Litigation – Meadowsweet Dairy
Info: Farm Raids
How to Survive a Farm Raid
We've modeled our organization after the extremely successful
Home School Legal Defense Association, which dealt successfully with
overbearing truant officers and child protective agencies to gain FREEDOM
and PEACE for homeschooling families.
One of the best ways the Fund's legal expertise can be
utilized is during a farm raid. If you find yourself at the farm
gate facing an inspector who does not have a warrant, call a Fund lawyer
to help walk you through the process.
One Farmer's Story
One farmer member held off a state and federal inspector at his farm gate for over nearly three hours. He knew his rights, and reminded the inspectors of them. They didn't have a warrant, they just wanted to look around. As a licensed pet milk provider, he would have allowed the state inspector access, but the state inspector was there because he thought the renewal had lapsed. The federal inspector was another matter. He was told that if he stepped one foot on the farm, he would be physically escorted off the farm, the sheriff would be called, and he would be arrested for trespassing.
This story had a happy ending, they finally departed without looking around. It illustrates a couple key points about the strategies inspectors use.
Government regulators have a game plan, so it's best you know how they are trying to manipulate you into doing what they want.
Tools to Help
The best defense is a good offense, so we've prepared some
materials for you to use.
Legal Notice – No Trespassing Sign (an edited version of the sign mentioned above pdf
What to Do in Case of a Raid pdf
Learn from Other's Experience - Farm Raid Stories
Steven and Barbara Smith, Meadowsweet Dairy, NY - 2007 link
Mark and Marianne Nolt, Nature's Sunlight Farm PA- 2008. link
Gary and Dawn Oaks, Double O Farms, KY- 2006 link
Michael and Dorothea Schmidt, Glencolton Farm, Canada- 1994 link, 2008 link
Richard Hebron, Family Farms Coop, MI – 2006 link
Farm Raid at Mark Nolt's Farm, PA, 2007. (to come)
Farm Raid at Mark Nolt's Farm, PA, 2008 Local News Coverage: link
Farm Raid at Michael Schmidt's Glencolton Farm in Canada link
Have you survived a Farm Raid? Please send us your stories, videos or pictures to share. Remember, there is strength in numbers. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From:Date: Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 10:22 AM
Subject: SWAT TEAM CONDUCTS FOOD RAID IN RURAL OHIO
To: Undisclosed-RecipientPosted: 12/04/2008
SWAT TEAM CONDUCTS FOOD RAID IN RURAL OHIO
On Monday, December 1, a SWAT team with semi-automatic rifles entered
the private home of the Stowers family in LaGrange, Ohio, herded the
family onto the couches in the living room, and kept guns trained on
parents, children, infants and toddlers, from approximately 11 AM to 8
PM. The team was aggressive and belligerent. The children were quite
traumatized. At some point, the "bad cop" SWAT team was relieved by
another team, a "good cop" team that tried to befriend the family. The
Stowers family has run a very large, well-known food cooperative called
Manna Storehouse <https://www.mannastorehouse.com> on the western side of
the greater Cleveland area for many years.
There were agents from the Department of Agriculture present, one of
them identified as Bill Lesho. The search warrant is reportedly
suspicious-looking <https://steveandpaularunyan.blogspot.com/>. Agents
began rifling through all of the family's possessions, a task that
lasted hours and resulted in a complete upheaval of every private area
in the home. Many items were taken that were not listed on the search
warrant. The family was not permitted a phone call, and they were not
told what crime they were being charged with. They were not read their
rights. Over ten thousand dollars worth of food was taken, including the
family's personal stock of food for the coming year. All of their
computers, and all of their cell phones were taken, as well as phone and
contact records. The food cooperative was virtually shut down. There was
no rational explanation, nor justification, for this extreme violation
of Constitutional rights.
Presumably Manna Storehouse might eventually be charged with running a
retail establishment without a license. Why then the Gestapo-type
interrogation for a 3^rd degree misdemeanor charge? This incident has
raised the ominous specter of a restrictive new era in State regulation
and enforcement over the nation's private food supply.
This same type of abusive search and seizure was reported by those
innocents who fell victim to oppressive federal drug laws passed in the
1990s. The present circumstance raises the obvious question: is there
some rabid new interpretation of an existing drug law that considers
food a controlled substance worthy of a nasty SWAT operation? Or worse,
is there a previously unrecognized provision(s) pertaining to food in
the Homeland Security measures? Some have suggested that it was merely
an out-of-control, hot-to-trot ODA agent, and, if so, this would be a
best-case scenario. Anything else might spell the beginning of the end
for the freedom to eat unregulated and unmonitored food
familiar with the Ohio situation has reported that:
"Interestingly, I believe they [Manna Storehouse] said a month or so
ago, an undercover ODA official came to their little store and claimed
to have a sick father wanting to join the co-op. Both the owner and her
daughter-in-law had a horrible feeling about the man, and decided not to
allow him into the co-op and notified him by certified mail. He came
back to the co-op demanding to be part of it. They refused and gave him
names of other businesses and health food stores closer to his home. Not
coincidentally, this man was there yesterday as part of the raid."
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