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It’s conservation for all seasons at Mill River Farm

Steep land and a short growing season? Not a problem for Jan Johnson, owner of Mill River Farm, a 32 acre certified-organic produce and livestock farm in New Marlborough, Mass., in the heart of the Berkshire hills. She’s tackling those challenges with a little help from NRCS.

A symphony of songbirds at Red Apple Farm

Early one morning, Bill Rose was walking through an area of his family’s farm in Phillipston, Mass. that had been clear cut in a forest conservation project. The land looked very different. But, it wasn’t what he was seeing that got his attention. It was what he was hearing.

Employee Spotlight: Lisa Barnes, Soil Conservationist

When a landowner was nervous about clear cutting a swath of her forestland in a conservation project to establish early successional habitat, Lisa Barnes, Soil Conservationist in the Greenfield, Mass. field office, calmed her concerns by putting herself in the landowner’s shoes.

Conservation nets better irrigation, saves money and doubles growing space

Filling up 500-gallon water tanks with a garden hose, then hauling them out to the field isn't the most efficient way of irrigating crops. Yet, that’s how Matt Churchill and Jennifer Christian of Pariah Dog Farm in Falmouth, Mass., were doing it...until they got help from NRCS.

Energy conservation blooms on Cape Cod

In December, when most Massachusetts farmers are done for the season, Rebecca Perry is just beginning to plant 22,000 lilies in a 5,000 square foot heated greenhouse at Sabatia Flower Farm on Cape Cod. The delicate flowers bring hefty energy bills. NRCS helped her improve energy efficiency.


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