MassRecycle read over the 2021 Conference evaluations and noticed many in our audience want tours to make a return. We do too! We can’t wait to see you in person. On October 7th, MassRecycle hosted its first tour in many years! Keep scrolling to read more!
We are open to suggestions for tour locations, and if you have a business or facility that you would like to offer for a tour, please email Jess Wozniak with your tour suggestions.
Boston Area Gleaners October 2021 Tour
Boston Area Gleaners hosted a MassRecycle tour of their new home at Stonefield Farm in Acton on a beautiful October afternoon. Outreach Coordinator Paul Franceschi and Inventory Coordinator Marissa Gabriel led us on a walk through their 51-acre campus. BAG’s operations area includes a large warehouse, refrigerated containers and a new loading dock, with space for their growing fleet of trucks. Usha Thakrar, Executive Director, mentioned that BAG is working with Eversource to upgrade the farm’s electrical service to enable plug-in powered cooling instead using diesel when the trucks are idle. Paul and the team explained how BAG’s 20+ staff and volunteer network of over 500 volunteers helps local farms to recover unharvested produce, which can represent up to 30% of the crops grown. Volunteers also break down large pallets and gaylords of food into smaller bags and boxes for distribution to the many hunger relief partner organizations large and small, such as Greater Boston Food Bank, community suppers and food pantries. Finally, we walked out to a cabbage field where a merry band of volunteers were picking cabbages. “One of the great things about cabbages is that they stay fresh for a long time,” Marissa said. Bag welcomes volunteers to help them with their mission to prevent farm crop waste and relieve hunger. Please contact Paul if you are interested in helping out, whether in Acton or at one of their local farm partners: Paul Franceschi, firstname.lastname@example.org