Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar


2015 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar

The 2015 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar will be released in early October 2014. It is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom. It is created to educate consumers about the rich diversity of agriculture in the state, while also providing a daily reminder of agriculture.

Each month of the calendar will feature one full-size photograph portraying a local farm or farm product in season. Photos were submitted by amateur photographers from across the state for ourMassachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest.

The goals of the calendar are to serve as an educational tool for teachers, legislators and the general public, while at the same time to create an attractive color calendar that is a daily reminder of Massachusetts agriculture. The calendar also includes local agriculture facts, conservation facts, agriculture and horticulture related events and websites, as well as a chart showing the seasons of local crops. Nine non-profit agricultural commodity organizations each sponsored a page in the calendar. They are the:

Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association
Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Association
Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association
Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board
Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation
Massachusetts Flower Growers’ Association
Massachusetts Fruit Growers Association
Massachusetts Maple Producers Association
Massachusetts State Grange

The proceeds from these sponsorships and calendar sales benefit Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom. You may purchase a Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar by sending $10 To Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom at P.O. Box 345 Seekonk, MA 02771. There is a discount for orders of 5 or more calendars at $5 each. Print and mail and order form.

Winning Photos from 2015 Calendar Photo Contest

The following winning photographs from the 2014 Calendar Photo Contest are featured below. Once the 2015 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar is released we will post the images here.

Featured Photograph for each Calendar Month

January
February
March
Imbier-Monson Farm, New Braintree
Carraig Farm, Ashby
Winter Farmers' Market at Russell's Garden Center, Wayland
Susie Mulliken of New Braintree
Tamara LeClerc of Carraig Farm, Ashby
Peg Mallett of Wayland
April
May

June

Carlson's Orchard, Harvard
Dahlia and Bumblebee
Stanley Farm, Boxborough
Liz West of Boxborough
Shirley Burdick of Jefferson
Liz West of Boxborough
July
August
September
Carraig Farm, Ashby
Flats Mentor Farm, Lancaster
Mount Warner Vineyards, Hadley
Tamara LeClerc of Carraig Farm, Ashby
Cara Peterson, Lancaster
Gary Kamen of Hadley
October
November
December
Sorli's Farm, Carlisle
Westview Farm, Boxborough
Cranston's Christmas Tree Farm, Ashfield
Steve Golson of Carlisle
Liz West of Boxborough
Ruth Osgood of Plainfield

Honorable Mention Photograph for each Calendar Month

April
June
July
Bee on Rose of Sharon, Rutland
Garlic scapes taken at Hutchins Farm in Concord
Young goat strolling through pasture at Misty River View Farm in New Braintree
Sherrie Haber, Rutland
Liza Bemis
Minica Howe, age 16, New Braintree
August

October

Heirloom tomatoes at Cape Cod Organic Farm, Barnstable
Cranberry wet harvest, Ocean Spray cranberry bog, Foxborough
John Thorne, Brewster
Matt Lucarelli
November

December

Woodbrige Farm in Sherborn
Handspun and dyed yard from Rag Hill Farm in Colrain at Wayland Winter Farmers' Market
David Cawston of West Roxbury
Peg Mallett of Wayland

Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest

Amateur photographers who enjoy capturing local rural scenes, farm animals and fresh produce are invited to enter the Massachusetts Agriculture Photo Contest sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. Winning photos will be featured in the 2016 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar.

Twelve photos will be selected, one for each month. Photos will be selected that depict the diversity of agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources on the commonwealth’s farms throughout the year. 

Winning photographers will be credited in the calendar, will be invited to attend a winner’s ceremony at the Eastern States Exposition (The Big E) in Springfield in September and tickets to the fair, and will receive copies of the calendar.

The Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar will also feature facts and figures about Bay State agriculture, horticulture and conservation, as well as other educational resources.

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2015. For details and an entry form,Photo Contest Rules and regulations: orcontact Rick LeBlanc at Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, 617-626-1759 or send an e-mail to him.

Print and Entry Form at: www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/docs/photo-contest-entry-form.pdf


Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest Rules

All photos must depict an aspect of Massachusetts agriculture or horticulture. Photos must have been taken in Massachusetts within the past three years. Entrants must be a resident of Massachusetts. Professional photographers are not eligible to enter. Photos must be taken by the entrant.

All entries must be photographic prints no smaller than 5 x 7 inches and no larger than 8 x10 inches. Slides and digital photos must be submitted as prints. Original negative or slide should be available upon request; digital photos should be available on CD, diskette or via e-mail. Photos must not be framed or mounted. Photographers may submit no more than five photos.

Type or neatly print the following information on an index card or paper, and attach with tape to the back of the photo: entrant name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, where the photo was taken, month and year photo was taken. Please do not write on the back of the photo, staple or use paper clips, as this will damage the photograph.

Winning photos will become the property of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Winning photos will be published in the 2016 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar, and may be used on the sponsoring organizations’ websites and consumer publications. Neither the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, nor Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. will be held responsible for lost submissions.

Employees of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. are not eligible to enter the contest.

Send entries to: Photo Contest, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02114. Photo's must be submitted by June 1, 2015. Winning photos will be featured on MDAR's home page (www.mass.gov/agr) during the corresponding month.