Agricultural Commission

Regular Meetings

  • 7 p.m.
  • The 1st Wednesday of every month
  • Town Hall
    25 Green St.
    Room C
    Ipswich, MA 01938

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes | View Archived Agendas and Minutes Prior to 2013

Members


  • Cole Desmond, Member (2018)
  • Cathy Chadwick, Member (2018)
  • Donald Galicki, Member (2018)
  • Jay Stanbury, Member (2018)
  • Ed White, Member (2018)
  • Norm Swanson, Member (2019)
  • Royce Knowlton, Member (2019)

About the Agricultural Commission


Established in 2005, the Commission is comprised of 7 appointed members as well as several alternate members.

Mission


The mission of the Ipswich Agricultural Commission is to support and provide a voice for the significant agricultural community and resources of Ipswich. The Commission represents all forms of agriculture in town including: fruit, vegetable and other food crop growers, animal and dairy food providers, equine facilities, hay operations, florists, nurseries, and aquaculture.

The mission of the Commission is to:
  • Act as a facilitator, advocate, and educator on farming issues
  • Encourage the pursuit of agriculture and agriculturally based economic opportunities in Ipswich
  • Promote and encourage farming as a vocation
  • Provide representation for the farming community in town government and in the community
  • Pursue all initiatives appropriate to creating a sustainable agricultural community in Ipswich
  • Work with other town committees on issues that face the town

Contact the Commission


Contact the Agricultural Commission via email If you are:
  • Interested in participating in the Commission and/or Commission activities
  • Looking for information or support for any agricultural issue regarding: wildlife, local and state regulations, economic viability and opportunities, education and advocacy, estate planning, etc.
  • Looking for support on an agricultural issue you are facing with the town or townspeople

Also of Interest:


The Ipswich Farmers Market


The Ipswich Farmers Market is a seasonal community market held weekly on Saturdays from June through October. It features local food growers and purveyors, crafters and artists, as well as family activities and live music every week. It recently completed its third year of operation on the Center Green at the Ipswich Visitor Center on South Main Street. We look forward to growing into our fourth year of operation in 2017.
 


Map of Ipswich Farms

This map shows retail farms in Ipswich open to the public, as well as other farms active in agriculture in town. We encourage you to support your local farmer!



Drought Funding for Water conservation Projects


Recognizing the hardship that farms throughout the Commonwealth have faced during the 2016 growing season due to unprecedented drought conditions, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced additional grant funding for water conservation projects to be released through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR).
MDAR will administer $250,000 of grant funding through its Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP) for water conservation projects that help farms reduce their operational impact on the environment and better prepare for, and recover after, this years' severe drought.  Selected proposals will be reimbursed up to $25,000 or 85% of total project costs of approved projects. To learn more & to apply, click here.