New Gloucester’s working lands are vital to the towns economy, environment and its identity. The town website highlights its 48.6 square miles as having many acres of farmland and forest and “New Gloucester is a… prosperous farming community…the town treasures its rural character yet seeks to blend its future growth with the traditions of its past”.
Members of the Economic Development committee hosted Stephanie Gilbert from Maine Department of Agriculture and Nina Young of Maine Farmland Trust for its second community forum on “New Gloucester’s Agricultural Economy: Ways to Protect and Promote.” The speakers highlighted various ways that farmland owners and their communities can work in a symbiotic way to continue to build a town of open space and farmland. Ms.Young asked attendees to consider “What are the areas in your town that you want to remain farmland, forest/woodlands, open space/wildlands?” leading to a robust discussion on the economic impact farms provide a community. Continue reading
The Economic Development Committee (EDC) met on January 14. The agenda included review of and reports from the three public forums hosted by the EDC during 2018. Those forums were: Regional Context for Growth in the Greater Portland Area, the Creative Economy, and the Agricultural Economy. All three forums sparked lively conversations about how our town can support economic development. Continue reading
The Economic Development Committee invites you to a Forum on New Gloucester’s Agricultural Economy: Ways to Promote and Protect.
We will be discussing ways the town can support farms and farmers; how to preserve the agricultural character of New Gloucester; and ways an agricultural economy benefits the entire community.
Monday, November 26
385 Intervale Rd, New Gloucester
Speakers include: Stephanie Gilbert (Maine Dept. of Agriculture); Nina Young Maine Farmland Trust); Justin Gray (Pineland Farms) and Rick and Cheryl Haas (Lazy Dog Farm). Buzz Lamb (NG resident and GrowSmart Maine Board member) will moderate the Forum.
PLEASE COME! QUESTIONS AND IDEAS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED