(Editor’s Observe: Erin Gartland praises Peninsula Township and Planner Jen Cram of their efforts to assist farmers in a wide range of methods. -jb)
The truth that Peninsula Township Planner Jennifer Cram is pursuing the creation of an ordinance part to permit new retail alternatives and enhance the present technique of retail advertising of farm produce comes as promising information.
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Peninsula Township farmers must have the potential to create a farm market or farmers market to fill a spot that has existed for too lengthy. With the ability to do greater than only a roadside stand will give farmers one other outlet for gross sales and one other alternative to let their creativity and entrepreneurship cause them to a greater future.
Having obtained appreciable enter throughout many hours working by choices final winter with a committee of residents and agricultural operators, Ms. Cram is continuous to take enter from agricultural operators earlier than unveiling the proposed language.
This important effort to assist agriculture by the Township can be adopted up with Ms. Cram’s suggestions for remodeling the roadside stand ordinance to make it extra helpful and totally compliant with Michigan’s Right to Farm Act, and with exploring different types of agritourism to make sure all agricultural operators have the benefits they should compete and succeed.
Throughout final winter’s committee conferences, Ms. Cram additionally heard different strategies to make working farms simpler. Her listing of duties is lengthy, however she is devoted. With time and the assist she has from the Township Board, she may help our agriculture operators create a greater future.
It will be important that the Township strikes ahead with efforts to assist agriculture now, whereas all of us wait patiently because the winery lawsuit continues to make its method by the courts.
We can’t let that unlucky battle get in the best way of discovering and implementing higher methods to assist different types of agriculture.
As a board member of Protect the Peninsula, I can verify that Defend the Peninsula helps agriculture and desires to see new methods for agriculture to compete and succeed. Processing and retailing of produce from the farms in our neighborhood ought to be for all farmer entrepreneurs.