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Conservation Commission reinstates Fay Mountain Farm Committee

The Fay Mountain Farm Committee was recently re-established, with the hope of restoring the farm on Cemetery Road. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
September 12, 2011
CHARLTON — The Fay Mountain Farm Committee held its first meeting in at least six years on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Although the seven-person committee never officially disbanded, the Conservation Commission recently appointed new members to the group, which will get to work on farming Fay Mountain Farm. The Committee includes two selectmen, Kathleen Walker and Brent Sellew, and two Conservation Commission members, Dr. Karen Robinson and Arthur Bellerive. Three members of the Charlton community, Armand Bessette, Michael Poulin and Dr. Robert Hartwig, who also serves as chair of the Finance Committee, round out the committee.

That there be a managing committee in charge of Fay Mountain Farm, a 65-acre piece of land off Cemetery Road the town purchased in 2002 with government grants, was a condition of the town receiving funding from the state Division of Conservation and Recreation Services and the Department of Agricultural Resources to purchase the farm. But the town hasn't actually had an acting committee since 2005.

"No effort was made to revitalize it," Kathleen Walker said of the first committee, which fell apart after tenants who ran an orchard at Fay Mountain Farm abandoned the land. She's enthusiastic about the new Committee, because she said, "We need to get someone responsible in there to farm the farm."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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