Upcoming Events

  1. Select Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Appointments
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    4. Special Town Meeting Warrant
    5. By-Law discussion and approach-large-scale, industrial construction projects
    6. Interim Town Administrators Report 
    7. Mail
    8. Liaison Reports
    9. Public Comment
    10. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    11. Upcoming Meetings
    12. Adjourn the Meeting
    Fri, May 27 05:00 pm
  2. Board of Assessors MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Appointments -  Town Counsel at 6 p.m.
    3. Executive Session:  Appellate Tax Board Cases    X306391 Luce/Glover vs. Board of Assessors  F327639 Ashfield House LLC. (2015) vs. Board of  Assessors             F328909 (2016) vs. Board of Assessors                        The Board of Assessors will enter into executive session, per M.G.L. c.30A, Section21 (a) (3), to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting will have detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body, as declared by the chair.
    4. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings - May 16, 2016
    5. Property Values after inspection - if time allows
    6. Meet with the Selectboard at 7 p.m. regaring the TAP enrollment program.
    7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    8. Upcoming Meetings -  June 13 @ 8:30 a.m. 
    9. Adjourn the Meeting
    Tue, May 31 06:00 pm
  3. Select Board MeetingAgenda

    1.  MEETING CONVENES
         A.  Announcement on recording devices
    2.  REVIEW MINUTES, WARRANTS
         A.  Minutes – 05-23-2016
    3.  APPOINTMENTS WITH BOARD OF SELECTMEN
         A.  Board of Assessors – TAP Program Overview
         B.  Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership Update – Peggy Sloan
    4.  DISCUSSION/DECISION ITEMS
         A.  Belding Memorial Library Roofing & Masonry Repointing Bid Award
         B.  FM Generator Maintenance Contract for WWTP Generator
         C.  Request for Transfer between Appropriation
         D.  Community Compact – Solid Waste and Site Cleanup Priorities
         E.  Salary Study Request for Quotes
         F.  Select Board Priorities List
         G.  Select Board Liaison List
         H.  Permanent Town Administrator Position
         I.  By-Law discussion and approach – Large-scale, industrial construction projects
    5.  INTERIM TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
    6.  MAIL
    7.  LIAISON
    8.  PUBLIC COMMENT
    9.  * ITEMS NOT REASONABLY ANTICIPATED BY THE CHAIR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING
    10. UPCOMING MEETINGS
    11. ADJOURN

    The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting.  Not all items listed may in fact be discussed, and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.


    Tue, May 31 07:00 pm
  4. Council on Aging MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)

    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings

    3. Treasurer Report

    4. Discuss senior housing in Ashfield

    5. Discuss upcoming monthly dinner meetings for 2016 -  1. June: Steve & Tom                                                2. July: Annual Picnic Upper Town Park                         (Lui Collins)                            

    6. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting

    7. Public Comment

    8. Upcoming Meetings

    9. Adjourn the Meeting

    Wed, Jun 1 02:00 pm
  5. Planning Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Appointments
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    4. Senior housing draft bylaw and survey
    5. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    6. Upcoming Meetings
    7. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Jun 1 07:30 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.