Agriculture & The Environment

If you have any questions regarding the programs and contests listed below, please contact a member of the Agriculture and the Environment Committee: 

    Committee Director: Jessica Goodfield (978)-729-6183 - smokeyfieldfarm@hotmail.com  

    Committee Members: 

          Peter Carter (978-352-3818) - pcarter116102@gmail.com 
          Martin D.L. Briggs (508-361-0136) - radoptimist@gmail.com 

Gardening in Any Location: 

Community Garden 
‌• Create a committee to Spear head the project and oversee production and rules of use 
‌• Location - Find a plot of land that is available for community use 
            ‌• This may be at a local garden shop, grange hall, community center or private land 
            ‌• If needed create raised bed, asking local businesses for donation of materials 
            ‌• Create map of garden dividing it into sections 
            ‌• Assign sections as discussed by committee 
‌• Plant seeds or started plants of desired crop, planted according to directions 
‌• Water as needed 
‌• Coordinate harvesting of crops when ripe 
 
Indoor Gardens 
‌• Location 
            ‌• Sunny spot in a window that is protected from human and animal traffic  
‌• Containers 
            ‌• Any size or shape, appropriate to crop and location size  
            ‌• Make sure they have drainage holes in the bottom and a catch tray for leaking water 
‌• Fill containers a bit from the top, leaving room for watering and growth 
‌• Plant seeds or started plants of desired crop, planted according to directions 
            ‌• Examples of easy indoor crops – herbs, peppers, lettuce, cauliflower, sprouts, aloe etc. 
            ‌• More advanced indoor crops – miniature fruit trees like lemons, limes, bananas and oranges, midget watermelon, sugar snap peas 
‌• Fertilize and water regularly 
‌• Pick crops when ripe 
 
Roof Top/Patio Pots 
‌• Location 
            ‌• Sunny spot that is protected from human and animal traffic  
‌• Containers 
            ‌• Any size or shape, appropriately to crop 
            ‌• Make sure they have drainage holes in the bottom 
            ‌• Examples - kiddy pools, buckets, recycled plastic or wood containers, etc.  
‌• Fill containers a bit from the top, leaving room for watering and growth 
‌• Plant seeds or started plants of desired crop, planted according to directions 
            ‌ • Examples of crops for buckets – tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, broccoli, eggplant, carrots, blueberries, potatoes, turnips, beans & peas                 (some may require stakes or string)  
             ‌• Examples for Kiddy pools – Corn, cucumbers, melon, strawberries, squash 
‌• Fertilize and water regularly 
‌• Pick crops when ripe 
 
Yard Garden 
Example 1 - Traditional 
‌• Location 
             ‌• Sunny spot with adequate soil depth ( 8 to 10 inch minimum) around your residence that is protected from human and animal                               traffic  
             ‌• Plot out area to be used to plant 
             ‌• Remove all grass cover 
             ‌• Rototill or plow area to break up soil 
             ‌• If needed mix in a basic fertilizer 
             ‌• Create layout of garden crops 
‌• Plant seeds or started plants of desired crop, planted according to directions 
‌• Water as needed 
‌• Pick crops when ripe 
 
Example 2 – Raised Bed (bottomless frame set on top of ground) 
‌• Location 
             ‌• Sunny spot around residence located on soil or grass spot that is protected from human and animal traffic 
             ‌• Measure out area and mark by digging an outline 
             ‌• Buy supplies to create perimeter 
             ‌• Most commonly used is lumber and stainless steel screws or bolts 
             ‌• Other materials may be tires, bottomless buckets, bricks, rocks etc. 
             ‌• Place frame on dug perimeter 
             ‌• Fill frame with soil, loam or compost and mix with fertilizer if needed 
             ‌• Create layout of garden crops 
‌• Plant seeds or started plants of desired crop, planted according to directions 
‌• Water as needed 
‌• Pick crops when ripe 
 
 
Agricultural Promotional Display: 
 
An exhibit to be displayed at State Grange Session reflecting agricultural and environmental projects done by the Subordinate Grange. Each display will indicate the Grange name with an overview of the activities and should include any publicity or copies of the media obtained as the result of the activities accompanied by photos. Winners will be judged on the contents of the exhibit, using the scoring listed below for exhibit. 
 
