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Agricultural SubCommittee
Lincoln’s famed “rural character” is the result of conscious efforts among residents and conservation groups to protect large, contiguous farms and to maintain their historic agricultural use. While it is remarkable that Lincoln has only lost around 100 acres of productive agricultural land since 1976, pressures on Lincoln’s farming tradition remain.

The Agricultural (Ag) SubCommittee of the Conservation Commission is responsible for overseeing the farmland preservation and licensing program on Town-owned conservation land. In addition, they work closely with the Agricultural Commission to preserve and promote new, agricultural ventures in Lincoln.

Lindentree Farm

Monitoring Existing Farm Licenses
The Ag SubCommittee oversees the monitoring program for farm licenses, which includes a yearly visit to each farm, a process for reviewing the required farm reports and discussions with farmers to help support them in good stewardship of the land.

Developing New Farm Policies & Practices
While many of the licensed agricultural operations use ecologically-responsible farming practices, some rely more heavily on chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. As stewards of the Town's farmland, the Agricultural SubCommittee frequently reviews and revises their farm policies to promote best management practices including:
  • promotion of organic practices,
  • reduction & elimination of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides,
  • protection against soil loss and preservation of nutrients, and
  • erosion control by less frequent tilling and use of cover crops.

Expanding Agriculture Opportunities
The Agricultural SubCommittee reviews and recommends proposals from organizations and individuals who are interested in starting a farm operation in Lincoln. In particular, they promote food-producing enterprises and community-supported agriculture.

Saving Agricultural Sites from Future Development
As development pressures rise and prime agricultural lands diminish, Lincoln’s remaining private farmland becomes of conservation interest. Lincoln needs to be financially prepared to quickly respond to acquisition opportunities. Acquiring these lands and keeping them in productive, agricultural use ensures that Lincoln’s agricultural heritage is preserved. Small homes near leased agricultural fields are also of interest as affordable housing for farmers.

Members
  • Tom Gumbart, Conservation Director
  • Jim Henderson, Conservation Commissioner
  • Ari Kurtz, Conservation Commissioner
  • Robert Noah, Conservation Commissioner

View the Conservation Department page.

Thomas Gumbart
Conservation Director
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