Follow-up Friday: A change of plans

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

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Trail, Mt. Pisgah

Last January, things were looking gloomy for farmers on Seavey Loop Road. They’d already had to stand up to corporate-organized concerts in Buford Park to the west, and the City of Springfield was planning an industrial park to the east (Scribbler’s report, 1/31/15).

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The concerts were banned, after a three-day event hosting 27,000 mostly out-of-state celebrants with music so loud it rattled houses 5 miles away. County authorities agreed with local residents — that’s enough of that.

The industrial zone seemed like a done deal, though.

Nevertheless, the neighbors rolled up their sleeves.

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Lo and behold.

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Is that blue sky?

The city decided they didn’t need quite as much land as they thought, and other sites were better suited.

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Farmland still.

Well, well.

21 comments

    • We’re still 85% small to medium-sized farms, but factory farms are moving into Oregon. The manager of the biggest factory dairy in the nation was just appointed to Oregon’s Board of Agriculture.

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      • In DC we always called the Dept of Agriculture the ‘last great plantation.’ My Dad, a rancher for over 60 years, always teased me about why the bureaucrats who ran the Dept of Ag didn’t have to work on snow days like he did. Of course, it’s politicians who went to congress to promote their own agenda that have made fortunes from agriculture. It’s rampant throughout Kansas, Nebraska, OK, TX, Arkansas, and on and on. It’s no wonder we aren’t going to have food to eat.
        Before I moved to DC, I saw the factory farms taking over the central valley of CA and it wasn’t a pretty picture.

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  • 45 years ago, the owner of my neighbouring farm decided to hold a performing arts festival. Back then, almost all the villagers protested. It still continues to this day, and this year close to 200,000 people were on site. Nowadays, almost all the villagers look forward to the event. Change!

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    • Yes, certainly. Difference here though is that your event was initiated by a neighboring farm. Smaller events still happening at this venue, but the big ones, where a large outside company does all the promotion, pockets a lot of the income, are harder to get rolling. Not all events are alike either. The event that cause the tip-over, “Kaleidoscope,” turned into a scary, drug-ridden, 24-hour a day nightmare. The opposite of the Oregon Country Fair, held not far away, which draws tens of thousands every year. But, as you say, change comes in many forms, and we just can’t see how things evolve. Cheers —

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  • We are eager to explore the Mt. Pisgah area in the coming weeks, and its always inspiring to hear about the concerned individuals that help keep more or less natural areas that way. This past summer in Arrowbear Lake, California, we got talking to a man on the hiking trail who happened to be one of the people who founded the local land trust in the 90s to keep the swimming hole and hiking trails behind our rental from being turned into a 200-unit housing development. They successfully petitioned the Forest Service to buy up the parcel for sale, which has keep the area free from development to this day.

    Our forays toward Eugene so far have all been related to getting our car serviced, so it will be nice to make the time to see the area without a to-do list driving our visit 🙂

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    • Mt. Pisgah itself has become a stair master for many college students, but weekdays are fairly quiet, especially if you take back trails. Don’t miss the arboretum itself, which is offers easy, flat walks, and if it’s rainy, views of pond turtles. Also — the county charges $4 to park now! Credit card machine available. That’s sad, but what can you do?.

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