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To The Editor:
I was so surprised to read the editorial, “Follow the process,” in the March 15 edition of The Valley Reporter, that I had to look up what an editorial was, or was supposed to be. An editorial is an article in a newspaper that expresses the editor's opinion. At issue is the desire of Kingsbury Market Garden to set up some picnic tables at the farm so that people could enjoy eating food that was grown on the farm, at the farm. The local zoning doesn’t allow that use, nor does the Department of Agriculture currently consider this an approved agricultural practice (AAP). There is a great deal of information posted on KBMG’s Facebook page about the steps they have taken to follow the process as well as to gather and encourage public support for allowing picnic tables to be placed at the farm. I encourage anyone who is interested in more details to read about the issue, what steps have been taken and what you can do to help: www.facebook.com/KingsburyMarketGarden.
Personally, I feel that having picnic tables at any farm is a fantastic idea. For KBMG, there are some legal roadblocks standing in the way of making this happen. KBMG did the exact right thing in taking the necessary steps to initiate change, while at the same time informing their customers and supporters. The statement in the editorial that The Valley received an email blast is a bit of a misnomer. Individuals receiving the KBMG email newsletter do so because they have signed up for it and have an active interest in what is going on at the farm. I am very glad to have learned about this issue so that I could make my voice heard. Isn't that how change happens? By people understanding what the issues are, voicing opinions and working to promote change when those changes are deemed to be for the greater good? Our small farms have been taking so many hits making mere survival a struggle. Rather than making things harder for them, let's work together and figure out what we can do to help them flourish.