Upcoming Events

  1. Personnel Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Reconvene meeting from July 28, 2014
    2. Continue joint meeting with Select Board
    3. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    4. Set date for next meeting
    5. Adjourn the Meeting
    Tue, Jul 29 06:30 pm
  2. Select Board MeetingAgenda

    The Select Board and Personnel Board will meet only if needed

    as a continuation of their Monday, July 28th meeting

     

    1. Open
    2. Appointments: Meet with Personnel Board, as working group, to discuss, review, revise Draft Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual
    3. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    4. Next Select Board Meetings: Monday, August 11, 2014; Monday, August 25, 2014
    5. Close
    Tue, Jul 29 07:00 pm
  3. Personnel Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Verify quorum present
    3. Reconvene meeting from July 28 2014 with the Select Board to review the draft Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual
    4. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    5. Set date for next meeting.
    6. Adjourn the Meeting
    Tue, Jul 29 07:00 pm
  4. Personnel Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Verify quorum present
    3. Join Select Board to review the draft Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual
    4. Continue meeting to July 29, 2014 at a time to be decided, if needed, or
    5. Consider items not reasonably known at the time of posting.

     

    Tue, Jul 29 07:15 pm
  5. Board of Assessors MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Appointments
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    4. Signatures -  Monthly Lists, Payment Vouchers
    5. CAI - Online Query Update
    6. Discussion regarding Property Card changes
    7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    8. Upcoming Meetings
    9. Adjourn the Meeting
    Tue, Aug 5 06:00 pm
  6. Zoning Board of Appeals MeetingAgenda

    Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be conducted at the Town Hall on the petition of Gordon L. Howes for special permit to demolish and rebuild a non-conforming dwelling on a non-conforming lot at 162 Buckland Road (Map 7-2, Lot 58). The hearing may include a site visit and the Board of Appeals may reconvene at the close of the hearing for a meeting of the Board.

    Tue, Aug 12 07:00 pm

Ashfield Agricultural Commission

Contact

c/o Ashfield Town Hall, Ashfield, MA 01330

Meetings

2nd Tuesday each month, 7 pm except 8pm summer months, Town Hall basement room

Members

NameTitleContactTerm
Tom McCrummchair
Amy Klippensteinvice chair
Nancy Garvinsecretary
Betsy Blunt
Johanna Andersen-Pratt
Joel Arsenault
Steve Gougeon
Robyn Crowningshieldalternate

Mission

The Ashfield Agricultural Commission commission, appointed by the Selectboard, encourages the pursuit of agriculture in town as both a business and a resource, the preservation of farmland, and other farm-related concerns. The commission promotes and protects agricultural interests for present and future generations. The Ag Commission provide a forum for consideration of farming issues, assuring that the impact of land use and other local decisions impacting farming interests are adequately considered.

The Ag Commission gives the dwindling ranks of farmers a voice in their community government, provides education about the importance of farming in a community's life, and seeks solutions when conflicts arise with neighbors disgruntled on the smelly or un-attractive side of farming life.

The Ashfield Ag Commission receives no budgeted funding from the town. Any expenses incurred have been voluntarily borne by the AgCom members, or funded out of grant funding.

About Agriculture in Ashfield

One hundred and fifty years ago New England was 80% clear and 20% forest. The principle agriculture was raising sheep for the wool to supply the mills. Over time dairy farming became the major agricultural occupation and much open land went back to forest. New England is now 80% forest and 20% clear. Dairy farming, the most recent obvious use of agricultural land, is waning. As it has for over 200 years, the face of New England agriculture is changing.

Whether or not you farm for your livelihood, Ashfield folks know that agriculture is a vital facet of our community. Few among us can say we have nothing to do with agriculture. We might be farmers, our family farm and its work handed down through generations. Others of us have chosen to move to Ashfield to find a new “country” lifestyle. We might have a few animals, vegetable gardens, a small orchard or sugarbush. We all look forward to the Farmer’s Market, to maple season, and Fall Festival’s bounty. We have friends who farm. We think about the food we feed our families, and buy it locally.

The Ashfield Agricultural Commission has taken a particularly active role in helping to support and preserve local agriculture since its formation in 2006, establishing a town Agricultural Preservation Fund that accepts donations for the preservation of agricultural lands and the revitalization of agriculture in Ashfield. The Commission has also assisted with the development of the town’s Right-to-Farm Bylaw (which is communicated to landowners on tax bills) and a grievance resolution protocol to settle disputes that may arise between landowners and farmers. A marketing grant from MDAR funded a locally distributed farm brochure, a portable display board, and a digital picture frame to showcase Ashfield’s farming activities. Through all their activities they have found that clear and effective communication has been the key to their success.

Agricultural Commission Minutes

  1. Microsoft Word document Sep 17, 2013
  2. Microsoft Word document Aug 13, 2013
  3. Microsoft Word document Feb 11, 2013
  4. 2012
  5. Microsoft Word document Nov 20, 2012
  6. Microsoft Word document Sep 11, 2012
  7. Microsoft Word document Aug 12, 2012
  8. Microsoft Word document May 5, 2012