Navigation Menu
This website aims to develop case studies of the development of farming practices and attendant transformations of local ecologies of defined blocks of land. Through these biographies of particular plots of land we are developing localised analyses of the wider historical trends in the political economy/ecology of the Northern Rivers.
Leigh Davison’s Story

Leigh Davison’s Story

By on Jul 1, 2013 in Dharmananda | 0 comments

Go to: Family background | Engineering and travelling | The environment and agriculture| Aquarius | Moving to the land | Dharmananda: land history | The landscape | Early history of the Community | Growing food | Dairying | Community work | Working at SCU | Bananas | Neighbours | Sustainable farming | Systems agriculture | Communal living | Shareholding | The agricultural land | Conservation land | Community decision making: guns and herbicide | The lantana

The agricultural land

I can remember at one stage, you know, back in the early days when council were trying to get their heads around this whole new thing of MOs, there was some talk that you got a hundred hectares you can have a hundred houses, which is stupid. We certainly don’t want that. I think we’re getting close to the limit, in terms of available house sites, that’s a limiting factor. As I said we’ve got this policy that you don’t build on agricultural land. That’s stupid – that’s what mainstream society is all about. That’s what they’re doing and it’s gonna be a big problem for them. So I think we’re down to about another three or four potential house sites. Not all of them would suit a lot of people; you know, they’re on steep country and all that so that’s gonna be the limiting factor I think.

And how did you work out the agricultural land?

Oh, that was stuff you can manage, stuff that was manageable. It had already been cleared. The whole place was a dairy farm, with banana leases. Basically the agricultural, I mean pasture, is what I can get a tractor over without too much trouble. So it’s not steep, it’s not rocky, and there’s a limited amount of that, yeah. Various plans have been done but they get lost. But it’s pretty obvious what agricultural land is, it’s land with an electric fence around it and cow poo on it. That’s agriculture and then there are orchards and stuff and the garden, yeah.

Print Friendly