After Fall Harvest, Gnismer Farm Plans To Shut Down

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    Gnismer Farm owner, Lynn Remsing, plans to close down the Dalworthington Gardens hallmark after the final crop of pumpkins is harvested. (Published Friday, Aug 19, 2011)

    Gnismer Farm has been a place where thousands of children have learned about where their food comes from.

    The farm is an urban farm in the middle of Dalworthington Gardens where thousands of people have picked their own strawberries in the summer, and their own pumpkins in the fall.

    But this years pumpkin crop could be the farms last.

    Lynn Remsing, who runs the farm with his wife, said he is tired of "jumping through the hoops" that he maintains City Hall have placed before him.

    It's been a year since city staff rejected Remsing's request for a building permit to house several tractors and farming equipment he uses on the farm.

    "Wouldn't it look a lot nicer having it all under a roof where the community didn't have to look at it?" said Remsing.

    Remsing was hoping to expand his detached garage to about double it's size, or about 2,600 square-feet. But city staff rejected the permit on the grounds that it didn't comply with city code.

    "The neighborhood ... It is a single family residential. Commerical buildings and tractors do not co-exist well within a single family residential unit," said Melinda Brittain, city adminstrator for Dalworthington Gardens.

    Brittain said Remsing still has the option to greive the decision or appeal to the zoning board of adjustment.

    But Remsing said he just doesn't feel welcome in a town that established its heritage by allowing residents to sell the fruits and vegatables grown on their property.

    His love of educating children about where food comes from is "his love." He vows to never stop farming and said he plans to transplant the farm elsewhere.

    "We'll probably end up moving. I've talked to several cities," said Remsing. "We're up against a rock and a hard spot. You either build to protect your equipment or you move on where people are more attuned to what you want."

    "We've enjoyed the people that he's brought in and the charm that he's brought and we really hate that he's made that decision and we are willing to work with him through the procedures," Brittain said.

    Meanwhile, Remsing is already preparing for the final harvest.

    "For the last hurrah, we'll do the pumpkins. We're going to open about Oct. 1 and we'll do hayrides and a pick your own pumpkin," Remsing said.

    Where he'll take his farm after the fall remains to be seen.