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Extension in Western Massachusetts

About Western Massachusetts

The western region of Massachusetts is composed of Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. The largest city in the region is Springfield, located in Hampden County, along the Interstate 91 corridor on the Connecticut River.

Senator Eric Lesser Links Tour of UMass Farm to an Economic Engine

Feb 16, 2019

Massachusetts Senator Eric Lesser discusses his experiences when touring the UMass Farm at Cold Spring Orchard in Belchertown. He is tackling myraid food security issues in the next legislative term including closing food deserts and expanding innovative programs. He said, "At the heart of each of these efforts is our state's own homegrown economic engine: our farms." (Republican 2/16/19)

Governor Baker Visits Make-it Springfield

Dec 13, 2018

Governor Charlie 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, a state affiliated economic development agency. The “one-month” experiment to provide creative arts and maker activities to the community has now been open for over two years! 

UMass Amherst’s Stockbridge School Launches Student-Run Vineyard on Campus

Nov 8, 2018

AMHERST, Mass. – Fall may not seem like a good time for planting, but cool temperatures and ample soil moisture can help plants settle in, says viticulture expert Elsa Petit at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where her students in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture have been busy this fall planting dozens of cold-tolerant grapes at the campus’s first student-run vineyard.