The Student Farm at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has achieved Commonwealth Quality certification from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). (UMass News Office, 9/7/2016)
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.
If you talk with Lindiwe—Lindi—Sibeko for more than a minute, you will find yourself immersed in a wide-ranging conversation about her work, both here in Massachusetts and around the globe. Her career in nutrition has taken her from South Africa to Canada (including indigenous communities in Northern Quebec) to Tanzania and, now, to UMass Amherst.
AMHERST – Students and farmers at the University of Massachusetts' Food for All Garden will give a tour and talk about the Agricultural Learning Center at a program for the community Wednesday, August 17, 2016. (masslive.com 8/15/16)
Recorder (Greenfield) article reviews western Massachusetts farmers' reactions to drought and recent rainfall. Quotes UMass Extension vegetable specialist Katie Campbell-Nelson. Recorder, August 4, 2016
Farmers in Massachusetts have been scrambling to get water to their crops. More than half the state is in severe drought. "There are farmers whose irrigation ponds are drying up. And so they have to lay a lot more irrigation pipe," says Katie Campbell-Nelson, vegetable extension educator, UMass Amherst. (npr.org 8/6/16)
On Thursday, Aug. 4, the Center for Human Development in collaboration with the UMass extension of 4-H and Student Bridges, graduated all eight of the "Your Future Starts Now" participants. (Masslive.com 8/6/16)
Make-It Springfield, Springfield's downtown community makerspace, is establishing more permanent roots in the City.
A new collaboration has formed to offer a positive path for a group of young men currently in detention. Called, “Your Future Starts Now,” this four-week program is organized in partnership with UMass' Extension 4-H program, Center for Human Development (CHD), Massachuestts Department of Youth Services, and the UMass Student Bridges organization.
Maple Valley Creamery in Hadley, Massachusetts, has joined forces with University of Massachusetts Amherst to have a contest every April for inventing a new ice cream flavor. This year's winning flavor was brown-butter, salted caramel with chocolate flakes. (BizBash 7/11/16)
Every two years, UMass Extension offers it's popular Green School, a comprehensive 12-day certificate short course for Green Industry professionals taught by UMass Extension specialists and University of Massachusetts faculty.