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Movement to save Faith Dairy goes online

Post by News Tribune Staff on Feb. 19, 2008 at 12:19 pm with No Comments »
February 19, 2008 12:19 pm

The folks who want to keep Faith Dairy in Summit-Waller have taken their battle online.

SaveFaithDairy.org provides background information and gives visitors a chance to help the cause.

The dairy at 3509 72nd St. E. closed last year. Its future hinges on what vision of the dairy and its property – 100 acres in Summit-Waller and 300 acres in Roy – survives. Sid Mensonides, who owns just over 50 percent of the company, wants to develop the 30 acres into a subdivision that would hold 16 housing units. His brother John, who owns the minority stake, wants to preserve the land and reopen the dairy with a new business plan.

The brothers aren’t talking directly anymore.

“Our current plan is to gather a consortium of conservation groups and private equity to invest in re-opening the dairy, preserving the land permanently, and putting together a non-profit to manage other activities on the land, such as educational opportunities, cultural activities, etc.,” wrote organizer Andrew Bacon in an e-mail. “The possibilities are endless, but first, we need community support!

“We’re collecting individual signatures and pledges from businesses which sell dairy products to support the idea that it is desired by the community as a whole and that the idea is an economically viable business.”

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