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|From: Chris Blaisdell (Chris_Blaisdellonf.com)|
|Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 05:01:40 -0500|
Scott Cowley has a point, I think. Its not as if the 94 acres of mixed fields and woods that we have under contract in Maine is being taken out of agricultural use by our buying it. This land had been on the market for three years at a price way beyond what any one who would use it for agriculture could afford to pay. The vast majority of land we walked looking for our site (and we've walked alot of peices in four years!!) will never be put back into ag. use. Most of it will end up as standard developments within a few years. Our site would probably end up cut up into 5 acre lots with a house on each one. Gone would be the fields, the woods, the stream, the wetlands. Instead, it is going to have the majority of the woods put into permanent "open space" designation, never to be developed, the fields will again have horses running on them as well as the fruit orchards and berry bushes we're envisoning. And of course, our community gardens. We've also been talking at times about doing Community Supported Agriculture gardens. We will only be building on a small fraction of the land. We've been having regular meetings with the neighbors keeping them updated with our plans and designs and have received mostly supportive responses. They know what could have (would have) happened there if it weren't for' those folks'. And though, yes it would be great if we all, including all developers, stuck to the cities or stayed in the sprawl, in real life it doesn't happen that way. I've got to think that it IS better that the more environmentally minded people, be it CoHo or whatever, get ahold of some of this land to help preserve its rural charateristics. Chris Blaisdell Cumberland County CoHo Community Brunswick, ME
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