L A C H A T
Please go to the official webpage: http://lachattownfarm.org/
OUR RESEARCH NOTES INCLUDING BLOW BY BLOW OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED THRU THE YEARS.
A Public Hearing at Conservation Commission 12-13-21 brings a 6-0 vote to approve Lachat/Offutt Center wetlands application!
- 2 hour public hearing,
- 2 members of the public spoke.
- Conditions a-g; H, I, and J with specific references plus map titles - unanimous approval.
Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, Special Board of Selectmen at 2:30pm-2:38pm
License agreement for Lachat Offutt Center - with
Friends of Lachat including provision for covering demolition costs,
Town Att'y office reporting.
Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, Special Board of Selectmen at 2:30pm - license agreement for Lachat Offutt Center
Conservation Commission to consider Offutt Center and other related
matters if any in December, if Nov. 6th Special Town Meeting approves
agreement with operational changes.
"Yes" unanimous at Special Town Meeting - Dec.13, 2021 at 7:30pm - Conservation Commission- on Zoom!!!
TOWN MEETING SAT. NOV. 6, 1pm WHS ATHLETIC STADIUM - approve agreement
for use of Lachat. Planning approval or 8-24 given
Special P&Z meeting 10-27-21 for 8-24 - positive report given...
SPECIAL JOINT MEETING OF SELECTMEN & FINANCE; Board of Selectmen sets Nov. 6 at 1pm WHS Athletic Stadium - Lachat
- Thursday beginning at 6pm -
- First 3 items Joint followed by Executive
Session...and then one more, with #5 deferred to special meeting next week sometime - TBA
- Item #4 was the water system at both
Ravenwood and the Town-School wells $133,700 - both approved unanimously
each. New consultant had been selected. Short term and long term repair-replacement recommended by Building Committee
- Then Selectmen announced Lachat
neighbors...61 people on the call - effectively a public hearing -
finished by 7:45pm...8-24 at P&Z October 27 special meeting.
- Interviews (DEI, prosecuter/attorney, Sustainability, accountant plus); appointments.
- Special Town Meeting approved 3-0 to be scheduled for Saturday November 6 at WHS Stadium 1pm-3pm - LIVE.
- Ordinance PH renewal: We were the only member of
the public left - and testified in favor of an unlimited permission for
P&Z to contract with consultant review when needed, paid for now by applicant - for P&Z to hire their own expert and not have to pay him or her).
- Minutes approved.
- Meeting ended @9:35pm.
WHAT WILL BE THE FINAL WORD ON LACHAT? NOV 6 Special Town Meeting 1pm WHS Athletic Stadium is it.
SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 AT 1:30PM ON ZOOM
Another Executive Session discussing Lachat. Above view
of lower field before the present improvements to the Farm took place.
1. Call to order
2. Discussion/ Decision to enter into executive
session for the purpose of discussing a pending legal claim relating to
the use of the Lachat Town Farm property
Meetings at Conservation, P&Z on Offutt Education Center challenged "postponed..."
Conservation Commission POSTPONED (Lachat) - we saw this this morning at 7:28am.
(POSTPONED [ Lachat 8-24]) - some sound reading matter here: READ SOUND CONSULTANT REPORT HERE
"POSTPONED" - we saw this on the Town of Weston website at 3pm.
Planning and Zoning Special Meeting Wednesday August 4, 2021 at 7:15pm on Zoom - 8-24 on Lachat (Offutt Education Center)
BOARD OF SELECTMEN at the same time as Conservation...plus an Executive Session at 7pm.
(We will attend the Selectmen and watch Conservation re-run)
Conservation Commission on August 5th a PUBLIC HEARING on ZOOM postponed
Conservation Commission public hearing notice for Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 7:30pm
LAST ACT BEGINS AT 8PM TO BE SINGLE GUITAR; AND PARKING OFF GODFREY CAN NOW BE RESERVED (THREE ACTS BEGINNING AT 4PM)
left by Margaret Wirtenberg - in a private collection.
Modification of massing drawing at 3-31-21 public meeting of Lachat Town
Farm Commission (c) and Weston residents at right.
How does this 2021 Plan for addition to the Farm compare to previous attempt?
- All previous structures built related to...animals and farming. And the answer to the above question...
proposal is fully-formed as presented at March 31,2021 Lachat Town Farm
Commission open meeting. NOTE: This meeting during COVID
brought out an amazing number of people who were, first, neighbors in a
wide circle, second, and speaking second, from elsewhere in Weston.
- And since this new generation of the Commission, there is now a GOAT HOUSE on the property! See above for some other Weston residents.
DID THE GOAT EAT THAT PART OF THE TOWN CODE?
As we read the Code of Ethics, yes, this is OK, because the Code refers to keeping to "ideals" - not pure "ideas." And nobody is doing anything for $$...but...
CALL TO SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
"Call" and "Lease/Sub-lease" links here are to documents from Town website
YES or NO on lease/sublease -
About Town has been following this "story" all
along, and we now have organized all our various notes from attending different Lachat committees (beginning 2001).
