Massachusetts 4-H has yet another reason to be proud. The Green Stormgears from Westford, MA, took first place in the Champions Award Category as the best in judging and robot categories in the state. This afforded them the privilege of representing the Commonwealth in the Championship at the 2014 World Festival in St Louis Missouri on April 28.
Two recent natural disasters—an invasive pest infestation in Worcester and last year’s tornado touchdown in Springfield—were devastating for the citizens of Massachusetts. For researchers at UMass Amherst’s Center for Agriculture, though, they created a perfect storm that may help them come up with ways to reduce energy use and carbon emissions far into the future.
At their August meeting, the Green Giants 4-H club munched on corn chips, corn chips with a difference. The difference? These chips were covered with homemade salsa—tomatoes, garlic, green peppers, cilantro and onions—made much more satisfying by the fact that this bounty was harvested from their own garden.
Worcester’s Asian longhorned beetle crisis has unfolded like the screenplay for a thriller.
That script will keep developing for some time to come, with tense new twists, continued threats and a rare flash of humor. Like any good thriller, its complex cast includes one major villain and some true heroes.