Agriculture Commission

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agriculture@townofdurhamct.org
Primary Contact:
Joe Pasquale, Chairman
Durham
,
CT
06422
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About Agriculture Commission

Duties

  •  Conduit between non-profit agencies, civic organizations, municipal boards and commissions, elected officials, and local farmers.
  • Serve as an agricultural clearinghouse by creating an informational website and map of local farms.
  • Chart land use in Durham to support a balance between agriculture, preservation and other land uses. 
  • Recommend changes to language and practices across town departments and other boards and commissions regarding a local definition for agriculture, farming and farms. 
  • Educate town government about agricultural laws, such as Right to Farm, and legal issues regarding farm machinery, buildings and operations. 
  • Provide information and guidance on agriculture-related issues—such as zoning, inland wetland, public works and others—to town departments and other boards and commissions as necessary.
  • Act as a sounding board / provide review / to town departments, boards and commissions concerning the impact of proposed town policies on farms.
  • Support young farmers and new farmers and to support local, regional and state vocational agriculture education programs.
  • Serve as a resource for information and non-binding advice for residents, established town committees and departments concerning the resolution of agriculture related conflicts. 
  • Identify innovative opportunities for farming additional lands in Durham. 
  • Promote opportunities for residents and local businesses to support and value farming.
  • Work to create a climate that supports the economic viability of farming as a career in Durham. 
  • Create a sustainable agriculture community. 
  • Secure the land base necessary for future agricultural uses.

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Members

Five members appointed by the Board of Selectmen to three year terms
Roger Passavant
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
Jan 2024
-
Dec 2026
Bob Miller
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
Jan 2024
-
Dec 2026
Joe Pasquale
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Chair
Term:
Jan 2022
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Dec 2024
Melissa Dziurgot
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Vice-Chair
Term:
Jan 2022
-
Dec 2024
Richard Porter
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
Jan 2022
-
Dec 2024

Alternate Members

Three members appointed by the Board of Selectmen to three year terms
Warren Herzig
Democrat
Rep
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
Jan 2023
-
Dec 2025
Randy McLean
Democrat
Rep
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
Jan 2024
-
Dec 2026
Susan Cummings
Democrat
Rep
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
Jan 2024
-
Dec 2026

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