Minimum size 2 ft x 3 ft. Maximum size 3 ft x 8 ft 
 
Scoring for Judging Exhibit:
Theme - 30 points 
Publicity received - 30 points 
Preparation required - 20 Points 
Neatness and Clarity - 10 points 
Number of activities - 10 points 
 
Prizes:
1st - $20
2nd - $10
3rd - $5 
 
State Grange Ag Innovator: 
 
This award is for two individuals, one of whom must be a Grange member and one whom is not, who are actively engaged in farming, gardening, agricultural enterprise or rural development large or small scale such as: a Christmas tree farm, fruit grower, dairy farmer, beekeeper, aquaculture, ag education, etc.
 
Rules: 
1. Open to any person, of any age. 
2. There will be one winner selected for each category and announced at the State grange session. 
3. Nominations must be made in writing and include involvement in: 
  a. Community Service- involvement with projects towards the betterment of your community. The nominee may have worked through the Grange or another organization. 
 b. Personal Achievement- Awards or honors they received through the Grange or other organizations; personal fulfillment from being a member of the Grange and/or involvement in other activities. 
Nominations should be made prior to September 15th each year 
 
Award: Winners will be announced at State Grange Session and presented with a trophy or plaque. 
 
 
 
Coloring Contest: 
 
Wax Crayon only. The committee will provide previous year’s Agriculture Drawing Contest winner’s picture. Open to age groups of children: 5-7, 8-11, 12-14 years of age on or before September 1st of each year. Three prizes will be awarded in each age group.  Any type of fluid crayon, colored pencil or markers will be disqualified. 
 
Scoring for coloring: 
Use of color - 30 points 
Neatness - 40 points 
Variety of color - 30 points 
 
Prizes:
1st - $10
2nd - $5
3rd - $3 
 
Coloring contest is open to Grange members and non members sponsored by Grange members. Pomona Granges are urged to hold contests and submit and forward the top three from each age group to the State, Entries must be received by September 15th. 
 
  
Agriculture Drawing Contest: 
 
Open to two age groups: 5-14 and 15 and over as of September 1st of contest year. Prizes will be awarded in each age group. 
 
Scoring for drawing:
Neatness - 30 points 
Variety of Agriculture - 40 points 
Creativity/Originality - 40 points 
 
Prizes:
1st - $20
2nd - $10
3rd - $5  
 
Subject: Farm scenes, vegetable or flower gardens, farmers’ market, display of ag products, landscapes, farm animals, etc. 
 
This contest is designed to support the Coloring Contest. The committee will choose one or more winning drawings to be used as the pictures for the coloring contest for the coming year. The drawing should be complex enough to be interesting for the judges yet simple enough for children between the ages of 5-14 to color. Entries must be received by September 15th 
 
 
Farm Photo Contest: 
 
Eligibility: All photos must be original and taken by the person making the entry. This contest is open to everyone. They will be judged in two age groups, Youth 18 & under and Adult. Prints can be made by the photographer or commercial lab. Photos must be taken between September 1st to September 1st of current year.  One category Color 
 
Subject:  Farm scenes. Including landscapes, gardens, buildings, animals, people or farm products. 
 
Size:  Photos may be any size between 5” x 7” and up to 8” x 16” 

Entries must be received by September 15th.  
 
Prizes:
1st - $20
2nd - $10
3rd - $5 
 
 
Earth and Arbor Day: 
 
The Massachusetts State Grange supports the observation of Earth Day on April 22nd and Arbor Day on the last Friday of each April. This committee encourages the continuation of these worthwhile practices of community clean-ups and planting a tree or shrub for a commemorative event.