Amherst Farmer Brings Back the Working Horse

Draft horses at Amethyst Farm. Reprinted with permission of Amethyst Farm, LLC. All rights reserved.

The farms surrounding the University of Massachusetts are growing local food, but some of them are using machinery powered by fossil fuels. One Amherst farmer is choosing to live more sustainably by replacing his tractors with horses.

In the equipment shed at Amethyst Farm, tractors are parked next to carts that were once

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UMass Permaculture Spreads to Local Elementary Schools

The University of Massachusetts Permaculture Initiative was recognized in March as one of President Barrack Obama’s Campus Champions of Change, an honor shared by just four other community projects from colleges across the nation. Now the group is spreading its sustainable agriculture movement off campus.

To do that, Ryan Harb, the Permaculture Academic Program Coordinator at UMass, has been awarded a grant from the Creative Economies Fund. The Fund is

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