Captain John Smith wrote the following when he explored the Massachusetts coastline in 1614:
“Here are many rising hills, and on their tops and descents are many corne fields and delightful groves… planted with gardens and corn fields, and so well inhabited with a goodly, strong and well-proportioned people, besides the greatness of the timber growing on them, the greatness of the fish and moderate temper of the air …who can but approve this a most excellent place, both for health and fertility? And of all of the four parts of the world that I have yet seen not inhabited, could I have but means to transport a colony, I would rather live here than anywhere.”
Ipswich Agricultural Commission
Established in 2005, the Ipswich Agricultural Commission is comprised of 5 appointed members as well as several alternate members. The mission of the Commission is to support and provide a voice for the significant agricultural community and resources of Ipswich. The Commission represents all forms of agriculture in town including: fruit, vegetable and other food crop growers, animal and dairy food providers, equine facilities, hay operations, florists, nurseries, and aquaculture.
Contact the Agricultural Commission if you are:
- Interested in participating in the Commission and/or Commission activities.
- Looking for information or support for any agricultural issue regarding: wildlife, local and state regulations, economic viability and opportunities, education and advocacy, estate planning, etc.
- Looking for support on an agricultural issue you are facing with the town or townspeople.
Visit the Ipswich Agricultural Commission page on the Town of Ipswich site