Agricultural Advisory Committee
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.
- Protect farmlands and natural resources.
Meeting dates/occurrence: The committee meets on an as-needed basis. Meeting Agendas and Minutes are available here Meeting Information: Meeting Information:
For more information and/or question, please contact the Community and Economic Development Division, 508-532-5455.
- Massachusetts Programs and Resources
- MA Department of Agricultural Resources
- UMass Cooperative Extension
- Sudbury Valley Trustees
Members of the Agricultural Advisory Committee :
|Natasha Rausch||Chair||June 2023|
|Linda Kirchman||Clerk||June 2023|
|Diane Soulliard||Member||June 2025|
|Weronika Zawora ||Member||June 2026|
|William Evans||Alternate Member||June 2026|
|Vacant||Alternate Member||June 2026|