Upcoming Events

  1. Board of Assessors MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Signatures
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    4. Pipeline and Utility Discussion
    5. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    6. Upcoming Meetings
    7. Adjourn the Meeting
    8. Executive Session - Litigation and Abatements
    Mon, Feb 8 06:00 pm
  2. Library MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Treasurer's Report
    4. Director's Report
    5. Capital Campaign Update
    6. Building $ Maintenance report
    7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    8. Upcoming Meetings
    9. Adjourn the Meeting
    Mon, Feb 8 07:00 pm
  3. Select Board MeetingAgenda

    1.  MEETING CONVENES
        Announcement on recording devices
    2.  REVIEW MINUTES
    3.  FINANCE COMMITTEE/SELECTBOARD BUDGET DISCUSSION ITEMS
        A. Fire Department
        B. Ambulance
        C. Police
        D. Library (8:30 pm)
        E. Assessors
        F.    School Committee Preview
    END BUDGET DISCUSSIONS
    BOARD OF SELECTMEN
    1.  MINUTES, WARRANTS
        A. BOS Minutes – 1/25/16, 2/1/16; Warrant 16-17
    2.  APPOINTMENTS WITH BOARD OF SELECTMEN
        A. Update on Conservation Permitting requirements at Ashfield Lake; R. Coler
    3.  SELECTBOARD DISCUSSION/DECISION ITEMS
        A. Town Hall Use Application from Jane Willis; Contra Dances
        B. Adam Bright, Double Edge Theater
        C. Belding Library Roof Project Procurement Project
    4.  INTERIM TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
    5.  MAIL
    6.  LIAISON
    7.  PUBLIC COMMENT
    8.  UPCOMING MEETINGS
    9.  ITEMS NOT REASONABLY ANTICIPATED BY THE CHAIR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING
    10. ADJOURN

    Mon, Feb 8 07:00 pm
  4. Finance Committee MeetingAgenda

    1.  MEETING CONVENES
    2.  REVIEW MINUTES
    3.  FINANCE COMMITTEE/SELECTBOARD BUDGET DISCUSSION ITEMS
        A. Fire Department
        B. Ambulance
        C. Police
        D. Library (8:30 pm)
        E. Assessors
        F. School Committee Preview
    4.  PUBLIC COMMENT
    5.  UPCOMING MEETINGS
    6.  ITEMS NOT REASONABLY ANTICIPATED BY THE CHAIR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING
    7. ADJOURN

    Mon, Feb 8 07:00 pm
  5. Select Board MeetingAgenda

    1. MEETING CONVENES

       Announcement on recording devices

    2. REVIEW MINUTES

    3. FINANCE COMMITTEE/SELECTBOARD BUDGET DISCUSSION ITEMS

       A. Fire Department

       B. Ambulance

       C. Police

       D. Library (8:30 pm)

       E. Assessors

       F. School Committee Preview

    END BUDGET DISCUSSIONS

    BOARD OF SELECTMEN

    1. MINUTES, WARRANTS

       A. BOS Minutes – 1/25/16, 2/1/16; Warrant 16-17

    2. APPOINTMENTS WITH BOARD OF SELECTMEN

       A. Update on Conservation Permitting requirements at Ashfield Lake;R. Coler

    3. SELECTBOARD DISCUSSION/DECISION ITEMS

       A. Town Hall Use Application from Jane Willis; series of Contra Dances

       B. Adam Bright, Double Edge Theater

       C. Belding Library Roof Project Procurement Project

    4. INTERIM TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

    5. MAIL

    6. LIAISON

    7. PUBLIC COMMENT

    8. UPCOMING MEETINGS

    9. TOWN HALL* ITEMS NOT REASONABLY ANTICIPATED BY THE CHAIR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING

    10. ADJOURN




    Tue, Feb 9 07:00 pm
  6. Conservation Commission MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Use of Conservation Land
    4. RDA Hearing on Ashfield Lake dock demolition and material removal
    5. Hawley Road wetland alteration enforcement order
    6. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    7. Upcoming Meetings
    8. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Feb 10 07:30 pm
  7. Planning Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Gloria Pacosa Special Permit
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    4. Senior Housing Draft Bylaws
    5. Update on Open Space and Recreation Plan
    6. Scheduling Special Town Meeting regarding telecommunication bylaw
    7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    8. Upcoming Meetings
    9. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Feb 17 07:30 pm
  8. Parks Commission MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Budget
    3. Dock
    4. Upper Park
    5. Lower Park
    6. Review Minutes from prev. meeting
    7. Adjourn

     

    Mon, Feb 22 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.

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