I just got this email that a friend of mine sent out to her network of family and friends. It so perfectly expressed why the farm has to survive, I couldn't resist sharing it:
Hello my friends,
As most of you probably know by now, a few short hours ago Governor Lynch signed into law the right for gay and lesbian couples to enter into legal civil unions in New Hampshire. This is a proud day for our state and a happy day for me and my friends in the GLBT community. My partner and I hope to some day enter into such a union ... We have always said that when we do, we want our wedding to be in the garden at my dear friend Katie Paine’s farm in Durham. Katie gleefully said “yes! Yes! Yes!” when we told her. Last year at one of Katie’s wonderful gatherings we even had a practice run with Liza orchestrating the whole thing as you can imagine.
Many of you also know, however, that Katie faces an uphill battle to keep this historic property and her friends and family and the organizations that she has supported over the years are rallying around her to help her out. Katie has done so much for New Hampshire and this farm has played host to countless benefits for political candidates, breast cancer research, arts and culture organizations and other service providers. Katie never says no to a worthy cause and her current mission to encourage companies to “northsource” to Berlin rather than ‘outsourcing’ work is just the latest example of her commitment to make this state a better place to live. If you can attend please do so, if you can’t please consider helping her out. It will come back to the state a thousand fold.