Town of Chatham’s Agricultural Protection Plan

During Chatham’s recent comprehensive planning process, the importance of farming to the economy, rural character, wildlife habitats, and scenic views of the town was evidenced by the strong support and interest voiced by citizens engaged in the process. Farming became a separate component of the plan and a group of citizens served as the steering committee for our participation as a pilot site for the Glynwood Center’s Keep Farming program, drafting the comprehensive plan recommendations, and creating this Agricultural Protection Plan.
Throughout the planning process, great effort was made to include the town’s farming community and other interested parties. The Chatham Agricultural Partnership was created to provide oversight of the planning process. Draft plans, farmland prioritization maps, and other documents were regularly reviewed with the larger farming community. We believe that this plan represents and protects the citizens’ interest in preserving our town as a viable agricultural community.