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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