I was really bummed I couldn't make it to the meeting on this one. I got the flier (I live about a block from the parcel) that was being passed around by the community group that came together to resist the purchase of the parcel. I wasn't impressed by the language they used, it struck me as an attempt to paint Cypress Grove as a big multi-national that was going to be building a factory farm right next door.
The fact is, if you want a strong local economy, if you want a durable food supply chain, if Arcata wants to live the values it purports, then it is going to have to produce food where it lives. I think the veiled reason most people resisted this farm was that they didn't want to have to smell goats.
If you want local farming and agriculture but not "that" local farming and agriculture, because they are operating on a scale larger than a backyard garden, you're going to have to reconsider your values.
I really regret not making it to that meeting. I wont miss the next one.
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vol XXIV issue 49
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