The town of Andover, Massachusetts, a half an hour due north of Boston and home of the Phillips Academy, is generally considered one of the state’s classier places to live. It ranks 36th out of the 351 municipalities in the state when rated by its per capita income, which is $52,275. For some resident’s however, it has a fatal flaw.
“They don’t seem to want farms here,” says Lucy McKain. “Lexington and Concord are more forward thinking that way.”
Lucy has a small goat dairy at her home on High Plains Road in Andover and has had to put considerable effort into first getting the right to raise goats there, then to finding enough land to give them a healthy space to browse. She finally has worked out an arrangement to lease a couple of nearby acres of town conservation land, however, and feels her goats are slowly warming the hearts of town residents to the idea of living near livestock.
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