State Awards Funding for Environmental Projects at Local Farms

BOURNE – The state has awarded 23 grants totaling $350,000 to Massachusetts farmers for the installation of conservation practices.

The money will be used to prevent or mitigate direct impacts on water and air quality and ensure efficient water use.

Several area farms will share in the funding.

Some of the projects include the installation of automated irrigation systems and tailwater recovery for cranberry operations and irrigation for produce farms.

The Handy Cranberry Trust in Cataumet will get nearly $13,000 for two automated irrigation systems.

Morey Custom Services in Plymouth will receive funding for lift pumps, while Maple Park Bogs in Wareham will get money for an irrigation pump.

“The agricultural community plays an important and active role in the Commonwealth’s environmental stewardship and overall economy,”said Governor Charlie Baker.

“The funding awarded under the Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program positions farmers to advance techniques that preserve and protect critical resources, while working closely with our administration to help agricultural operations remain environmentally sustainable and economically viable.”

Selected farmers are reimbursed for the approved costs of materials and labor up to $25,000.

Additionally, farms must be actively devoted to agricultural or horticultural use.

“Water conservation and improved irrigation are important components of the Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to ensure resiliency to climate change,”said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.

“I am delighted that nine of the grants totaling over $148,000 are being awarded to agricultural operations in towns I represent,”said State Representative Susan Gifford(R-Wareham).

“This demonstrates how important the role of agricultural and conservation is to our region. Many thanks to the Baker-Polito Administration for continuing to honor their commitment.”

Handy Cranberry Trust Cataumet Barnstable $12,900 Two Automated Irrigation Systems
Cedar Meadow Cranberry, Inc. Carver Plymouth $25,000 Irrigation Pump; Fuel Storage
Hi & Dri Cranberry Co. Lakeville Plymouth $20,000 Automated Irrigation System; Irrigation Pump
North Weston Cranberries, Inc. Carver Plymouth $7,000 By-pass Pipe
Morey Custom Services, Inc. Plymouth Plymouth $13,000 Lift Pump
Rivers Edge Realty, LLC Middleboro and Carver Plymouth $14,900 Seven Flumes
Morey Custom Services, Inc. Plymouth Plymouth $13,000 Lift Pump
Rivers Edge Realty, LLC Middleboro and Carver Plymouth $14,900 Seven Flumes
Maple Park Bogs Wareham Plymouth $15,500 Irrigation Pump
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