Grant Announcement: Stewardship Assistance and Restoration on APRs (SARA)

Grant Announcement: Stewardship Assistance and Restoration on APRs (SARA)

The Department invites responses from Massachusetts farmers who own or operate farm land under the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (“APR”) Program who wish to participate in Round 7 of the Stewardship Assistance and Restoration on APRs Program (“Program”). The purpose of the Program is to address stewardship or restoration issues on farmland resources in order to maximize productive agricultural use of the protected resource.

Funding of up to $25,000, with a 15% match, may be available for identified improvements that will help restore or enhance the protected land resources on an APR farm property.

Eligible uses of funds include contracted labor or equipment rental costs to clear land or reclaim inactive fields back to active cropland use such as: clearing vegetation, removing rocks or stumps, cutting back grown in field edges, or reseeding or applying soil or crop amendments to inactive cropland or pastureland to bring it back into production. Funding may be also be used to restore farm resources that have been negatively impacted by flooding, erosion, storms, tornadoes and other natural disasters.

The deadline for applications is December 7, 2018 by 4 PM, and all projects must be completed by June 30, 2019.

Find the application here:
AGR-SARA-19-7-Final-file or

The Health & Wellness Fair Thursday, 5-31 10 AM – 2 PM

Sponsored by Tri-Valley

The Health & Wellness Fair is a FREE event designed for older adults and caregivers. The following agencies and organizations will be participating: AAA, AARP, Central Massachusetts Recovery Learning Center, CapTel Captioning Phones, Dudley Fire, Dudley Police, Veteran’s Agent (Dudley), Holden Hearing Aid Center, Page Chiropractic, Senior Medicare Patrol, SHINE, St. Camillus Health Center & Adult Day Health and Walgreens Pharmacy. Tri-Valley’s program will also be highlighted and half hour seminars will be offered by Dudley Police at 10:00 am, Dudley Fire at 10:30 am, Tri-Valley Nutrition at 11:00 am and A Matter of Balance at 11:30 am. Raffles, beverages and snacks will be available throughout the event. For more information, call 508-949-6640.

Tri-Valley Health Fair

Tri-Valley Health Fair

Agricultural Tourism Craft Beverage and Farmer Workshops


Agricultural Tourism Craft Beverage and Farmer Workshops

Attention Massachusetts farmers interested in agritourism, craft beverage producers of beer, wine, cider, and spirits and tourism professionals!  Culinary tourism workshops in April will focus on cross-sector marketing practices and branding strategies to attract visitors to tours, tastings, and tap rooms with an emphasis on destination marketing.  While the focus is on the craft beverage sector, farmers interested in agritourism will gain insights into building farm visits and opportunities for cross promotion.

Success stories from host businesses, panel discussions featuring wine, beer, cider and spirits experts sharing best practices, MA Office of Travel and Tourism’s ad agency Small Army with recommendations on brand development and identifying social media priorities, and resources from craft beverage associations and state agencies MOTT and MDAR are part of the workshops, ending with networking.

This event is open to farmers interested in ag tourism, craft beverage businesses and tourism professionals. There is no cost to participate, however registration is required as space is limited.  The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources have teamed up for this series of workshops to support the Commonwealth’s craft beverage industry and farmers in agritourism.


April 2 – Stone Cow Brewery
500 West St B, Barre, MA 01005
1:00pm – 4:30pm
Host presentation by Stone Cow Brewery
Panelists: Bear Swamp Orchard (Jennifer Williams), Berkshire Mountain Distillery (Chris Weld), Black Birch Vineyard (Michelle Kersbergen), Nightshift Brewing (Rob Burns); Moderated by Katie Stinchon (Mass Brewers Guild)
Ad agency: Small Army
Industry/State: Mass Brewers Guild, MDAR, MOTT
Networking to follow


April 9 – Nashoba Valley Winery
100 Wattaquadock Hill Rd, Bolton, MA 01740
1:00pm – 4:30pm
Host presentation by Nashoba Valley Winery
Panelists: Aeronaut Brewing Co. (Jason McCool), GrandTen Distilling (Matt Nurenberg), Ragged Hill Orchard (Anne Garwood-Hampp), Truro Vineyards (Dave Roberts)
Ad agency: Small Army
Industry/State: MA Farm Wineries & Growers Association, MDAR, MOTT
Networking to follow


April 23 – Lookout Farm Brewing & Cider Co.
89 Pleasant St. South, South Natick, MA 01760
1:00pm – 4:30pm
Host presentation by Lookout Farm Brewing & Cider Co.
Panelists: Hardwick Winery (John Samek), Privateer Rum (Andrew Cabot), Wormtown Brewery; Moderated by Lisa Davol (Franklin County/CiderDays)
Ad agency: Small Army
State: Massachusetts Distillers Alliance, MDAR, MOTT
Networking to follow


Click link to register: Craft Beverage Workshops


MDAR’s mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions – Agricultural Conservation & Technical Assistance, Agricultural Markets, Animal Health, and Crop and Pest Services – MDAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the rich diversity of the Commonwealth’s agricultural community to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture’s role in energy conservation and production. For more information, visit MDAR’s website at For Ag industry events, click here, for consumer related events, visit the Massachusetts grown and fresher Calendar.

16,639 Feet of Prime Retail Space Available – 4 Airport Road

In an effort to help potential businesses locate to in Dudley, MA, the Economic Development Committee will be featuring retail and commercial properties available for Purchase, lease or rent on the Town Website. If you would like you property listed here, please contact John Briare through the Town Planners Office.

