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Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

I'm not sure what website the commenter "Morgan" was viewing, but Southeast Property Group's "Barn of Chapel Hill" website definitely DOES NOT show that the "farm" is currently selling chestnuts and flowers. And 3 beehives does not an apiary make. Even Ms. Brewer was honest enough to admit in the article (if "Morgan" bothered to read it) that they have chestnut saplings, a small flower bed, and 3 beehives. By the way, if that's the definition of a farm, I also have a farm - and I definitely do not have a farm.
No, this is not misogyny, this is not bias against young farmers or new farmers. This is honest people calling out the dishonest manipulation by Southeast Property Group to slip through a loophole in current zoning regulations so that they could build a huge commercial wedding and event center in a residential, rural area. Whatever Mr. and Ms. Brewer wear to water their flower bed and saplings, let's not pretend they are farmers. And shame on them for presenting to their family, friends, neighbors and the press that they are.

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Posted by sbeeman on 09/14/2016 at 9:58 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

So to be a farmer you need to be from a farming family, wear overalls, and do what your neighbors tell you to do with your land. "Not in my backyard" America has decided to boycott a FLOWER FARM where beautiful memories are made. Who needs to plant nuts, looks like they grow like weeds out there.

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Posted by muddywaders on 09/14/2016 at 8:46 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

I'm not a reporter, but a quick visit to the farm's website shows that Ms. Brewer is currently selling chestnuts and flowers, has started an apiary, owns not one, but two farms, AND is currently leasing a third.

But, wait, she can't be a farmer, because she's wearing "a sporty turquoise tank top." Imagine that! No overalls! No plaid shirt! She's a SHE! Everyone knows that women can't possibly be farmers. And how dare she open up the farm for weddings and farm tours! No other farms in the area do that! (Oh, wait......)

All kidding aside, I'm most alarmed by the fact that Orange County's elected officials seem to think that newly established farms don't count as "farms". Apparently, (according to Mr. McKee), you have to be farming for years to even be considered a a "real" farm/farmer in Orange County. Is that how the county plans to support/encourage agriculture? By telling beginning farmers that they don't matter? Or by telling them that they can't create a smart, diversified agribuisness plan to ensure that they actually make a profit?

The comments below are also quite alarming; Mrs. Brewer is obviously being severely harassed and threatened. For starting a farm. In the middle of other farms. Her only crime seems to be that she bought her land instead of inheriting it.

This protest group, Preserve Rural Orange, actually seems to be proposing that "new" farms shouldn't have the same rights as "old" farms. Or that Ms. Brewer's farm is somehow "less" of a farm because she's planning to open up the farm to visitors in the future. Nonsense.

What a poorly-researched, biased, and misogynistic article. The Indy should be ashamed.

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Posted by Morgan on 09/14/2016 at 8:08 PM

Re: “We’re Calling It: Pat McCrory Is Toast

Oh Indy Week, or somebody, PLEASE put those gubernatorial urinal strainers on sale immediately!!!

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Posted by obie84 on 09/14/2016 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Three for Three: Atlantic Coast Conference Follows NCAA's Lead, Pulls "All Neutral-Site Championships"

I anticipate that Governor McCrory will soon lay blame for this vindictive conspiracy against North Carolina at the feet of the person truly responsible for starting it all : A foreign-born revolutionary whose radical ideas first erupted on our college campuses, swept across our nation like a plague of locusts, then encircled the globe with the swiftness of a pandemic fever, infecting countless millions in its path. That villain, of course, would be Professor James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.

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Posted by obie84 on 09/14/2016 at 4:56 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

I was quoted in this article, but the writer did not include my plans to organize a boycott of The Barn as well as any vendors that chooses to conduct business there, IF they end up actually opening. Since these folks have been unfazed by the community's unified message that this commercial event center (disguised as a "farm") is not in harmony with our neighborhood and would be creating many unwanted problems for us, then perhaps a kick to their pocketbook will be the wakeup call they need. We are fortunate to live in Orange County, which is traditionally a bastion of intelligent and morally conscious people that I am certain will champion our cause. I can't imagine any bride wanting to have to explain to her guest as to why they had to drive past protesters in order to attend the wedding.

I have started a Facebook group (… ) which is pretty much dormant (for now) and also claimed if the need arises.

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Posted by Ron Royster on 09/14/2016 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Durham’s Beats & Bars Festival Looks to Bring Blackness Back to Main Street

What an amazing work and investment in community and all of its treasures! Keep up the great work!

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Posted by Allthingsgirlymi on 09/14/2016 at 4:15 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

There was also a conversation with her husband, Chris Brewer before construction started. He was asked politely if ANYTHING could be done to change his view on building this venue. His response was that "we would consider selling the property if, we could get a PACKAGE DEAL. Find us another similar property that we could build this on AND, pay us what we have in this property now." There is no more "farm" on that property then when they bought it over a year ago. There are 40 sapling Chestnut trees and about 200 square feet of flowers, a lot of clearing for drives, a parking lot and the "barn" itself but, no farm. How can this be allowed to happen? How is it that the powers that be, can't side with an entire community and stop this instead of one family with entitlement issues being allowed to ruin this quiet and safe "piece of heaven"?

