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Lexington Selectmen begin review of community farm proposal

Posted by Brock Parker  May 17, 2011 10:59 AM

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Lexington Selectmen will make a site visit to the Busa Farm next month as the board prepares to decide if the land should be used for the town’s first community farm.

The board will visit the property on June 13 and will hold a meeting about the property about a week later, said Selectmen Chairman Hank Manz.

The Busa Land Use Proposal Committee submitted a report in March recommending the 8-acre property off Lowell Street be used as a community farm, with a small portion of the site used for affordable housing.

Manz said the board will likely be discussing the fate of the property over the course of several meetings and will hold a hearing about the town-owned property when the board nears its decision.

A nonprofit group, the Lexington Community Farm Coalition, has been advocating strongly for an operation that would allow residents to buy locally grown produce and teach people about farming. A professional farmer would oversee the community-supported agriculture operation, and the farm would pay for itself by selling shares of the harvest for about $550 each, the coalition says.

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