Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fauquier Farms, Wineries - Private Property Rights - #4165 - LATEST UPDATE: Pitchfork Protest Farmer Confronts Government Corruption and Retribution - American Thinker

I HEARD ON JOE THOMAS - FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY RADIO SHOW OVER THE WEEKEND, MARTHA'S FARM IS UNDER A CONSERVATION EASEMENT, WHICH SHOULD CAUSE ANYONE WHOSE PROPERTY IS ALSO UNDER ANY CONSERVATION EASEMENT CAUSE FOR MUCH CONCERN.

American Thinker was the first to report about how Fauquier County, Virginia attempted to fine farmer Martha Boneta for hosting a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls without a special events permit. She was also fined for selling her farm produce without a special administrative permit, even though she had a business license that allowed those sales. As also reported here, Martha the farmer lost her appeal before the county's Board of Zoning Appeals. What has not been reported is that Fauquier County, without explanation, refused to renew her business license just days before her appeal hearing. She has been forced to shut down her small farm store where she sells organic vegetables, fiber, and feather products from her farm animals (she has over 160, most of which are rescued), as well as beeswax candles, goats milk soaps, and other products from her farming activities........Martha had a business license to operate a tiny farm store that sits scenically amid her farm animals and organic vegetables. In 2011, however, Fauquier County added a new requirement for farmers, which it called a "special administrative permit." The county's board of supervisors touted this new permit as an improvement on and a clarification of what farmers could sell on their private property. One local environmental group with an unusual amount of influence over Fauquier County officials was assuredly behind the 2011 administrative permit. This group touted the county's recent controversial winery ordinance as a balance of interests. The ordinance forces wineries to close at 6 p.m., defines and limits "personal private gatherings" allowable at wineries, and is a gross affront to property rights and civil liberties. The interests being balanced seem to be statism and revenue...........Perhaps dumbest on the new list of don'ts is that farmers must keep dust from their driveways. You read that right: Fauquier County wants dust-free farms. The permit provides no guidance about how much dust is illegal. Farmers typically don't pave their driveways because -- well, because they live on farms. Kimberley Johnson wrote to one person that farmers should water their driveways. This means that during hot, dry spells, farmers would need to divert scarce water from crops and livestock, or face fines.  Read more......

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