Farmer Faces Possible 3-year Prison Term for Feeding Community

By Farm Food Freedom Coalition and WAPF

February 24, 2012–Baraboo, WI—Food sovereignty activists from around North America will meet at this tiny town on March 2, 2012 to support Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger and food sovereignty. Hershberger, who has a court hearing that day, is charged with four criminal misdemeanors that could land him in prison for three years with fines of over $10,000. The Wisconsin Department of Agricultural Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) targeted Hershberger for supplying a private buying club with fresh milk and other farm products.

DATCP has charged Hershberger with, among other things, operating a retail food establishment without a license. Hershberger repeatedly denies this, citing that he provides foods only to paid members in a private buying club and is not subject to state food regulations. “There is more at stake here than just a farmer and his few customers,” says Hershberger, “this is about the fundamental right of farmers and consumers to engage in peaceful, private, mutually consenting agreements for food, without additional oversight.”

At a pre-court rally scheduled for 11:00am, in front of the Sauk County Courthouse in Baraboo, food rights activists will read and distribute a “Declaration of Food Independence” that asserts inherent rights in food choice. A signing ceremony will be part of the rally. The signers expect the declaration will inspire a growing food sovereignty movement. Speakers at the rally will include members of Hershberger’s club.

Hershberger and other farmers around the country have been and are facing state or federal charges against them for providing fresh foods to wanting customers. In recent months the FDA has conducted several long undercover sting operations and raids against peaceful farmers and buying clubs that have resulted in farms shutting down and consumers without access to their food.

Farm Food Freedom Coalition wants to ensure that America’s treasures, our independent farms and ranches, are able to thrive. We aim to preserve our agricultural heritage and the future availability of traditional, farm fresh foods. Americans want and deserve the freedom to choose natural, unprocessed foods for generations to come.

Information about farm raids: For additional information on raw milk:

34 responses to “Farmer Faces Possible 3-year Prison Term for Feeding Community

  1. Thanks Mr. Hershberger, we stand with you!
    God Bless America – let Freedom ring!

  2. Reblogged this on bewitchingdragon and commented:
    this is so not right!

  3. The media says there is no work because of a bad economy. But the economy is bad because HONEST work is illegal.

  4. They can have my food crops when they pry them from my dead fingers!

  5. Wow, this is so disappointing. Next they’ll want to regulate my CSA.

  6. Lucifer heading for Control, everything Legal illegal, everything illegal legal, condemning everyone, Governance by Sexular Humanism

  7. This farming issue in the US should have all the people all over the USA tell the government in Power that consumers will not put up with any company trying to take over all the farming of foods , the only thing illegal is them trying to put this farmer in jail ??!! ,
    Wake up before they control all most everything from foods to what you do They feel is condemning . Holy crap what on earth is going on in your nation’s White House ???!!! for this issue in 1000% insane and they are getting away with it big time….WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP …. it’s only a matter of time and all your rights will be NO MORE .

  8. How can we wake up the corpse in the casket at its wake?

    Awaken to the signs and heed the harbinger, or we will die.
    An excerpt from The Harbinger (Jonathan Cahn), page 231:
    “On the third day after the calamity, a construction worker was standing in the ruins of one of the shattered buildings. When he looked up, he saw it.”
    “The sign …”
    “The sign … unmistakable … glaring … forged not by human hands but by the force of the calamity … a cross … twenty feet high … of cast iron beams from the fallen towers standing in the midst of a landscape of devastation … as if rising up from the ruins. When he saw it, he couldn’t hold back from weeping. In the days and weeks that followed, it would become as the Cross of Ground Zero, a sign of faith and hope in the calamity, a sign again calling to a nation to return. But not only to a nation … a sign calling each to return.” (emphases mine)
    2+3+1 = 6 = the number of man
    Albert, PILMOC

  9. Thou shalt not grow, distrubute or eat REAL food! So saith the criminal elite!

  10. Why doesn’t he apply for a license?

  11. What I want to know is how an organization responsible for validating the safety of new products on the market, which it doesn’t do, aquired the manpower to harass distributors of the original products?
    Make them do their real job, we already got enough Jack booted thugs in the ATF and DEA (both are illegal organizations with practically no oversight) enforcing arbitrary laws, we shouldn’t have to worry about the FDA shooting us for raising gardens with heritage seeds when they can’t accomplish their primary purpose.

  12. The proverb says you should not bit the hand that feeds you , but , perhaps you should if that hand stops you feeding yourself. Thomas Szasz from ” A Question of Freedom”, by David Butler..

  13. So sad. I hope the American people wake up before its to late. Maybe it already is. God Bless Mr. Hershberger and God Bless America.

