Two steps back. As I write this, I find myself struggling with my own prejudices while wondering about the prejudices of someone else.
The IRS is asking for more documentation regarding DNN before making a ruling on whether or not it could have 501c3 status, however the case worker involved sounded quite adversarial and insistent that all farms could not be non-profit due to their commercial nature. “Will you be selling any of the produce?” “No, of course not. I just said we would give it to food banks and soup kitchens.” The entire conversation eventually wound down to me agreeing to send her the requested information and me hanging up before I said something I might regret.
I wanted to ask her whether or not my name might have anything to do with her adversarial tone. I did not. I wanted to ask her if she had an issue with farms in general. I did not. That was the old me, and I’m not going back to that person. Still, after the call, I even wanted a drink, a nice tall bottle of sake to wash away the feelings of anger I had towards someone I had never really met. And I did not.
So in a sense this week has turned into one step forward for DNN and myself and two steps back for both. I currently anticipate the likelihood of filing an appeal and asking for a different case worker.
Preferably one that at least sounded like she gave a damn about something.
This setback will not stop us from making DNN a reality. I have been to downtown Denver too many times just getting this whole thing going to not notice the homelessness problem getting worse. I will not back down. I will not surrender. This is the Lord’s work. Thy will be done.
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