Increase public awareness of agriculture, and the positive impact it has on the town. Farms retain open space and the rural character of Rutland. They provide fresh, local wholesome products.
The Agricultural Commission can mediate disputes that may arise between farmers and their neighbors if asked to do so by the Board of Health or Selectmen.
The Agricultural Commission was accepted by voters at a Town Meeting in 2006, along with a Rutland Right-to-Farm By-law. The By-law is a re-statement of Mass. State law which explains what necessary activities are legally carried out in farming.
The Agricultural Commission meets on the third Tuesday of every month. To accomplish our goals, we are planning to:
Be a part of Rutland’s new website.
Enter tractors and farm equipment in the Fourth of July parade.
Set up a tent at the Chowder Challenge to highlight all Rutland farms that would like to participate and display samples of their products.
Make farmers aware of state programs that can help them designate their land as farmland.