Agricultural Commission shall encourage the pursuit of agriculture as a business and community resource; promote the protection and preservation of farms and farmland; advance agricultural-based economic opportunities; articulate agricultural-based planning needs; advise other Town boards, commissions, and committees on actions taken relevant to agricultural lands; act as an educator and negotiator in agricultural matters before the Town, and foster the visibility and vitality of farming within the Town.
Major Farms in Egremont
April Hill, Greenagers (nonprofit community support)
Indian Line Farm (CSA)
Turners Farm Dairy & Maple Syrup
The Llama Farm
Green River Arabians and Pintos
Egremont is a Right-to-Farm Community
In 2006, Egremont voters adopted a "Right-to-Farm" general bylaw, the core of which states: "It is now determined that whatever impact may be caused to others through the normal practice of agriculture is more than offset by the benefits of farming to the neighborhood, community, and society in general."
Agricultural Preservation Efforts in Egremont
Of Egremont's 12,039 acres, 2,355, or nearly 20%, are presently used for agriculture. Of those agricultural acres, 266 are part of the Commonwealth's Agricultural Preservation Restriction program, which limits development and ensures the land's future use for farming purposes.