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“Encouraging the continued pursuit of agriculture; promoting agriculturally based economic opportunities in town; mediating, advocating, educating and/or negotiating on farming issues; working for the preservation of prime agricultural lands; and pursuing all initiatives appropriate to retaining farming in Lunenburg.”

Composition:  The Agricultural Commission consists of five members and two alternate members appointed by the Board of Selectmen for terms of three years each.  A majority of the membership shall be substantially engaged in the pursuit of agriculture.  A vacancy occuring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.

Powers and Duties:  The Agricultural Commission shall have the primary responsibility of assisting in maintaining agriculture in Lunenburg.  The Commission shall administer the Right to Farm Bylaw and will hold additional responsibilities as charged by the Board of Selectmen.  The Commission is a component of the state's "Sustainable Development" program, thereby helping Lunenburg become eligible for various state grant programs.  The Agricultural Commission can oversee,operate or run a Farmers' Market.  

The Agricultural Commission shall develop a work plan to guide its activities.  Such activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:  encouraging the continued pursuit of agriculture in Lunenburg; promoting agricultural-based economic opportunities in Town; mediating, advocating, educating and/or negotiating on farming issues; working for the preservation of prime agricultural lands; and pursuing all intitatives appropriate to retaining farming in Lunenburg.

Members:

Matthew Allison, Chairman
mallison@lunenburgonline.com

Ashley Steele, Clerk
asteele@lunenburgonline.com

Ryan Stober, Member
rstober@lunenburgonline.com

Arthur Snow, Member
asnow@lunenburgonline.com

The Lunenburg Agricultural Commission meets at 7 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the lower level of the Ritter Memorial Building.  Anyone and everyone interested in farming, pursuing farming, or seeking to help preserve, protect and promote Lunenburg’s agricultural heritage is always welcome.