Mobbs Committee

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The Mobbs Committee, under the direction of the Selectboard, oversees the management and maintenance of the Mobbs Property in Jericho. This committee meets every 4th Monday of each month.

If you would like to contact the Mobbs Farm Committee; you can email them at mobbsfarm@jerichovt.gov

We would like to advise visitors to MOBBS Farm to consider parking at the Browns Trace Lot.

If the Fitzsimonds Road Parking Lot is full, please use MOBBS FARM parking at 510 Browns Trace

Thank-you!




MOBBS MONTHLY

The Mobbs Farm Committee Newsletter

October / November, 2021


Autumn has been surprisingly busy at MOBBS Farm this year! October and November have been filled with activities, storms, brilliant foliage and the arrival of “stick-season”. With the onset of freezing temperatures, the entire meadow section of Mobbs Farm, west of Fitzsimonds Road was recently completely brush-hogged. Mowing was delayed until all pollinator species were dormant.

Freshly mowed meadow at MOBBS



In a typical year, only one third of the meadow parcel is mowed, but after carefully reviewing conditions in the meadow, the Mobbs Farm Committee (MFC) decided that all parcels needed to be cleared in order to prevent invasive growth of pioneer species of trees such as white pine, poplar and sumac. The result looks something like a Sabra Fields print, depending on how sunlight strikes the cut rows in the meadow. Special thanks to Neil Villeneuve for his diligence in maintaining the meadow. You may have seen him in the waning light of early November afternoons, cutting in darkness with his headlights on his John Deere tractor.
The Jericho SOLAR-BRATION event took place on Monday, November 8th in the gravel storage area of the Jericho Town Garage. The site provided a great view of the recently completed solar farm and 40 townspeople showed up to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony, complete with a question and answer session that featured the developer of the site and representatives from the construction crew that built the 6,000 panel solar array.


Special thanks to Chad Farrell of ENCORE RENEWABLE, Tyler Barnes from iSUN, State Representative, Trevor Squirrel, Jericho Select Board members Catherine McMains and Wayne Howe, members of the Mobbs Farm Committee, Angelike Contis of MMCTV, Rebecca Towne: the CEO of Vermont Electric Co-Op and members of the general public for participating in the event. A video of the event may be seen by clicking on this link: https://archive.org/details/jericho-solar-bration-11082021

Special thanks to Bernie Paquette, who covered the event with his camera and editorial that may be found here: https://jerichovermont.blogspot.com/2021/11/jericho-solar-bration.html




As we enter the final week and a half of the Vermont Rifle / Deer Season, a reminder that MOBBS FARM is CLOSED to all equestrian and mountain bike use. If visiting Mobbs Farm during hunting season, please be aware of hunting activities and be sure to dress your pet and yourself in blaze orange!

Trails will re-open, subject to conditions, on Monday, November 29th.





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The Mobbs Committee, under the direction of the Selectboard, oversees the management and maintenance of the Mobbs Property in Jericho. This committee meets every 4th Monday of each month.

If you would like to contact the Mobbs Farm Committee; you can email them at mobbsfarm@jerichovt.gov

We would like to advise visitors to MOBBS Farm to consider parking at the Browns Trace Lot.

If the Fitzsimonds Road Parking Lot is full, please use MOBBS FARM parking at 510 Browns Trace

Thank-you!




MOBBS MONTHLY

The Mobbs Farm Committee Newsletter

October / November, 2021


Autumn has been surprisingly busy at MOBBS Farm this year! October and November have been filled with activities, storms, brilliant foliage and the arrival of “stick-season”. With the onset of freezing temperatures, the entire meadow section of Mobbs Farm, west of Fitzsimonds Road was recently completely brush-hogged. Mowing was delayed until all pollinator species were dormant.

Freshly mowed meadow at MOBBS



In a typical year, only one third of the meadow parcel is mowed, but after carefully reviewing conditions in the meadow, the Mobbs Farm Committee (MFC) decided that all parcels needed to be cleared in order to prevent invasive growth of pioneer species of trees such as white pine, poplar and sumac. The result looks something like a Sabra Fields print, depending on how sunlight strikes the cut rows in the meadow. Special thanks to Neil Villeneuve for his diligence in maintaining the meadow. You may have seen him in the waning light of early November afternoons, cutting in darkness with his headlights on his John Deere tractor.
The Jericho SOLAR-BRATION event took place on Monday, November 8th in the gravel storage area of the Jericho Town Garage. The site provided a great view of the recently completed solar farm and 40 townspeople showed up to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony, complete with a question and answer session that featured the developer of the site and representatives from the construction crew that built the 6,000 panel solar array.


