It is no secret we are trying to obtain a Special Use Permit in Albemarle County, for the right to host just 24 events a year on our farm. I am currently waking at sunrise and working tirelessly until 3-4:00am. Every day. Seven days a week. Going to college while starting a business was an absolute walk in the park compared to the challenges of running the same business while fighting for our property rights -- a fight that directly impacts financing opportunities and even the search for private investors -- a fight for a piece of paper that gives us permission from the government to have access to the exact same market we are already serving. Permission to use our property for what it was absolutely built for.
This place is magical. I have loved it my entire life. We are a strong, viable, exciting new business, completely energized by the people who have been drawn to us and the far-reaching community we have built around ourselves. Part of the Special Use Permit process is to justify to the government the "public need or benefit" of our project. In the last year alone I have had to deny hundreds of requests to host events on our property, so I would argue that the public has demanded it. I am not sure what is more convincing than the power of the free market, unless of course your audience is a firing squad comprised entirely of bureaucrats.
So, if you have contacted me recently about anything other than this project, I apologize if I'm slow to respond, please bear with me. Otherwise, if you are interested in ways that you can help us fight this battle, please contact me. If you are a neighbor or have concerns regarding our project please contact me, because I sincerely believe that with an open dialogue, and an explanation of our goals, I will be able to change your mind. If you, or anyone that you know, is interested in investment opportunities as they relate to all aspects of the farm, please contact me, because while the government drags its bloated, useless feet, it's still business as usual here, and we are plowing full steam ahead.
Thank you for your continued support.