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Virginia Farmer Hopes to Get Conservation Group Off Her Back

By Kevin Mooney | From The Daily Signal

Virginia farmer Martha Boneta’s desire to have an environmental conservation group replaced as overseer of her property has moved a step closer to reality.

Officials of the Piedmont Environmental Council have agreed to a meeting Friday to talk about ending a bitter standoff with Boneta by handing off enforcement duties for a conservation easement on Boneta’s farm to another environmental organization in Virginia.

Simply persuading the Piedmont Environmental Council to agree to the meeting marks a “major victory for property rights,” says Tom DeWeese, president of the American Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based group that champions those rights. DeWeese adds: More


Letter to the Editor: Exposing the Lies of the PEC

Dear Editor,

Last Thursday, Nov. 6, the Piedmont Environmental Council attempted to present their case before the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. During this hearing, they attempted to explain to everyone present how one particularly ornery Fauquier County farmer, Martha Boneta, harassed them during the course of their daily responsibilities.

Really?

Let’s rewind for a moment now and expose some of their outright lies and deceptions. More


Just Dandy: Residents Want Rural County to Ban Farming

BATTLEGROUND: Historic York County is facing a land war of a different kind as some residents seek to pre-empt Virginia’s right-to-farm law. Photo courtesy of York County.

BATTLEGROUND: Historic York County is facing a land war of a different kind as some residents seek to pre-empt Virginia’s right-to-farm law. Photo courtesy of York County.

By Kenric Ward | From Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau

YORK, Va. — Attempting to pre-empt Virginia’s freedom-to-farm law, residents in a York County community want local officials to ban agricultural activity in their neighborhood.

More than 130 Dandy residents have signed a petition asking the Board of Supervisors to ban commercial farming — a move to thwart state legislation restricting local government’s power to regulate agriculture and aquaculture.

With the state law taking effect Jan. 1, residents in the small suburb of Dandy on Tuesday are taking their case to the county board. More


Food Freedom Task Force Takes Legislative Initiative

Task force members met with industry lobbyists on April 15 in Crozet, Va. Pictured from left to right: Lindsay Reames, Eric Paulson, Brad Copenhaver, Randall Anderson, Joel Salatin and Lois Smith. Photo courtesy of The Virginia Food Freedom Task Force.

Task force members met with industry lobbyists on April 15 in Crozet, Va. Pictured from left to right: Lindsay Reames, Eric Paulson, Brad Copenhaver, Randall Anderson, Joel Salatin and Lois Smith. Photo courtesy of The Virginia Food Freedom Task Force.

The Virginia Food Freedom Task Force began its fight for the rights of Virginia’s small farmers and home food producers after House Bill 135, introduced by Delegate Robert Bell, R-Charlottesville, failed to pass during the 2014 General Assembly session.

HB135, also known as the Food Freedom Act, sought to allow the sale of foods by a farm with 10 or fewer employees or by a private home if the food products are sold directly to consumers and if the product is labeled with the producer’s name and address, ingredients and a disclosure statement declaring that the food product is not subject to Virginia’s food safety laws or regulations.

Virginia small farmer Bernadette Barber, of Tall Trees Farm, was directly involved in the conception of the Food Freedom Act and formed the task force. More


The Williamsburg Farmers Market and its Colonial Roots

Photo courtesy of the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

Photo courtesy of the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

Although the current Williamsburg Farmers Market, located in the heart of colonial Williamsburg, was started in 2002, the city has a long history of farmers markets dating back to the mid-1600s.

The Williamsburg Farmers Market has 63 vendors that offer a variety of locally sourced goods and services, from seasonal produce, meats, cheeses, breads and desserts, to knife sharpening, goats milk soap and Christmas wreaths.
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