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Agricultural Commission
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.



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

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. 
Most Recent Agenda | View All Agendas and Minutes

Members
Lynne Bower, Co-Chair
Ari Kurtz, Co-Chair
Nancy Bergen, Commissioner
Ellen Raja, Commissioner
Karen Seo, Commissioner
Beth Taylor, Commissioner
Louise Bergeron, Associate
Heather Murray, Associate
Stacy Osur, Associate
  

Livestock and Equine:

The most important aspect of keeping livestock healthy and able to produce is; proper nutrition, appropriate shelter, suitable containment and implementing a backyard biosecurity program.  The Agricultural Commission offers the following Guidelines published by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources (MDAR) for livestock owners.

Housing for Livestock:  
 Alpaca  Horses  Bedding for Livestock & Equine
 Beef Cattle  Rabbit  Fencing for Livestock
 Goat  Sheep  Nutrition for Livestock & Equine

Poultry:
 Poultrymans Handbook  Raising Healthy baby chicks  Safe Egg handling

Biosecurity:
 Backyard Biosecurity  Protect your birds from Avian  
 Biosecurity for Backyard Poultry  Disposal of dead livestock & Equine  
 Protecting your backyard flock    

MA Beekeepers Best Management Practices

A healthy balance needs to co-exist between farmers and abutters.  If there are reports of animal mistreatment or suspected poor living conditions of livestock, please contact either the Lincoln Police Department or the Lincoln Board of Health and they will contact the local Animal Control Officer directly.


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