Supporting Local Farming & Forestry
The Agriculture Commission is charged with encouraging the pursuit of agriculture and agricultural based economic opportunities.
Ashby’s Zoning Bylaw permits agriculture on all parcels in the Residential/Agricultural district and on parcels 5 acres and larger in other districts. The Board of Health has regulations regarding manure management and the keeping of large animals. If you have questions about local regulations concerning agriculture, call the Land Use Coordinator.
Ashby has a Right to Farm Bylaw codifying the Town’s support of agriculture.
The Department of Food and Agriculture provides substantial information for farmers.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation Service Forestry provides information to private land owners on forest management, tax relief for forestry and marketing.