This property offers 16,639 Sq feet of Prime Retail Space.  Located in what is known as Park n Shop Plaza.

Located next to the new Dollar Tree.

Dudley Plaza is a 95,610 SF Shopping Center located on a 13.6 Acre site. The Property is anchored by Park n’ Shop Supermarket which has been operating in this location since 1966, and remains the only major local grocer.

Download (Dudley_4-Airport-Rd_flyer_1.pdf , PDF)

Download (MADudley-4AirportRd-MerchPlan.pdf , PDF)

Public Notice: Brochure Sponsorship Opportunity

The Dudley Economic Development Committee has been in the process of producing a brochure on the Town of Dudley. Originally started in 2014, The brochure is nearing completion.

In an effort for full transparency, the Dudley EDC is reopening sponsorship opportunities for this brochure due to the length of time the brochure has been under development.

The Brochure is designed as a marketing piece to attract businesses and new residents to the Town of Dudley.
It will be a glossy piece, approximately 29″ x 16″, folded into 4 sections.
Printed on Front and Back.
It is anticipated that a minimum of 2,500 Brochures will be printed in the first run.
In addition, the brochure will be placed on the Town Website under the Economic Development Section.
Estimated Completion and Distribution Date: September 2017

There will be a “Sponsors” panel on the brochure.
Such sponsorship panel will be equally split in size, between all sponsors.
Eg: If there are 4 sponsors, each sponsor will be allocated 25% of the available space for their logo or ad.
If there are 5 sponsors, each sponsor will be allocated 20% of the available space.

Only a maximum of 8 sponsors will be accepted.
If all 8 sponsorships are sold, the minimum ad size will come in at approximately .75″ x 3″ (Best Estimate)

Since the original sponsors contributed $500 for each sponsorship, all remaining sponsorships will also have a cost of $500 for new sponsors.

Currently, the Brochure has 2 Sponsors.  The deadline for Sponsorship requests is end of day –  July 18, 2017.

If you would like to become a sponsor of this brochure, or talk to a member concerning the brochure, please fill out the below form…
Thank You

Dudley Economic Development Committee

Sample of Brochure Layout

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Exchange Zone is Live! – Think Safety

Have you ever wanted to buy or sell something online but did not want a stranger to come into your home?

Have you ever used Craigslist, EBay or an Online Dating Service and felt very uncomfortable walking into a stranger’s home?

The Town of Dudley has heard your concerns and has set up an “Exchange Area” located outside the Dudley Police Dept. in two parking spots and have also made the interior waiting area – an Online Exchange Area.

This exchange zone will allow Dudley residents and business owners, the ability to conduct their transactions in the parking lot or lobby areas of the Police Department under video surveillance.

Meeting someone for the first time?… what better place than the Police Station.

Although the Town of Dudley can never guarantee your safety, the Exchange area will reduce the odds of a transaction going bad. Well lit, law enforcement seconds away and the ability to ask an officer to run a serial number of an item to see if it is reported stolen. All of these little things will provide a greater level of security than conducting business in your home.

The designated areas are video-recorded 24 hours a day, however police encourage residents to conduct transactions during daylight hours. Those who plan to take advantage of the program should be aware that officers can only become involved in a transaction if criminal activity is reported. There will not be officers assigned to stand-by for these exchanges, but if anything criminal were to occur, a resident could walk into the lobby to make a report.

Meeting in the police department parking lot helps reduce any potential danger to the seller or the seller’s family and property.

While items cannot be stored at the police department or in the parking lot, if the item can be safely transported, the seller should consider conducting the transaction at that facility.

In addition, this is a good time to review “Safe Tips” for conducting business online thru ads and with strangers.

Additional tips for conducting a transaction with an unknown buyer include the following:
* If a person seems reluctant to meet at the Police Station exchange area, that should be treated as a Warning Sign that something is not right.
* Only accept cash for sale. Personal checks carry risk.
* Conduct sales during weekdays so banking or financial institutions can be contacted if there is a problem.
* Don’t go alone and trust your instincts.
* Tell a friend or family member where the transaction will take place.
* If possible, conduct your transaction during daylight.
* Large Cash Transactions, such as buying or selling a car, should be done at the Exchange area.
* Carry a cellphone.
* Never meet someone in a secluded area!

Buying and Selling can and should be a rewarding experience. Simple steps… such as meeting at the exchange area… can also make it Safer!

Good Selling!
Dudley Police Dept.
Dudley Board of Selectmen
Dudley Economic Development Committee

Master Plan from 2000 Now Online

The Master Plan from 2000 is now online. Each Chapter can be found under Documents Section / Town Reports /

Chapters are as follows:

Table of Contents
I. Summary with Major Recommendations
II. Introduction
III. Vision Statement and Goals
IV. Brief History
V. Demographic Profile
VI. Transportation
VII. Town Government: Facilities and Services
VIII. Natural Features
IX. Open Space and Recreation
X. Housing
XI. Economic Development
XII. Existing and Future Land Use
XIII. Implementation Plan

Appendix A: Inventory of Town-Owned Properties.
Appendix B: Grant Opportunities from State Agencies for Environmental Projects.
Appendix C: Open Space and Recreation Funding Mechanisms and Programs.
Appendix D: Master Plan Citizen Survey – Summary and Results.

All Files related to Master Plan of 2000 will be listed here in no particular order.