We finally received a letter back from Coweta County Planning and Zoning department the other day. The first page was an invitation to be present at the July 22nd Coweta County Commission meeting. The last two pages were written to the board of commissioners. I was copied on this letter. It requested that an ordinance be entered in for "Sustainable Organic Farming" and a variance be allowed for smaller tracts of land to be considered agriculture. This was great news. The letter was extremely positive and read as if I had wrote it to the commissioners myself. Finally making some progress and to my wife and I, it is more than a job, it is our passion. We feel like it is God's work and that it will make a difference to the lives of many.
The soil will definetly need work!
In a conversation back in March with one of the commissioners, he said that if the Planning and Zoning department backed the ordinance for "Sustainable Organic Farming" that the commissioners would probably pass it. He also said that if they(Planning and Zoning Dept.) were against it, that it wouldn't get passed. Well, safe to say that the Planning and Zoning dept is definitely for it.
With all that said, I still have to present my case for "Sustainable Organic Farming" to the commissioners in a ten minute speech. This is important so they associate a face with the farmer requesting changes be made. The problem is I still haven't written down anything yet. Uhh...
When we bought the property, it had a fence all the way around the property line.
We still have a long road ahead. If and when it gets approved, the other departments within Coweta County (ie..like the Dept. of Transportation) will chime in on possible situations that need to be addressed like traffic flow to the farm, deceleration lanes, other stuff like that. My only concern is that any improvements that are requested by the county may cost us quiet a bit of money. Well, I'll worry about that when I have to worry about that!
"The class principally defective is that of agriculture. It is the first in utility, and ought to be the first in respect. The same artificial means which have been used to produce a competition in learning, may be equally successful in restoring agriculture to its primary dignity in the eyes of men. It is a science of the very first order. It counts among it handmaids of the most respectable sciences, such as Chemistry, Natural Philosophy, Mechanics, Mathematics generally, Natural History, Botany. In every College and University, a professorship of agriculture, and the class of its students, might be honored as the first. Young men closing their academical education with this, as the crown of all other sciences, fascinated with its solid charms, and at a time when they are to choose an occupation, instead of crowding the other classes, would return to the farms of their fathers, their own, or those of others, and replenish and invigorate a calling, now languishing under contempt and oppression. The charitable schools, instead of storing their pupils with a lore which the present state of society does not call for, converted into schools of agriculture, might restore them to that branch qualified to enrich and honor themselves, and to increase the productions of the nation instead of consuming them."
Thomas Jefferson wrote this in a letter to David Williams on Nov. 14, 1803.