Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Live Reporting: Presentation - Ag Commission

a. Agricultural Commission

officially formed in 2018
5 person commission with 2 associates
diverse group; horses, eggs, vegetables, Farmers Market

screen grab of presentation copy (to be added later)
screen grab of presentation copy (to be added later)

Ag Comm brochure

women farmers are 38% of the farmers in MA
MA leading country in farm to table movement

moving to smaller farms, hydroponics, etc.

working with local ag comms and other agencies and organizations in this arena

looking to help with MGL understanding to help the farmers and the community
farming is a little different

Franklin farms story map

Facebook page with current posts on events and info
newsletters on local farms

not much open space left, if you want it get it now
mapped chapter 61 land

pollinator pastures to be piloted at Remington-Jefferson and Dacey Fields

looking to partner with the schools

re-look at the Community Preservation Act, maybe better late than never

Establish an Open Farm Day

20,000 to 80,000 in a hive and currently about 50 hives
1 1/2 to 2 hives per acres for a cranberry bog

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