Upcoming Events

  1. Personnel Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Call to order/ Joint meeting of Select Board and Personnel Board
    2. Review and approve minutes of the Oct. 15 meeting
    3. Follow-up on Benefits discussed on Oct 15 and continue with review of the benefits section of the zpersonnel Policies and Procedures Maunal (PPP)
    4. Time permitting review Grievance section or consider policies not included in earlier version of the PPP
    5. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    6. Set dates for Upcoming Meetings
    7. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Oct 22 07:00 pm
  2. Select Board MeetingAgenda

    This meeting was posted on the Town Hall Legal Posting Board on 10-20-14 at 6:10 pm. This website posting is for informational purposes only.

    1. Open joint meeting of Select Board and Personnel Board
    2. Select Board Minutes: Oct. 7, 2014; February 26, 2015 (Revise and extend.)
    3. Select Board & Personnel Board Joint Meeting Minutes: Oct. 15, 2014
    4. Follow-up on Benefits Section discussion of Oct. 15; continue review of the Benefits Section of the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual (PPP)
    5. Review Grievance Section or consider policies not included in earlier version of the PPP
    6. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    7. Upcoming Meetings
    8. Close
    Wed, Oct 22 07:00 pm
  3. Planning Board MeetingAgenda

     

    1. Open the Meeting
    2.  Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3.  Review mail
    4. Discussion on telecommunications tower special permit application
    5.  Discussion of associate member bylaw
    6.  Discussion of changes to telecommunications bylaw. 
    7.  Discussion on Senior Housing Draft Bylaw
    8.   Possible Update and discussion on wind power
    9. Check on status open space plan.
    10.   Items not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    11.   Upcoming Meetings

     Adjourn the Meeting

    Wed, Oct 22 07:30 pm
  4. Conservation Commission MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Clark Chicken Coop Emergency Order Update
    4. DAR State Forest Bridge Abutments Update
    5. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Maps
    6. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    7. Upcoming Meetings
    8. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Oct 22 07:30 pm
  5. Historical Commission MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Appointments
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    4. Topic: Spruce Corner Cell Tower application review, Town 250th anniversary planning
    5. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    6. Upcoming Meetings
    7. Adjourn the Meeting
    Thu, Oct 23 07:00 pm
  6. Technology Committee MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Broadband
    4. Office 365
    5. Town Hall IT
    6. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    7. Upcoming Meetings
    8. Adjourn the Meeting
    Fri, Oct 24 09:00 am
  7. Sewer HearingAgenda

    The Ashfield Sewer Commission will conduct a public hearing concerning proposed changes to Sewer Regulations.  You can find proposed changes on the Sewer Commission page on the website, at town hall, or at the Treatment Plant.

    The hearing will be held at 5pm on Thursday, November 20th at the Ashfield Wastewater Treatment Plant, 705 Conway Road, Ashfield MA.

    Thu, Nov 20 05:00 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