This week, we’re highlighting the wonderful folks who will be presenting workshops and leading discussion groups at the Rural Commonwealth Ag Summit on Sunday, February 11. This free, one-day event will be held at Mohawk Trail Regional High School and is made possible with a grant from Greenfield Savings Bank. The ideas for sessions at the Summit came from the farmers, foresters, and wood product producers we met and interviewed for our Western Franklin County Business Report.
Municipal leaders and ag business owners – bridging the gap (9:30am – 10:30am)
Many of our rural towns are “right to farm” communities, but the municipal commitment to the local ag industry doesn’t stop there. This session will bring together municipal leaders, farmers, and foresters to talk about ways these groups can work together for a stronger local economy.
Leading this group discussion is Jay Healy. Jay served in state Legislature for 20 years (beginning in 1970), was on the state agricultural commission for about 15 years and worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Mass. State Director for five years. He now runs Hall Tavern Farm in Charlemont along with Jared Bellows. From their 500-acre tree farm, they produce high-quality wide pine boards and other timber products.