Chesapeake farmer and town go head-to-head for off-road business

Chesapeake farmer and town go head-to-head for off-road business

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – James Lee has never seen anything special about his muddy farm roads. That was, until a friend suggested that he open the nearly 300 acres of Bon Bon Farms in Chesapeake to off-road vehicles.

The answer shocked him.

“Puffed. I didn’t believe my friend when he said his friends would appreciate him. I didn’t believe his friends when they said everyone would appreciate him. I still don’t believe him,” said Lee.

Typical operations at Bon Bon Farms include the cultivation of hemp and trees. Lee says he has all the necessary farming permits. These permits, he argues, should also cover the new off-road business.

Lee says opening up the land to off-roading falls squarely into the “agritourism” category.

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