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From left, panelists Julie Miller of Q Farms in Sharon and Megan Haney of Marble Valley Farm in Kent  spoke about their approach to farming.  Carol Ascher, at right, moderated. Photo by Leila Hawken

Farmers reinvent their ways for the Earth’s sake

SHARON —New ways of treating and caring for land, crops and animals were the subject of a panel discussion on Saturday, April 2, sponsored by the Sharon Historical Society.

It was the second in a series of four programs on the broader topic of reinventing farming.

Tree stumps remain along the bank of the Housatonic River adjacent to the picnic area at Housatonic Meadows State Park. Photo by John Coston

Housatonic Meadows tree cutting triggers bill to oversee DEEP’s work

SHARON — Legislation that calls for a new level of oversight over the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) management of parks and campgrounds is moving ahead in the General Assembly, initiated by last winter’s controversial tree-cutting at Housatonic Meadows State Park.

Bethany Sheffer maneuvered a hot rock into a hollowed-out log filled with maple sap on Saturday, March 26, at Sharon Audubon. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Hydrometers, hot rocks and Whoopie Pies

SHARON — Visitors to Sharon Audubon on Saturday, March 26, received a tour of the maple syrup production facility, got a look at how maple sap was processed in earlier times, and were tempted by treats, sugary and otherwise.


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