Warner Farm of Sunderland receives $19,500 for irrigation

Recorder Staff
Sunday, December 17, 2017

SUNDERLAND — Warner Farm is one of 23 Massachusetts farms receiving money to promote conservation practices that ensure efficient water use.

The Department of Agricultural Resources announced Friday that the South Main Street farm was awarded $19,500 for a drip irrigation system. In total, $350,000 was awarded statewide through the agricultural department’s Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program.

“These grants will continue to advance environmental protection measures within the state’s agricultural sector and help farms across the commonwealth fund various environmental projects, including the installation of automated irrigation systems and tailwater recovery for cranberry operations, manure storage for dairy farms and irrigation for produce farms,” a statement announcing the grant says.

Selected farms, including Warner Farm, will be reimbursed for the approved costs of materials and labor up to $25,000. Farms were selected on a number of criteria including how much of an impact the proposed project would have on natural resource conservation.

“The commonwealth’s investment today helps to sustain small businesses and promote the agricultural sector of our economy, which is so important in western Massachusetts,” said State Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, in the statement.