[Market-farming] hovering helicopter

Alex McGregor waldenfarm at sprintmail.com
Wed Jul 12 12:16:26 EDT 2006

About a month after I was certified organic, a white, single engine plane
buzzed my farm several times at tree-top level.  That's highly illegal, not
to mention irritating, so I decided to get the numbers off the plane and
report them to the FAA.  I was surprised to see that there were no markings
or ID nos. on the bottom of the wings, or the tail. I had no idea who these
yahoos were.

The next spring, I certified a farm on a large island in the middle of the
Tennessee River.  A few weeks after I filed their cert. papers, I saw on
the local news that the County Drug Enforcers had to make an emergency
landing in a field on the same island.  It looked like the same plane that
buzzed me.  I think that ended the career of the "Airborne Drug Yahoos."

My conclusion was that the yahoos equate "organic" with drug growers.  Now
it sounds like they think all small farmers grow illegal drugs.  And that
they're not the brightest bulbs in the lamp.

Alex McGregor
Walden Farm

> [Original Message]
> From: Leigh Hauter <lhh at hughes.net>
> To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: 07/12/2006 11:42:07 AM
> Subject: [Market-farming] hovering helicopter
> How prevalent is this?
> For over 15 minutes yesterday we had a helicopter circling our farm 
> (must have circled 15 or so times).  Spending a great deal of time 
> over our hoophouses and greenhouse, scaring the heck our of our dogs, 
> chickens and turkeys.  Do 'they' do this to everyone or are we being 
> subjected to some sort of special attention.
> I'm offended that my tax money is being used to upset our farm 
> animals.  Of course there wasn't anything for 'them' to take pictures 
> of except tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, but still, I feel somewhat 
> violated by this intrusion.  Just because I farm for a living do I 
> have less privacy rights than others?   Also, I wonder if 'they' (it 
> looked like Coast Guard marking on the side of the helicopter, I 
> haven't got a good look at the pictures I took yet) do this to the 
> big commercial operations or is this a special form of harassment for 
> family farmers?
> Virginia.
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