Thursday, August 9, 2012

County in Virginia Fines Farmer for Selling Her Own Produce

This spring, Martha Boneta hosted a birthday party for one of her friend's daughters on her small farm in Paris, Virgina. For her troubles she was threatened by Fauquier Country with thousands of dollars in fines. She was cited for holding an event without a permit and for selling produce directly to consumers.

It turns out that Boneta had paid for a "retail farm shop" business license in June of last year. However, just one month later, the county Board of Supervisors approved an amendment that restricted "farm sales", and began issuing citations to farmers in the area. You can watch a report, including eyewitness testimony here:

Remember, they hate us because we're free.

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