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Re: “David Blittersdorf Bets on Vermont Commuter Rail

Visionary? Yes, to a degree. Why not completely visionary? Because the need for rail transit in Vermont is just plain obvious. The single occupant car/truck model of transportation is antiquated, expensive and dirty.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Clay Turnbull on 08/14/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

I'm concerned that the water situation, arguably the most important issue in this Hobby/Enterprise, is relegated to a "learn as you go" status. Is it known how much water is required? Is there a contingency plan if the neighbors' water source is drained or contaminated? But, more importantly, given the location of this hobby with respect to Lake Champlain, what about the runoff of the pesticide laden water? Does the runoff magically miss impacting the lake in the same way that pesticides magically don't hurt bees just because you say they don't?
There's a diminishing bee population that might dispute the "magical thinking" logic regarding pesticides.

It would appear there needs to be a lot more work to insure the safety of our lake and our bees to be done before this hobby commences.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Cathy Huskisson on 08/14/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

Nice to see some innovation and agriculture in our state. To all the suburbanites that feel NIMBY,,, move back to New Jersey. If he gets chickens it will get worse, a rooster, OMG

9 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Pixelvt on 08/07/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

Hops production, like other commercial crops, may sometimes require the judicious application of certain chemical products in order to minimize the potential for crop failure. However, the resource demands and hidden costs of raising a successful crop of affluent rural suburbanites on an identical plot in the Charlotte countryside are infinitely greater.

33 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 08/05/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “David Blittersdorf Bets on Vermont Commuter Rail

I hope it works! Can not wait to railfan more trains!

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Vermont Railfan on 08/03/2017 at 7:19 PM
Posted by Rich ard on 08/02/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

In Charlotte,McMansions good, Hop farms bad, NIMBYs whining.

42 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Sperry on 08/02/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

Pesticide drift has been a problem for neighbors in Vermont, as well as the Ag Agency's support of the use of toxic chemicals. VCE did a report in 2002 detailing three different experiences http://vce.org/deancrisisagvt.html.

The issue of using a site for processing has also been a nightmare for neighbors, as detailed in this testimony from 2004 http://vce.org/righttofarmtestimony.html. In that case, an apple orchard expanded into an apple processing/bagging facility and took on other customers. After credible complaints from neighbors, the Ag Dept. sided with the farmers.

Vermont's sacred cow of agriculture has imbedded so many waives from environmental rules that it is very difficult for neighbors to address potential problems before they happen and virtually impossible after the project is operating. In one case, VCE assisted the South Woodstock community in dealing with a proposed lamb feedlot and slaughterhouse. After learning there was zero public comment or participation component, the neighbors pooled resources and purchased the property and it is now the award winning Vermont Farmstead Cheese operation.

Why is it so hard to be good neighbors? To Mr. Briggs, I would say if you haven't figured out your water needs and the impacts on the neighbors, I suggest stopping and working with a credible hydrogeologist to evaluate the needs and issues so that there is a way to address problems if people's wells go dry or if the neighboring farmers are negatively impacted.

39 likes, 36 dislikes
Posted by A. Smith on 08/02/2017 at 11:19 AM

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