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Officials celebrate Plant Something Day

MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux visited schools, toured gardens

MDAR Commissioner Lebeaux speaks with Tri-County Schools students in Easthampton. (Courtesy Photo)

BOSTON — Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux today celebrated national Plant Something Day by visiting schools to tour their garden facilities and plant seedlings, and encouraging students and teachers to get outdoors and plant something.

“Plant Something Day is a great opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy the spring weather outdoors and plant something to beautify their communities and help the environment,” said MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux. “Providing students across the Commonwealth with the opportunity to experience the benefits of planting at a young age helps to ensure that the Massachusetts agricultural industry remains vibrant and productive. We are proud to partner with Massachusetts’ flower and nursery growers during Plant Something Day, and we thank them for their contributions to make the Commonwealth a healthier and more beautiful place.”

Plant Something Day aims to encourage consumers to support their local nurseries, garden centers, landscapers and floriculture growers by purchasing and planting something in their yard or local community. Massachusetts is home to approximately 1,039 farms in floriculture, nursery, greenhouse and sod that employ more than 4,000 workers and in 2012 generated $158 million in sales.

Plant Something MA is an annual statewide initiative that encourages communities across the Commonwealth to support their local nurseries, garden centers, landscapers and floriculture growers by purchasing and planting something. The campaign is organized by the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association (MFGA) and the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA).

“Gardening and the use of plants to decorate, plant around your home or for food brings a whole host of benefits to you, your family and the environment,”said Massachusetts Flower Growers Association (MFGA) Executive Secretary Bob Luczai. “It can be a form of exercise, relieve stress and can provide fresh healthy food for your table. You become a steward of our environment. Plants clean the air we breathe, reduce our energy costs and add value to your home, condo or apartment.”

Nurseries and garden centers throughout Massachusetts can be found on the MassGrown & Fresher website.

—Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

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