Agricultural Commission - Regular Meeting

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm
Town Hall, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
A meeting of the Agricultural Commission

Meeting of Agricultural Commission

Members: (Quorum)

  • Present: Andrea Moorhead, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Denise Leonard, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Dr. Robert Sagor, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Nathanial Hussey, Chair, at 7:00 PM

See original Agenda * * * DRAFT Meeting Minutes * * *

Meeting opened: 7:10 PM

Meeting closed: 8:00 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

    • Meeting Opened / Attendance Taken (see above).

    • No minutes to approve.

  2. Minutes

    • Minutes from the April 27, 2017 Meeting

      MOTION, moved by Andrea Moorhead, seconded by Nathanial Hussey: Approved the March 23, 2017 minutes with a 4 to 0 vote.

      Pass: Aye: Andrea Moorhead, Nathanial Hussey, Denise Leonard, Dr. Robert Sagor.

  3. Actions Taken

    • Mission Statement

      General Discussion...
      Mission Statement reviewed and revised. Revised version approved with a 4 to 0 vote. Will be posted on the Town website.

    • General Discussion...
      *Set minimum acreage for phone calls at 5; new spreadsheet to be generated & shared.
      *Decided to speak with Eveline MacDougall about her work establishing the Pleasant Street Community Garden. Voted 4 to 0 to post that information on the Ag Com website.
      *Voted 4 to 0 to discard idea of a Facebook page.
      *Decided to set goals for 2017-2018 at the May meeting.
      *Confirmed date of next meeting. May 25, 2017, 7 p.m., Town Hall.
      *Set summer meeting schedule. July 20; September 28.

  4. New Business

    • Discussion

      General Discussion...
      *Discussed the March draft of the mission statement and voted 4 to 0 to add the words “and resources” to line 3.
      *Reviewed the operational problems of making phone calls to farmers and landowners. Refined the list of landowners for the follow-up phone calls to facilitate the process.
      *Talked about the possibility of “pocket” community gardens based on French model.
      *Noted that the Greenfield Farmers Co-op Exchange will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. If there were a public fair, the Ag Com might have a table there with information on the APR process.
      *Noted that the town no longer requires an annual report, but discussed the value of writing a summary of year for internal use. Brought up the coordination of the Ag Com’s work and Greenfield’s Master Plan goals for the commission.
      *Discussed the search for a new member for 2017-2018, as one member is rotating off.
      * Looking ahead, talked about the value of setting our goals for 2017-2018 at the May meeting to ensure a smooth start in the fall.

  5. Meeting Wrap-up

    • Next Meetings:
      1. Thu, Sep 28, at 7:00 PM "Agricultural Commission Meeting" -- CANCELLED -- Town Hall, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
      2. Thu, Oct 26, at 7:00 PM "Agricultural Commission Meeting" -- Town Hall, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
      3. Thu, Dec 14, at 7:00 PM "Agricultural Commission Meeting" -- Town Hall, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
    • Published! Meeting Closed at 8:00 PM.

The listing of matters is 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.

Posted to: Agricultural Comm.