To The Daily Sun,

At the August meeting of the state’s Lakeshore Redevelopment Planning Commission, which is responsible for developing a re-purposing plan for this very important property, Karen Barker and I of the Lakes Region Food Network presented the idea of dedicating a small portion of the land and buildings to agricultural production, farm business incubation, a food hub for food storage, processing and distribution, a year round market of locally produced foods and a café to serve the food.

The idea actually received some positive responses from commission members.

We argued that dedicating a relatively small portion of the 200 acre site (under 30 acres) and buildings to these uses was actually very compatible with the other current concepts being explored (sports facilities, residential and continuing care), has been a proven re-purposing strategy on other sites and would also serve as a buffer between existing land uses and the re-development of the site.

If you would like to see this happen, come to the September 18 public hearing at 7 p.m. at Laconia Middle School.

You can see our local food proposal concept by visiting the Lakes Region Food Network’s Facebook page.

Rick DeMark


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