I attended the last Barnstable Agricultural Commission meeting in November 2010. When I was at the meeting, I was invited by one of the Commissioners to apply for a vacancy on the commission. At first, I thought that I could potentially be overwhelmed by adding one more thing to the ever growing list of my volunteer work. Then I thought it over for a while. If voted in, I could help make a direct difference in how livestock, farming and gardening are represented in the Town of Barnstable. I could be beneficial and positive in many ways through bridging the gap between farmers and non-farmers, supporting Farmer’s Markets and community gardens while fostering relationship with various regulatory agencies in Barnstable. With my background, personal experiences, my career in medicine, volunteer work, gardening and raising backyard chickens I felt that I could be an asset to the the commission. I submitted my application for review.
Over the past couple months, I have been going through the application process. Last week, I was interviewed by the Town of Barnstable Commission Board. I am pleased to announce that the board voted in favor and nominated me to the Town Council for final consideration. The long and short of it is, if all goes well, then I should be voted into the position by the beginning of February. So, wish me luck and send positive thoughts. I hope that bridging the gap with fairness-especially when it comes to keeping chickens-will keep their future bright.