HDAAC Parent Support Group-Tues 11/21/17, 7:30- Christ The King Lutheran Church
** Breakfast With Santa, Sunday Dec. 3rd **
*** HBA Holiday Stroll Saturday Nov. 25th ***
Holliston High School Presents GREASE - see below

HOLLISTON AGRICULTURAL COMMISSION Update

by PJ Kilkelly
March 9, 2017

We are looking forward to the spring and summer growing season.  Plans are underway to open the butterfly aviary in May.

The Holliston Agricultural Commission has been busy over the last six months.  It has been a period of transition and re-building.  We are seeking one more member to fill a vacancy.  If you are involved in agriculture or have an interest, please come to a meeting.  We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at Town Hall.

We are looking forward to the spring and summer growing season.  Plans are underway to open the butterfly aviary in May.  We will be adding a few new observation boxes so visitors can view all the different stages of the butterfly cycle.  More books will also be added to the library and hatching kits will be available for families to take home for a small fee.

Community Garden plots like the ones shown above are available at Pine Crest for $50 for the season, and additional plots are available at the Community Farm on Rogers Rd.

Last Month we attended the annual board meeting and educational session for the Massachusetts Association of Agriculture Commissions (M.A.A.C.) at the Topsfield fairgrounds.  This was a great opportunity to network with other Ag Coms. It was also interesting to hear how other communities are dealing with Ag related issues.

We voted to support a series of Bills for the Second Legislative White Paper for Ag day at the state House on April 4, 2017, each town had one vote.  The Bills are as follows HD340, HD645, SD850, HD1356, HD13680, HD2338, HD2574, and HD2385, sponsored by Representative Carolyn Dykema.  An act to ensure appropriate regulation of piggeries.  We also voted to elect Jamie Cruz owner of Springdell Farm in Littleton to be director of the Middlesex County Branch of the Ag Com.

On Sunday Feb. 26, I attended the annual Semap Conference in Dighton, MA.  There was a workshop for Ag Commissions.  This was also very informative and was attended by Ag Coms across the state.  All Ag Coms were given the opportunity to speak about their home town commissions and to share what they are doing.  This was followed by a discussion about the new AG Commission statute Chapter 40A Sec 8L which allows Agriculture Commissions on behalf of the town to acquire and take management responsibility for parcels of farm land, in order to keep the land in active agriculture.  Holliston would have to take this to a town meeting to adopt the provisions. 

There are approximately 200 Ag commissions across the state and progress is being made at the state level to grant the commissions more authority.  We will continue to stay engaged and informed of the changes.

Thank you Holliston for your continued support of agriculture.

email:  Hollistonagcom@googlegroups.com

PJ Kilkelly  Chairman

Helen McArthur Treasurer

Charlie Roberts  Clerk

Jocelyn Tremblay

Natalie Kent – Associate member 

Tyla Doolin – Associate member

 

E-mail This Article

Comments (3)

I'm thrilled to hear that the Holliston Ag Com is getting involved in the statewide association and activities. There's a lot to learn from others. Great job!!

- Mary Greendale | 3/9/17 2:44 PM

" All Ag Coms were given the opportunity to speak about their home town commissions and to share what they are doing. This was followed by a discussion about the new AG Commission statute Chapter 40A Sec 8L which allows Agriculture Commissions on behalf of the town to acquire and take management responsibility for parcels of farm land, in order to keep the land in active agriculture. Holliston would have to take this to a town meeting to adopt the provisions." This would be a very good thing.

- Warren Chamberlain | 3/9/17 9:41 AM

Thanks for all you do for AgCom and every committee you are involved with, PJ!

- Cherry Fenton | 3/9/17 9:05 AM

Advertisement

Advertisement

Recent Articles by PJ Kilkelly:

Ag Com Boot Camp on Animal Health

Continue ...

Aviary Closing for the Season

Continue ...

Annual Farms Day Event

The Holliston Agriculture Commission is looking forward to their annual Farms Day event on September 11, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Continue ...

Advertisement

Recent Articles in Green:

Selectmen Proclamation

by Press Release

Continue ...

New England Hosts America in Bloom Conference

by Press Release

Almost two hundred attendees enjoyed a luncheon that sunny day in a tent in Holliston’s Goodwill Park. The group represented thirty-nine cities and towns across the country. From American Gardening with love for the English Garden (http://americangardening.net/about/)

1

Continue ...

Marijuana Factory Gets Green Light

by Bobby Blair

1

Continue ...

Bert Ford Honors Holliston With His Last Performance

by Paul Saulnier

Bert Ford, pictured above before his demonstration of Fall and Christmas displays, is making Holliston his last appearance.

2

Continue ...

Marijuana Grower to Purchase 14 Acres

by Bobby Blair

Continue ...

Advertisement