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Debate Sprouts Over Farm Plan

Easton may soon become a more farm-friendly community. The Board of Selectmen is working on an ordinance that would create an Agrcultural Commission to raise awareness of the town's farms. Many farmers, like Irv Silverman, support it, while others are skeptical.

"I think it's a great idea," said the owner of Silverman's Farm on Sport Hill Road. "It will make more people cognizant that we have a lot of smaller farms that aren't known throughout the state, that it is an agricultural community and [that] there's a lot of one- and two- acre farms that produce quite a bit."

The commission would work to raise awareness of the farms in town and help groups in town understand farm needs and issues.

Mark Kunkel, a Trumbull resident who helps at Candee Farm on Morehouse Road, said he believes the commission would be just for show. "As an outsider looking in, I don't see anybody helping the farmers," he said.

But Will Tressler of Easton, who has been pushing for an agriculture commission, said it would enhance the visibility of the farms in town. Although some farmers doubt a commission would help them, he said the town and many other farmers seem to support the idea.

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