Upcoming Events

  1. Select Board MeetingAgenda

    1.  MEETING CONVENES
         A.  Announcement on recording devices
    2.  REVIEW MINUTES, WARRANTS
    3.  APPOINTMENTS WITH SELECT BOARD
         A.  Mohawk School Committee & BEST Committee – BEST Recommendations Public Forum
    4.  DISCUSSION/DECISION ITEMS
         A.  Treasurer Appointment
    5.  TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
    6.  MAIL
    7.  PUBLIC COMMENT
    8.  * ITEMS NOT REASONABLY ANTICIPATED BY THE CHAIR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING
    9.  UPCOMING MEETINGS
    10.  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.




    Mon, Dec 12 07:00 pm
  2. Finance Committee MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Attend pulic meeting to hear presentation by BEST Committee
    3. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    4. Upcoming Meetings - 6:30 PM Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Town Hall
    5. Adjourn the Meeting
    Mon, Dec 12 07:00 pm
  3. Town Hall Building Committee MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Approval of minutes from October 2016 meeting
    3. Chair repairs
    4. Big door closer, front door hardware
    5. South stair exterior landings
    6. Piano removal
    7. Mold issue
    8. Slate repair
    9. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    10. Upcoming Meetings, January 9, 2017
    11. Adjourn the Meeting
    Mon, Dec 12 07:00 pm
  4. Finance Committee MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. 6:30-7:30 Joint meeting with Select Board, Leslie Rule, and David Newell for Q&A about BEST Committee's recommendations re: regional elementary schools
    3. 7:00-7:30 Joint meeting with Select Board to discuss FY2018 budget process and schedule
    4. 7:30-8:00 Joint meeting with Select Board to discuss mold abatement update
    5. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    6. Vocational School updat
    7. Broadband update re: MBI communications and financing
    8. Public Comment
    9. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    10. Upcoming Meetings
    11. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Dec 14 06:30 pm
  5. Conservation Commission MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Russ Evans Snowmobile Bridge Discussion
    4. Apple Valley Road and Baptist Corner Road Bridges 
    5. South Ashfield Fuller Property Septic System
    6. New snowmobile route/trail
    7. On-line building permits
    8. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    9. Upcoming Meetings
    10. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Dec 14 07:30 pm
  6. Wired West Board of Directors MeetingAgenda
    1. Public meeting - agenda posted at 'http://wiredwest.net'>wiredwest.net
    Sat, Dec 17 09:30 am
  7. Personnel Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Appointments
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    4. Continue review process of personnel policy, as recommended by counsel
    5. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    6. Upcoming Meetings
    7. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Dec 21 07:00 pm
  8. Parks Commission MeetingAgenda
    1. Review Minutes
    2. Upper Park
    3. Lower Park
    4. Dock
    5. Budget
    6. Survey
    7. Other business not anticipated
    8. Adjourn
    Thu, Jan 5 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.