COME ON DOWN - MUSIC IN THE AIR TONIGHT AS LACHAT SUMMER SEASON OPENS...
How much fun is Weston in the summer? You just can't make it up!!! We're all Weston farmers, one and all - cool farmers.
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP OF SOME SORT? MOVING AHEAD WITH RESIDENT FARMER...
October 21, 2017 meeting - Board of Selectmen begins next phase of
Lachat Town Farm Organization Plan drawn up by M.B.A. in
Sustainibility: How to retain functional operation 24/7 without
incurring town debt or responsibility.
WHAT A GREAT SUMMER IT HAS BEEN AT OUR TOWN FARM!!!
AWESOME VOLUNTEERS - PARTY ON AT LACHAT - THANK YOU!!! OR "THANK MOO!!!"
A major undertaking, bureaucratically speaking, we thought. But
what a marvelous idea!!! 2017 Saturday almost all day festival
(monthly) AWESOME!!! And still my favorite.
Aerial view of the Town of Weston's part of Lachat - purchased jointly with The Nature Conservancy.
S U M M E R
A subject for art work and our new graphic experiment!
Lachat farmhouse receives grant
By Weston Forum on July 13, 2016
The Friends of Lachat have been awarded a grant to restore the windows
and add a security system to the circa-1770 farmhouse at Weston’s Lachat
The farm is receiving a $2,656 grant from The 1772 Foundation, administered by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant, and thank the Connecticut Trust for their ongoing support of Lachat Farm..”
More good news and photos here:
S P R I N G
It is now Spring 2016, and the FORUM has a lovely article about farming: http://www.thewestonforum.com/61475/wells-hill-farm-in-weston-cultivates-interest-in-farming/
Weston LWV hosts "conversation" about our Town "DNA"...Lachat Town Farm and the Historical Society invited speakers!
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 10:30am to 12 noon
Town Hall Meeting Room
Computer lithography "Lachat Back Barn" - Happy New Year! Artist's
rendering (r) of Homestead with porch, as it was in @2013.
BEFORE THERE WAS AN ABOUT WESTON WEBSITE, THE TOWN OF WESTON, AT TWO
SEPARATE SPECIAL TOWN MEETINGS, PURCHASED, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE
NATURE CONSERVANCY, 32 ACRES INCLUDING THE HOMESTEAD AND THEN THE 10
ACRE HILLSIDE OF THE LACHAT FARM (1997 AND 1999)...ABOUT WESTON WEBSITE OBSERVATIONS BELOW.
PROPOSALS FOR LACHAT SCALED DOWN THRU THE YEARS...IN PHASES AS FUNDING IS OBTAINED
Proceeding in phases as funding is obtained. Pages noted below included
as resources for historical development of the Lachat Town
NATURE CENTER PROPOSALS
Gateway Designs Not Chosen
LACHAT CONSERVATION / EDUCATION CENTER
BOARD OF FINANCE BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING FY '07
LACHAT BUILDING & MAINTENANCE
SMART GROWTH - always kept in mind...
LACHAT OVERSIGHT which became (the link following is to official minutes) THE LACHAT TOWN FARM COMMISSION
G.M.O. issue and how it is growing...as well as other new ideas.
New Connecticut farmers looking for affordable land are having a tough time.
Gregory B. Hladky Gregory B. Hladky
Nov. 30, 2015
MANSFIELD — Susan Mitchell is hoping the state's newly upgraded "dating
service" website for farmers can help with a very troublesome situation,
and the issues have nothing to do with romance.
The problem is connecting Connecticut's increasingly elderly farm owners
with a new generation of much younger would-be farmers looking for
affordable places to grow crops and animals. The state's recently
revamped FarmLink website is an attempt to use 21st-century technology
to bring the two together...http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-farmer-to-farmer-matchmaking-20151130-story.html
Murkowski threatens to fight new FDA appointment over 'Frankenfish' decision
Zaz Hollander, Alaska Dispatch
November 23, 2015
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski plans to fight the appointment of the next
U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner over the agency’s
decision that genetically modified salmon is safe to eat.
The action comes amid objections to what Murkowski and other critics
call “Frankenfish” -- Atlantic salmon engineered with a chinook salmon
growth hormone gene and genetics from the eel-like ocean pout that can
grow up to twice as fast as their farm-raised counterparts.
The FDA last week announced the approval of a new animal drug
application involving AquAdvantage salmon, a genetically engineered
salmon created by AquaBounty Technologies...story in full: http://www.adn.com/article/20151123/murkowski-threatens-fight-new-fda-appointment-over-frankenfish-decision
ACROSS FROM THE LYONS PLAINS FIREHOUSE - OPEN SPACE AT THE VERY RIGHT OF THE MAP
While Lachat Town Farm is blossoming into a destination as well as a green heart of Weston, "Viv's Vegs" at Chestnut Farm is spectacular in its own way.