More Stupid Regulations — and people are up in arms about itPosted by on Monday, July 30th, 2012
A lot of what I write about here doesn’t turn many heads — just me and my followers. Yeah, the articles tend to make a splash in certain circles, but even the people who live in the communities where the events I document take place don’t tend to have much reaction. This story is different. The comments section is full of comments that have been flagged for review/removal and name calling, etc. People are mad about this. Of course, much of the commenting is political right vs. left jabs that don’t interest me much. But, it does interest me that this topic is gaining some attention.
So, what is it? Well, evidently, a farmer in Virginia has been cited for “selling farm products and hosting a birthday party for her best friend’s 10-year-old daughter on her 70-acre Paris, Va., farm without a special administrative permit.”
The Virginia Right to Farm Act prohibits local authorities from treating agricultural activity as a “nuisance” — which seems to be what’s happening here, since Johnson was reportedly responding to complaints from nearby residents. Boneta already had a business license the county issued her in June 2011 that allowed her to operate a “retail farm shop” on her property. Her license application specifically noted her intention to sell handspun yarns, birdhouses, soaps and other handicrafts in addition to fresh vegetables, eggs, herbs and honey.
The following month, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors changed the classification of “farm sales” to require a special administrative permit for activities that were in compliance with the ordinance just one month before
Remember, it should not only be farmers who are upset about this. Whatever activity you enjoy doing or keeps food on your table could soon become illegal if you’re not careful to protect all liberties. If you find yourself as a complaining neighbor, ask yourself what good you are really doing for your community by getting the “authorities” involved in something like this. You are setting yourself up to be called on yourself when you think you’re doing something innocent like hosting a birthday party.
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