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The Socrat family recreates Douglas Orchard

Sustainable farming is the goal

“I want to be here until I’m a hundred. I want to always be here.” Nick Socrat is standing in his newly planted vegetable patch, a dream come true for the young man who’s just graduated from the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture with a degree in sustainable food and farming.

Nick will be the heart and soul of the Douglas Orchard & Farm, though it’s abundantly clear that this is a family affair. The Socrat family was from... Read More

Woonsocket Glass Fabricators officially opens in Whitinsville

MassDevelopment instrumental in financing WGF and many other Valley enterprises

By Rod Lee

Helping Woonsocket Glass Fabricators (WGF) move into its 33,000-square-foot production center and showroom on Douglas Road in Whitinsville last November wasn’t the first time MassDevelopment has come to the assistance of Blackstone Valley enterprise and it probably won’t be the last.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the facility was held on June 24.

Just since 2011, through June of this year, Boston-based... Read More

It’s time for PYO Blueberries

Local orchards are ready

By Magda Dakin

Fourth of July isn’t just the beginning of the vacation and holiday season, it’s opening day for Blueberry picking at local farms and farm stands. It’s a fairly short picking season so if you want a fun picking experience be sure to call ahead during open hours and find out if there are berries available for picking that day.

At Vandervalk Farm and Winery 25 Lovell Street in Mendon, picking hours... Read More

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