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Friday, February 2, 2007

They're not down on the farm in Berlin

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Strawberries from Berlin Orchards
(Globe Staff photo by David Kamerman)

BERLIN

The Agriculture Commission will next week hear from farmers and town officials before deciding whether to present a “Right to Farm” bylaw to town meeting for approval in May.

The commission, created by town meeting in May 2005, has crafted the bylaw in hopes of promoting agriculture and farming in the town, said Chairman Carl Wickstrom, who owns and operates Golden Skep Farm on Linden Street.

The bylaw is more of a general document than a set of guidelines, Wickstrom said. It aims to protect farmland and promote agriculture-based economic opportunities while also reducing conflict between farmers and both residents and town agencies.

The commission has sent the proposed bylaw to all town boards and farmland owners for review. It will be discussed at the commission’s next meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 on the second floor of the town offices on Linden Street.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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