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Conservation Connection e-blast - March 1, 2012

Conservation Connection e-blast

Conservation Connection e-blast...the latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners 

John KokoskiUSDA features Hadley, Mass. dairy farmer on new Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass interactive website

USDA has unveiled the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, an interactive web-based document and map highlighting the department's support for local and regional food projects and successful producer, business and community case studies. A report on the new website mentions John Kokoski, owner of Mapleline Farm in Hadley, Mass. for his work with the department's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

lightbulb surrounded by laurelNRCS seeks Conservation Innovation Grant proposals

The Massachusetts State Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking proposals for projects that demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to protecting soil, water, air, plant, animal and energy resources for possible funding through a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Some $217,000 is available for Massachusetts projects. Proposals are due Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm.

Farm to School Convention slated for March 15 in Sturbridge

The second statewide Massachusetts Farm to School Convention will be held on March 15, 2012 at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass. This full-day convention will feature leaders in the farm to school movement providing information on everything from creating school gardens to overcoming logistical barriers to local foods procurement to the growing partnerships between schools and community farms.

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NRCS Massachusetts State Office: 451 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002 | 413-253-4350 | fax 413-253-4395 |  

Christine S. Clarke, State Conservationist

Massachusetts Conservation Connection editor: Diane Baedeker Petit, Public Affairs Officer

NRCS field offices are located at USDA Service Centers in Barnstable, Greenfield, Hadley, Holden, Pittsfield, Westford and West Wareham.
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