Re: Large animal policies
From: Laura Fitch (
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2008 06:39:17 -0800 (PST)
The land that we used for raising the pigs was just scruffy sumack woods.
Not an area that was used by anyone except kids building forts.  Even though
the project was financed and initiated by a single household, it was very
much enjoyed by many in the community, and more than a dozen community
members purchased meat after the fact.  Nearly all the children eagerly
participated in the raising of the pigs, and many of the parents thanked us
for educating them about where their food came from.

Leasing the land would not help in the objections - and thge fast majoirty
of the community viewed this as a community asset.

I agree with what Rob said about asking the dissenters to stand aside for
the overall good of the community.  The real problems is that the objectors
are folks who typically feel powerless and unheard.  It is a delicate issue
in many ways.

On 2/1/08, J Boerst <julieb [at]> wrote:
> Thanks for your explanation of animal agriculture at Pioneer Valley,
> Laura.  How does the land allotment work?  Did you need to lease extra
> acreage, or was it just granted to you?
> One concern about larger-scale agriculture (in terms of land use--1 acre+)
> engaged in by individuals, not the community as a whole, is that it uses a
> significant piece of land for what would essentially amount to an individual
> household's hobbies.  I know at Dancing Rabbit in Missouri they do have a
> lease system, and I'm wondering if anyone else has something
> similar.  People dabbling in growing veggies would probably use less land
> than people dabbling in raising dairy cows, so it does become more of an
> issue when animal agriculture is on the table, as does the expense of
> fencing, barns, etc.
> We are also considering the possibility of horses living here and how that
> would work in terms of land use, facilities, etc.  Are there any communities
> where a few individuals own horses, and how has that worked out for the
> community?  Is there any provision that they be shared with the community in
> any way?  Any problems with having horses on walking trails?   Just trying
> to see the big picture and anything that might arise before writing policy
> on it.
> Thanks,
> Julie Boerst
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