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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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Environmental Group Seeks Gag Order in Virginia Farm Feud

SQUASHING SUIT? Martha Boneta’s lawsuit against the Piedmont Environmental Council would fall under a “protective order” if the PEC has its way in court. Photo courtesy of Watchdog.

SQUASHING SUIT? Martha Boneta’s lawsuit against the Piedmont Environmental Council would fall under a “protective order” if the PEC has its way in court. Photo courtesy of Watchdog.

By Kenric Ward | From Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau

WARRENTON, Va. — Claiming “trade secrets” are at stake, an environmental group wants a gag order slapped on an upcoming case involving Fauquier County farmer Martha Boneta.

The Piedmont Environmental Council is seeking the protective order to squelch public disclosures stemming from Boneta’s lawsuit against the PEC and a neighbor.

Boneta has sued the PEC, along with Phillip and Patricia Thomas, alleging a “business conspiracy” between the parties.

Boneta’s lawsuit charges the nonprofit PEC with “assisting Thomas in actions which are intended to drive down the price of (her) Paris Farm so that Thomas may buy back Paris Farm at a discount.”

Additionally, the lawsuit asserts, “The PEC is using its resources to assist Thomas in the profitable sale” of his property across the street from Boneta’s farm. More


 
 

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