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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!