Middlesex Conservation District

Middlesex Conservation District

February 3, 2012
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Welcome to the Middlesex Conservation District Website!

Our Spring Sale pre-order period has ended. You are welcome to come and purchase on the two sale days (Friday 4/30 3-6pm and Saturday 5/1 8am-noon); we will have excess first quality stock available.

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The Middlesex Conservation District invites you to a workshop in Invasive Species Management in Middlesex County, to be held Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 7-9pm. Register early as space is limited!

To register click HERE

(While we are offering these workshops for free, if you are able to make a donation to offset our workshop costs, we would appreciate it):

 

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The Middlesex Conservation District invites you a workshop on creating pollinator habitat: Learn pollinator habitat requirements, how to create and protect habitat, and understand additional benefits gained from pollinator habitat.

To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-and-managing-pollinator-habitat-on-your-land-tickets-139699758739

(While we are offering these workshops for free, if you are able to make a donation to offset our workshop costs, we would appreciate it):

About this Event

Whether you farm 80 acres or have a small backyard, you can support pollinators. In this webinar, Hannah Mullally, Xerces Society Partner Biologist – Maine, will share approaches to building and maintaining pollinator habitat on working lands, small gardens, and in urban settings. Participants will learn key pollinator habitat requirements, how to create and protect habitat, and understand additional benefits gained from integrating pollinator habitat.

Hannah Mullally is a Pollinator Conservation Planner and Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Hannah provides technical assistance on pollinator and beneficial insect conservation in New England for small growers, large scale farmers, and homeowners. This work includes planning, designing, installing, and managing habitat for pollinators. Hannah also provides conservation planning support for the New England Pollinator Partnership in collaboration with NRCS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other partners.

(Recordings of past workshops offered by the MCD are located under Resources Available —>Workshops)

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Kiss the Ground (film)

The documentary film Kiss the Ground is now available for viewing on Netflix or by streaming from kisstheground.com. Kiss the Ground is a full-length documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson that sheds light on an new, old approach to farming called “regenerative agriculture” that has the potential to balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world. 

Flower Use Survey for Stakeholders

To Farmers, gardeners, landowners, landscapers, horticulture professionals, and other agricultural stakeholders – Dr. Lynn Adler at the University of MA is proposing new research to assess whether pollen from certain flowers can reduce bee disease. This builds on her lab’s discovery that sunflower pollen dramatically reduces a common disease of bumble bees, both in the lab and on farms. This new research would expand these results by testing pollen from sunflower relatives, such as zinnias, dahlias, cosmos, black-eyed Susan and Echinacea, that are grown as cut flowers and used in the landscaping/horticulture industry. Extension is collaborating with Dr. Adler to disseminate information as this project evolves. Demonstrating stakeholder interest in using cut flowers to improve bee health will be an important part of the proposal. Dr. Adler would be grateful for your input on a brief survey.

Survey link:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfU1ycueI_UQ-f4oS9G4Kdpvmb1soVxQ4p3kGDwOjNq167zew/viewform. Questions, contact Dr. Lynn Adler: lsadler@umass.edu.

Our Spring Plant Sale tent with volunteers busy at work!

Sign up for our mailing list to receive our twice a year plant sale catalogs (we will never sell, rent, or provide your information to anyone else):

Mailing List Signup

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Unsolicited Seeds from China

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is aware that people across the country have received unsolicited packages of seed from China in recent days. APHIS is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and State departments of agriculture to prevent the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protect U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds.

Anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds from China should immediately contact their State plant regulatory official or APHIS State plant health director. Please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.

People with questions can also call:

844-820-2234
Monday-Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

CustomerServiceCallCenter@aphis.usda.gov

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Are you interested in purchasing food for delivery or pickup from local farms or producers? The links below allow you to search for sources near you:

https://farmstanding.com/ 

https://www.theorganicfoodguide.org/

Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership

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Got chickens? Beware of bears

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is alerting poultry owners and related groups about the need to protect their birds and coops from hungry bears. Black bears killing chickens and damaging chicken coops is becoming one of the most frequently reported human-bear conflicts in the state. Common in central and western Massachusetts, black bears are expanding their range east to Route 495. Poultry loss, coop damage, and other bear conflicts have been reported in all of these regions and calls have increased lately as bears fatten up before winter hibernation. Many poultry owners have no idea their birds and coops could be at risk.

Please visit this link  for information on protecting poultry from black bears. And for more information on black bears in Massachusetts click here.

 

 

 

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The Middlesex Conservation District is a not for profit environmental agency dedicated to protecting soils and waters in Middlesex County. We hold plant sales twice a year, in April and September, to fund our conservation programs.  You are welcome to simply come and shop, but we encourage advance ordering as we frequently sell out of our more popular items. Orders are accepted in February and March for our spring sale; and in July and August for our fall sale. For any questions about our sales please send an email here.

To contact the District:

Middlesex Conservation District
319 Littleton Rd, Suite 205
Westford, MA 01886
Phone  (978 303 8272)