Virginia Family Farm Under Assault Under Guise of “Enforcement”

PolitiChicks.comVirginia Family Farm under assault from an overreaching quasi-agency; false accusations, Gestapo tactics were used under the guise of “enforcement.”

Martha Boneta, an organic family farmer from Paris, Virginia, simply wants to grow her heirloom vegetables, crops, and tend to her over 180 farm animals. A passionate supporter of local and family farms, Boneta purchased Liberty Farm in 2006 from the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), which proclaims itself as an organization that is “devoted to promoting and protecting the Piedmont area’s rural economy, natural resources, history, and beauty.”    

The same day that Boneta went to closing, the PEC filed a conservation easement, a legally binding document that restricts the right to develop the property.  Since then, Boneta has been in a years-long fight to preserve her private property rights and fend off the invasive, overreaching efforts to enforce the easement on her property.

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0651Some of the insane tactics that the PEC have conducted include:

  • Fines and citations by Faquier County (in conjunction with the PEC) for throwing an “unlicensed” birthday party for 10-year olds

“I just want to be left alone in peace on the farm to grow tomatoes and vegetables, and care for my beehives and critters, but the PEC refuses to stop harassing and terrorizing my family,” says Boneta. “To find out the PEC had entered into secret agreements and conspired with realtors and county officials is devastating and heartbreaking,” laments Boneta.

“My family relied on the major historical significance of the heart of Stonewall Jackson’s bivouac on our farm. We are still very much in shock and heartbroken.”

Watch Martha Boneta’s story here:

Jenny Kefauver

Virginia PolitiChick Jenny Kefauver is a longtime public relations professional who owns JK Public Relations. She works with a variety of clients including New York Times best-selling author Scott McEwen, author and investigative reporter Richard Miniter, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman/Killology Research Group, Southeastern Legal Foundation, Center for America, the American Media Institute, and others. She has been writing for since November, 2013 and has covered a wide variety of topics including parenting, politics, and a variety of others. She tweets @prmommydc.

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