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A public hearing has been scheduled in Ridgefield for next month on the lease to operate Henny Penny Farm on town-owned land on Ridgebury Road.  The Board of Selectmen are considering extending Whitney Freeman’s lease.  The hearing is set for September 1st, with a town meeting on the 22nd.  Both are slated to be held in person at Town Hall at 7:30pm, but could be changed to a virtual format, depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time.  The original five-year lease only approved 30 sheep, but the new one would allow up to 85.  Roughly 70 sheep graze on the 16-acre farm, designated as conservation land, to aid in soil regeneration.  Some neighbors have raised concerns to the Conservation Commission about the seemingly commercial nature of the farm and noise from tractors. 

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