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Nature parked in A.I! … Enjoy Free Admission, Guided Nature Walks and Family Activities at Broad Meadow Brook this Saturday, April 9



Enjoy Free Admission, Guided Nature Walks, and Family Friendly, Hands-on Activities at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary this Saturday, April 9.

Mass Audubon protects the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife, through conservation, education and advocacy.  Their land conservation efforts have resulted in a system of wildlife sanctuaries that is now the largest private ownership of conserved land in Massachusetts. 

In addition to protecting critical habitat for native species, Mass Audubon’s land conservation efforts provide many quality-of-life benefits, including places to learn about and enjoy nature, like Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester, aka “Your Sanctuary in the City.”

“Broad Meadow Brook is not only a wildlife sanctuary, but a place where people can find sanctuary, too,” says Outreach and Marketing Coordinator Janice Schlickman.  “You don’t have to plan for months, travel for hours, nor spend lots of money to get away, enjoy some recreation, reach for better health, and experience peace.  You can do it all right here, right now.  The nature trails are well marked and easy to travel; some are especially designed for folks with baby strollers and assistive devices, so the whole family can enjoy a walk together.”
This year marks 100 years of Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries …

… and on the 100th day of the year – Saturday, April 9 – Broad Meadow Brook is celebrating. 

Admission is free all day, and between 11 am and 2 pm, you can enjoy these special celebration activities:
Guided Nature Walks (Depart at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm

Get to know “Your Sanctuary in the City” with an experienced teacher-naturalist as your guide.  Walk along Broad Meadow Brook’s accessible and sensory trail, for all persons with all abilities.  Explore several habitats including a woodland forest, wetland and pond. This walk is appropriate for all ages and will last about one hour. Participants are welcome to continue their exploration on their own, when the walk concludes.
Hands-on, Nature-themed Activities (Ongoing from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm)

Make your own pine cone bird feeder or create your own bookmarks using tracking stamps.  Read a nature story together.  Help create a list of “100 Great Things about Broad Meadow Brook”, by adding your thoughts on a butterfly shaped post-it.   Stop in the nature center, grab a trail map, scavenger hunt, Quest or Discovery booklet and embark on a self-guided exploration. 
With 5 miles of walking trails over 430 acres, Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is New England’s largest urban wildlife sanctuary.

Located at 414 Massasoit Road in Worcester, it is easily accessible from Routes 122, 20, 290 and the Mass Pike.  It is also on the WRTA Millbury bus line #22.  (The bus stops directly in front of the Nature Center.) 
“Most people can’t believe it once they finally get out on the sanctuary; they always wish they had found Broad Meadow Brook sooner,” says Schlickman.  “Don’t wait.  Carpe diem… and celebrate with us on April 9!”
To learn about Mass Audubon’s work and statewide system of sanctuaries, visit massaudubon.org.

This Saturday! At Worcester State University! All-Day Organic Farming conference!

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Conference Keynote Speaker Ben Burkett


THIS Saturday,  January 16

(All day)

Worcester State University

Join us on January 16 for our annual one-day conference, which features 70 workshops and exhibitors; keynote speeches with Ben Burkett, family farmer and member of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives; children’s conference and more.

Keynote SpeakerBen Burkett

Ben Burkett is a fourth generation family farmer, who serves as the State Coordinator for the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives.

In 2014 he was awarded a James Beard Leadership Award. His cooperative provides watermelon and other southern grown fruits and vegetables to the communities of Boston. Burkett provides technical expertise to small-scale farmers, farmers with limited resources, and ranchers in rural communities.

He also assists farmers in implementing agricultural marketing/production and coordinates land retention. Burkett serves as the president of the National Family Farm Coalition and numerous boards of directors and has traveled to Senegal, South Africa, Kenya, Nicaragua, Lebanon, and Zimbabwe, exchanging knowledge and information with small-scale farmers.

Conference Schedule:

7:30 am

Registration/Exhibitors open (free tea and snacks for registrants)

9 am – 5:15 pm

Children/Teen Program

(Children/Teen program & Seminar follow same schedule as workshops)

9 – 10:30 am

Workshop Session 1

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Annual Meeting and Keynote Address: Why Family Farms Matter

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Organic catered lunch

1:30 – 3 pm

Workshop Session 2

3 – 3:45 pm

Break – Visit our exhibitors

3:45 – 5:15 pm

Workshop Session 3

6:00 pm

Exhibits Close

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Post-Conference Organic Dinner with Keynoter: Intimate conversation around Mr. Burkett’s 7 year carbon sequestration trials

Beginning Farmer Fall Workshop and Winter Conference Scholarships
These scholarships provide Beginning Farmers (farming 10 years or less) with a 50% discount on NOFA/Mass Fall Workshop and Winter Conference registration.

Workshops (workshop descriptions)

All workshops are approved for AOLCP accreditation.

The following workshops are approved Continuing Education Units. Each workshop is equal to 1.5 hour credit. To receive credit the Certified Crop Advisor must sign in at workshop:

New Plant Nutrient Regulations

Making Major Money with Minor Crops: Producing Profit on the Edges

Plant Disease Update: 2015 Year in Review

Effective Pricing Strategies for Local Markets

How to Run Your Own Payroll

Assessing & Managing Agricultural Risks on Your Farm

Five Steps to a Food Justice Farm

Biopesticides: How, When and Why to Use Them

Maximizing the On-farm Benefits of Cover Crops

Vegetable Pests and Diseases in Urban Areas

CLICK HERE to register and for more information!