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Sheffield Land Trust Winter Lecture
08:31AM / Friday, February 26, 2021
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The Sheffield Land Trusts will hold their 23rd Annual Winter Lecture titled "Growing Food, Eating Fresh... Find out How!"    The Lecture includes information on how to start a garden to feed yourself and your neighbors/ Tips are for beginners and experts alike.   The event is Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1:30pm. It will be virtual via Zoom.   The hour-long presentation will be given by panel of experts including Will Conklin from Greenagers, local garden columnist Ron Kujawski, Margaret Moulton from Berkshire Grown, and Mark Phillips from Berkshire Agricultural Ventures.  They will talk about how to locate and prepare the garden bed, how to

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Burnett Farm Designated As Massachusetts Century Farm
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:28AM / Sunday, January 31, 2021
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A bird's eye view of the farm and picture of Carrie Burnett's parents, who ran the farm as a dairy. ADAMS, Mass. — More than 100 years later, Burnett Farm is still thriving under the same family and the same spirit   Carrie Burnett was surprised when a plaque showed up at her doorstep notifying her that the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation and the Massachusetts Grange have recognized Burnett Farm as a Century Farm.   "I forgot all about it … and then it showed up in the mail," she said.   Burnett said she was contacted by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau last year about the designation and an agent encouraged her to apply

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Massachusetts Inks Memorandum to Launch Transportation and Climate Initiative
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020
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BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday hailed a step forward to combat climate change by reducing the No. 1 source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.   The Transportation and Climate Initiative Program aims to reduce those emissions by 26 percent in its first decade and generate revenue that will fund climate resiliency efforts throughout the region.   The right wing Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance immediately went on the offensive, releasing a statement that claimed the multistate initiative would result in "an increase in gas prices up to 38 cents per gallon with very small emissions cuts."   TCI advocates have pegged the potential impact on

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Rest of the River Cleanup Expected to Take 15 Years
12:03PM / Thursday, December 17, 2020
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BOSTON — After years of studies and negotiations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to oversee a $576 million cleanup of the Housatonic River over the next 15 years.    A "Revised Final Permit" for the Rest of River cleanup plan has been issued under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act spells out the required cleanup measures to be followed by General Electric Co. to remove contamination caused by polychlorinated biphenyls used in the manufacture of transformers at its former Pittsfield plant.   The final permit updates EPA's 2016 cleanup plan for the river, its floodplains and other surrounding areas.   The permit requires GE to

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State Declares 'Green Friday' in Support of Local Xmas Tree Farms
03:29PM / Friday, November 27, 2020
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UXBRIDGE, Mass. — The Baker-Polito administration has declared Friday, Nov. 27, as "Green Friday" to encourage people across the commonwealth to visit their local farms and nurseries for Christmas trees, holiday plants, and holiday decorating needs.   To celebrate, state Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux participated in a Christmas tree-cutting ceremony at Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge. In an effort to support the commonwealth's Christmas tree industry, the declaration of Green Friday encourages people throughout the state to visit their local Christmas tree farms to purchase their trees, holiday plants, ornamental swags, and wreaths to

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Greenagers Offers Youth Nature-Based Work Amidst Pandemic
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:11AM / Thursday, November 26, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local youth environment community group has not let COVID-19 halt its stride.

Greenagers has continued its commitment to outdoor programming amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic to offer teenagers and young adults nature-based work and socially distant connections.

Executive Director Will Conklin and Conservation Director Elia Del Molino felt it was appropriate to extend this programming into the fall and winter this year so that members will continue to have meaningful and safe work and connections.

"We are so grateful for companies and organizations that utilize our services and give us work to teach and learn about the importance of our natural

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Transportation & Climate Initiative Touted for Benefits to Rural Communities
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:04AM / Sunday, November 15, 2020
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State  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A multi-state plan to reduce carbon emissions and invest in more sustainable transportation could be in action as soon as 2022, advocates said last week.   And local leaders are working to make sure that rural areas don't get left behind.   The Transportation and Climate Initiative, which looks to replicate the model of the 2007's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, seeks to cap greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, create a market for distributors of fossil fuels to buy allowances and invest the proceeds of those sales into cleaner transportation.   By the end of this year, the 12 states and District of

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Berkshire Conservation District Receives State Grant
02:45PM / Thursday, November 05, 2020
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BOSTON — The Berkshire Conservation District received $25,000 from the state for phase 2 of their Nutrient Management Initiative program.    The Baker-Polito Administration announced more than $8.7 million in grant awards to municipalities and land trusts to support the acquisition and conservation of over 676 acres of land throughout the Commonwealth.    "Massachusetts' open spaces are a significant asset to our state, providing recreational opportunities to residents across the Commonwealth while also helping to build resiliency to the impacts of climate change," Governor Charlie Baker said.  "Our administration is proud to fund these

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State Announces Final Order on Eversource Gas Rates
11:34AM / Monday, November 02, 2020
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BOSTON — The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has issued a final Order in a rate case for NSTAR Gas Company, doing business as Eversource Energy, that will lead to investments in clean energy technologies, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and improvements in infrastructure safety and service reliability, while significantly reducing the total rate increase request of Eversource.    The action by the DPU follows a year-long investigation that included four public hearings across Eversource Energy's service territory, 12 days of virtual evidentiary hearings, and a review of approximately 1,800 exhibits. The Order applies only to customers who are provided gas

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Berkshire Grown Awarded $68K to Support Local Farmers
12:30PM / Saturday, October 31, 2020
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito administration awarded $500,000 in grants to regional Buy Local organizations across the Commonwealth for projects that will support the agricultural industries in Massachusetts.    These organizations work to generate consumer awareness and demand for locally grown food products while improving logistical access to these important food sources.   In Berkshire County, Berkshire Grown of Great Barrington received $67,719 to support farmers and food access in the time of COVID-19 with consumer-supportive winter farmers markets, increased recognition of Massachusetts agriculture, and strengthen the business enterprise of local

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