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Michigan Right to Farm Act Saves Small Farm from Zoning Law – Podcast 5

Brad chats with a small Certified Naturally Grown farmer in Michigan about his recent victory over a zoning regulation that would’ve shut him down. Randy Buchler used the state’s Right to Farm Act to overrule his local zoning authority, who said he had to get rid of his chickens, livestock and vegetable garden, because his 6.5-acre property was zoned “residential,” not “agricultural.” The state sided with Buchler’s Shady Grove Farm, saying the right to farm, right to work, and ultimately right to live, supersedes the town’s authority to zone land for particular uses.


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Hopester
Hopester

Hi, FoodRiotRadio!  I found this page by with a quick Bing search.  I wanted to pass the word that apparently, Generally Accepted Agriculture and Management and Practice (GAAMP) will be under review this Wednesday, January 22 at 9am 2014.  The proposed amendment would basically KILL Right to Farm for ALL backyard chicken keepers by strictly enforcing residential zoning.  Here's a facebook link:


https://m.facebook.com/events/483151605128671


If you are invested in keeping your own chickens, please send an email, or better yet, attend the meeting.  Thank you.

Becky Riker
Becky Riker

I commend Shady Grove Farm for fighting in our township. They have given me the hope that I will not have to fight so hard to keep my 8 little chickens. Shady Grove has fought with one of the crookedest townships I have ever lived in. That is in my oppinion of course.

meme12
meme12

I'd love to know if I could use this act in Grand Rapids, MI.  We used to have bees and chickens, and currently have a nice garden, fruit trees, grapes etc.  We'd love to get our chickens and bees back but don't know if we could use the Right To Farm Act to do so.  Even if we tried, who would pay the court fees if the city took us to court?  We would not be able to.  

Fergus Hodgson
Fergus Hodgson

Brad, this is awesome, mate! Way to go Michigan.

AnnieJelinek
AnnieJelinek

@meme12 It covers the whole state, but the people who are the ones in charge of "helping" the farmers are not very nice so if the city took you to court you would have to fight it. I worked with my city and they agreed i was within my rights to have chickens