We are members of the Florida Farm Bureau, buy
agriculture tags for our vehicles and trailers and subscribe to a few ag
We have property in Georgia that we have agreed to
keep as woodland (some kind of program they have that also gives you a tax
break) for at least ten years. We can build our own house on it but not develop
it. You know, like here in our neighborhood where we have 6-8 houses on one
We live in the middle of the Tampa Bay area,
Florida. On our little 3 acre Odd "Farm" we have our 6 horses, 5 dogs, 2
cats and whatever else comes our way. We have a big tractor that we use for our
home and acreage in Georgia.
I am not sure what we are. We support farming and
cattle ranching and also land preservation. We abhor hunting, (that is what the
grocery store is for!) but we don't protest openly to those who do. On the other
hand, there are times when I wish I had a gun before I went into my son's room.
I know there are things in there that are alive and need to be hunted down! Even
the rat eating dogs won't go in there. Eeew!
We work with land management divisions in our
area which supports both equestrian trails, as well as hunting. You really can't
tell people how to live, but you have to learn how to live with other people.
It's not easy.
We don't tolerate animal abuse of any kind but
understand that farm operations and cattle management are a way of life. We
would like to someday have our own ranch, just to enjoy. Of course, we would
have to win the lottery first because we also know that farms are disintegrating
daily, because of land taxes and laws that prevent the farmers and ranchers from
making a living and supporting their families.
We are not ones to "settle" for government rulings
either. We have been active in our local politics concerning land and usage as
well as state wide. I would like to think that is the norm, rather than the
exception, in our horse world.
If you have never heard Ellen Degenerous (sp?) and
her spoof on hunting, you must! It is hysterical whether you hunt or not.
Lisa Salas, The Odd FArm.....or are we just