The Town Council is seeking volunteers to serve on a recently created Agriculture Committee.
The charge of the committee is to promote the continuance of farming in the community as well as the preservation of farm land, town officials said. Some of the duties of the committee will be:
• Research a “Right to Farm” ordinance for consideration by the Town Council.
• Survey farmers/producers/landowners to update the inventory of agricultural land and working farms.
• Work with farmers and the town commissions for a greater understanding of agriculture.
• Promote locally grown and produced agriculture products and the benefits of locally grown.
• Apply for an Agricultural Viability Grant and other grants to help fund the survey and promotion of locally grown products.
• Research the best uses and management of town owned agricultural land and oversee those uses.
• Work to find grants and funding for preservation of agricultural land subject to the approval of the Town Council.
• Serve as a central location for agricultural resources for farmers, the public and town commissions.
• Work with the animal control and public safety departments for emergency preparedness for livestock owners and sensitive agricultural structures such as greenhouses.
• Advocate for more locally produced food in school cafeterias.
• Support youth groups and organizations in their pursuit of agricultural interests.
• Work with the town to establish a process for use/lease of town owned agricultural land.
• Interface with the Farmer’s Market for the promotion of locally grown products.
Anyone with an interest or background in agriculture who would like to be on the committee is invited to submit a letter of interest and/or resume highlighting skill sets to: Town Manager’s Office, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084; or via e-mail to Town Manager Steven Werbner at: firstname.lastname@example.org.