Williamston Family's Efforts to Keep Farm Animals Draws Support

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

"In the summer of 2012 we’d been looking for our dream house for a year. Our idea of a dream house was different from most others’. We wanted a small walkout ranch in the country. We wanted a backup heat source(wood), a southern exposure, and excellent insulation to reduce our dependency on outside energy sources. We wanted a few acres, with lots of trees for privacy, but plenty of unmanicured grass for pasture.

You see, we wanted a Homestead. We wanted to have a few goats for milk, some pigs for healthy pork, and some chickens for soy-free eggs. Why would this matter? Why, our 5 sick children, of course. Our children have a plethora of allergies, but the most problematic of them all are their food allergies."


Jessica Hudson - Homeowner

Sweet Peas Farm Blog

WILLIAMSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A woman's effort to keep goats, chickens, pot belly pigs and rabbits on her mid-Michigan property is drawing support from online donors.

Thirty-six-year-old Jessica Hudson said Wednesday that $12,000 has been pledged to support her legal dispute with Ingham County's Williamstown Township. She says the Right to Farm Act should protect her.

The dispute began last year. The township board voted this month to take legal action to force the removal of the animals from her 1.5-acre Sweet Peas Farm. The board cited a township ordinance that prohibits farm animals in an area zoned for single-family homes.

Hudson, her husband and her five children, ages 2 to 11, moved from nearby Lansing in order to keep farm animals on their property.

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