Agricultural Commission Meeting

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 7:00 pm until 8:30 am
Town Hall 2nd Floor Meeting Room
A meeting of the Agricultural Commission

NOTICE OF MEETING

Inhabitants of the Town of Greenfield:

You are hereby notified that there will be a meeting of:

Public Body: Agricultural Commission

Date: December 14, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Town Hall Meeting Room, 14 Court Sq.

Old Business

* Topics anticipated to be discussed:

1)GAC goals for 2018, cont. dis. w/Town Planner

2)Review the Map of Prime Farmlands & Farmland of Statewide

3)Set date for joint meeting w/ GAC & Conservation Comm.

4)Set topics for GAC/Conservation Comm. Mtg.

5)Set date for Eveline MacDougall to discuss her work establishing Pleasant St. Community garden

New Business

6) Welcome potential new member Alissa Williams

7) Set date for next meeting: January 25, 2018

Minutes

* Please note that the list of topics in this notice was comprehensive at the time of posting, however the public body may consider and take action on unforeseen matters not specifically named in this notice.

Executive session may be called.

Greenfield Agricultural Commission Meeting, December 14, 2017 at 7p.m., Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Greenfield Town Hall, 14 Court Square, Greenfield MA 01301. Called to order at 7:17 p.m. Adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Members present: Bob Sagor (Vice-Chair), Denise Leonard, Alissa Williams, Andrea Moorhead.

Members absent: Nathaniel Hussey.

Guests present: Nancy Hazard, Warren Facey.

Documents circulated:

*Minutes from October 26, 2017 meeting

*Map of Prime Farmlands, Active Farms, APRS & Farmlands of Statewide Importance

*Definition of Prime Farmland and Farmland of Statewide Importance

*Soil types for Prime Farmland and Farmland of Statewide Importance

*List of Action Items from the 2014 sustainable master plan relative to farms/farmland.

*November 17, 2017 Article from MFBF “News & Views”: Resolution 2014-1

*Section 8L, Massachusetts Legislature (Bill S 2171) defining powers of Ag Coms.

Actions taken:

*Approved the October 26, 2017 minutes with a 4 to 0 vote.

*Affirmed need for conversation with Agent of the Conservation Commission to discuss possible collaboration.

*Affirmed need for conversation with Town Planner to discuss further revisions to the Master Map.

*Decided to move forward on the establishment of new community gardens in consultation with Eveline MacDougall.

*Confirmed date of next meeting, January 25, 2018, 7 p.m., Town Hall.

Discussion:

*Reaffirmed GAC’s mission to maximize number of farmland acres preserved. Possibility of working with land trusts to encourage applications for APRs.

*Discussed new legislation granting Ag Coms the power to manage town owned protected land. Need for further clarification before meeting with Mayor Martin.

*Affirmed the importance of establishing a working relationship with the Conservation Commission to share information about overlapping issues.

*Reviewed the revised version of the Master Map. Identified omissions and relevant elements to be added, including waterways and un-farmable land.

*Reviewed the need for community gardens within walking distance. Cited educational importance of community gardens for young people.

*Welcomed new GAC member Alissa Williams.

Posted to: Agricultural Comm.