The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a small insect that bores into the bark of ash trees, eventually killing the tree. It has been spreading across the eastern United States since it was first detected in Michigan in 2002. Here in Alford, we have been hoping the tiny pest would overlook our pristine forests, but […]
There have been a number of Barred Owl sightings this winter. Here’s one on West Road waiting for its dinner to come by….
Following our 2018 annual meeting on September 8, Molly Comstock, founder of Colfax Farm, spoke about CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) and her experience starting and operating a successful organic vegetable farm. After the talk, we had an opportunity to tour her operation at Twin Oaks Farm on West Road. You can learn more on the […]
Our 2018 annual meeting will be held at 10 am on Saturday, September 8, at Alford Town Hall. This year Molly Comstock, founder of Colfax Farm will speak about CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), and her experiences starting and operating a successful organic vegetable farm. You may have seen Molly at the West Stockbridge Farmers’ Market […]
After our 2017 annual meeting, Bridghe McCracken, founder of Helia Native Nurseries (www.helianativenursery.com/about) spoke about using native plants in landscaping to attract diverse native birds and butterflies. Bridghe has a seed bank from which she propagates native plants at her Sky Meadow Farm on East Road.
As part of our 2016 annual meeting, forester Peter Tucker ([email protected]) led an informative walk on the Alford Land Trust’s property on West Road. With Peter’s direction this woodlot is being managed as a demonstration of forest management practices for the health of the forest and to attract diverse wildlife. Schiffman Woods canopy Ferns in Schiffman […]
After our 2015 annual meeting, timber framer Dave Shepard gave a demonstration of his sawmill on West Road, converting logs to planks.
At our 2014 annual meeting, Jess Toro of Native Habitat Restorations spoke about the destructive power of invasive species on the landscape and methods used to control these invaders. The talk was followed with a walk on the Land Trust property on West Road where she has been working to rebuild the diverse forest.
In 2003-2004, as part of a state-mandated initiative, the town of Alford produced a Community Development Plan. The project included engaging two biology field researchers from UMass Amherst to inventory the unique habitat, flora and fauna in our town. These photos were part of their final report.