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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.

New documentary on the Father of Soil Conservation

NRCS has released an inspiring new documentary on Hugh Hammond Bennett and the history of NRCS. It looks at the origins of soil conservation in the U.S., from the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression to the establishment of a permanent agency to help the Nation recover.

Meet Mighty Mini Microbe!

She’s a wee bit smaller than your typical superhero. A new soil health-themed educational effort called “Mighty Mini Microbe’s Tale” will encourage the next generation of real-life hero farmers, conservationists and scientists to unlock the secrets in the soil.

Fire sparks new life on an old farm

When the East Quabbin Land Trust purchased the Frohloff Farm in Ware, Mass. in 2010, invasive species were taking over. So they got a forest stewardship plan. A key component of the plan was to restore wildlife habitat by opening up the forest canopy with fire.


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