Archive for February 24th, 2010

Agricultural Commissions

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

According to the NH Coaltion for Sustaining Agriculture’s guide, How to Create an Agricultural Commission in Your Hometown, “The purpose of an agricultural commission is to protect agricultural lands, preserve rural character, provide a voice for farmers, and encourage agriculture-based businesses. For years New Hampshire farmers have served as stewards of land and water resources, and provided habitat for native plants and animals. As New Hampshire communities grow and change, citizens are looking for ways to support local farms, and foster new ones.”

 The Rockingham Planning Commission and UNH Cooperative Extension are hosting a workshop on March 16 called “How-to Establish an Agricultural Commission”.  From their flyer:

Join us for an in-depth discussion on how to establish an Agricultural Commission, the duties of a Commission, and an explanation of grant funds available to assist in establishing or sustaining an Agricultural Commission. Workshop leaders include Nada Haddad of UNH Cooperative Extension, Erick Sawtelle of the Lee Agricultural Commission, Dick Wollmar of the North Hampton Agricultural Commission, George Malette of the Weare Agricultural Commission, John Lastowka of the Merrimack Agricultural Commission, and Theresa Walker of the Rockingham Planning Commission. Lorraine Merrill, Commissioner of the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food, will join us at the start of the workshop.

When:                                                                                                                                    Tuesday, March 16, 2010 (Snow date is March 17)                                                                    5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, refreshments provided

Where:                                                                                                                                Hilton Auditorium                                                                                                         Rockingham County Nursing Home                                                                                        117 North Road, Brentwood, NH

RSVP:                                                                                                                              Theresa Walker, Rockingham Planning Commission, 603-778-0885, twalker@rpc-nh.org    Nada Haddad, UNH Cooperative Extension, 603-679-5616, nada.haddad@unh.edu

This workshop is targeted at communities in the I-93 corridor, Atkinson, Sandown, Hampstead, Fremont, Danville, and Windham, but is open to all towns in Rockingham County. 

Other Regional Planning Commissions will be hosting workshops on Agricultural Commissions as well.