Jun 27, 2018
Farm Nonsense In Lehigh Valley
There is no end to the nonsense about farms in the Lehigh Valley. Subscribers know that I oppose Farmland Preservation. While there is plenty of farmland in the valley, all Farmland Preservation does is buy development rights from land owners who never intended to sell the land in the first place. Ironically the rational farm program, Clean and Green, was misrepresented and bashed in a Morning Call article which has been featured on their webpage now for over three months. If Farmland Preservation wasn't enough waste of our taxes, the County has been subsidizing a program to teach farming. Next, we'll be paying for actors to make believe they're farmers at county display farms. Get over it... farming is hard work for real farmers on real farms. Clean and Green provides a tax break for such real farming.
But continuing the nonsense, now Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley, which assists low income people in various ways, wants to take over the county training farm. Next we'll be giving their graduates their own farms. That organization already sets people up in business. They don't just give fishing poles, they give fish markets. The Seed Farm offers opportunities for those in the inner city to discover their green thumbs. “I like the idea of bringing in a more diverse population,” County Executive Phil Armstrong said, as if minorities were excluded from the previous program.
Ironically the director of Community Action just asked me to appear on his new radio show. I'm not trying to be the guest from hell, but this blog would serve little purpose if I pull punches, even with an upcoming host.