Pitchfork-Wielding Virginia Farmers Protest Bureaucrats
August 13, 2012 by Sam Rolley
Thomas Jefferson envisioned America as a Nation that would thrive indefinitely if it stayed true to its agrarian beginnings. What he didnâ€™t expect (likely no Founding Father did) was how bureaucrats would one day do everything in their power to hurt American farmers.
Reports of government bureaucrats harassing and attacking Americaâ€™s oldest lifestyle are abundant and include stories about raw milk farmers being arrested, armed Federal agents raiding family farms and lawmakers doing the bidding of big agribusiness to the detriment of family farmers.
A group of pitchfork wielding farmers in Virginia decided they have had enough after government agents threatened a local farmer for simply doing what farmers have been doing for generations.
Martha Boneta frequently had gatherings for her neighbors at her property called Liberty Farms, including wine tastings, craft workshops and pumpkin carving, according to reports. She also recently hosted a birthday party for her best friendâ€™s child.
Officials in Bonetaâ€™s hometown of Paris, Va., decided that these were all things that required permission from agents of the State and threatened the woman with nearly $5,000 in fines for holding the events, as well as for selling produce and crafts, because she did not have the proper permits.
During a hearing earlier this month attended by Boneta and other concerned farmers, officials said that if Boneta wants to continue opening her farm up to her neighbors, she must first obtain a permit.
Boneta plans to appeal the order.
â€śThis affects every farmer. It affects our ability to earn a living to produce and sell on our own land,â€ť she said.
In a show of solidarity with their farming friend, agrarian supporters held a â€śpitchfork protestâ€ť in the town to decry the bureaucratsâ€™ order.