Events of Interest


Friday, July 3 & Friday, July 10 

Sunset Picnic Hours at Fruitlands Museum 

7-9 PM 

Come enjoy the incredible sunset view from the Fruitlands hillside during picnic hours

Tailgate by your car or stroll the campus to your favorite picnic spot.  Take in this magical time of day at this special place.  To ensure safety of all our guests and allow for social distancing, space is limited and all guests must reserve a parking pass in advance.  Pre-register through our online registration system to secure your spot.  Once you have booked your pass, you will also have options to pre-purchase picnic kits from the Fruitlands Cafe.  Take a look at the menu and select your favorite picnic snacks.  Wine and beer is also available for purchase with your food.

 Register Now

 

 

Sunday, July 12 - October 11

Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market  Opening Day

10-1 PM 

NEW LOCATION:  Elm Street Playground in West Acton!

The market will run this season with some notable changes to help keep our patrons, vendors, and volunteers healthy and safe.  

Bring your face covering; Stay  home if you are sick or a member of your family is sick; Maintain 6 feet of distance from shoppers and vendors when possible; Follow instructions posted on signs and comply with requests from vendors and market staff.  All are meant to keep you  healthy. 

Visit http://www.abfarmersmarket.org for more information

 

 

AVAILABLE ONLINE:

 

VideoAssabet River Paddling Tour with Bettina Abe of Acton’s Natural Resources Dept..  (26 min)  [peaceful, beautiful and fascinating - so well done! -mm]  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zReBU9nwjzE&t=778s

 

Get the Facts about Ecosystem Services.    (from Mass Audubon’s “The Beacon Hill Weekly Roundup, 5/26/20)

Beyond its intrinsic value, nature provides measurable benefits to people by offering solutions to some of our biggest environmental problems.  Our new set of five fact sheets takes a deeper look at the financial and health benefits of ecosystems like forests, wetlands, and urban green spaces.  

Part 2 of Grasslands and Farmlands.

Climate Resilience 

Climate change threatens our ability to produce food, and food insecurity is already present in Massachusetts.

$2.4B Potential Savings/Year 

in medical treatment costs by addressing food insecurity in Massachusetts.

Over $2M 

Benefit to participants in Massachusetts’ Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) in the program’s first seven months, demonstrating demand for healthy, local food.  HIP makes buying fruits and vegetables from farmers markets and other qualified local vendors more cost-effective for eligible low-income residents. 

53 Species of the greatest conservation need make their home in Massachusetts’ grassland habitats. including the eastern meadowlark and bobolinks.  Maintaining agricultural lands benefits several species that have declined significantly in New England over the past 50 years. 

Green City Growers 

Green  City Growers, an organization that converts unused spaces into urban farms, has grown more than 175,000 pounds of organic produce over less than 2 acres.  Based on these production levels, it is estimated that just 1.6% of Boston’s 57,363 acres of land would be needed to meet the needs of at-risk Bostonians.

Recreation and Tourism 

Participants in agri-tourism (a growing trend) and wildlife observers interested in grassland species spend money on classes and programs in local communities. 

$259K  

Amount spent annually by visitors to 611 acres of grasslands managed by Mass Audubon. 

 125K 

People visit and participate in educational programs annually at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm. 

Threats 

Climate change and development are two of the biggest threats facing grasslands and farmland.  2.9 Degrees rise in temperature since 1895 ; 11” sea level rise since 1922, as measured in Boston Harbor; 55% stronger storms since 1958.  

Grasslands and agricultural fields are experiencing climate change impacts like summer drought, freeze damage to early bugs, and faster spread of invasive species. 

Development 

Grasslands and farmlands are often prime targets for development , since the land is open, relatively flat, and has soils that are easily manipulated.  

 

 


 













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