NERC completed a Lydia B. Stokes Foundation funded project to promote agricultural environmental sustainability in Western Massachusetts. Through the project, NERC provided information on manure management, composting, and compost market development to farmers and the organizations representing these constituencies in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties, Massachusetts.
NERC held two workshops during the course of the project. The first workshop, Manure Management & Composting Technique Workshop,was held in August at the New England Small Farm Institute (NEFSI), in Belchertown, Massachusetts. Twenty-one people participated in the workshop. The second workshop on Compost Marketing was held in early December at NEFSI. The workshop was attended by 15 farmers from around Western Massachusetts. A tour of Farmer’s Friend Compost in Belchertown was conducted following the workshop.
Workshop attendees received a free “Toolkit of Manure Management, Composting, and Compost Marketing Resources.” Three-hundred (300) CD copies of the Toolkit were made and distributed to agricultural associations, including USDA, Community involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, and the New England Small Farm Institute. The CD contains hundreds of documents, including several developed by NERC staff.
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