Draft - Micro farm regulations preventing local farmers in NH
RAYMOND — A man trying to raise his own livestock has been prevented every step of the way.
According to a NH resident, the town of Raymond has met several times to discuss the legal issues behind multiple blooming micro farms across the town.
A neighbor of the farm owner has filed a complaint to the town about the smell of two cows on the property.
After receiving this information the owners purchased a state of the art barn designed to contain the smell of all animal waste.
The caller stated that this area of town is a C1 commercial zone specifically because of the nagging neighbors.
In this type of zone, livestock must be approved by the zoning board to ensure proper living conditions.
Several meetings took place with the board and recommended specialists, but owners were only faced with more hoops to jump through.
Even after the living conditions of animals on the micro farm had passed with flying colors, they may still have to go.
This costly endeavor is preventing many residents across the state from raising their own livestock.
The Raymond resident is hoping a site walk on Wednesday will help bring him closer to skipping grocery store meat all together.
In a state that claims to encourage supporting of local farms, the journey to start one is less than ideal.