Wareham farm receives $15,000 state grant for agriculture improvement

Dec 23, 2018

A Wareham farm has a received a state grant worth $15,500 to enhance environmental conservation practices by installing cranberry irrigation pumps.

Maple Park Bogs is one of nine area farms that received a total of $149,100 from the Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program. The program provides resources for advancing protection measures within the state’s agricultural sector and help farms fund various environmental projects - including the installation of automated irrigation systems and tailwater recovery for cranberry operations, manure storage for dairy farms, and irrigation for produce farms.

“I’m very pleased that agricultural communities in the towns of Carver, Middleborough, and Wareham will soon benefit from these much-needed resources that will ensure sustainability and environmental conservation,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton). 

The grants support projects that improve water quality, promote water conservation, and/or improve air quality. Selected farmers are reimbursed for the approved costs of materials and labor up to $25,000. Additionally, farms must be actively devoted to agricultural or horticultural use, and projects that address significant resource concerns are more likely to receive funding.