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Old 12-02-2011, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Mount. Airy
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i am a farmer in nearby mt. airy and i want to see what other people say
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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i am a farmer in nearby mt. airy and i want to see what other people say
It certainly USED to be a farming area.
But then all of that area was at one time.

What statistics does the Co Extension Agent have for ag acreage now?
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Edgemere, Maryland
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i am a farmer in nearby mt. airy and i want to see what other people say
Isn't Woodbine about 15 minutes from you? Couldn't you simply drive down the road? Why would anyone know better than someone who lives in your area? I'm not trying to be flippant, but the question strikes me as odd. It doesn't look any different than your immediate area on Google maps as far as farm acreage. It looks to be a farming area.
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Mount. Airy
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Isn't Woodbine about 15 minutes from you? Couldn't you simply drive down the road? Why would anyone know better than someone who lives in your area? I'm not trying to be flippant, but the question strikes me as odd. It doesn't look any different than your immediate area on Google maps as far as farm acreage. It looks to be a farming area.
i just want to see peoples opinions
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Edgemere, Maryland
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i just want to see peoples opinions
As in people's perception of the area? Looking at the map, I'd label it a semi-rural exurb. I haven't ever heard much of it, if any at all, and have apparently drove by on my way to WV many times without noticing it.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Macao
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i am a farmer in nearby mt. airy and i want to see what other people say
Support public transportation in metro DC, otherwise that farmland will become townhouses and traffic congested soon.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Edgemere, Maryland
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Support public transportation in metro DC, otherwise that farmland will become townhouses and traffic congested soon.
I highly doubt it will stop the sprawl. Look at a projected growth map - mass transit is not going to stop that kind of mass influx. It won't be many more years before fullblown suburbia is knocking on this guy's door. He's at a virtual vortex of where the suburbs of Baltimore and DC will converge over the next 10-20 years. I suggest that any young person just starting off who wishes to live a rural life make plans to settle down somewhere besides Maryland because in 50 years, the state will be little more than one giant suburb.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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"Farmland" in and of itself isn't worth much to me. Big, open, rural pieces of land in areas where growth is restricted will skyrocket in price. Who wouldn't want to be 30-40 miles away from D.C. on a 100 acre palatial estate with no fear of having your neighbor's property subdivided?

Farmers who have run dairy or cattle farms for generations will be replaced by rich transplants who want to "hobby farm," or have some horses, or just a giganatic compound to call their own.

Keeping the open land is nice, but if you lose the natives who are attached to it, what have you really preserved?
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Macao
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"Farmland" in and of itself isn't worth much to me. Big, open, rural pieces of land in areas where growth is restricted will skyrocket in price. Who wouldn't want to be 30-40 miles away from D.C. on a 100 acre palatial estate with no fear of having your neighbor's property subdivided?

Farmers who have run dairy or cattle farms for generations will be replaced by rich transplants who want to "hobby farm," or have some horses, or just a giganatic compound to call their own.

Keeping the open land is nice, but if you lose the natives who are attached to it, what have you really preserved?
I wish a state of Maryland would take on more European characteristics. They built well-defined urban areas, and than leaving the countryside pristine and given to farming. Particularly in countries like Spain.

The only city that does this well in the United States, is Portland Oregon. They leave the farmland alone, and the urban areas just have to built within their limits.
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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I wish a state of Maryland would take on more European characteristics. They built well-defined urban areas, and than leaving the countryside pristine and given to farming. Particularly in countries like Spain.

The only city that does this well in the United States, is Portland Oregon. They leave the farmland alone, and the urban areas just have to built within their limits.
It is my understanding that most of the "farming" regions around the dense areas in Europe are heavily subsidized by the government or else they wouldn't exist.
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