|Re: Private Use of Common Land||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Philip W. Bush (Philip.W.Bushdartmouth.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 08:59:13 -0500|
--- Mac Thomson wrote: The agreement basically says that when someone wants to use the common land on some long term, exclusive basis, they need to get permission and perhaps compensate the community for its use. By exclusive, we mean that when the land is put to a certain use, other uses can't happen there. For example, if a few acres become a CSA operated by a few members, that space is no longer available to pasture horses or for kids to play in or for much of anything besides growing the CSA crops. <SNIP> So for example, the CSA might get to use a few acres of common land in exchange for organic veggies for the common house dinners. --- end of quote --- Our group in Vermont has recently been introduced to the concept that investing (by coho community and outsiders) in our farm/farmers/ and farm products makes sense, in return for progress on our sustainability goals. In other words, the work that our CSA farmers are going to do to improve the soil, to keep the land in ag. production rather than other uses, and to develop farm products that make sense in our market and demonstrate successful organic methods, furthers our goals as a community and has potential long-term economic value to us. So, beyond exchanging farm goods for a few acres (Land for Peas? sorry), we might consider an investment in our farm/farmer/product mix, which could take many forms: salary for farmers, farm infrastructure investment, a break on lease of land. Over time, the argument goes, as soil improves, local markets are developed and profits to the CSA grow, investments could be turned to other goals. This is in no way a done deal here, just another new, stimulating discussion during our design/development phase. Phil Bush
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