Re: Land Use on Coho Acreage (Nessa Dertnig)
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 04:56:36 -0700 (PDT)
On Aug 13, 2012, at 5:52 PM, Judith Bush <jbush [at]> wrote:

> Related to what Sharon V wrote today on the temporariness or permanence of 
> granting use of land, our experience at Cobb HIll is that people investing 
> themselves in the work of growing food or raising animals, want "tenure" for 
> their projects.  Maybe some things can be short-term experiments, but many 
> cannot.  There are big implications for members who aren't present when these 
> early projects are launched. 

Good correction. Growing crops requires long preparation of the land. You don't 
just go out and grow a garden, or abandon it.

When I visited the land where Legacy Farm is planning to build in Rosendale, 
NY, it seemed as if a certain cleared space would be perfect for building but 
they were choosing instead to build on a wooded plot. When I mentioned this, 
they explained that the cleared land was farm land and had been farmed for many 
years previously. It was more valuable to them than the wooded plot.

Sharon Villines, Washington DC
"Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere." Albert 

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