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.
To support that policy, the 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.
Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution ensures “the protection of the people in their right to the conservation, development and utilization of the agricultural…and other natural resources.” By stating that no local Zoning By-Law may prohibit, unreasonably regulate, or require a special permit for the use of land for the primary purpose of agriculture, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40A, Section 3, Paragraph 1 furthers this goal. Other state laws provide additional protection and incentives for agriculture.
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.