Bees, Bees and more Bees! Do you wannabee or have bees? LCF has 14 beekeepers who are interested in sharing knowledge, interest, and support while promoting and educating people on the benefits of bees. February 6th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Couper Room we will have a bee keepers meet and greet. Coffee and honey infused treats will be served. We will organize hive openings and a speaker later in 2014. Join the hive!
by Chris Simone
The Agricultural Commission voted unanimously at its meeting on December 10th to extend the leases of the two current tenants at the Church Meadows property which include approximately 2.5 acres farmed by the Makarutsas and the approximately 5,000 square foot Garden At Church Meadows. Some residents who attended the meeting spoke about the considerable social value of these productive operations. The Garden, for instance, donates all of its produce to Loaves and Fishes.
The lease for each will be extended for a period of two years through November 1, 2015 at their current rates and with the understanding each operation will maintain “status quo” during that period.
The Agricultural Commission stated its desire to have the Town think in a comprehensive way about the responsibilities we now have as owners of the Church Meadows property (the closing on which is scheduled for this month). It was broadly agreed that a period of two years was the minimum amount of time to consider such aspects as fair lease value, to potentially assess proposals from other Farmers, and to allow the working group discussed below to achieve progress.
The commission also voted on December 10th to create a working group to explore and develop consistent and appropriate policies and practices regarding all Town-owned agricultural land. The stated intentions are i) drive consistency into the decision processes surrounding any/all Town-owned agricultural land, and ii) to ensure that the residents continue to enjoy the benefits of these agricultural treasures by working to create guidelines around utilization and best farming practices.
How should this working group be structured? How should we be thinking about the future of the apple orchard on Nagog Hill and other treasured farms and properties? We quickly need to develop plans for these and other properties to ensure fair process, productive utilization, and to preserve these treasures for future generations.
Please attend the Board of Selectmen meeting on December 16th where this topic might be raised. Please also attend upcoming Agricultural Commission meetings on January 8th and February 12th.
Last week Littleton Community Farm and the Reuben Hoar Library were pleased to host Tevis Robertson-Goldberg from Crabapple Organic Farm in Chesterfield, MA. Tevis spoke at the Library on the importance of seed preservation.
The lecture marked the official launch of the Seed Lending Library that the Reuben Hoar Library and the Littleton Community Farm are jointly implementing for the 2014 growing season. The mission of “Seed Library Littleton” is to build community through the collecting and sharing of bio-diverse, locally-adapted seeds, provide education on seed saving techniques, and create a forum for discourse on the relevancy of local food systems to our community. Continue reading
by Katie Karuth
Saturday, October 19, 9am-2pm at Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School
1 Hospital Road, Shirley MA
Here’s what you can bring:
- household goods, appliances, furniture paper and media for shredding
- rigid plastic: kids’ toys, lawn furniture
- textiles: clothing, linen, shoes, leather goods, nylon hosiery
- usable construction items, paint, tools, hardware
- athletic shoes (all brands)
- arts and crafts supplies
- books, CDs, DVDs, video games
- electronics ($)
- sports equipment: bicycles, scooters, helmets, skis, race medals, tennis balls
- wood pellet/bird seed bags, chip bags, granola bar wrappers
Free and open to all with a donation of non-perishable foods, cash or checks for Loaves and Fishes. For more information or to volunteer: http://recycleyourreusables.wordpress.com | 978 496-5839 | Ayerrecycles@gmail.com
Sponsored by the Ayer Recycling Committee, the Shirley Recycling Committee, and the towns of Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Townsend
Littleton Community Farm and the Reuben Hoar Library are pleased to announce Seed Library Littleton, an exciting new seed lending program for spring 2014. Together, we plan to offer anyone in Littleton the opportunity to ‘borrow’ heirloom and open-pollinated seeds for free! Our goal is to create a self-sustaining seed library where growers who ‘borrow’ our seeds will save and return seeds to our library after they have harvested their crops. We can then offer the seeds to borrowers during the next growing season and the cycle can repeat itself. Over time, the seeds will become stronger and increasingly acclimated to our Littleton growing conditions.
On Thursday, October 24th at 7:00PM–8:30PM in the Couper Room of the Reuben Hoar Library Tevis Robertson-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm, an organic farm in Chesterfield, MA, will discuss the importance of seed saving. The program is free and open to the public; please join us! Continue reading
by Chris Simone
Thank you to everyone who has supported the NO-Sewer for Littleton campaign. Our work together has made a difference!
You have once again helped to sustain our Littleton as a special place to live and raise our families, while also protecting taxpayers from unreasonable costs and risks!
On September 16, 2013, the Littleton Board of Selectmen voted not to place the spending article on the upcoming November 4, 2013 Special Town Meeting Warrant. This article will likely come up again for the May 2014 Annual Town Meeting.
Please stay tuned to this blog for future updates, please also visit http://www.No-Sewer.Com.
Who we are: We are citizens who care about our Littleton remaining the town we love. We are taxpayers who want fiscal responsibility. We are voters who expect town officials to act on behalf of all, not the few. We are residents who see municipal sewer as folly.
The Issue for Voters (Most Likely) in May 2014: Will voters approve $558,000 for the Preliminary Design Report (PDR) to study municipal sewer for the Littleton Common business area? The proposed sewer district is from Toyota to Beaver Brook Road on Great Road and Westford line to White Street on King Street. No other parts of Town, including abutters, are being considered for municipal sewer.
About the Preliminary Design Report process (PDR): This is not just for further “study”. The study is over and the report is written. In the words of the Sewer Committee, the PDR is to sign contracts with property owners, determine the location of the building, and determine costs. Continue reading