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He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people,
and eat out their substance
.”  – Declaration of Independence

Farming is difficult enough without being subjected to burdensome regulations, excessive licensing requirements
and fees, inconsistent interpretations of the laws, and heavy-handed enforcement tactics by government agencies.  This space features accounts from around the country of government roadblocks to the small farmer’s ability to make a living.

The Case of the Hazardous Donut

Article from published by The Herald - Rock Hill, SC on March 22, 2009

York orchard fighting DHEC order to halt food sales

By Mary Jo Talbot Balasco - [email protected]

A local orchard known for its apple cider doughnuts must stop selling food because of a dispute with DHEC over how it makes those doughnuts.

"Our discouragement is over balanced by the confidence of knowing we haven't done anything wrong," said Fritz Gusmer, who along with his wife, Catherine, owns the Windy Hill Orchard in York. The orchard's food sales were banned last fall by a South Carolina Administrative Law Court. . . .

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