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Q.Comment On Free Landscaping Stones Article

Zone Ancaster, ON | kniggli added on March 18, 2024 | Answered

As a farmer, we do NOT, I repeat NOT, want people taking stones, including barn foundations from our property. We know the value of landscape stone & it is one of the reasons we purchased our property for our use. We are sick to death of people stealing, because they do not ask. We have 2 neighbours who go as far as chiseling out foundation stone at night. Your suggestion that farmers want people to remove their stone is nonsense. It is difficult to catch these thieves & difficult to prove where the stone came from unless we can catch them on camera. One neighbour, Wendy sits watch on their back deck on her cellphone as John steals stone for their front flowerbed and to edge sidewalks. The other neighbour Michelle has sons loading stone in their truck by flashlight at night moving it to their flowerbed and fenced back yard. We are sick to death of these thieves and want people to stay OFF our farm. We have witnessed John stealing bushels of our corn. We have watched John & son out around our barn before dawn helping themselves to whatever they want. Another neighbour felt it was ok to snowmobile all over a field of winter wheat. And we are sick of the neighbour Andy poaching deer on our farm & woods, stealing our game cameras and clearing an old farm lane without permission so his boys can ride atv’s across our property & around our buildings at night. We lost our farm insurance because another neighbour who “rescues” horses & sells co-ownership on them would not stop taking groups of people riding on our farm. Our insurance agent saw them & the company cancelled OUR liability insurance. No, farmers DO NOT want people on their property taking stuff for free. You have given your readers a very bad idea. Karon Niggli.

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Answered on March 18, 2024

If this is done in an illegal manner, then I would contact authorities. The article suggests doing this legally with permission, and if needed. Some areas around the world are impossible to farm without removing all of the large stones, first, and many farmers have trouble getting rid of them. In my area, it is much appreciated when people need the extra stones. They can be tough to get rid of, here.

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