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Greenfield Recorder: Editorial, Farms, families reap the benefits from food processing center expansion

10/12/16 For 16 years, the role and importance of the nonprofit Western Mass. Food Processing Center on Wells Street in Greenfield has mushroomed. With its new 2,800-square-foot cold-storage project, which is nearly ready, the Franklin County Community Development Corp.’s facility is helping more and more area farmers reach more and more customers by converting their […]

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Greenfield Recorder: $446,210 grant expands farm to school connection

10/6/2017 By Richie Davis As it works to complete its 2,800-square-foot cold storage project within the next four weeks, the Franklin County Community Development Corp. on Friday won a three-year, $446,210 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The money is intended to help the Community Development Corp.’s Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center ramp up […]

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Vineyard Gazette: Bait the Hook with Fresh Fish

5/22/2017 By Chloe Reichel Fish belongs in schools. Jenny DeVivo, head chef at the West Tisbury School, certainly thinks so. In November she began Fish Fridays at the school, partnering with Red’s Best, a seafood wholesaler, to provide the school with locally caught, underutilized fish on a weekly basis. All year long students have been enjoying fresh fish […]

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CapeCod.Com: State Announces over $105,000 for Seafood Marketing Projects

3/22/2017 ORLEANS –The state has announced $105,500 in grants to seven marketing campaigns designed to increase awareness and demand for Massachusetts seafood products. The grants were awarded through the Division of Marine Fisheries’ (DMF) Seafood Marketing Pilot Grant Program. Seven organizations were awarded funding for projects to stimulate demand though education,promotion, and other strategies… Read full article […]

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Boston Globe: What on Earth is a Kale Blazer?

11/9/2016 By Catherine Smart How does one become a “Kale Blazer”? Ask state Senator Anne Gobi, who received the distinction from the Massachusetts Farm to School Project last week at its fourth Statewide Farm & Sea to School Conference. The organization — supported by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts, […]

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CBS Boston: Eye On Education, Students Grow Fresh & Healthy Food For Cafeteria

Graeme Marcoux, Salem Public School science teacher (and Mass. Farm to School Network Leadership Team Member), was interviewed by CBS Boston about Salem High School’s brand new Freight Farm.

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Boston Globe: As more gardens sprout, schools find new way to reach students

6/20/2016 By Steven A. Rosenberg FRAMINGHAM — Six years ago, Brendan Ryan gazed at the empty courtyard at Framingham High School and envisioned a garden that could serve as a hands-on experience to teach students where their vegetables come from. His dream has become a verdant reality. Now, the district’s affable food service director presides […]

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Boston Globe: Quincy schools eye increase in locally sourced food in cafeterias

1/22/2016 By Katheleen Conti Cupcakes and brownies have long been absent from Quincy’s public school cafeteria menus in favor of apple crisps with granola or yogurt and fruit parfaits. Cereals and pastas are among the many whole grain offerings that are paired with a wider range of fruits and vegetables, as mandated by federal school […]

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Boston Globe: Ugly Tomatoes Produce Marinara Students Will Enjoy

11/10/2015 By Ann Trieger Kurland BROCKTON — Boxes of Massachusetts-grown tomatoes, blemished, bruised, and misshapen, sit in a chilly storage room at food processor Boston Fresh here. Most shoppers would likely deem them unappealing, though they’re perfectly safe to eat, with flesh that’s dense and sweet. This season alone, Medford food entrepreneur Karl Dias has […]

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