  14. Just “share” what you have in the form of bartering.

  15. There are food co-ops in Virginia that deliver “shares” of fresh fruit and veggies directly from farms to homes.

    • There are food shares through out many areas, as I recall in this article states that Mr. Hersberger is in a similar organization and it was in this capacity that he distributed this milk.

  16. This just gets crazier and crazier. Our federal agencies, paid for with our tax dollars, are owned and run by Monsanto and other big food concerns. How did this happen and how is it that these ridiculous armed raids and sting operations against decent people is allowed to continue? I am just bewildered and, well, increasingly scared and angry. How long until they come for the nice farmers who provide my food? Insane! This is just insane.

    • Just as your Federal Government agents can go and confiscate the lunch of a 4 year old as, not in compliance with dictates from the regime, and replace her meat and cheese sandwich, banana, chips, pudding with an “acceptable” lunch of chichken nuggets – that’s how long! “Big food” companies are acting with blessings of government that has NO business interfearing! Pay for the government that will support your money grab if you pay for their money grab – and power grab!

  17. I feel so deceived being led as a child to love and be a patriot of this country. It was all fake, the “land of the free”, all of it. This country is anti human, anti earth, and anti life. It is based on hate and fear. I want to move.

    • Rayne, I read your first post and want to say that Freedom is NOT free! We must all be responsible – this country is NOT anti human, anti earth and anti life, Some of the people in this country and ALL countries may be these things, we see the problem, we know the problem, WE need to change those in charge!
      God Bless America with the aid of those who care enough to remain free!

  18. It will stop when all of us stand up, walk out of our “jobs”, and face this as adults with a choice. We need to stop being dependent children of abusive parents (this nations leaders). It’s time for mommy and daddy to be held accountable for abuse.

  19. Wait, it’s legal for people to buy cuts of meat (quarters etc) via craigslist or the like, so what the hell is the problem here?

    Positive thoughts and prayers for the RIGHT outcome for you Mr. Hershberger. May you be allowed to continue to grow and feed locally for many years to come without these people on your hard working back.

  20. Herman Livingston

    The government is to much into the private sector and needs to get out,if the public wants to buy food right from the farmers then that is their right as american citizens and no government has the right to stop them

  21. This is land of the free and home of the brave???

  22. Vote all of the idiots out in November 2012, We can and will take our country back. One way or the other.

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  24. This jerk is trying to rip off the public and the writer of the story fell for it lock stock and barrel. He wants to sell RAW milk which comes directly from the cow without anybody testing it to make sure it is safe others then his word for it. I test raw milk daily and I sure you I would NEVER drink raw milk. I’ve seen what is in it. It will not kill you but it has very elevated levels of bacteria that you do not hae when you buy finished milk. He is only after the profit without any care for the public. Do not be mislead by the writerof this biased story and the manure the farmer is trying to shoval. It is all about the money plain and simple because if it was about the safety for the public he would get it inspected like all the rest of the farmers do.

    • Ron, you are either uneducated or LYING. First of all, the delicious RAW milk I buy is cleaner and tested far MORE than any of the processed swill they call milk in stores. And how do you know this farmer didn’t test his milk? You don’t.

      Most raw dairy farmers adhere to higher testing standards than any conventional milk farmers due to the very intimidation tactics used by these so-called regulators–UNLIKE big dairy farmers who routinely pump through milk from sick cows raised in unnatural conditions–milk which is conveniently denatured and disinfected with ammonias and endless cocktails of chemicals.

      Secondly, if you test milk as you claim, you would know healthy raw milk is naturally pure and clean–and teeming with good bacteria, necessary for health. You would know that processing milk not only destroys all the good bacteria, but it contains a plethora of disease-causing synthetic hormones and chemicals. NO ONE can tell me raw milk is bad because I know how delicious it tastes and how it has healed my health. Thank God I have the common sense I was born with to taste with my own tongue what is so good for me. I can’t stand the processed swill currently passing for so-called milk.

      If you favor pasteurized milk so much, then why has every outbreak of salmonella come from pasteurized milk and not RAW milk? Who are the jerks here Ron?

  25. I got another question for you. Why has every single outbreak of E-coli started in these disease ridden (Listeria anybody?) HUGE vegetable processing plants? Every time I see an outbreak of E-coli in spinach, tomatoes, lettuce, etc… I wonder. Maybe they should start spending their energies on managing these huge packing plants and stop chasing after the small farmer who is only trying to make ends meet! Have they nothing better to do than to police small farmers and business people and then let the big businesses get by w/murder? Who is inspecting what and what are they doing to curb this stuff? It isn’t about the “safety of the public,” it’s about HUGE agribusiness controlling the market! By the way, E-coli is only transmitted through feces and contaminated meat!!! And we hear about E-coli in vegetables??? The owner of the huge packing plants only gets a slap on the wrist only to continue their unclean practices. I wonder what the next vegetable will be that gets infected from these disease ridden packing plants?

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