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 09/14/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Three for Three: Atlantic Coast Conference Follows NCAA's Lead, Pulls "All Neutral-Site Championships"

Looking forward to the gov slamming the ACC as hard as he did the NCAA. We are waiting gov...your move...

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Posted by dodahman 1 on 09/14/2016 at 4:03 PM

Re: “North Carolina’s Endangered Red Wolves Are Spared—For Now

"I think we can resolve the landowner conflict and any other issues that might come up." I don't think that will happen now with the trust issues put in to play by USFWS and their NGO cronies. We have already played that game.And besides the hybrid "red wolf" isn't even protected by the ESA. And it's historic range is in Tocoma, Washington not Eastern N.C.

Posted by Odie on 09/14/2016 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Halgo Deli Brings All the Polish Treats from New Jersey to Alston Avenue

Should've mentioned that you have to call *a couple hours* ahead for the pierogis

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Posted by J.P. McPickleshitter on 09/14/2016 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Durham’s Beats & Bars Festival Looks to Bring Blackness Back to Main Street

To be fair, the DURM Hip Hop Summit "wasn't just shows" either... far from it.

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Posted by J.P. McPickleshitter on 09/14/2016 at 2:36 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

The fact that she could not build the wedding barn without violating Orange County ordinances has not been mentioned. This is why she is seeking to bypass Orange County by claiming the state "farming exemption". But her primary job has involved wedding planning. The real problem is allowing a wedding planner to build a party barn as if she is a farmer. A total violation of the state farming exemption.

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Posted by WallyW on 09/14/2016 at 1:39 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

I know for a fact that at least one neighbor has tried to speak with "Farmer Brewer." All that resulted in that meeting was a clear understanding that Ms. Brewer and her company are developers hoping to cash in on the idea that contrived farms are where rich people like to dump their money. She had no empathy for those living peacefully in the community and she was oblivious to the fact that she laid insult to the actual farmers of our community by calling her idea a "farm." Thank you for this article, exposing the ridiculous nature of this woman's idea and for exposing her plan to take advantage of a loophole for her own profit, to the detriment of an entire community of people around her. We appreciate the members of local and state government who see this for what it is and who are helping to reign in this attack on our beautiful rural community.

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Posted by Sharon Campen on 09/14/2016 at 12:59 PM

Re: “We’re Calling It: Pat McCrory Is Toast

It's a urinal mat. I've "gone there" in various restrooms and can confirm this. Also: What the heck would "You can go here" mean in the context of bullets??

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Posted by S. Endres on 09/14/2016 at 11:54 AM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: A Republican Lawmaker in N.C. Has Finally Spoken Out against HB 2

Full statement from the Susan Evans campaign:

A vote is a vote. When she voted for HB2 in March, Sen. Barringer knew what she was doing. She knew the legal and economic consequences her constituents would experience. Only now that she's in danger of losing her seat does she waffle. Her latest change of mind is certainly not a change of heart. It's a purely political move designed to make voters forget that she is responsible for the loss of jobs and millions of dollars in economic investment in her district. The voters of Senate District 17 are highly educated. They won't be fooled in November, and Sen. Barringer will pay the price by losing reelection to Susan Evans. Susan is running to renew North Carolina's promise and make us a leader in the South again. Barringer and Gov. McCrory have not kept that promise the last four years. In the Senate, Susan will fight to restore the values that make our state so great.

Please donate to help Susan defeat Barringer:

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Posted by Dustin Ingalls on 09/14/2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Halgo Deli Brings All the Polish Treats from New Jersey to Alston Avenue

LOVE this place. My polish Wigilia ( wouldn't be possible without this place.

Posted by Gladdek on 09/14/2016 at 11:04 AM

Re: “We’re Calling It: Pat McCrory Is Toast

Its clearly a urinal mat. You "go" on his face.

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Posted by Shocka Kahn on 09/14/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “We’re Calling It: Pat McCrory Is Toast

Mojo, on second glance I agree with you: it's a strainer. The juxtaposition of "death warrant" (needless hyperbole) and holes, however, tends to suggest bullet holes at first glance. (The weekly email sent by IndyWeek has only the photo and the caption.) And even so, I'm not sure that public spirit is well-served by a reference to urination. I'd like to see McCrory tossed out of office as much as anyone, but I don't want to see Clinton's face or Cooper's face on a urinal strainer, either. We don't have to go there.

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Posted by ct on 09/14/2016 at 9:53 AM

Re: “We’re Calling It: Pat McCrory Is Toast

In the fifth paragraph, you have this line:
"North Carolina has the only statewide law that makes it unlawful to use a restaurant different than the gender on one's birth certificate..."
I'm sure that's a typo. Just wanted to point that out so it can be adjusted to read "restroom" and not "restaurant."

Posted by gr2photo on 09/14/2016 at 9:26 AM

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