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Red Fire Farm: Walking & Wagon Tour

Red Fire Farm 7 Carver Street, Granby, MA, United States

Late July is high summer with warm days and nights. This is the time of year that many main season crops start to size up and ripen in local farm fields. Come join us on Saturday, July 24 to get a deep look at a diversified produce farm in Granby that has been conserved as…

Cows & Conservation: A Farm Tour

Barstow's Dairy Farm 172 Hockanum Road, Hadley, MA, United States

In 2014, the Barstow family worked with Kestrel and the Commonwealth to place an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) on 123 acres of their farmland, preserving it forever. The Barstows reinvested the funds from the sale of the APR back into their 215 year-old dairy farm to secure its future. They purchased robotic milkers, a tool…

Forest and Farm: Explore Kestrel’s First Conservation Area & The Food Bank Farm

In New England, it's not unusual for farms to be surrounded by forests, providing a rich tapestry of habitat for wildlife as well as food for people. The Katherine Cole and Podick Conservation Areas, tucked up in the northwest corner of Amherst, were Kestrel’s first partnership projects with the Town in the early 1970s. This…

Spring Plein Air Paint Out at Foxcroft Farm

Foxcroft Farm Amherst, MA

Painting "en plein air" (the French phrase meaning outside or in the open air) captures the spirit and essence of a landscape, enhancing our relationship with the natural world. Join Kestrel and Amherst Plein Air Society for a spring paint out at Foxcroft Farm in Amherst on Saturday, May 20, from 9:00 AM to 1:00…

Family Farm Day: All About Soil

Food Bank Farm 32 Shattuck Road, Hadley, MA, United States

For farmers in the Valley and across the world, spring marks the beginning of the agricultural season. Over at the newest Food Bank Farm, one of only a few in the entire country, the growing season is swinging into action! On Saturday, May 27, from 10 am to Noon, families with youth ages 5 and…

Fall Plein Air at The Meadows

En plein air is French for “in the open air.” When participating in plein air painting, artists are more fully engaged with the landscape through perspective, composition, and color. The American land conservation movement in the 19th century was inspired by landscape painting here in Western Massachusetts by artists such as Thomas Cole. Plein air…

Breakfast & Birding at Foxcroft Farm

Foxcroft Farm Amherst, MA

Celebrate spring with birdsong, good company, and nourishing food! Join us on World Migratory Bird Day, Saturday, May 11, at Foxcroft Farm in Amherst to explore and learn about migratory and resident birds. Your guide to the season’s avian visitors will be Katie Schroeder, leading us on a stroll around hay fields and beaver ponds…

Pollinator Walk & Berry Picking at Pie in the Sky Farm

Pie in the Sky Farm Northampton

Pollinators, primarily insects, move pollen between flowers, enabling the creation of fruits and seeds. These creatures are vital for the survival of other wildlife because fruits and seeds are a major part of the diet for many birds and mammals ranging from voles to black bears. They're essential to human life too. 85% of the…

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