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Martha Boneta dreamt of a farm in Virginia’s lush countryside.  Green bureaucrats and busybodies tried to turn that dream into a nightmare of obstruction and red tape.  Martha fought back and won.  This is her story.

Fauquier County officials threatened her with $5,000-per-day fines for such Martha Boneta with animalsheinous transgressions as selling vegetables, hosting a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls without a permit and advertising pumpkin carvings.

Martha’s story caught the attention of the nation.  A genuine grassroots effort sprang up and inspired bi-partisan legislation which passed and has been signed into law solidifying Virginia’s status as a right-to-farm state by limiting local officials’ ability to interfere with normal agricultural operations.

CFACT provided policy research and raised public awareness in support of Martha’s and everyone’s property rights.  CFACT senior policy analyst Bonner Cohen appears in the film.

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

We’re proud of Martha, and of you.



  • Craig Rucker

    Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.