Agricultural Commission Meeting

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm
Town Hall 2nd Floor Meeting Room
A meeting of the Agricultural Commission

NOTICE OF MEETING

COMMITTEE: Agricultural Committee

PLACE: Town Hall 2nd Floor Meeting Room

DATE: March 17, 2018

TIME: 7 p.m.

AGENDA:

  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 of March 22 and April 26

  1. Community gardens: follow-up discussion & timetable for action

  1. Newspaper article on preserved land

  1. Marijuana cultivation in Greenfield

  1. Recruitment for GAC

  1. Next Meeting

  1. Adjournment

EXECUTIVE SESSION MAY BE CALLED

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, May 17, 2018 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 8:52 p.m.

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

Members absent: Nathaniel Hussey, Alissa Williams

Documents circulated:

*Minutes from the March 22, 2018 and April 26, 2018 meetings

*Assessor’s list of “Town Owned Properties”

Actions taken:

*Approved the minutes of the March 22 and April 26, 2018 meetings with a 3 to 0 vote.

*Decided to contact Hope Macary, Greenfield COA director, to discuss handicap access to the Pleasant Street garden; the principals of Four Corners School, Newton Street School, Green River School, and Greenfield High School to discuss the possibility of school gardens.

*Decided to ask Town Assessor for a map of town properties, and the Town Planner for suggestions for garden sites.

*Set the date for the next meeting: June 28, 2018.

Discussion:

*Newspaper article on protected land. Explanation of protection programs, the importance of the rural character of the town. Article projected for the fall.

*Community gardens, follow-up discussion. Feasibility of making a section of the Pleasant Street garden at the John Zon Community Center handicap-accessible. Identified other possible garden sites in town. School gardens seen as a valuable educational initiative.

*Brief exchange on the idea of marijuana cultivation in Greenfield.

*Brain storming for recruitment for GAC. Problems cited: lack of time because of work, family commitments, or other community obligations.

Posted to: Agricultural Comm.