If you don't like the rules, work to change the rules. Don't blame the Brewers for taking advantage of the opportunity presented by how the rules written.
And many of you posting comments are misusing quotation marks. Please stop doing that.
The return of debtor's prisons became acceptable when people were being jailed for owing child support debt. Most child support debt is held by people with low or no income which led to parents being jailed for being poor. This act of jailing the poor in America was outlawed in 1833 and needs to be re-abolished. American citizens should never be jailed, for any reason, for being too poor to pay a government debt. We must start with the reformation of the child support system. Join the fight! http://thechildsupporthustle.com
Neighbors have spoken to Kara Brewer and Chris Brewer, describing concerns of safety for their families and a disruption of their lives. The concerns fell on deaf ears. The Brewers have shown complete indifference to the neighborhood. The comments by "Morgan" above, further display the extent of this same ignorance and indifference to an incredible community. The families raising children in a quiet community, the farmers and generational families, all have been "harassed" by this intrusion into their lives. I am thankful for this article and the truth it highlights surrounding this fake "farm". Anyone who tweets about their farm, more than they dig in the ground is not a farmer. An event center that takes up 1/2 of the acreage of a 22 acre lot, is not a farm. It is fraud.
Blah-blah, stuff-we-already-knew-last-year, blathering-about-the-obvious, bloviate, bloviate, bloviate.
I don't give a rat's bum about McCrory. He's worthless. A puppet. A figurehead with no value whatsoever, save as a urinal target.
I want the severed heads of the LEGISLATORS who passed this, and every other backwards-facing bill, skewered on standards and set along Hillsboro Street.
In lieu of such Game of Thronesian fare, however, I shall deign to accept their absolute financial exsanguination and political avulsion on election day.
New to the area and would love to be apart of the Hip Hop growth in the RTP area!
You should have attended the recent concert (September 13, 2016) at Raleigh's Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. It was just Ben and a piano (and briefly a drum set). One thing was abundantly clear: the man can play, all the while engaging the audience in a meaningful and entertaining way. He pounded out a treasure trove of classics and left no doubt as to his musical abilities. You failed to mention the number of albums and collaborations you've completed or how many songs you've gotten on the radio, but I'm guessing it's less than Mr. Folds. Perhaps if you're unable to be anything other than one angry dwarf, you could try being a silent face.
yup love this place, highly recommended.
I'm not sure what website the commenter "Morgan" was viewing, but Southeast Property Group's "Barn of Chapel Hill" website http://barnofchapelhill.com 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.
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.
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.
Oh Indy Week, or somebody, PLEASE put those gubernatorial urinal strainers on sale immediately!!!
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.
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 ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/5495239352… ) which is pretty much dormant (for now) and also claimed http://boycottbarn.com if the need arises.
What an amazing work and investment in community and all of its treasures! Keep up the great work!
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"?
Looking forward to the gov slamming the ACC as hard as he did the NCAA. We are waiting gov...your move...
"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.
Should've mentioned that you have to call *a couple hours* ahead for the pierogis
To be fair, the DURM Hip Hop Summit "wasn't just shows" either... far from it.
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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