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FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Agricultural Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting in more than 3 years on Monday, October 4.

The Committee has not met since July 9, 2018.

Monday night’s meeting will be held remotely on Zoom.

The first item on the agenda is “Re-Introduction of the Agricultural Advisory Committee and Duties with Department of Planning and Community Development” with Framingham Senior Planner Shane O’Brien.

“Agricultural Advisory Committee was established to serve as the primary advocate for farming and agriculture in Framingham. The committee is charged with the administration of the City’s Right-to-Farm bylaw but does not have any regulatory / enforcement powers,” according to the City.

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The Committee is charged with being a “a local voice advocating for farmers, farm-related businesses, and agricultural interests in general.”

The Committee also:

  • Provides visibility for farming in Framingham. 
  • Works with other city departments/boards/commissions/committees on issues facing the town that affect agriculture. 
  • Helps resolve farm-related problems and/or conflicts. 
  • Protects farmlands and natural resource

On the agenda for Monday night’s meeting will be to elect a new chair, vice chair and clerk.

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Members of the Committee are

Natasha RauschMemberJune 2023
Linda KirchmanMemberJune 2023
Shivaun PryorMemberJune 2024
Thomas HansonMemberExpired
Aljani StanleyMemberJune 2023
Leora MallachMemberJune 2022
VacantMemberJune 2022

Mallach, who is running for the District 7 City Council seat, has stated she is a member of the Committee, but it never met since she was appointed by Mayor Yvonne Spicer in 2019. The election is a month away on Tuesday, November 2.

Also on the agenda is a “Discussion of Agriculture Resources within the City and Future Meetings and Discussion” and “

Referral from Board of Health pursuant to Article 25.5 The Right to Farm- Eastleigh Farm – Rooster Incident.”

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