Farm freedom heroine

Most of CFACT’s friends and supporters are familiar with our good friend Martha Boneta.

For year’s, CFACT has aided Martha’s fight for her, and every rural citizen’s, “right to farm” undisturbed by meddling big government, big Green pressure groups.

Martha Boneta dreamed of having a farm in Virginia’s lush countryside.  Green busybodies turned her dream into a nightmare.

Fauquier County officials threatened her with $5,000-per-day fines for such heinous transgressions as selling vegetables, hosting a birthday party for 10-year-old girls and carving pumpkins.

Martha’s story caught the attention of the nation.  A grassroots effort sprang up and inspired bi-partisan legislation, the “Boneta Bill,” which solidified Virginia’s status as a right-to-farm state. Martha fought back and won.

CFACT proudly provided policy research and raised public awareness.  I had the chance to speak out for Martha on numerous occasions, along with CFACT senior policy analyst Bonner Cohen who’s been at Martha’s side throughout.

Thousands of CFACT’s friends joined the fight by signing petitions, speaking out and joining public demonstrations (thank you).

CRTV put out a nicely made video highlighting Martha’s path to victory.  Bonner appears in it.

Martha fought tenaciously for her right to farm in freedom and thereby struck a blow for all of us.

She’s our kind of heroine.

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About the Author: Craig Rucker

Craig Rucker is president and co-founder of CFACT.