Saratoga is a small town facing what many residents believe is going to be a big problem. Citizens have been fighting against a proposed 6,000 acre commercial dairy farm for months. They have been in and out of court throughout the past year. On Sunday, people had an opportunity to voice concerns over the proposed farm at a town hall meeting and it became clear that many feel strongly about stopping factory farming.
A quick drive around the community reveals that many feel that factory farming could be a danger to the community. Nowhere was that more apparent than at a standing room only town hall meeting held Sunday. Residents fear the purposed dairy farm could prove a threat not only to them, but to future generations as well.
"Do my granddaughters want their grandchildren to be drinking water when they come visit grandpa that exceeds EPA limits? No! Absolutely not. " said Bruce Dimick.
Throughout the meeting, community advocates and scientists explained to residents the dangers of having a farm with more than 5,000 cows. A slide show presentation addressed concerns ranging from E. coli bacteria in the water to severe odor concerns. For Sue Savage, who's home backs up to the property where the farm would be located, it is also an issue of property value.
"Homeowners lose value in their houses. So, if we would even try to sell our home now, even when its just purposed, we would not be able to get out of it what it would on the market two years ago." Savage said.
We reached out to Wysocki Farms, the owner of the proposed dairy farm, however calls were not returned. No representatives from the farm appeared to be in attendance at the meeting.