Upcoming Events

  1. Library Trustees MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Director's Report
    4. Treasurer's Report
    5. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    6. Upcoming Meetings
    7. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Oct 18 07:00 pm
  2. Planning Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Discussion of Peter Wiitanen's recent ANR decision with Zoning Board of Appeals
    4. Discussion on Jim Cutler's home short-term rental business
    5. David Kulp on broadband expansion in Ashfield
    6. Update on FRCOG's short-term rental meeting by Ken Miller and Alan Rice
    7. Discussion on temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana establishments
    8. Brief review of Board's forms for accuracy and formatting
    9. Review of Zoning Bylaws for accuracy and formatting before printing new copies
    10. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    11. Upcoming Meetings
    12. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Oct 18 07:30 pm
  3. Open Space & Recreation Plan Update Committee MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Final Review of Section 5/Open Space Mapping
    4. Discussion of Sections 6 (Community Goals), 7 (Analysis of Needs), and 8 (Goals and Objectives)
    5. Review of Section 9. 7-Year Action Plan including Status Updates and Proposed New Action Items
    6. Update on ADA Requirements Section
    7. Upcoming Meeting(s)/timeline, including planning Public Forum
    8. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    9. Adjourn the Meeting
    Thu, Oct 19 07:00 pm
  4. Ashfield Large Scale Industrial & Commercial Facilities Bylaw Working Group MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting 
    2. Introductions
    3. Purpose of the Large Scale Industrial & Commercial Facilities Bylaw
    4. Timeline
    5. Review of Preliminary Draft
    6. Next Steps/Meeting Date
    7. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Oct 25 03:30 pm
  5. Zoning Board of Appeals MeetingAgenda

    Town of Ashfield

    Zoning Board of Appeals 

    Notice of Public Hearing

     

    Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Zoning Board of Appeals at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main Street, on the petition for a Special Permit or Variance by Peter Wiitanen to create two non-conforming lots from one lawfully non-conforming lot at 1591 Conway Road (Assessors’ Map 8-4, Lot 25), and recorded in Franklin Registry of Deeds in Book 1768, Page 33.  

     

    Thu, Oct 26 07:00 pm
  6. Municipal Light Plant MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Design & Engineering
    4. Project Scheduling
    5. Operations Overview
    6. Make Ready
    7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    8. Upcoming Meetings
    9. Adjourn the Meeting
    Thu, Nov 2 06:00 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.