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Living next to a GMO & pesticide monster

 
Shawn Dones
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My wife and I recently purchased 9.5 acres and are in the process of building our home on it. This piece of land is somewhat of a hillside leading up to a very large and flat field. The field is 100+ acres and is now being leased to a very large farming operation. Our house is around 60 feet away from the property line as our strip of land is very narrow. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can keep the things they spray away from my crop, my animals and my family? I thought about digging along drainage ditch along the property line and planting a long row of trees. Any thoughts or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
 
Lloyd George
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probably fence plus biological barrier...I am in the same boat..and the farmer is a friend of mine, and..yeah..tough to deal with...big old privacy fence and a thick hedge which becomes kind of sacrificial would be my take. our farmer tries to keep it light...

Do remember this though..most places have a <right to farm> law...we do...so it soes not good to fuss about such things anyway...just remember that the right to farm thing...goes the other direction too...f'rinstance when somebody bitches about your rooster making noise...or that eighty four inch tall crop of einkorn wheat...remind the bastards of that...
 
Amit Enventres
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One or several rows of trees should help. How does the water drain? Are you down slope from this guy? Maybe consider a strip of plants to filter out the water if it runs on your property, or fina a way to get the water to not drain onto your property..but that may be more environmentally destructive than trying to filter it...you could always discuss with the neighbor what they use and how often. Some times crops don't require much pesticide or fertilizers and the non-organic guys aren't so bad...like pineapples...pineapples don't require much pesticide.
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