Byline: By RICHIE DAVIS

Sluggish hay sales hit farmers

2/14/19

SHELBURNE — “Make hay while the sun shines,” goes the adage. But, with the sunniest days long gone for dairy farmers, some fear that even the...

“Compost nourishes soil,” says the website of a recently launched Franklin County Compost Cooperative, adding, it “rebuilds lives.”That’s because...

LEVERETT – After a year of drawing attention solely from The Greenfield Recorder, this town’s Hands Across the Hills effort and its organizer...

CISA loans to offset rain losses

2/14/19

To help farmers whose fields were drenched by heavy rains late last season, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture’s Emergency Farm Fund has...

Dressed in quintessential old-Yankee garb, an orange overshirt and drab green cap, Warren “Bun” Doubleday of New Salem begins his slow monologue...

GILL – It was described as “an absolutely critical resource,” as well as, “probably one of the most spectacular river gorges in New England,” when...

Red Fire North keeping it fresh, local

2/5/19

MONTAGUE  CENTER — Paul Voliand is feeding his passion as he kneads dough for his “Darker Side of Oatmeal” bread.About a year after opening his Red...

SUNDERLAND — Temperatures struggled to rise out of the negative realm last week at Kitchen Garden Farm, but owners Caroline Pam and Tim Wilcox were...

Bipartisan legislation to place a $15-a-ton tax on any good or service that uses carbon, especially fossil fuels — and returning the proceeds as  a...

The crash that occurred a year ago in the global market for recylable materials may be about to hit Western Massachusetts, as well, with towns in...

With each serving of Rainbow Slaw Salad, every dollop of African Peanut Stew, Greenfield’s Stone Soup Cafe embodies the teachings of Zen master...

A little like sardines packed in a tiny can, fitting my 42-plus years of covering the nearly 725 square miles of Franklin County in 20 minutes at a...

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