Yes, we are trying.
We no longer pull revenue from the land, there is a good reason Mass is called taxachusetts, the land, a lot of farmers around here has gone under and sold off the land, this year alone Ashfield has seen another triple jump, last year was a single jump, 3 years ago was a triple jump, once every two months almost every year for the past 10 years or so and always in the winters.
Conway jumped several times, Williamsburg jumped several times. 75 % of the revenue the farmers around here makes goes to taxes now.
I closed the door to the Nicholls Farm in 2001 and let the last two birthing mothers Patty Rose and April live out.
April broke her ankle 6 years ago shortly after Patty Rose passed and was put down, hamburger only.
I have though about starting up new stock seeing as the market is coming back in with a lot of the new upstart farms popping up like mushrooms on a pop pile around here but it would mean inviting the FDA onto the property and opening a can or rotten worms.
The town of Ashfield and Conway is trying to pass a new law, regulatory type were they can tax each persons/room in the house. So far it has been beat down for now,...There are fights more importaint then the lands, we are out and help the remaining old schools with the struggle, the upstart yuppie organiclly grown hobby farms are really upsetting ways of life around here right now.
Before you mention it, we are in a valley between two mountains up in the mountains (hilltowns), not much can be done by way of growing crops, only down in the CT River Valley.