Farm Advisory Looking Towards Spring
Farm Advisory members Thursday evening, January 27, 2022, considered the use of a quarter of an acre to Diana Philips of Happy Goats Farm. Phillips, whose farm is located at 400 Norfolk Street, said she runs a summer camp and would like the use of the property for a satellite operation for the growing of vegetables. The program has kids from age eight to thirteen. The program at the Rogers Road property would run a few hours each morning from June 27th until August 19th. Chairperson Kris Westland, who joined the meeting via Zoom, reminded Philips that she would need fencing to keep the critters at bay. Philips who would do a no-till soil operation and envisions bringing in compost to amend the soil. There was also a discussion about a port-o-potty. Board members agreed to the use of the property and will work out the details in an upcoming meeting.
When the discussion came around to the sale of seedlings in the spring, it was noted that Upswing Farm would be selling their seedlings at the farm, which Westland explained are ordered online. At this point Andy Reseska, who had joined the meeting earlier, questioned how much Upswing Farm was paying to distribute their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) at the farm. Upswing had been located in town and farmed on the Holliston/Ashland line but that property was sold to Out Post Farm last year.
Upswing is now located in Pepperell Massachusetts. Westland explained that we were helping them out during their transition, but Upswing had paid their rent with in-kind donations. Reseska stated that renting the property to Upswing who are “outsiders and not residents doesn’t seem right”. He felt that Upswing’s exclusive use of the property didn’t create a level playing field and was taking away from Holliston Agriculture. Reseska stated that he is an associate member of the town’s Agricultural Commission but wasn’t speaking for them. Westland said she understood Reseska’s concerns and would be happy to meet with the Agricultural Commission.
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