Agriculture and Environment

If you have any questions regarding the programs and contests listed below, please contact a member of the Agriculture and the Environment Committee: 

    Committee Directors: 

Kathleen M. Peterson (508-829-2743) - kathpetrsn@aol.com
Matthew J. Johnson (978-372-8845) - mattjohnson9@verizon.net

    Committee Members: 

Ann Prest (978-948-8130) - aprest12@gmail.com
Allen Manley, Jr. (508-636-4000) - ltsmanley@msn.com
Peter Martin, Jr. (413-443-4352) - gpete2@verizon.net
Jessica Goodfield (978-729-6183) - Jess.Goodfield@gmail.com
Warren Chamberlain (508-494-5724) - w1uir@aol.com

Partnerships:

The Massachusetts State Grange has developed partnerships with organizations sharing our similar values and principles. These organizations promote agriculture education and concern for the environment through programs and contests. For more information about these partnerships, visit the Agriculture Education page. 

Contests:

A. State Grange Agriculture Innovator


This award is for two individuals, one of whom must be a Grange member and one whom is not, who are actively engaged in farming, gardening, agricultural enterprise or rural development large or small scale such as: a Christmas tree farm, fruit grower, dairy farmer, beekeeper, aquaculture, ag education, etc.
Rules:

  • Open to any person, of any age.

  • There will be one winner selected for each category and announced at the State Grange session.

  • Nominations must be made in writing and include involvement in:

  1. Community Service-involvement with projects towards the betterment of the community. The nominee may have worked through the Grange or another organization.

  2. Personal Achievement- Awards or honors they received through the Grange or other organizations; personal fulfillment from being a member of the Grange and/or involvement in other activities.

  • Deadline for nominations is September 15th. 

 

Award: Winners will be announced at State Grange session.

B. Poster Contest

 

  • This contest is open to all Grangers.

  • Juniors - 3 youth categories - 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, years of age on or before September 1 of each year. Poster size 12”x 18” Any medium may be used: colored pencil, markers, paint, paint markers, etc. Three prizes to be awarded in each age group.

  • Adults - 1 adult category to include ages 14 and up. Poster size 20”x 30” Any medium may be used as listed above. There will be 3 prizes awarded for this category.

  • Poster Theme 2020 - Farm to Table (Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?)

  • Poster Theme 2021 - Pollinators

  • Each entry must have the entrant’s name, age (Junior entrants’ only), and Grange listed on the back of the poster.

  • Prizes for each age group: 1st - $40, 2nd - $20, 3rd - $10

  • A Best of Show will be awarded for Juniors and Adults. The poster in each group will be copied and used for promotional materials for the upcoming calendar year. A consent form will need to be signed for release of the poster.

  • Deadline for entries is September 15th

C. Plant Growing Contest (in conjunction with the Junior badge)

 

  • All Juniors ages 5- 14 are eligible to compete. Group A ages 5-7, Group B ages 8-11 and Group C ages 12-14. Prizes will be awarded in each group.

  • Seeds will be provided by the State Agriculture and Environment Committee. The seeds will all be in the same variety. Directions on growing a plant will be provided with the seeds.

  • Each grower will keep a record of their planting, weekly notes on the plants’ growth, notes on pollinators that frequent their plants, and any pests that attach the vines and/or fruit.

  • Juniors may submit one fruit for this competition. Juniors are encouraged to submit a photo of themselves with their harvested fruit.

  • A “best-looking fruit” should have a somewhat symmetrical shape, very few blemishes, and no soft spots.

  • Stems should be cut rather than broken, and at least 3” to 6” in length.

  • Fruits to be judged at State Session.

  • 2020 - Pumpkins

  • 2021 - Squash

  • Prizes for each age group - 1st-$40, 2nd-$20, 3rd-$10

  • Deadline for entries is September 15th

Grange Fairs and Ribbons


A. Granges are encouraged to have Grange fairs. If a Grange would like help in starting a fair, please contact the Agriculture and Environment Committee.
B. Grange ribbons are available from Agriculture and Environment Committee member Sam Manley.

"The Massachusetts State Grange creates opportunities for leadership and community improvement through its commitment to expand agricultural education in order to raise the quality of life for all.”

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