FEEDING HILLS, Mass. (WWLP) – May is the time of the year when many people here in western Massachusetts begin planting flowers and vegetables, but state officials are hoping even more people will take part this year.

Agriculture Commissioner John Lebeaux visited E. Cecchi Farms in Feeding Hills and Graziano Gardens in East Longmeadow on Wednesday morning, as part of “Plant Something Day.”

There are some 1,039 farms that deal with flowers, sod, bushes, and nursery plants in Massachusetts. These farms employ about 4,000 workers statewide.

“The nursery-greenhouse industry is the largest element of our agriculture in Massachusetts. Almost a third of Massachusetts agriculture is the nursery-greenhouse industry,” Lebeaux said.

“Plant Something Day” will be officially observed this coming Monday.

Pledge to plant something on May 15 and add your city to the map!