Wednesday, 1 October 2008

FarmAde


UBC (University of British Columbia) farm is 3 miles, a 45 minute walk, from the nearest busy shopping street. The best way to get a sense of it is to enter 'ubc farm' in Google Maps or Google Earth. 

When I was a kid and much more recently than that the farm was a going concern which, among other things, ran a dairy herd. Visit the website for lots of info on the farm and the threat of development.

I'm not like some who think all developers are evil, greedy, short-sighted, look out for #1, black- hearted, snakes in the grass. No siree Bob. But I think most of them are. 

Anyone who thinks we can continually wipe out fertile crop land and not have a day of reckoning is beneath contempt. Since the last time I was here, a couple of years ago, the area just outside the farm has gone from trees, grass and blackberry bushes to condos. 

I'll get off my soapbox and lighten up now, for a while.

7 comments :

Virginia said...

Amen Brother Wayne! Now if you had a Deezer player you could be playing that song....what is it????? Something about tearing down_____ and put up a parking lot. I'll think of it in a minute. I'll phone a friend. My friend Jay Gilbert will know it. I"ll be back in touch.

Virginia said...

I'm back. Yep, Jay knew the answer. "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni MItchell. "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

BTW, love this old country dirt road. Wonder how it will look all paved up with yellow lines?? UGH

Laurie said...

Word!

I couldn't agree more. Beautiful shot -- sad truth in that commentary.

Lynette said...

Farm Wonders Summer Camp--what great visions that conjures in my head. Do grown-ups get to go?

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your interesting comment.

JM said...

Yes! Unfortunatelly green is disappearing everywhere! If you only could see how this beautiful coast where I live looked like not many years ago...

Jackie said...

That's so sad. Carry on ranting, mate.

Hilda said...

It's happening a lot here too, especially in the provinces right outside Metro Manila. And what's even more sad is, the developments are mostly leisure estates — weekend homes for Manila's rich, centered around golf courses, country clubs, man made lakes or beaches, and such.