Special thanks to Chad Farrell of ENCORE RENEWABLE, Tyler Barnes from iSUN, State Representative, Trevor Squirrel, Jericho Select Board members Catherine McMains and Wayne Howe, members of the Mobbs Farm Committee, Angelike Contis of MMCTV, Rebecca Towne: the CEO of Vermont Electric Co-Op and members of the general public for participating in the event. A video of the event may be seen by clicking on this link: https://archive.org/details/jericho-solar-bration-11082021

Special thanks to Bernie Paquette, who covered the event with his camera and editorial that may be found here: https://jerichovermont.blogspot.com/2021/11/jericho-solar-bration.html




As we enter the final week and a half of the Vermont Rifle / Deer Season, a reminder that MOBBS FARM is CLOSED to all equestrian and mountain bike use. If visiting Mobbs Farm during hunting season, please be aware of hunting activities and be sure to dress your pet and yourself in blaze orange!

Trails will re-open, subject to conditions, on Monday, November 29th.





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  • Mobbs Farm Conservation Update

    9 months ago
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    Thank You for Voting to Conserve Mobbs Farm!

    The members of the Mobbs Committee would like to express our gratitude for the overwhelming support expressed for the conservation of Mobbs Farm on Town Meeting Day. Article I passed with 91% of the vote, and we couldn't be happier that voters agreed that Mobbs Farm should be protected for future generations of Jericho residents and wildlife. With conservation costs now 100% funded, we look forward to the work of preserving this beautiful land. 

    So… What are the Next Steps? 

    In collaboration with the Jericho Underhill Land Trust (JULT) and the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), the Mobbs Committee will seek the Selectboard’s approval to move forward with the conservation effort. Assuming an affirmative Selectboard vote, Town leadership will work with VLT toward conveying a conservation easement.

    If you are interested in learning about the components of a conservation easement, please read the attached summary provided by the VLT. As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments, and THANK YOU for your continued support!

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  • Conservation News

    10 months ago
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    The Mobbs Farm Committee is currently initiating the effort to permanently conserve Mobbs Farm.

    • A recent survey by the Mobbs Farm committee at the 2020 Jericho Town meeting (312 participants) determined the following:
    • 78% of the participants believed Mobbs was already conserved
    • 85% of the participants supported conservation of Mobbs
    • The proposed cost of a permanent conservation easement is approximately $43,000.   Funding for this effort would come from the following: 
    • $10,000 grant from the Jericho Underhill Land Trust
    • $10,000 grant from the Vermont Land Trust
    • $10,000 from the Jericho Conservation Reserve fund.
    • This leaves around $13,000 to be made up from public fundraising
    • The intent here is to eliminate any further tax burden on Jericho residents.
    • A non-binding article is being added to the Jericho Town meeting agenda to allow residents to vote on moving forward with the conservation effort, with the proposed wording (to be finalized by the Selectboard) as follows: 

    “Should the Selectboard pursue the conveyance of a conservation easement (in perpetuity) over 234 +/-  acres of the total 275 +/- acre Mobbs Farm property (excluding the Town Garage and solar farm) to the Vermont Land Trust at an estimated expense of $43,000 +/-, using grants, gifts and previously raised funds, for the purpose of protecting its natural resources, wildlife habitat, trails, recreational and educational opportunities, productive farmland and forestland, and scenic value?"

    • The vote is "non-binding" because the Town has not yet finalized the details of the conservation easement with VLT, but a "yes" vote will offer the Selectboard the community's support to act on behalf of the Town and convey an easement.


    • Bumper stickers will be made available to support this effort.


    • Further details will be listed as a monthly update on this website.


    • Please see the “Conserving Mobbs FAQ” on the right sidebar for further information, “Leave a Comment” tab or leave a comment on this tab should you want to leave a comment for the Committee.  If you leave a question, you may not get a direct answer, but be assured that the Mobbs Committee is reading comments and questions and are considering them. 

    • The Committee will be hosting an online Q&A session using Zoom to provide further information on February 27 at 5:30pm.  Please tune in to ask your questions there.
    • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87394326182?pwd=cFVldW45UzlEUHZBZUIvK3VCZzNhQT09(External link) 

       Meeting ID: 873 9432 6182
      Passcode: 626347

    • Tune into Front Porch Forum for more details about Mobbs and the conservation effort.
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  • Conserve Mobbs Zoom Informational Meeting

    9 months ago
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    Jericho residents are welcome to join our final informational ZOOM meeting to discuss the initiative to Conserve Mobbs Farm.  The meeting will take place on Saturday, February 27th at 5:30 PM and the public is welcome to attend.  Please use the link below to join the meeting, hosted by members of the Mobbs Farm Committee: 

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    Saturday, Feb. 27th @ 5:30 PM  

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87394326182?pwd=cFVldW45UzlEUHZBZUIvK3VCZzNhQT09   

    Meeting ID: 873 9432 6182 Passcode: 626347 

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