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  •  I found the whole story for you here (12+ / 0-)

    (Letter written to our dinner guests and our CSA Shareholders after the "Health Department inspection" incident, October 21, 2011.)

    Because this was a gathering of people invited to our farm for dinner, I had no idea that the Health Department would become involved. I received a phone call from them two days before the event informing me that because this was a “public event” (I would like to know what is the definition of “public” and “private”) we would be required to apply for a “special use permit”. If we did not do so immediately, we would be charged a ridiculous fine. Stunned, we immediately complied.....

    Well, I made the call, told my story and within a short period of time received a phone call back from the (Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF)FTCLDF’s General Counsel, Gary Cox. When told the story, he simply suggested that we apply our fundamental constitutional right to be protected against “unlawful search and seizure.” I simply had to ask Mary two questions. “Do you have a search warrant?” “Do you have an arrest warrant?”

    With the answers being “No”, I politely and very simply asked her to leave our property. As simple as that! She had no alternative, no higher power, no choice whatsoever but to now comply with my desire. She left in a huff making a scene shouting that she was calling the police. She left no paperwork, no Cease and Desist order, no record of any kind that implicated us for one thing, (we had complied to all their orders) only empty threats and a couple of trash cans full of defiled food. I will get back to “the inspector” and her threats shortly.....

    I do have a Producers Certificate from the Nevada Department of Agriculture allowing us to sell our vegetables and other farm products at the Farmers Market. Much of our produce has gone to some of the very finest restaurants in Las Vegas and St. George.

    To your other points, I trust local farmers more than I do commercially grown and distributed foods from around the world.

    Seafood for instance.  Stopped eating eat.

    Tainted seafood reaching American tables, experts say 80 percent of seafood in U.S. is imported, some contains banned drugs

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 11:31:51 AM PST

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    •  Thanks, this changes my opinion (4+ / 0-)
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      This additional information changes everything. Now it is seeming more like a shakedown or personal vendetta than legitimate government regulations.

      Little local farmers can be just as unscrupulous as commercial growers, and they need to be regulated just as much as big business. I trust those who have PROVEN they are trustworthy, I do not base my trust on the size of the group. In general and despite certain exceptions, I trust government to regulate businesses, prevent fraud, and ensure food safety.

      •  I trusted USDA and FDA until (4+ / 0-)
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        they were gutted and defunded.  The shear lack of logic on the part of the GOP:  Our population has increased and they decrease budgets for food security.  Crazy people.

        Now, not so much.  Commercially grown foods have proven to be tainted a few too many times for me.  I now pressure cook any meats I buy.  That kills stuff pretty well.  Also, makes great stocks.

        Here's another bit of info

        Tom Collins, our County Commissioner, furious by the events that took place, having formerly been a board member for the Southern Nevada Health District is putting together a meeting with himself, the current board members and ourselves to make sense of all this mess.

        It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

        by War on Error on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 11:59:05 AM PST

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        •  IMO this is a small part of a larger war on (7+ / 0-)

          those smaller producers who offer perfectly safe, sustainable, organic foods using methods of farming, raising meat, poultry, making dairy products via less processing - and of course THREATENING the stranglehold Big Agra has on this country.

          Have you ever seen the documentary "Farmaggedon: The Unseen War on Family Farms" by Kristin Canty?  It was in New York City for a short run this past summer but it was a real eyeopener.  To think somehow that this is one isolated, off the rails person taking illegal action is naive.  True here it seems that way in this case but the same and worse as is shown in this film is happening all across the country!

          Pretty soon having your own garden in your own backyard will be illegal and you'll find not only your garden bleached or worse - you'll also be paying sky high fines or thrown in prison.  This country is way too sick!

          When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

          by Dumas EagerSeton on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 01:48:39 PM PST

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