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Governor Baker Visits Springfield's Maker Space
Tour of Maker Space(L to R): LARP Professor Michael DiPasquale, Co-Founder of Make-It Springfield, Karen Finn, Director, Springfield Cultural Partnership, Governor Charlie Baker, MassDevelopment Senior Fellow Laura Masulis, Co-founder of Make-It Springfield, Lara Furtado, Research Assistant, UMass PhD candidate, Regional Planning.
Dec 13, 2018

Governor Charles Baker visited Make-It Springfield on Tuesday December 11, 2018 to learn about future plans for expanding the busy CAFE supported downtown makerspace.  Make-It Springfield was started as a one-month “pop-up” community maker space by UMass Extension Assistant Professor Michael DiPasquale in collaboration with “MassDevelopment.” 

Chancellor Announces New Campus Investment in Cranberry Station
 Chancellor Subbaswamy visits Cranberry Station. John Lebeaux; Commissioner of Agriculture; Chancellor Subbaswamy; Hilary Sandler, Director, Cranberry Station; Senator Michael Rodrigues; Jody Jellison, Director, CAFE; Tricia Serio, Dean, College of Natural Sciences
Dec 10, 2018

In late November, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy of UMass Amherst visited the UMass Cranberry Station in East Wareham. He arrived to tour the station and to offer financial support to update two buildings with a new roof for the Station’s Administration Building and an upgrade to the HVAC system in the Laboratory Building.

Reestablishing the Majestic Elm With Help From UMass Amherst Students
Tara McElhinney plants elm tree in Dakin Field
Nov 6, 2018

Rick Harper says American elm trees are tough, which make them a great choice for urban locations. The saplings found at a one-acre elm orchard at the Agricultural Learning Center at the north edge of the UMass Amherst campus have survived severe drought, abnormally wet conditions, deer munching, and feeding injury from gypsy moth and Japanese beetle.

Climate Adaptation Draws Crowd: Mass ECAN Conference 2018
Breakout session at MASS ECAN conference
Nov 2, 2018

The Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network (Mass ECAN) celebrated its first birthday by bringing together over 100 climate adaptation practitioners and researchers from across the state during its second annual conference held this year at Framingham State University. Mass ECAN is a community of practice for those working on climate adaptation in Massachusetts and interested in ecosystem resilience and natural resources conservation.

 

Poster Session Showcases Undergraduate Research and Extension by Summer Scholars
Christine Hatch and Luke McInnis at CAFE  summer scholar poster session
Sep 17, 2018

The thirty-plus undergraduates spoke with guests in front of the thirty-plus academic project posters that were pinned to boards throughout the airy room near the top of the UMass Amherst Campus Center late one September afternoon. The academic posters sported images, charts and graphs designed to impart the months of hard work put in by this enthusiastic cohort of “Summer Scholars.” 

 

Senior Adam Salhaney Wins Food Technology Research Competition
Senior Adam Salhaney wins national food technology competition (IFT18)
Aug 8, 2018

Adam Salhaney, a senior food science major and Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) “summer scholar” from Holliston, won first place honors in the undergraduate research competition at the Institute of Food Technology’s annual meeting (IFT18) in Chicago from July15-18.

A Great Idea Ten Years Ago is Still a Great Idea Today
4-H campers discuss how to create a phone application
Jul 5, 2018

Climate change, over-fishing, biodiversity, deforestation and declining bee populations. Serious stuff. Perhaps these topics are not what you imagine 12-16 year olds spending their summer time thinking about… but you would be wrong.

To mark a decade of their “Summer of Science” program, Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development Program leaders explored ways in which to make an already-successful program even better.  This June, the result of good planning brought together eager young students from across the state to discuss real issues and make real recommendations for how to address them.

Tick Talk Time, 2018
Tick held in a tweezer
May 15, 2018

“One Deer Tick Bite Can Change Your Life…”

As spring explodes into bloom in Massachusetts, residents are eager to get outside and reconnect with their yards, great hiking trails or a sweet-smelling meadow. A very timely reminder for all of us: while hikes are inviting, remember what may be lurking in the woods and grasses: those dangerous ticks. Be careful.

Two More Videos Released by CAFE in “Research that Matters” Series
Kathleen Arcaro, environmental toxicologist in the University’s Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

The work of a UMass Amherst environmental toxicologist and an air quality scientist are featured in two new "Research That Matters" videos released this week by the University’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE). CAFE director Jody Jellison says, “Meaningful research being conducted at UMass that impacts our lives in positive ways is of great interest to the public. These short videos, with links to more information, are intended to get the word out.”

Check Out This Tag Sale if You Need a Used Mower or Snow Plow
Used farm equipment for sale from UMass Farms
Feb 13, 2018

CAFE’s enterprising interim farm manager, Bob Skalbite, is actively working on a much-needed project at several of the university farms. He is tackling a task that many of us put off, but would benefit from in our own homes: cleaning house and holding a tag sale.

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