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星期三, 11月 23, 2016

麻州長宣佈11/25是"綠色星期五"

Baker-Polito Administration Declares Friday, November 25, 2016 as “Green Friday”
Declaration Made to Recognize State’s Green and Christmas Tree Industries

BOSTON – November 23, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration has declared Friday, November 25, 2016 as “Green Friday” to encourage people across the Commonwealth to visit their local farms for Christmas trees, holiday plants, and various decorating needs.  To celebrate the day, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux and Assistant Commissioner Jason Wentworth will participate in the annual Christmas tree cutting ceremony at Mistletoe Acres Tree Farm in East Bridgewater, which grows Christmas trees for the fresh cut market, at 10:00am.

“The Massachusetts nursery industry and Christmas tree growers are important contributors to our state’s economy and the holiday season,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “As the holiday season begins, I encourage everyone to celebrate ‘Green Friday’ by buying local festive wreaths, garland, poinsettias and Christmas trees.” 

“Today is a wonderful opportunity to express our gratitude to Massachusetts’ Christmas tree growers and nurseries for their contributions to the environment, the holiday season, and our local and state economies,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “It is important that we continue to support the Commonwealth’s local growers as part of ‘Green Friday’ by buying locally-grown Christmas trees and other holiday greens.”

Christmas tree season in Massachusetts provides hundreds of seasonal jobs at nearly 400 Christmas tree farms on approximately 3,000 acres of land from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. Approximately $1.4 million is added to the Commonwealth’s economy each year from the sale of Massachusetts-grown Christmas trees. Christmas tree farms, which are oftentimes 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.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to recognize our vibrant Massachusetts green industry, which is comprised of many family-operated businesses that provide not only memorable holiday traditions but contribute to sustaining the Massachusetts agricultural industry and environment,”  said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton.  “Christmas tree farms provide many local jobs to Massachusetts residents, and offer several environmental benefits, including helping to reduce the state’s carbon footprint and providing a stable refuge and feeding areas for wildlife.”

“Tis the season to get a head start to your holiday decorating needs on ‘Green Friday’ by visiting a Christmas tree farm and the many Massachusetts garden and nursery centers who provide an abundance of ‘greens’ to complete your holiday season celebrations” said MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux. “Our tree growers and nursery/garden centers are committed to growing the best products by not only caring for the land, preserving open space, but also utilizing the best management practices.”

“We are looking forward to another great cut your own tree season and there should be plenty of nice trees to choose from at your local farms,” said Daniel Pierce, President of the Massachusetts Christmas Tree Growers Association. “The weather this growing season has been a little challenging due to the drought but the damage seems to be limited to the new plantings. The trees that are ready to cut are looking great due to timely fall rains.”