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A gem in the center of town: Greenfield Farmers Market celebrates 50 years
05-20-2024 12:41 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series about the Greenfield Farmers Market, which is in its 50th year.On Saturday mornings — spring, summer and fall — the Greenfield Farmers Market in the town’s center bustles with open-air vendors,...

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Providing opportunity for people to grow: The United Arc of Franklin County’s annual Gardening with Steve event a highlight of spring
05-06-2024 4:16 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Steve McConley credits his wife, Doreen, for his interest in growing plants. Doreen brought solid gardening skills to their union, and Steve appreciates her encouragement. The McConleys have a garden at their Bernardston home, and now Steve shares...


A day to commune with nature: Western Mass Herbal Symposium will be held May 11 in Montague
04-22-2024 2:46 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

This week’s feature is my 100th Home & Garden column for the Recorder, and I’m pleased to celebrate by sharing the plans of two local women who are organizing a remarkable event for anyone interested in learning about herbal remedies and natural...


The family that builds together: Bernardston’s Van Natta family are DIY superstars
04-08-2024 12:59 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

The Van Natta family home on Parmenter Road was the second house built in Bernardston, and walking through their 1747 residence imparts a feeling of time travel, given centuries-old aspects as well as evidence of dozens of changes over many decades....


Sowing the seeds of recovery: Greenfield-based Recover Project supports sobriety through community gardening program, Garden Path
03-25-2024 3:00 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

The benefits of gardening are widely known, but there’s one aspect readers may not have considered: gardening can offer a path to sobriety, especially when undertaken with friends. Some members of the Greenfield-based Recover Project are spending time...


Cultivating curiosity in the great outdoors: Grower of native plants creates curriculum for school children
03-18-2024 3:57 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

We celebrate today’s Spring Equinox with Colrain resident Jocelyn Demuth, who designs curricula to encourage Massachusetts children to improve environmental health.Through her “Five hundred Yard Field Trip” website, Demuth provides teachers with free...


My Turn: Living with the knowledge that none of us has clean hands
03-11-2024 5:43 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

I’ve received many blessings from my mother’s native Canada, as well as from the U.S., my father’s place of origin. It would be impossible to tally the resources I’ve enjoyed: cultural, linguistic, geographical, educational, economic, medical, and...


Crafted at home for the home: Josh Hannon creates wooden household goods that are both functional and beautiful
03-04-2024 3:25 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Western Massachusetts is home to some of the world’s finest artisans and craft fairs. We can admire gorgeous objects made of wood, glass, wool, clay, flax, stone, wax, and other materials, and this happy circumstance allows us to shop locally....


Tapping into sweetness together: Severance’s Maple Products chosen for Maple Month kick-off
02-26-2024 3:22 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Maple sap processing season is short, yet Northfield’s Milt Severance thinks about syrup all year. His sweet vocation will be celebrated this Friday, March 1, when his sugarhouse is singled out to host the Ceremonial Tapping that kicks off Maple...


The remedy is in your own backyard: Conway resident enhances health through herbal medicine
02-13-2024 10:53 AM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Lynn Golan’s Conway home and her Greenfield work space are both filled with materials and tools related to herbalism, yet her early life gave no hints that this would become her chosen path. While growing up near New York City, Golan did not grow a...


Thriving off the land and ingenuity: Billings Brook Farm homestead in Hawley hums with activity
02-06-2024 9:24 AM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

A busy homestead in Hawley is filled with multiple forms of creativity, including a weaving loom, a child’s easel, kitchen projects, and wood creations. Billings Brook Farm is home to colors, shapes, flavors and joy.Despite the fact that 6-month-old...


For the love of coffee: Woodnote Coffee Company prioritizes the land and the folks living on it
01-22-2024 4:18 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Co-owners Kaihla Laurent, 25, and Jaydon Diamond, 27, chose the image of a bird for their Woodnote Coffee Company logo; a woodnote is a natural musical sound or song, like that of a wild bird. The allusion seems fitting, as the young company recently...


Art inspired by nature’s relationships: Montague resident shares artworks and tidbits about our natural world
01-16-2024 10:46 AM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Contra dance enthusiasts and Montague May Day fans may recognize today’s guest star as Jeanne Weintraub, while people who met the Montague resident following her marriage to Chris Mason — whose sustainability and alternative energy work merits a...


They found their haven in Heath: Tractor collection began with anniversary gift
01-08-2024 11:01 AM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

On a spring day nearly 20 years ago, Jon and Jane Severance drove along River Road, which connects Sunderland with the Cheapside area near the Greenfield-Deerfield line. They passed a 1945 Model D John Deere tractor with a sign: “It runs.” Jon...


New to Greenfield, botanist Claire Hilsinger helping root out invasive species 
12-25-2023 5:00 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Claire Hilsinger moved to western Massachusetts in August, but is already making positive impacts here. A professional botanist who delineates wetlands and does rare plant surveys, Hilsinger helps advise on projects like bridge replacements and...


Greenfield teen bakes up miracles
12-18-2023 4:33 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

If you relish culinary challenges, you might attempt to provide scrumptious treats for everyone in your social circle, even if some people are dairy-free, others gluten-free (GF), and still others nut-free. And of course, baking for vegans adds a...


Local food and the balance of nature: Charlemont brothers tout hunting lifestyle
12-04-2023 2:50 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Walking through the woods in late autumn with the Coates brothers is an eye-opening experience. “Look here,” said Brandin Coates, 42, crouching to brush leaves aside. “A doe was here within the last day or so.” When asked how he detected footprints...


How to start composting today: Fallen leaves are a helpful addition to home compost bins
11-27-2023 3:30 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Living beings create messes; humans, however, take unenviable first place. Our craving for acquisition — and resulting gobs of packaging — means that our species has the heaviest planetary footprint. The good news is that some necessary human...


A club that’s growing and thriving: Greenfield Community College Permaculture Club connects students dedicated to sustainability
11-20-2023 3:22 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Mike Hannigan’s grandmother lived to be over 100, and her grandson recalls many stories about her farming experiences. “Farming is in my blood,” said Hannigan, whose family has longtime ties to Hadley. Hannigan often thought about that legacy while...


A gift to future Northfielders: Tree50th project helps ensure a greener Main Street
11-06-2023 1:22 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Judy Wagner’s penchant for planting trees in her beloved town of Northfield has roots in something she witnessed at age five while on a family hike in her native Georgia.“We came upon a grove of little plum trees, all in blossom, and my dad decided to...


‘Where would we be without garlic?’: Easiest-to-grow crop has scores of benefits, goes well in eggs and possibly even in socks
10-30-2023 2:48 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Last week, Recorder readers were treated to expert gardener Henry Homeyer’s tips for growing great garlic. Now I’ll explore the topic further, beginning with a vignette from 20 years ago.On a sunny October afternoon in 2003, I planted 50 garlic cloves...

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