State funds to bring needed upgrades to Rochester Cranberry bogs

Jan 3, 2023

ROCHESTER— Two Rochester cranberry growers will receive a combined $110,000 in state funding, announced the Baker-Polito Administration on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

According to a press release, Beatons, Inc. received $75,000 from the grant and Double M Cranberry Co. received $35,000 for renovations to their cranberry bogs. 

The funding was the result of the Cranberry Bog Restoration Grant Program, which encourages economically innovative and environmentally conscious bog design through reimbursement.

“The cranberry sector is important to Massachusetts both for the economy and the open space value of preserved upland areas,” said 10th Bristol Representative Bill Straus (D-Mattapoisett). “These grants continue to provide critical funding in maintaining the viability of our local growers in the competition they face within the industry.”

According to Double M Cranberry Co. President Brad Morse, the funds will go towards an upgraded irrigation system and the planting of higher-yield variety vines on the company’s 2.38 acres of land.

Morse hopes that the upgrades will “make the farm more productive.”

Matt Beaton, President of Beaton, Inc. said that he plans on using the renovation funds to level the land in his cranberry bog.

“It conserves a great deal of water when you renovate and laser level your bogs,” he said.

A total of $1 million was awarded to 17 cranberry growers throughout the state for projects that renovate existing cranberry bogs, provide higher yields, and more efficient methods of cranberry production for participating growers.

“This funding will help boost long-term production and drive economic growth that will directly benefit the industry, consumers and local economies,” said Governor Charlie Baker.