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The case is drawing huge interest statewide, said Thom Petersen, lobbyist for the Minnesota Farmers Union.
In a period when all manner of new pipelines and power lines are snaking across Minnesota, “this is a very high-priority issue for us,” he said. “I would love to be able to sit in on it myself. A lot of farmers are watching this case and it will have a big impact on others.”
The Minars’ case also raises issues way beyond those of some farms. It’s close enough to growing New Prague to be lucrative someday for subdivisions.
And it poses a real conundrum in being organic. An organic farmer can’t just vacate and set up anywhere else; it takes years to purify the land to make it qualify as organic.
The Minars’ saga follows by just a few years a parallel narrative at the celebrated Gardens of Eagan, in next-door Dakota County.
Atina Diffley has since written a book published by the University of Minnesota Press detailing the battle to fight off an oil pipeline that threatened the purity of that organic land.
Faced with the mounting pressures capped off by the looming power lines, the owners of Cedar Summit Farm, reluctantly, want out.
“It’s a desecration,” Florence Minar said.
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