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Community Farm Chair Updates Selectmen

by Mary Greendale
October 19, 2018

Kriss Westland, chair of the Community Farm Advisory Committee, reported to Selectmen on 10.15.18

Kriss Westland reported to the Selectmen on the ambitious plans for the Town owned farm.

Generous Donations
Lots to report, but the best news is that thanks to the generosity of three local businesses, the Committee will undertake installing a new septic system for the existing house on the property. This house will be used for educational activities and meetings; one room can hold as many as 50 people.

Paul Saulnier, Civilized Solutions, provided the design for the septic system at no cost. Bill Rodenhiser of Rodenhiser Excavating will donate the installation of the system. Tom Chipman of Chipman Electric is installing the electricity at no cost.

The Committee will pay $8,500 for materials. There were funds remaining in the Town coffers from when the farm was purchased, which will be used towards this.

The Selectmen noted the generosity of these businesses and thanked them all.
For the Community
Kriss Westland reported that they underutilized the greenhouse in its first year on the farm, but she expects that they will be growing seedlings. The Committee welcomes community input for ideas of using the structure most effectively.

The community garden plots will be relocated this year to near the greenhouse to free up space for parking near the house. The members of the Advisory are developing a Master Plan for parking.

Update on Field

Unfortunately, the soil on the field has not recovered as quickly as PJ Kilkelly, Chair of the Agricultural Committee, had hoped. He told Selectmen that the land was totally depleted and while they have planted and plowed cover crops and added manure donated by the Dubins, the field is still not healthy enough for really good production.

“My guess is that we are a year to a year and a half away from a good growing field. We will be better off if we have patience, rebuild the soil and then plant,” according to Kilkelly. Eventually, the Advisory hopes to be able to sell local produce to local restaurants.

Fund Raising
The Committee raised $2,658 from their Farm to Table dinner and hope to raise a few more dollars from their joint event, with the Holliston Lions,The Haunted Walk, Saturday, Oct 20th   5–9PM (Family Friendly 5-6:30PM. Walk takes place at the farm, 34 Rogers Rd. (This is inside the Lowland Industrial Park.)

 

 

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Comments (2)

So happy to see this evolving as I had envisioned it could.

- Warren Chamberlain | 10/19/18 1:56 PM

Thanks to the Highway Department for providing the machine and operator for the perk test and to the BOH for waving all the fees for the new system.

- Pj Kilkelly | 10/19/18 8:21 AM

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