A Plant Based Circle Opens At The Plant Connector

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Thursday, Oct. 22, The Plant Connector will be celebrating the opening of their new show, "A Plant Based Circle," from 4 pm to 6 pm.  

The show is a collection of plant-based art from Eleanor Derby-Kilfoyle, Kristin Graves, Tina Louise, Fran Berasi, and Alicia Canary. 
 
Each of the artworks is a reflection on plants and a celebration of their power, history, relationship to humans, and/or healing qualities. All works are by local North Berkshire artists.
 
Included in the show is this collage, entitled "Two Famous Gardens," by Kristin Graves.  Other works include displays of plants, information about plant properties, handmade paper from Japanese Knotweed, and botanical illustrations.
 
The show will be on view through the end of October.
 
The Plant Connector is a plant-based gallery and shop in North Adams on 48 Eagle St.
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State Declares 'Green Friday' in Support of Local Xmas Tree Farms

UXBRIDGE, Mass. — The Baker-Polito administration has declared Friday, Nov. 27, as "Green Friday" to encourage people across the commonwealth to visit their local farms and nurseries for Christmas trees, holiday plants, and holiday decorating needs.
 
To celebrate, state Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux participated in a Christmas tree-cutting ceremony at Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge. In an effort to support the commonwealth's Christmas tree industry, the declaration of Green Friday encourages people throughout the state to visit their local Christmas tree farms to purchase their trees, holiday plants, ornamental swags, and wreaths to fulfill their holiday decorating needs.
 
"Our administration believes in the importance of supporting our farms by shopping locally and purchasing holiday decorations from one of the commonwealth's many family-operated Christmas tree farms," said Gov. Charlie Baker. "Now more than ever, it is a great time to spend quality time with your family while partaking in this outdoor activity which allows for proper social distancing."
 
Christmas tree season in Massachusetts provides hundreds of seasonal jobs at approximately 264 Christmas tree farms on approximately 2,801 acres of land from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. The sale of more than 82,524 state-grown Christmas trees contributes approximately $3.5 million to the commonwealth's economy each year. Christmas tree farms, which are often sited on soils that cannot support other crops, stabilize soil, which helps prevent erosion and protect water supplies. When chipped, the trees can be used as a renewable source of energy to be burned as fuel, used as mulch, or composted.
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