When Amanda Barker arrived in Worcester for graduate school, she wanted to grow food and build community. Today, she and a corps of volunteers are raising produce on a third of an acre behind a church. Her biggest hurdle was inadequate irrigation, so she contacted NRCS for help.
The beauty of the Berkshire Hills belies the challenges faced by five generations of the Galusha family who have farmed this rugged land at Fairfield Farm in Williamstown. With the help of NRCS, Jay Galusha has improved soil health on the 400 acres of hay land and 220 acres of corn.
When Samantha Whittier’s dad, Wayne, signed up for aerial cover crop seeding offered by NRCS, a conservation practice that involves a helicopter swooping over fields, releasing seed from a hopper swinging below the chopper, they knew public education was in order.
Frank Kokoski and his daughter Lisa started F&L Farms in Ware, Massachusetts in 2004, with a few chickens, pigs and cows. The farm grew quickly and so did the livestock’s impact on the farm’s natural resources. They soon realized they needed help and contacted NRCS.
Al Rose and his wife Nancy, who operate Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, Mass., have introduced an innovative growing system. To ensure success in an area that sees its share of dry summers, Rose sought the help of NRCS.
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