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Ridgefield officials are referring a lease of town-owned land to a town meeting later this month.  A public hearing was held Wednesday night about the lease to operate Henny Penny Farm on Ridgebury Road.  The 16-acre parcel is designated as conservation land.  Whitney Freeman grazes a herd of roughly 70 sheep on the land.  The original lease only approved 30 sheep, but the new one would allow up to 85.  The land was expanded since the lease was signed from 10 acres to 16.  While most people spoke in favor of the lease renewal, some neighbors have expressed concern about the seemingly commercial nature of the farm. A new provision in the lease stipulates that Freeman contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture to suggest changes to her grazing practices if a species of special concern is subject to impact.  The town meeting will be held on September 22nd.

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