The Close Family Farm should stay a working farm.

People should sign this who believe that the American farmer is being bullied and put out of business and is something needs to be protected for America's health. Today a piece of property that has been in the Close family for generations faces the Mayfield planning board unwilling at 6pm. It is being proposed that a contractor come in and convert this worked farmland into various things. Among these things would be the 5th or 6th golf course for Fulton County, most of which are a short drive from Mayfield, a resort, hiking trails, and snowmobile trails. The family has worked hard to keep the farm up and running passing it through generations, with it currently being in our cousins hands. Hopefully with enough opposition to this plan, the planning board will realize there is more than enough recreational activities in Fulton County.

Dear Zoning Board-
The Close family has been making a living for generations from the land currently held and farmed by Jon Close. There are those Closes who live as part of the Mayfield Community and have been glad to be a part of the culture that makes the region and the town great.  Extended family comes back "home" to the farm as often as they can to recharge and reconnect to their roots. It is a blessing and a joy to be able to see nature in all its grandeur unmolested by progress of any meaningful kind on this small piece of land.  The Close farm is one of the few small family run dairy farms left in New York State. It would a shame and a short sighted decision to force the Close family to prematurely or unwillingly change the farm to accomodate a condo and golf course development, or any other recreational usage, that does not directly and wholly benefit the Close family and "the farm".
The Close family and their friends. 

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