The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has awarded Amherst a grant for $105,665 to help acquire land for development of the proposed Sharing Gardens and Beginning Farmer Incubator at the Fort River Farm in East Amherst. To complete the land acquisition, the Town is required to find additional funds. Grow Food Amherst would like to invite you to a public forum to learn more about the proposed project, ask questions, and share your ideas!
Thursday, April 10
5:00 – 6:30 pm
Woodbury Room – Jones Library
The tentative agenda is as follows:
- Welcome and background – John Gerber, Grow Food Amherst
- Status of the proposal and funding – David Ziomek, Town of Amherst
- Experiences growing food on public land – Jake Stocker, farmer at Amethyst Conservation Area
- Preliminary plans for the Sharing Garden – Aaron Drysdale, Chair of the Sharing Garden Committee
The Community Preservation Act Committee voted unanimously to support a request for CPA funds to complete the purchase. The proposal will go before Town Meeting in the spring. While there was significant interest expressed at the Fall Town Meeting, the original proposal was not funded due to unanswered questions about the project. This forum will attempt to answer some of those questions and seek further input from the public.
Grow Food Amherst is solidly in support of the purchase of the property and is very interested in making sure the concerns of residents and Town Meeting members are addressed. Please join us for this public discussion.
If you are not able to attend, please send your thoughts and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org