Agricultural Commission Meeting

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Green Fields Market Meeting Room
A meeting of the Agricultural Commission


COMMITTEE: Agricultural Meeting

PLACE: Greenfields Market 2nd floor meeting room

DATE: April 26, 2018

TIME: 7 p.m.


  1. Call to Order

CHAIRMAN STATEMENT: If any person present is recording this meeting you must notify the chairperson at this time.

  1. Roll Call

  1. Approval of Minutes – March 22 ,2018 to be voted on

  1. Community gardens: presentation by Wisty Rorabacher and Jay Lord from Just Roots

  1. Next Meeting

  1. Adjournment


Please note that the list of topics 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. Posted in accordance with M.G.L.c 30A § 18-25.

Greenfield Agricultural Commission Meeting, April 26, 2018 at 7p.m., Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Green Fields Market, 144 Main Street, Greenfield MA 01301. Called to order at 7:00 p.m. Adjourned at 8:13 p.m.

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

Members absent: Nathaniel Hussey, Alissa Williams

Guests: Jay Lord, Wisty Rorabacher, Elyse Moore, Robert Moorhead

Documents circulated: none

Actions taken:

*GAC decided to act as the liaison between the transition team from the former Pleasant Street garden and the Mayor.


*Wisty Rorabacher and Jay Lord explained the organization of Just Roots and the philosophy underlying community gardens. They emphasized the necessity of appointing a pivot person to coordinate the various aspects of the garden’s operation, the desirability of volunteer labor, perhaps from the schools, to maintain the space, and various environmental questions, such as sources of water, restrictions on pesticides, and respect for the land.

*The role of GAC in identifying potential garden spaces and in facilitating the establishment of neighborhood gardens was discussed.

*Various visions for community & neighborhood gardens were articulated. Turners Falls “Edible Main Street” was presented as an interesting model.

Posted to: Agricultural Comm.