To the Daily Sun,
I was infuriated reading the story headlined "Gilford tells Beans & Greens to halt 'agri-tourism' events" and if you are an intelligent adult who cares about your health and environment then you should be, too. Once again the heat is on a small business, a farmer nonetheless. They are not only some of the most hardworking, resourceful individuals you will ever meet, but a staple in the history of our state as well as a dying breed. Yet here we are, a neighbor with portentous intentions tries to out them out by getting a town lawyer to extort a zoning technicality against them.
The very fact that anybody local would want to snuff out an honest regional heritage as well as cultural gem over a dubious law which obviously reeks of big money lobbyists and government corruption is beyond me. Celebrations and private parties utilizing farm-to-table concepts have been gaining momentum and popularity greatly the last few years. It is sensible and sustainable and it can mean life or death for a small family business that is otherwise failing due largely to all the regulations, taxes and unreasonable equipment costs. I do not see any difference for families which would pay to have the ambiance of a rural farm versus those which pay to have it at a resort or hall. Having meals prepared by trained chefs utilizing the very fresh, organic food that came from New Hampshire soil should be protected not condemned.
Try looking up "Denying Americans the Right to Know" — or DARK act — to see just how bad big business wants either to snuff out every small farm, organic local farm or food stand. Look up Monsanto, Dupont Pioneer or Syngenta and do a little scratching on their lawsuits. See where that will lead you. Fun stuff when an aspiring politicians promise to pass laws if elected protecting big-money, genetically-engineered chemical swill that they call food, while steering the middle class from fresh produce and lower prices and a thriving local economy. Organic and real food. Fun stuff when they spend millions putting farmers out of business by suing or intimidating them. I know that large grocery stores employ many, and are necessary in bigger towns, but does that mean that we have to wage war on the farmstands?
I wonder what will happen when the government of Gilford and its co-conspirator attorneys will do when the farm is put out to pasture (pun intended) and the land is vacated. Do you suppose it will take long for the zoning laws to change once some multi-billion dollar company comes along waving millions under the noses of the people in charge? What will you have then Gilford? Another strip mall with empty businesses and large parking lots? I hope the real leaders of the town will step up and do the right thing, but I'm not holding my breath.
I do hope the Howe family fights this. Let us know if we can help.
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