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Faculty & Staff Newsletter

November 2017

Cranberry bog at harvest time, Wareham, Mass.CNS and CAFE Join in Tour of Cranberry Production

On Friday, October 27, a contingent from UMass Amherst traveled to Wareham to participate in an informational program on the conditions and needs of the Massachusetts cranberry industry. The program was sponsored by the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association (CCCGA) and moved between two locations: the UMass Cranberry Station and a bog owned by the A.D. Makepeace Company, both in Wareham. At the Makepeace bog, participants were able to observe and learn about the cranberry harvest in full swing. That session was followed by an informal lunch and presentations on the industry held at the Cranberry Station. Participants from UMass Amherst included Dean Tricia Serio and CAFE Director Jody Jellison. They were joined by participants from the Cranberry Station, the CCCGA, and UMass Dartmouth. Senator Michael Rodrigues and Representative Carole Fiola were joined by state Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash. While at the bog, participants had the opportunity to don waders and join the harvesters in the bog as well as experience the cranberry-growing region from a helicopter tour.

Cranberry bog at harvest time, Wareham, Mass.
Harvesting cranberries, Wareham, Mass.
Southeastern Mass. from the air
l to r, Director Jody Jellison and Dean Tricia Serio
Group of tour participants with Secretary Jay Ash at rear in white shirt and Senator Michael Rodrigues at rear in plaid shirt
Cranberry harvesting, Wareham, Mass.
l to r, Secretary Jay Ash, Dean Tricia Serio, Farm Manager Bob Skalbite and retired Cranberry Station Director Carolyn DeMoranville
In the bog, l to r, Dean Tricia Serio, Director Jody Jellison, Extension Associate Professor Christine Hatch