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Minutes 02/17/2016
CHICHESTER AGRICULTURAL COMMISSION
Commission Meeting, 7:00pm, Town Library, 02/17/2016
DRAFT MEETING MINUTES


Members Present:  Teresa Paradis, Catherine Snow, John Snow;
Others present:  Ann Davis;  Members not present:  Steve MacCleery, Jeff Jordan, Heather Barker

Business Meeting call to order 7:05pm

1.   Welcome

2.  John Snow made a Motion to approve of 01/20/2016 Meeting Minutes; Teresa Paradis seconded; all in favor; Motion passed.

3.  Short discussion re:  Completion of “Is Your Town Farm Friendly? - A Checklist for Sustaining Rural Character” and to be discussed at a future meeting.

4.  Speakers and programs discussed; Prof. John Carroll to give lecture at April 20 meeting and again we will partner with CGC.  AgCom will contribute to speaker fees for this Backyard Farming workshop-lecture.   Fundraising will be discussed at another time - looking for ideas.

5.  Possible Agricultural Survey was discussed; it was felt that itís a good idea but we are not quite ready yet.  When we do this, we need something eye-catching on our webpage to encourage responses.

6.  Ag in the Classroom:  Catherine, John and Teresa will attend; Catherine will read to the 3rd graders.  Books will be donated to both CCS and the Town Library.

7.  AgDays:  We have permission from CCS to hold the agricultural demonstrations in the Outdoor Classroom.  Hopefully, we will have Jeff shearing a sheep and  a goat and a honey bee observation hive with handouts, possibly Randy & Deb Harris.

There being no further business, Teresa Paradis made a Motion to adjourn; Catherine Snow seconded; passed and meeting was adjourned 7:30pm.


Chichester AgCom 2016:  Mar 16;  Apr 20;  May 18;  Jun 15;  Jul 20;  Aug 17;  Sep 21;  Oct 19
The purpose of an agricultural commission is to protect farmland, support the local agricultural economy, preserve rural character and promote local agriculture to community members and visitors. ~As ambassadors of the farming community, agricultural commissions act as educators, advisers and promoters to help keep agriculture viable in New Hampshire.



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