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FTCLDF: Big hearts for small farms

From Kimberly Hartke on her “Hartke is Online” blog:

“This week, The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is celebrating its 5th Anniversary. Tomorrow, Geoffrey and Sally Morell will host a lovely ‘Birthday” party for the Fund at their P.A. Bowen Farmstead, in Southern Maryland. To see more about the event, visit farmtoconsumer.org/5years Continue reading

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State of Maine takes action against a town’s food freedom ordinance

From Farm to Consumer Legal Defense:

The local food freedom ordinance they passed has really put Blue Hills on the map. But will big government at the state level return things to the status quo. Click image for source.

Blue Hill Maine Farmer Being Sued By State of Maine & Agricultural Commissioner
Local Food & Community Self-Governance Ordinance Challenged

We Are All Farmer Brown!



Dear Friends and Supporters,

Since March of this year five towns in Maine have passed the Local Food & Community Self-Governance Ordinance, creating legal protections for direct food and farm sales and food shared at bake sales and community meals. From the beginning, Maine Agricultural Commissioner Walter Whitcomb has been telling our towns that State law preempts the authority of municipalities to make local laws that conflict with state and federal laws and regulations. Continue reading


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How bad can it get? — South Nevada Health District raids “a food party”

From Farm to Consumer Legal Defense:

South Nevada Health inspector Mary Oaks "just doing her job". Click for movie.

When an over-zealous regulator shows up at a farm dinner demanding that food be destroyed as hungry guests await, who do you call? Here’s Laura’s account written as a letter to her guests who had come to Quail Hollow Farm expecting a meal of foods harvested from local small family farms.

This incident shows the value of the 24/7 legal hotline for farmers like Laura who need help…even on a Friday night!  A member benefit like the hotline is available thanks to the financial support of the many FTCLDF members and donors.

Dearest Guests, (You have all become dear to us!) Continue reading


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