Gardening and Soil Health Workshop for the Public

Join us on May 3rd (rain date May 10) at 6pm at the Storrs Library in Longmeadow to learn about the Soil Health in your Garden. Learn More and register here

Welcome to the Hampden Hampshire Conservation District

The Hampden Hampshire Conservation District works with landowners and communities in Hampden and Hampshire Counties in the conservation and management of natural resources; farmland, woodland, wildlife management and farmland preservatiion.

Conservation Districts are state entities designated by the Massachusetts General Laws to address natural resources issues at the local level throughout the Commonwealth. There are thirteen (13) districts in Massachusetts, led by elected volunteer District Supervisors.

Each District is governed by a volunteer Board of Supervisors with additional input from Associate Supervisors. Historically, board members are farmers and environmentally conscious landowners reflecting a wide range of people and professions. They assist agricultural producers and landowners with conservation planning and development and in applying for financial assistance to address resource concerns. District programs promote the health and productivity of all landscapes, urban to rural.

HHCD researches and applies for Grant programs, delivers workshops and educational programs, sponsors the Massachusetts Envirothon competition for high school students, and holds conservation tours of local farms. Consider attending a monthly Conservation District meeting, or joining your local District as an Associate.

Tools For Transitioning to No-Till Vegetable Production

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Are you working on a medium to large scale farm and interested in the tools you can use to minimize tillage and transition to no-till?  Join us at Simple Gifts Farm to learn from farm managers Jeremy Barker Plotkin and Dave Tepfer. Discuss the practices and tools they have tried, and continue to use, since moving towards no-till production over the past two years.  During this event we will: 

  • Tour the farm to learn and discuss the range practices being used  
  • View a variety of tools being used to reduce soil disruption 
  • Learn several methods to assess soil health onsite with simple and inexpensive tools 

Simple Gifts Farm operates as a part of the North Amherst Community Farma community land trust that preserves the farm as a wildlife corridor and community resource with walking trails, strives for more equitable access to organic produce, and offers educational programming on the interrelation of food production/distribution and environmental health.  With about 50 acres in the middle of a densely populated neighborhood, it is an ideal site to build connections between people and their food supply.