The Fairfield Conservation Commission unanimously approved “the concept” of providing two acres of Hoydens Hill Open Space to the Fairfield Organic Teaching Farm along with approving the sharing of two barns with town departments, when it met on Sept. 16. But then, as the commission gave with one hand, it took away with the other. In fact, that taking-away may have felt more like a slap in the face.
The Commission decided that the farm must pay for two bird studies, four years apart, that could easily cost $5,000 each. Furthermore, the farm can’t disturb a single clod of dirt, or grow a single green shoot, until the first study is completed, probably after next July.