via Zoom.

Robin will discuss the mission, activities, and duties of local land trusts, outline how our natural environment and local demographics are changing, and consider management options for land stewards to respond to and anticipate the needs for ecosystem resilience. 

Pre-registration is required to attend the virtual gathering. Register at tinyurl.com/Jan2023-Berk-Green-Drinks

Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL) is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust. It

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Berkshire Grown Gets $550K Grant
12:40PM / Sunday, January 08, 2023
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The $550,000 Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA) Grant will strengthen Berkshire Grown's purchasing relationships with socially disadvantaged farmers through their Berkshire Farm to Food Access Partnership Program to distribute to new and existing food sites.   The initiative will establish an online ordering system, update purchasing contracts, expand the selection of local food and farm products, recruit volunteers for food delivery, prepare food storage locations, and distribute the food and farm products to underserved communities.   The grant funds a collaborative partnership that includes

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Berkshire Agricultural Ventures Awards Grant to Gould Farm
12:29PM / Monday, January 02, 2023
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV)  awarded Gould Farm a Resilience grant of $5,000 to complete construction of a new hoop house that will enable the farm to extend their growing season.    This grant was awarded in conjunction with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resource Conservation Services (USDA-NRCS).    "BAV recognizes the importance of helping farms implement adaptive growing strategies, like hoop houses, to address the increasing challenges Berkshire farmers face due to climate change. Recent growing seasons provide multiple examples of increased extreme weather patterns that increase

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BEAT Green Drinks Goes Countywide
04:54AM / Sunday, January 01, 2023
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After nearly 15 years of hosting their monthly Pittsfield Green Drinks gathering, Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) is expanding their Green Drinks from Pittsfield to county-wide, making it 'Berkshire Green Drinks'.   Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pittsfield Green Drinks took place exclusively at a restaurant or pub in Pittsfield. Starting in 2023, BEAT will begin changing the location of their in-person gatherings to different towns throughout Berkshire County every month.    They're also changing the monthly events to the second Wednesday of every month instead of the third Tuesday.   BEAT hopes to offer

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Berkshire Grown Gets $87K Grant to Support Farmers Market
02:25PM / Friday, December 23, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Grown was awarded $86,886.83 from the state Department of Agricultural Resources to support its winter farmers market.    The organization was one of nine regional Buy Local groups receiving a total of $750,000 in grants from the Baker-Polito administration to help generate consumer awareness and demand for locally grown food products while at the same time improving logistical access to these important food sources.    Through these Buy Local grants, organizations will partner with the administration to achieve shared goals, such as ensuring access to sustainable food, educating the consumer to understand local food sources, and

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No Drought Conditions in Berkshire County
11:58AM / Saturday, December 17, 2022
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BOSTON — The Drought Management Task Force announced that Berkshire County remains at level 0 or normal drought conditions.   This is not the case for the rest of the state.   "Even though the weather is getting colder and wetter, we can't lose sight of the fact that several regions within Massachusetts continue to be impacted by drought conditions," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. "It is important that everyone, especially those living and working in the Northeast, Cape Cod, and Islands Regions, continue to practice water conservation in order to ensure that our water resources fully rebound."   While some parts of

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December is the Start of Bird Feeding Season
08:08AM / Friday, November 25, 2022
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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends Vermonters wait to put up bird feeders until Dec. 1 to avoid attracting bears.    "Winter bird feeding is a good way to attract birds arriving from Canada, including evening grosbeaks and purple finches, as well as resident birds including northern cardinals and black-capped chickadees," said Doug Morin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife's bird project leader.  "Black oil sunflower is a good seed choice that will attract a variety of birds.  Adding other seeds or suet can help to attract certain species.  Thistle, for example, attracts many of the finches.  Gardeners will find leaving late-blooming

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South County Towns Receive Habitat Management Grants
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11:12AM / Wednesday, November 23, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington and Stockbridge were both awarded MassWildlife Habitat Management grants.   The Baker-Polito Administration announced it has awarded $483,922 in state grant funds to thirteen organizations and municipalities to improve wildlife habitat on 514 acres of land within the Commonwealth.    The Berkshire Natural Resources Council in Great Barrington has been awarded $33,875 to control invasive species in the Housatonic River watershed.   The Stockbridge Bowl Association has been awarded $11,885 to conduct hardy kiwi invasive species control at Bullard's Woods.   Now in its ninth year, the MassWildlife Habitat Management

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Bard College Receives State Funds for Long Pond Brook Restoration
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11:00AM / Monday, November 21, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The state awarded Bard College at Simon's Rock $150,000 through the Department of Fish and Game's (DFG) Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) that will support data collection, preliminary design, and permitting of the Long Pond Brook Restoration Project   The Baker-Polito Administration announced that the DFG DER has awarded through its Priority Projects Program approximately $11.8 million in grant funding to 24 projects that will strengthen community preparedness for large storms, improve climate-ready infrastructure, and protect fish, wildlife, and river and wetland habitats.    "Ecological restoration is essential for

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Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers Market Season Begins
04:28PM / Tuesday, November 15, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Grown kicks off their 2022-2023 indoor Winter Farmers Market season on the weekend before Thanksgiving, in both north and south Berkshire County.

In Great Barrington, the first in the season of six indoor Winter Farmers Markets will take place from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Housy Dome (Housatonic is a village of Great Barrington) on Saturday, Nov. 19, and run through Saturday, April 15, 2023.

The North Adams/Williamstown Winter Farmers Market will take place at Greylock WORKS on Sunday, Nov 20 and Sunday, Dec. 18, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The Housy Dome is located at 1064 Main Street in Housatonic and is included on the Berkshire Regional Transit

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