About Us

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Agricultural Commission will be to support commercial agriculture and other farming activities in the Town of Williamstown.  The Commission’s duties shall include but will not be limited to the following: 
  • serve as facilitators for encouraging the pursuit of agriculture in Williamstown
  • promote agricultural-based economic opportunities in Town
  • act as mediators, advocates, educators, and negotiators on farming issues
  • work for the preservation of agricultural lands
  • advise the Town Meeting, Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, Board of Health, Historical Commission, Board of Assessors, or any other appropriate Town Boards, on issues involving agriculture
  • and shall pursue all initiatives appropriate to creating a sustainable agricultural community. 
The Commission shall consist of five members appointed by the Board of Selectmen, of which the majority of the membership shall be substantially engaged in the pursuit of agriculture.    There may be up to three alternates appointed to the Commission by the Selectmen and will fill any vacancies at a meeting of the Commission.
 
In making its appointments, the Board of Selectmen is asked specifically to consider the intent of the Commission to represent the agricultural interests of the town.  The terms will be as follows: 
  • Two members for a term of three years
  • two members for a term of two years and three thereafter
  • and one member for a term of one year and three years thereafter. 
The Board of Selectmen shall fill a vacancy based on the unexpired term of the vacancy in order to maintain the cycle of appointments, considering the recommendations of the Commission. 

Meetings

The Agricultural Commission meets on the first Thursday of every month, time tbd, in Williamstown Town Hall. The commission does not have regularly scheduled meetings between June and September.

Current members:
Sarah Gardner, co-chair
Kim Wells, co-chair
Andy Bernardy
Bill Galusha
Bridget Spann
Rich Haley Alternate
Topher Sabot, Alternate

Contact us by sending an email to agcom@williamstownma.gov

Williamstown Agricultural Commission This links to our page on Williamstown's website.

 

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