Workshop to focus on rural businesses

Canterbury - The Last Green Valley and the Eastern Connecticut Resource and Conservation Area will host a free workshop from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Canterbury Community Center, 1 Municipal Drive, to present information about the AGvocate Program.

Workshop topics will include updates from the AGvocate communities; zoning for small business in rural communities and a presentation about how towns can better manage accessory business in rural areas to help residents and farmers supplement their income, preserve farm and forest operations, and protect neighbors from unintended impacts. The workshop also will cover educational opportunities for agricultural producers and zoning regulations and ordinances for livestock.

The new project manager, John Guszkowski of CME Associates, will also be introduced.

Admission is free, but registration is requested for planning purposes to: John Guszkowski, AGvocate program manager, (860) 455-8251 or AGvocate@outlook.com.

The AGvocate Program promotes farm-friendly community policies and regulations in Eastern Connecticut, and is the liaison between agricultural producers and local communities. It is managed by the Eastern Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Area in cooperation with a steering committee of members from The Last Green Valley, participating communities, agricultural businesses, and many federal, state, and nonprofit agencies and organizations.

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