Letter: Farmers want to sell land to have a cushy retirement

Re: Strawberry farm wants to sell six acres of prime farm land.

To the editor:

We picked berries there for many years and the farmer earned a good living because he was very good at farming.

Now that he says he is finished with farming, he wants to cap off his retirement by selling his six acres of prime farmland to developers so he may live in comfort in his old days.

If we continue to release farmland to developers soon there will be no more farmland available. There comes a time when we have to say no.

The farmer is well aware that he may sell his six acres to a new farmer, move into a retirement home and enjoy his last days in peace. He is not forced to sell to developers. Just because the farm has neighbours does not make it unsuitable for farming. It is in a place on Benvoulin where a dense development would add considerable congestion to the already busy traffic on the main road.

The Bennett family also wants to remove 25 acres of prime farmland on Springfield Road between Fortis and the mega church. This is also prime but the owners claim that it should be developed into condos and 200,000 sq. ft. of retail space thus increasing the already heavy traffic on Springfield Road.

We should say no to this also.

You can see the slow loss of farmland, especially if you grew up here. If every farmer sold to developers when he wants to retire we would be out of the farming business asap.

Jorgen Hansen, Kelowna

 

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