Monday, October 27, 2014

2015 Soil Health Conference - Hosted By NRCS

NEXT WEDNESDAY!!!! The NRCS teams up with UMASS Extension and Northeast SARE to host a Soil Health Conference. Open to General Public in Amherst, MA. Please try to RSVP if you're interested!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 Annual Meeting - November 13th

Pittsfield, MA – Berkshire Conservation District will hold its annual meeting and elections at Zucchini’s Restaurant, 1331 North Street, Pittsfield on Thursday, November 13th at 5:30pm.

Tickets are $30 and cover the cost of a buffet dinner and dessert.

The event features guest speakers Winton Pitcoff from NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network talking about “Raw Milk: History, Myths, and Reality”  and State Conservationist Christine Clarke from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service with a slideshow about her time in Hawaii.

Please click here to download the registration form. Please send us RSVP via mail, e-mail or call the office at (413) 443-1776 ext. 102. Registration is due by November 5th.

If you are interested in becoming a district supervisor, please contact the office as soon as possible or come to the event to be nominated from the floor.

Berkshire Conservation District is a tax-exempt state agency in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Join us at the Berkshire Orchid Show this Weekend (Sat. Oct 24th)

Berkshire Orchid and Tropical Show

Saturday & Sunday (Oct. 24-25) 10am - 4pm

at Berkshire Community College (1350 West Street, Pittsfied, MA 01201)

Call for more info: 413-399-4660

A benefit for the

BCC Foundation

The Berkshire Conservation District will set up an informational table on Saturday to educate the large crowds that come to see all the wild wonders this weekend has to offer. We'll be giving away a free prize! Come visit our table to learn more!
This show features orchids, succulents, bromeliads, bonsai and other tropical plants. There will also be seminars and informational classes. 
  • STROLL through exciting exhibits and VOTE for the People's Choice Award.
  • SHOP with top growers and vendors for plants, accessories, supplies and artwork.
  • LEARN from local experts in a number of educational talks and workshops
Admission: $5   -    Toddlers attend for free
(free parking available) 
OrchidOrchid Vendors

2014 Vendors & Exhibitors

Empty Nest
Larry Goldberg, Photographer
Ralph Hoffmann Environmental Center and Greenhouse
Brian Kelley, Bonsai
Jeanine Loya, Cacti and Succulents
Alice Niles
Phyllis Pryzby

Workshops, talks and demonstrations
Learn how to create a dish garden or terrarium, begin a bonsai, grow bromeliads, or propagate begonias. Hear from local experts on native orchid species. Click here for the full weekend schedule.
All FREE with paid admission unless noted. Seating is first come- first served.
Orchid ArtTropicalRob_Gennari_workshopfrogyellow orchid

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October 2014 Meeting Agenda

AGENDADistrict Supervisors’ Meeting
Friday, October 10th  at 4:00pm
Suite 206 Conference Room

1.    Call to Order
a)    Introductions
2.    Secretary’s Report
3.    Treasurer’s Report
4.    Bills to Approve
5.    Guest: BCC Student Robert Wehry – research survey
6.    Guest: Lisa J. Pergola, Viridian Associate
a)    Changes in Viridian products and RFP opportunities
7.    Old Business
a)    Bulb Sale Coordinator Report - Preparations for sale day, Oct. 18th
b)    FY2014 Financial Report – Approval needed
c)    Supervisor Recruitment and Annual Meeting Planning
                                          i.        Elect the Nominating Committee Chairperson
d)    Soil Health Event Update – Teleconference planned for conservation districts
e)    Administrator Pay Increase
f)     Report of Actions of Previous Meeting
8.    New Business
9.    Reports of Partner Agencies
10.  Administrator’s Report
11.  Announcements
a)    Bulb Sale Day – Sat. October 18th, 9am to 12pm, Lakeview Orchard and Monument Mountain Regional High School
b)    Farming With Nature: Improving Soil Health on Vegetable Farms - Wed., Nov. 5th at Immanuel Lutheran Church, N. Amherst, 9am-3pm, registration due by Nov. 1st, free admission, lunch provided.
c)    State Commission Meeting Rescheduled - Thurs. Nov. 6th from 9:30am – 2pm, location TBA.
d)    MACD Annual Meeting - Friday, Nov. 14th  at the Assabet River Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, MA from 10AM-3PM, lunch provided, carpooling provided at the Hadley NRCS Field Office.
12.  Adjournment