Agricultural Commission

Berlin’s Agricultural Commission was established by unanimous vote of Annual Town Meeting on May 2, 2005 (Article 34, sponsored by the Planning Board):

ARTICLE 34 – To see if the Town will vote to establish an Agricultural Commission to represent the Berlin farming community.  Said Commission shall serve as facilitators for encouraging the pursuit of agriculture in the Town of Berlin, shall promote agricultural-based economic opportunities in the Town and shall advise other Town Boards as to the impact of Town By-Laws and regulations on the agricultural community.  The Commission will consist of five members from the active farming community of Berlin, appointed by the Selectmen: Two members for a term of three years; two members for an initial term of two years and a term of three years thereafter, and one member for an initial term of one year and a term of three years thereafter, or take any action relative thereto. (Planning Bd.)

In 2012, the Berlin Agriculture Commission established Berlin’s first Community Garden located on seven acres of conservation land at 25 River Road West. The garden has been well received by the town residents, many of whom have generously donated funds as well as in-kind services to support the project.

Donations to the Community Garden may be sent to:

ATTN: Community Garden
Berlin Agriculture Commission
Berlin Town Offices
23 Linden Street, Box #6
Berlin, MA 01503

Garden plots are available to all Berlin residents for a small donation or free to those in need or to Town organizations such as the schools. The Community Garden rules, approved by the Selectmen in 2012 and updated in 2020, are attached here.

Please visit the Agricultural Commission page at MyTownGovernment.org for our regular meeting schedule, as well as up to date information about meeting dates.

Commission Members

NameTitleTerm Expires

Chairman

May 31, 2023

Laura Busky

Member

May 31, 2023

Michael Dalrymple

Member

May 31, 2021

Kevin Kraszeski

Member

May 31, 2021

Frederick Wheeler, Jr.

Member

May 31, 2022

Debra Rolfe

Alternate

May 31, 2021

James H. Wheeler

Alternate

May 31, 2021