The Recorder – Regional Diary: March 5, 2022

Published: 03/06/2022 17:01:07

Modified: 06/03/2022 17:00:33

Aspiring Cannabis Growers Invited to Participate in Incubator Program

ORANGE- Varieties of morning dewa craft cannabis producer headquartered in an indoor garden and processing library, is launching an incubator program in April to provide free online learning and hands-on, in-person technical training to aspiring cannabis growers living in the Pioneer Valley.

The Dew Work Incubator is a collaborative professional development program designed to help participants hone key skills to achieve their cannabis career goals. According to a press release from Morning Dew Cultivars, the program is designed to serve both beginners and professionals, navigating topics such as irrigation strategy, plant virus prevention and drying techniques.

The four-week program will run from April 4 to April 29. Every Monday, participants will have access to one hour of self-paced online lessons that can be taken at any time of the week. According to COO Tory Kaltner, weekly instruction also includes in-person training at Morning Dew Cultivars facilities in Orange on Fridays from 1-2 p.m.

Although there is no deadline for registration, Kaltner said registration may be limited depending on interest. If the class is full, Kaltner said another Dew Work incubator is scheduled for September.

Email Kaltner at [email protected] for more information and details on how to register for Dew Work Incubator.

Western Mass CODEPINK Hosts International Women’s Day Event

SPRINGFIELD — The 17th edition CODEPINK Western Mass The International Women’s Day commemoration, which will highlight the trauma of the incarceration of women and girls, will take place on Tuesday, March 8, from noon to 1 p.m. on the steps outside the Springfield City Hall, 36 Court St.

Guest speakers will address the issues of prison abolition, clemency for incarcerated people and alternatives to incarceration. The event is free and open to the public.

“Public safety is not about jails and jails,” Sunderland resident Susan Triolo, one of the organizers of the event, said in a press release. “Public safety is jobs; education; lodging; and high-quality, universal, free childcare and preschools so that women can work outside the home with confidence that their children are safe.

Speakers include State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, D-Northampton; Louellyn Lambros of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls; Judy Holmes of Voices from Inside; Jaqueline Velez of Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice; Laura Briggs, professor and author at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; and Tanisha Arena of Arise for Social Justice. The Raging Grannies, a singing ensemble, will complete the program with parodies of familiar tunes rewritten with anti-war and social justice messages.

MassDEP offers PFAS testing to private well owners

BOSTON — The state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is offering private well owners the opportunity to get free testing for PFAS compounds — synthetic substances known as “eternal chemicals” that have been linked to adverse health effects – in 85 communities where 60% or more of consumers use private wells.

Eligible Franklin County towns are: Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Erving, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell. The North Quabbin towns of Petersham, Phillipston and Royalston are also eligible.

Private well owners are encouraged to apply online at The offer is only available for a limited time.

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