PARKSIDE FARM EXPANSION ANNOUNCEMENT
A plan has recently been set in motion to expand Parkside Farm through local requirements and state certifications.
Nicole Zaagman has been working very closely the last several weeks with MDARD and MSU Extension Government, Land Use and RTFA (Right to Farm Act) / GAAMP (Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices) Experts to clearly define Parkside Farm and future opportunities for farm protected development and activities within Kent County.
As a result of recent conversations and future opportunities the necessity to obtain a special land use and business permit for expansion through our local township is pressing and will require financial resources to put in motion. The prayer and hope is for this special land use and business permit to be approved later this year.
The latter will provide opportunities for local families to enJOY utilizing Parkside Farm as a place of learning, fun and agricultural education for small gatherings such as birthday parties. Other applicable services would include consulting and coaching services at the farm and farm photography sessions for those in our community.
Future farm offerings to families potentially include:
- Historical Farm Tours
- On-site Goat “Therapy” Program
- A Farm Roadside Stand
- Agricultural Classes and Events
- U-pick Flowers and Gardens
After carefully and prayerfully considering what the Lord's will is for the future of Parkside Farm and seeking wise council, doors have opened and support has come though in unexpected ways locally and nationally for this plan to be set in motion to carry out a vision that Nicole believes the Lord gave her in December 2021.
It's in humble obedience that Nicole has continued to step out in faith to trust the Lord to fulfill His vision for Parkside Farm. The farm was founded on the Scripture verse: Matthew 19:26 NIV "But Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."'
The application fees alone for the special land use and business permit amount to $2000. These fees do not include any of the costs that will potentially be incurred to have additional permits and engineering and legal professionals work to create the required documentation for the application.
If you’ve followed Parkside Farm or been touched in any way through Nicole and her efforts to spread joy through her pygmy goats, a crowdfunding gift would be so appreciated. Please read more about the levels of partnership. Please consider helping Parkside Farm impact the lives of children and families in a positive way through preserving history, agriculture and farming.
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