Author Archives: mariauminski

About mariauminski

I am a student at Umass Amherst majoring in journalism with the hopes of becoming a photojournalist.

What is the Farm Bill?

Any idea what I am talking about? Check under the cut to find out the who, what, where, when, and why of the Farm Bill. Advertisements

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Local farms look to diversify while battling set backs

AMHERST- As the early morning fog slowly lifts above the open fields along Stockbridge Road in Amherst, just miles away, Joe Boisvert is busy adding wood to the fire blazing inside of the evaporating machine as he and his family … Continue reading

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Western Mass food bank continues to support those in need

HATFIELD- As loading trucks travel around the warehouse, blinking their lights, sounding their buzzers and looking for the correctly labeled spot to drop the recent purchases, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts looks to keep their shelves stocked and ready … Continue reading

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Boisvert brothers continue to enjoy the sweet success of the maple syrup business

HADLEY- As steam billows out and over the top of the evaporating room at the North Hadley Sugar Shack, brothers Joe and John Boisvert begin the process of producing pure maple syrup for hungry customers in their adjacent breakfast restaurant … Continue reading

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