Upcoming Events

  1. Planning Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Review Mail
    4. Discussion on telecommunication tower special permit application
    5. Continuation of Hearing for Spruce Corner cell tower at 7:30pm
    6. Discussion of associate member bylaw
    7. Discussion of changes to telecommunications bylaw. 
    8. Discussion on Senior Housing Draft Bylaw
    9. Possible Update and discussion on wind power
    10. Check on status open space plan.
    11. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting   
    12. Upcoming Meetings
    13. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Oct 1 07:00 pm
  2. Board of Assessors MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Appointments
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    4. Signatures
    5. Forest Management Plans
    6. Chapter Applications
    7. Financial Policies Manual
    8. Ashfield House Water Abatements
    9. CAI update
    10. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    11. Upcoming Meetings
    12. Adjourn the Meeting
    13. Executive Session if needed MGL Chapter 39 Section 23B Reason:  Litigation   Luce vs. Ashfield at ATB Hearing
    Mon, Oct 6 06:00 pm
  3. Select Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open
    2. Warrants: Payroll and vendor
    3. Minutes: September 22, 2014
    4. Appointments: a. Tom Poissant, Highway Superintendent: Department report; b. Diane Wilder, Police Chief: Department report, job description
    5. Old Business: a. Appoint Jim Cutler as Green Communities grant-funded Energy Manager; b. Mass Solarize Intermunicipal Agreement; c. Chris Gray, Hilltown Networks: Wireless Internet Service Proposal, next steps
    6. New Business: a. Adopt CORI policy; b. CDBG-DR Authorization to Disburse, No. 2; c. Sign Election Warrant; d. Discuss Executive Administrator vs. Town Administrator job descriptions; e. Pipeline Intervener Status discussion
    7. Liaison Reports
    8. Mail
    9. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    10. Public Comment
    11. Next Select Board Meetings: Monday, October 20, 2014; Monday, November 3, 2014; Monday, November 17, 2014
    12. Close
    Tue, Oct 7 07:00 pm
  4. Finance Committee MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Appointments - none
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings (if time permits)
    4. Topic - Follow up with the District School Committee the issue of returning "excess Chapter 71 funds" to the District towns
    5. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    6. Upcoming Meetings
    7. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Oct 8 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