Massachusetts agriculture http://wamc.org en Officials Promote Initiative To Put Locally Grown Foods In School Cafeterias http://wamc.org/post/officials-promote-initiative-put-locally-grown-foods-school-cafeterias <p>A top official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited a western Massachusetts school today to highlight a growing initiative that is giving more than half-a-million children across the county access to locally grown food.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> On the lunch menu Wednesday at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton was chili with brown rice, or a chicken patty on a whole wheat roll.&nbsp;&nbsp; At the end of the cafeteria line children could help themselves to corn, green beans and sliced oranges.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:16:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 78233 at http://wamc.org Officials Promote Initiative To Put Locally Grown Foods In School Cafeterias Gov. Patrick Announces Grants To Local Farms http://wamc.org/post/gov-patrick-announces-grants-local-farms <p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visited a third generation family farm in western Massachusetts&nbsp; to announce a new round of grants to help sustain farm operations across the commonwealth.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Governor Patrick announced grants totaling $700,000 to 11 different farms including vegetable farms, livestock operations, a cranberry farm and a goat dairy.&nbsp; The grants, ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, will be used for infrastructure improvements such as new greenhouses and barns or to purchase energy- efficient equipment.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 21:26:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 66061 at http://wamc.org Gov. Patrick Announces Grants To Local Farms