Upcoming Events

  1. Select Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open
    2. Warrants: Payroll and vendor (sign)
    3. Minutes: March 17, 2014; March 24, 2014
    4. Annual Town Meeting Warrant (sign)
    5. Select Board Resignation
    6. Mail
    7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    8. Next Select Board Meetings: Wednesday, April 23: (Sanderson Academy building walk-through only); ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10 AM, Town Hall
    9. Executive Session if needed
    10. Close
    Tue, Apr 22 07:00 pm
  2. Finance Committee MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review with School Superintendent proposed repairs and capital upgrades 
    3. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    4. Upcoming Meetings
    5. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Apr 23 07:00 pm
  3. Select Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Sanderson Academy walkthrough: Review with School Superintendent proposed repairs and capital upgrades
    3. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    4. Upcoming Meetings
    5. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Apr 23 07:00 pm
  4. Finance Committee MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Acting Chair)
    2. Hear and discuss update/presentation by Long Range School Planning Group
    3. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    4. Upcoming Meetings
    5. Adjourn the Meeting
    Thu, Apr 24 07:00 pm
  5. Parks Commission MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. budget
    4. go over clean up day plan
    5. upper park
    6. lower park
    7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    8. Upcoming Meetings
    9. Adjourn the Meeting
    Mon, Apr 28 08:00 pm
  6. Board of Assessors MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Appointments
    3. Re-Organize Board
    4. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    5. Maps/Deeds Discussion
    6. CAI Contract
    7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    8. Upcoming Meetings
    9. Adjourn the Meeting
    Mon, May 5 06:00 pm
  7. Planning Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Appointments
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    4. Review mail
    5. Discussion and review of Senior Housing Draft Bylaw
    6. Update on wireless internet antenna on Town Hall steeple
    7. Discussion on telecommunications bylaw
    8. Update and discussion on wind power
    9. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    10. Upcoming Meetings
    11. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, May 7 07:30 pm
  8. Technology Committee MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Townhall WiFi 
    4. VOIP Progress
    5. Windows Server
    6. Internet Service
    7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    8. Upcoming Meetings
    9. Adjourn the Meeting
    Thu, May 8 09:00 am

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