BELCHERTOWN, Mass. – U.S. Rep. James McGovern, who represents the state’s Third Congressional District, will be honored July 16 during the annual summer meeting of the Massachusetts Fruits Growers Association at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Cold Spring Orchard in Belchertown.
McGovern will be presented the association’s Ronald J. Prokopy Award in recognition of his long-standing support of agriculture in the commonwealth. The award was established seven years ago to commemorate the lifelong work of UMass Amherst scientist Ronald J. Prokopy. The award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant difference to Massachusetts agriculture.
More than 100 fruit farmers from throughout New England are expected to attend the meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. with a tour of the UMass Cold Spring Orchard highlighting ongoing research projects involving apples, peaches, pears, cherries, blueberries and grapes.
After a barbecue lunch provided by Outlook Farm of Westhampton, there will be a speaking program in the orchard’s Chandler Laboratory. The award will be presented to Congressman McGovern at 2 p.m.
Cold Spring Orchard Research & Education Center is located at 391 Sabin St. in Belchertown.
Directions: From Belchertown center, proceed on Route 181 toward Palmer for about 2 miles, bear left onto Cold Spring Rd. In about 0.5 miles, bear left onto Sabin St. The main facility (Chandler Laboratory) is located in the newer of the two red barns on the left.
From the Route 9/Route 202 intersection, take Route 9 East for about 2.5 miles, and turn right onto Sabin St. In approximately 1.75 miles, you see orchard trees on both sides of the road and the main facility (Chandler Laboratory) will be on the right.
Contact: Wesley R. Autio, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, 413/545-2963 (office);