Tag Archives: farm freedom


Gov. McAuliffe Signs Bill to Protect Farmers and Land Owners

by Bryant Osborn | Corvallis Farms, Va

Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), which is a private 503(c) non-profit land trust, attracted a whole lot of unwanted attention by the General Assembly this year, and as a result, Gov. McAuliffe on Tuesday signed HB 1488, known as The Conservation Dispute Resolution Act, into law. It takes effect July 1st.

Martha Boneta and Del. Brenda Pogge introduced the bill in the General Assembly in January. At its introduction, Dr. Bonner Cohen of the property rights group National Center for Policy Research said, “We are calling on the legislature to protect property owners from a program that has no transparency, no standards and no protection for land owners.” More


Farm Freedom and The Virginia Free Citizen Internship Program

Virginia Free Citizen’s first interns, Shelby Mertens and Kate Miller, earlier this year focused on human trafficking first, the anti-thesis of individual freedom and liberty. Our next focus is Farm Freedom. What’s the connection between those two? Individual freedom is the foundation of the many freedoms we enjoy under the Constitution. The right to own land and work that land must be cherished and protected.

The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen in his person and property and in their management. —Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. More


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