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FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Charlie Sisitsky has nominated Wernoika Zawora to the Framingham Agricultural Advisory Committee.

The 7-member 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 Ordinance (Section 25) but does not have any regulatory / enforcement powers.”

It is the policy of the City of Framingham to conserve, protect and encourage the maintenance and improvement of agricultural land for the production of food and other agricultural products and also for its natural and ecological value.

The Committee’s roles and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Serve as a local voice advocating for farmers, farm-related businesses, and agricultural interests in general. 
  • Provide visibility for farming in Framingham. 
  • Work with other city departments/boards/commissions/committees on issues facing the town that affect agriculture. 
  • Help resolve farm-related problems and/or conflicts. 
  • Protect farmlands and natural resources.

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“As a five-year resident of Framingham and a recently naturalized US citizen, I am looking to get more involved in my community. I am particularly passionate about bringing increased inclusion, awareness and investment to the city’s small-scale food production, as food justice and access to local produce is a top priority for many. There is tremendous potential for further sustainability efforts in Framingham and I am excited for the opportunity to use my educational background and practical knowledge to enact positive change as part of the Agricultural Advisory Committee,” wrote Zawora in her application to the City of Framingham

The current chair of the Agricultural Advisory Committee is Natsha Rausch. Her term ends on June 2023.

Other members of the Committee are Linda Kirkman, Diane Soulliard, Aljani Stanley, and Doug Stephan.

There is still one vacancy on the Committee

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Zawora has a Bachelor of Arts in Global Environmental Studies with a concentration in food production and land use from Clark University (2017). She holds a Master Degree from Regis College in Strategic Communications.

She is the current newsletter and website editor for the Stearns CSA in Framingham. She is also a volunteer with the Framingham Repair cafe and the Framingham Earth Day Festival;

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