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Agricultural Commission
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Second Wednesday of each month
  • Town Office - Hearing Room

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Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. 
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    Lynne Bower, Co-Chair                         Ellen Raja Commissioner
    Beth Taylor, Co-Chair                            Karen Seo, Commissioner
    Nancy Bergen, Commissioner              Kit Carmody, Commissioner
    Ari Kurtz, Commissioner                       Charlotte Trim, Commissioner

About the Agricultural Commission
The purpose of the Agricultural Commission is to preserve, protect, and promote agriculture in Lincoln: to provide leadership, technical guidance, vision, planning, and coordination to help support, define, promote, and enable new agricultural opportunities, stability, and enhancement of ongoing operations as well as foster strong community and regional support that will work to create a sustainable agricultural community in Lincoln.

The work of the commission is to pursue all initiatives appropriate to the mission. This would include working closely with all town boards and commissions promoting agriculture to the town and with regional and state agencies to ensure that all initiatives are consistent with promoting a sustainable agricultural community.

Soil Health Workshop
June 18, 2015, 7:30pm
Bemis Hall

Soil is the substrate of life: the yield and flavor of our food; the resilience of our plants; the biodiversity in our environment; the carbon sink for the planet's atmosphere, and so much more. Although New England soils have been historically considered “poor”, two innovative local farmers have placed soil fertility at the center of their farming practices with impressive results. Dan Kittredge, organic farmer and Founder of the Bionutrient Food Association, addresses mineral deficiencies in the soil and employs best biological practices to grow nutrient dense vegetables. Pete Lowy founder of Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds, uses a combination of innovative cover cropping and tight rotational grazing to bring soils back to health while producing quality grass fed meat. Both have kindly agreed to share their research and demonstrate how to improve soil health.

Pollinators in Crisis
April 8, 2015, 7:30pm
Bemis Hall

Since 2006 the die-off of bee colonies has accelerated unabated, reaching an 80% mortality rate in Massachusetts last winter.  Other pollinators such as bumble bees have suffered equally dramatic declines.  Pollinators are an essential component in our food supply and local environment and without them both would change beyond recognition.

In the face of this crisis, the Lincoln Ag Commission and The Lincoln Garden Club are organizing a Bee Symposium at Bemis Hall.  This is an opportunity for all to learn about honey bees and local pollinators and how to help them. Many challenges are facing this keystone species, from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and pesticides, to habitat loss and queen failure.

The panelists will include bee-researcher Dr Noah Wilson-Rich, author of “The Bee: A Natural History” and founder of Best Bees in Boston; Susan Madaus, a Lincoln resident taking an innovative approach to restoring pollinator habitat; and Lincoln beekeeper, Charlotte Trim.

Agricultural Land Mapping Project

We collaborated with New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and a graduate intern to review the inventory of existing agricultural land in Lincoln and to identify lands that are suitable for agricultural purposes. Our goal was to determine where there are land opportunities for existing and new farmers in Lincoln. Please click on the following links to view maps of identified properties with various thresholds of undeveloped potential agricultural land.

Click here for Agricultural Land in Lincoln - Then and Now - 2007

Click here for Potential Agricultural Land Map - Sept. 2013

Click here for Potential Agricultural Land Map - Map 1 of 4 - Dec. 2013

Click here for Potential Agricultural Land Map - Map 2 of 4 - Dec. 2013

Click here for Potential Agricultural Land Map - Map 3 of 4 - Dec. 2013

Click here for Potential Agricultural Land Map - Map 4 of 4 - Dec. 2013

Click here for Potential Agricultural Land in Plots Greater than 1/2 acre - Sept. 2013

Click here for Potential Agricultural Land in Plots Greater than 1 acre - Sept. 2013

Click here for Potential Agricultural Land in Plots Greater than 2 acres - Sept. 2013

Email the Agricultural Commission

Mailing Address:
Lincoln Agricultural Commission
c/o Town Offices
16 Lincoln Road
Lincoln, Ma 01773

Phone: 781-259-2600
Hours: By Appointment