New research, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and led by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, finds that the ecological effect of invasive species alone is comparable to the combined effects of invasives plus warming temperatures, drought or nitrogen deposition. This suggests that a critical preparation for climate change is to manage invasive species at the local level.
Join the Vegetable Team and speakers from across the Northeast and beyond to discuss water issues across the farm--from irrigation efficiency for times of drought to tile drainage for times of flood, using sanitizers to ensure safe washing of produce, mapping water resources, and much more. Wednesdays in September from 6-7:30pm! Check the events tab for registration info.
We turned to experts in the fields of agriculture and climate change at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. What follows is a snapshot of current thinking and practical steps you can take to grow your own vegetables and fruit successfully.
CEE led a two-day program to teach local middle-schoolers about renewable energy, as part of the Eureka! Girls, Inc. program. The young scholars learned about how energy is transformed into usable forms, constructed solar ovens, cooked s'mores, and visited two local renewable energy facilities - the Holyoke hydroelectric facility and the biodigestor at Barstows' Longview Farm.