Chilmark Special Town Meeting Tackles Future of Tea Lane Farm

The fate of the historic Tea Lane Farm will come before Chilmark voters for a fourth time at a special town meeting on Monday. Voters are being asked to decide whether the town should enter into a long-term lease with a tenant farmer.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center. Moderator Everett Poole will preside over the special session.

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Chilmark Voters Readily Back Lease Plan for Tea Lane Farm

Chilmark is now accepting proposals for Tea Lane Farm after town voters agreed, with sweeping support this week, to lease out the historic farm on a long-term basis.

Applications are due by next month; the Tea Lane Farm committee is still finishing a timetable and rubric for the project. The farm committee will review proposals and conduct interviews with applicants and then make recommendations to a joint committee of the selectmen and land bank advisory board, which will make a final decision.

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News Update: Monday, Feb. 13 - Voters Approve New Lease on Life for Tea Lane Farm

With sweeping support Chilmark voters approved the long-term leasing of the historic Tea Lane Farm house at a special town meeting Monday night.

The vote was 62 to 5.

This was the fourth time selectmen have come before voters with a plan to return the property to a working farm. Selectmen said offering a 75-year lease on the property as-is was the best option so far.

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