‘Cool animals’ to benefit from Greenville County establishing agriculture zoning, farm owner says

For the first time in Greenville County’s history, there will be zoning designated specifically for agriculture. It comes after a unanimous vote by Greenville County Council Tuesday night. “It’s just a good opportunity to preserve our agricultural property in this county. So much of it’s getting gone,” Greenville County Councilman Joe Dill said. The county will soon begin accepting applications for agricultural zoning. It covers many varieties of agriculture, including agritourism and animal production. Under the agriculture zoning district, property owners cannot have more than one residential dwelling per every five acres of land, according to the ordinance. “It protects the large tracts for farming activities that are happening now but it also plans our for farming in the future, when people do want to sell off part of their farms they can still do that but they can still have the farming aspect,” said Heather Collins, owner of Famoda Farm in Taylors. Famoda Farm is celebrating its 60th year. It’s been in Collins’ family that entire time. The farm offers a wedding venue, donkeys and a farm store — which opened within the last month. “(People) can come see things that they don’t get the opportunity to see. To find out how cool animals are and the importance of agriculture,” Collins said. Collins said her farm’s staff couldn’t do it alone — they often partner with other farms from around the Upstate. “By partnering with other local farms, it helps spread the word of the importance of the farms,” she said. Over time, she said, she has recognized a need for protection. “We’re slowly being pushed out. Buildings are coming in, housing complexes and there’s no room for the farm anymore,” she said. Now with the additional zoning classification, she said she believes many other farmers will apply for agricultural zoning. To learn more about the ordinance, click here.

For the first time in Greenville County’s history, there will be zoning designated specifically for agriculture.

It comes after a unanimous vote by Greenville County Council Tuesday night.

“It’s just a good opportunity to preserve our agricultural property in this county. So much of it’s getting gone,” Greenville County Councilman Joe Dill said.

The county will soon begin accepting applications for agricultural zoning.

It covers many varieties of agriculture, including agritourism and animal production.

Under the agriculture zoning district, property owners cannot have more than one residential dwelling per every five acres of land, according to the ordinance.

“It protects the large tracts for farming activities that are happening now but it also plans our for farming in the future, when people do want to sell off part of their farms they can still do that but they can still have the farming aspect,” said Heather Collins, owner of Famoda Farm in Taylors.

Famoda Farm is celebrating its 60th year. It’s been in Collins’ family that entire time.

The farm offers a wedding venue, donkeys and a farm store — which opened within the last month.

“(People) can come see things that they don’t get the opportunity to see. To find out how cool animals are and the importance of agriculture,” Collins said.

Collins said her farm’s staff couldn’t do it alone — they often partner with other farms from around the Upstate.

“By partnering with other local farms, it helps spread the word of the importance of the farms,” she said.

Over time, she said, she has recognized a need for protection.

“We’re slowly being pushed out. Buildings are coming in, housing complexes and there’s no room for the farm anymore,” she said.

Now with the additional zoning classification, she said she believes many other farmers will apply for agricultural zoning.

To learn more about the ordinance, click here.

Source: Einnews

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