Sprawl is bad
New York City transplant wants to keep farm families farming.

Posted May 12, 2006

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We have a new campaign to save farmland from rampant scattered urban sprawl. My wife Annette and I moved to Ashland, Ohio from New York City to live the country life. We bought an Amish farm with 10 lovely acres. After spending a small fortune on English upgrades to the 140-year-old farmhouse, we are finally getting settled in.

What concerns us is the common problems of farmers in our area, finding ways to make farming not only profitable but an attractive lifestyle to the next generation. Too many farmers are forced to parcel off portions or all of their land and sell it to the highest bidder. All too often, the highest bidder is a developer who offers financing to build poor-quality housing on land better suited for farming.

In a few years the family who purchases this type of housing because of it's affordable price and attractive financing decides that they no longer wish to live in the area because of the smells, noises, dust and slow moving vehicles. If only people would think about what they are doing. If a farming family must move on it is extremely important that the next steward of the land act responsibly!

Dan Morgan